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MFA in Music Application

To submit an application to our school, please complete the following form and select Submit Application.

There is a fee of $75.00 associated with this application.

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Before you complete this application form, you should have your attachments prepared and your credit card available to pay the application fee. You may also SAVE this form so long as you do so before selecting "Submit Application".

Items to be submitted online with this form:

A $75.00 non-refundable application fee (payment by credit card is required when using this form, and must be submitted at the time of application completion)

Contact Admissions toll-free at (866) 934-8232, ext. 8636 with any other questions.

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Demographic Information

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Citizenship Information

Please enter your country of citizenship. If you are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident refer to the additional instructions regarding immigration regulations for residencies.

Academic Information

Summer residency starts in August and winter residency starts in February.

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Education History

List ALL accredited colleges and universities attended. Please request that an OFFICIAL transcript be sent directly to the MFA in Music, Office of Admissions from all colleges previously attended. If you completed your undergraduate degree at a non-U.S. institution please contact Admissions for additional instructions regarding evaluation of foreign credentials.

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Application Checklist

Official college transcripts sent from each previously attended institution directly to: MFA in Music Composition, Office of Admissions, Vermont College of Fine Arts, 36 College Street, Montpelier, VT 05602.

You submit the following materials online by signing up on the VCFA online application service. It is important to sign up for the service early in the process to identify and email people providing letters of reference.The applicant must submit the following:

1. A statement of purpose up to 1000 words in length. The statement of purpose should address the following questions: What are your current musical goals and reasons for seeking a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Music Composition? Which area of composition (Contemporary Composition, Electronic Music, Jazz, Scoring for Media, or Songwriting) are you most interested in pursuing through VCFA studies?

2. A resume of education, relevant professional experience, and a listing of compositions (including date of composition, instrumentation, and duration), significant performances, scholarships, and professional recognition.

3. Two recent letters of recommendation describing your qualifications for master’s level study in music composition and your aptitude for independent learning.

4. Three samples of your original compositions with scores in pdf. Samples should be in the area in which you wish to focus at VCFA. If you wish to study in a genre different from your samples, please address your rationale and qualifications for doing so in your statement of purpose.

A list in PDF form briefly describing your music samples, putting each into context or addressing its significance to your development as a composer or to your compositional process. Provide dates of completion, performance information if any, and instrumentation, or in the case of electronic music, what programs were used.

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