Application and Deadlines

Complete and submit the online application available at the Graduate School under "Graduate School Degree Seeking" section.

The application is a three-step process for all students:

  1. Prospective students must send a pre-screening audition DVD/CD/web links by December 1, 2013 to Janet Rudasics, 248 Malloy Hall, Notre Dame IN 46556; phone: 574-631-5349 or emailed to If you cannot meet this deadline with any part of your application submission, please contact Janet Rudasics at 574-631-5349 or for orientation. Please see below for repertory requirements established by the faculty.
  2. Prospective students must complete the online graduate school application by January 15, 2014.
    When applying online, please complete the "Graduate School Degree Seeking" section.
  3. Selected students will be invited to campus for interviews and audition on Friday, March 7, 2014; a small number of these will be admitted to the program. Please note that those applicants who are invited for auditions will be given a basic musicianship and piano sight-reading (4-part hymn) exam in addition to an audition in the concentration. There will be assistance with transportation and accomodations.

Prerequisites & Application Requirements - MSM Program

Students applying to the Sacred Music MSM Program should have the following:

1)  A bachelor’s degree in music

  • from a program approved by National Association of Schools of Music(NASM)
  • that meets the standards of the bachelor of music degree as prescribed by NASM
  • OR should take instruction (without graduate credit) until the competencies assumed by the above are met

2)  At least 6 hours of course work in theology or religious studies

3)  Application requirements include:

  • GRE General Test
  • TOEFL or IELTS for non-native speakers of English
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of intent
  • Audition materials; see below for more details
  • Three letters of recommendation

Guidelines for Audition Materials

Prospective students must send a pre-screening audition DVD/CD/web links by December 1, 2013 to Janet Rudasics, 248 Malloy Hall, Notre Dame IN 46556; phone: 574-631-5349 or by email to 

A. Organ concentration: a major work by J. S. Bach (a Prelude and Fugue; Concerto; Trio Sonata; Major Chorale Preludes from the Leipzig Chorales or the Clavierübung III) and two contrasting pieces of upper-division undergraduate repertoire.

B. Choral Conducting concentration: Two or more selections of choral repertoire in any ensemble formation (for SSA, SAB, SATB, etc.) from contrasting styles (ca. 1500-present) and repertoires of choral art music. The repertoire must feature musical variety and complexity suitable for a concert  program. The applicant must display familiarity with beat patterns, cueing, cutoffs, phrasing, expression, and other techniques necessary for conducting and rehearsal. The compilation should include both performance and rehearsal situations. The compilation should have a duration between 15 and 20 minutes.

C. Voice concentration:  Three to four selections taken from the art song repertory and arias from oratorios and/or operas; must include 3 languages, at least one aria, and show contrasting styles.  We prefer that the DVD/CD be of a live performance in concert, but if this is not possible we will accept prepared performances for the recording.

Once the admissions committee has reviewed all of the application materials, successful applicants will be invited to a daylong visit to the campus of the University of Notre Dame for a live audition Friday, March 1, 2013. There will be assistance with transportation and accommodations.

Here they will meet with the faculty and students, and proceed through the following audition activities:

1. (For conductors only) Written diagnostic  exam in music history and analysis. The applicants will answer general questions about Western European and American art and sacred music history, including identification of musical styles and formal analysis of musical excerpts.

2. (For conductors only) Diagnostic exam in musical skills. The applicants will be asked to harmonize a simple melody at the piano, sightread an excerpt, take aural dictation and analyze elements in a score, such as instrumentation and formal procedures.

3. (For conductors only) Rehearsing and conducting the Master Singers. Applicants will submit two choices of repertoire to be rehearsed and conducted for 10-15 minutes with the Master Singers. The faculty at Notre Dame will indicate if either or both pieces can be conducted.

4. Interview. The applicants will meet with the faculty to discuss their background and their artistic and career goals.

5. (For organists only) Audition in person with the organ faculty, playing previously agreed repertoire.

6. (For singers only) Applied Musicianship Diagnostic Exam. The applicants will demonstrate their musicianship skills in sight-singing, rhythm, melodic dictation, and piano sight-reading (4-part Chorales on two staves).

7. (For singers only) Audition in person with the voice faculty. 4-5 selections taken from the art song repertory and oratorio/opera arias; including at least one aria, four languages, and stylistic variety.

For further information regarding the Sacred Music Program, contact Janet Rudasics at the Sacred Music office at or by phone (574-631-5349).