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SCHOOL OF MUSIC

Graduate Music Programs

Graduate degree programs in the School of Music are designed to extend and broaden the professional competency of men and women desiring careers in music. Students may pursue a Master of Music or a Master of Music Education degree.

The Master of Music degre (MM) allows for concentration in history-literature, piano pedagogy, theory-composition, conducting (instrumental or vocal), or performance. The Master of Music Education (MME) program allows for concentration in elementary music, choral music, instrumental music, music in special education, or voice. Conducting options may be elected (with approval) in both choral and instrumental programs.

WSU offers a wide array of graduate assistantships in all areas of concentration in music, which may involve assisting faculty with recruiting, teaching, and administrative activities. The playing responisilities include participating in the unviersity's large ensembles, graduate quintets, chamber ensembles, and recitals.

Other prestigious graduate assistantships are available and are awarded in partnership with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra. These assistantships are awarded to talented woodwind, brass, percussion, and string players and include positions in the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, as well as other playing responsibilities within the School of Music. The WSU graduate string quartet presents children's concerts within the Wichita public schools and performs chamber music concerts with the support and guidance of the string faculty. The trumpet position includes participation in the faculty brass quintet. Recipients of these assistantships perform in Principal positions in the university bands and orchestra.


Graduate Assistantships in Bands


Duties:

Graduate Assistantships in Band require an approximate load of 20 hours per week as assigned by the Director of Bands. Graduate Assistants will serve as the conductor of the Men’s Basketball Band and assist with the Women’s Basketball Band or serve as the conductor of the Women’s Basketball Band and assist with the Men’s Basketball Band. Duties also include:
1. Supervision of the School of Music instrument inventory
2. Performance participation in the nationally renowned Symphonic Wind Ensemble on his/her principal instrument
3. Performance participation in the Concert Band on his/her secondary instrument
4. Conducting of bands and chamber ensembles commensurate with conducting skills and experience
5. Serve as administrative assistant to the Director of Bands

Qualifications:

1. BM or BME
2. Public school teaching experience desirable but not required
3. Graduate performance level on principal instrument
4. Conducting ability, skills, and experience enabling the applicant to conduct university ensembles

Financial Package:

Total financial package is $10,400 per school year – including a tuition remission of up to $2,400 and a stipend of $8,000 per academic year. This stipend is pro-rated over nine months, with the first payment given in mid-September. Graduate assistants are entitled to in-state tuition privileges. Stipend and tuition remission are subject to legislative approval. Receiving an additional stipend is possible by performing with a basketball band when not conducting a band at a game.

Admission:

Admission and assistantship applications may be obtained by contacting Mark Foley, Coordinator of Graduate Music Studies, School of Music, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS 67260-0053. All international applicants must pass the (SPEAK) Institutional Test for Spoken English with a score of 50 or better. Applicants may not be considered until admission to the Graduate School has been secured.

Conducting and Instrument Audition:

A conducting audition, performance audition on the principal instrument, and an interview are required of all candidates. To make audition arrangements and to schedule a campus visit, contact by mail Dr. Victor Markovich, Director of Bands, School of Music, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS 67260-0053. Arrangements also can be made by phone – (316) 978-6424 – or by e-mail.


 

Instrumental Conducting Degrees:
Wind Ensemble/Band Emphasis

Application, Interview and Audition Information

Master of Music in Instrumental Conducing Concentration
Master of Music Education - Instrumental Conducting Emphasis Option

The degrees of Master of Music in Instrumental Conducing Concentration and the Master of Music Education - Instrumental Conducting Emphasis Options each require at least one academic year in residence. Conducting experiences include rehearsal and performance responsibilities with the Concert Band, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, possibly the Symphony Orchestra, and additionally significant conducting with chamber ensembles. As a result of these concentrated experiences the degree program is limited to a few carefully selected candidates. The process of selecting these candidates will be aided significantly by each applicant providing the following information with their application:

I. General requirements:
1. Admission to the Graduate School
2. An audition, to be arranged, on the applicants principal instrument is required
3. A conducting audition, to be arranged, with the Symphonic Wind Ensemble.

II. Written requirements to be submitted to the Director of Bands:
1. A professional resume
2. A repertoire list covering the following literature:
    a. Works prepared and conducted
    b. Works studied and ready to conduct
    c. Significant wind works performed as an instrumentalist in an ensemble

III. On-campus Audition/Interview requirements:
1. Perform a representative work on your principal instrument with competence for the applied faculty member of your instrument.
2. Conduct the WSU Symphonic Wind Ensemble: Gustav Holst - Second Suite in F, all movements.
3. Prepare a formal analysis and be prepared to discuss with the Director of Bands, in a private interview, the Gustav Holst - Second Suite in F, all movements. Address the following aspects of the work: Composer, Composition, Historical Perspective, Technical Considerations, Stylistic Considerations, Musical Elements, Form and Structure.
4. Personal interview by the Wind Conducting faculty, applied instrument faculty member, graduate coordinator, instrumental music education specialist.
5. Perspective candidates should plan to be on campus for a full day for a campus visitation, interviews, meetings and lunch with current band/wind ensemble conducting majors, and auditions.

Candidates for the M.M.E.- Instrumental Conducting Emphasis (Option) and the M.M. Instrumental Conducting degrees are expected to participate in the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Concert Band each semester in residence in addition to enrolling in applied lessons on their instrument each semester.


 

Instrumental Graduate Assistantships

 

 

GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP IN FLUTE


DESCRIPTION: Assistantship requires an approximate load of 20 hours per week. Duties are primarily private flute instruction to non-major flute students, teaching flute methods, assisting the flute professor in various activities related to the flute class, and performing in university ensembles including the graduate woodwind quintet. Only flute performers seeking Master of Music or Master of Music Education degrees need apply.

STIPEND: $7,352 per school year. This stipend is pro-rated over nine months, the first payment beginning in
mid September. Ample opportunity exists for teaching private flute in the Wichita community. Graduate assistants are entitled to in-state tuition privileges with further discounts ranging from 50% - 100% of
in-state tuition rate.

APPLICATION: Admission and assistantship applications may be obtained by contacting Dr. Mark Foley, Coordinator of Graduate Music Studies, Wichita State University, Campus Box 53, Wichita, KS 67260-0053. All international applicants must pass the TOEFL test with
a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test and a minimum score of 213 on the
computer-based test. Applicants may not be considered for an assistantship until admission to the
Graduate School has been secured.

Interested persons are requested to audition (preferred) or submit a recent CD recording representative of various musical styles. Arrangements for auditions should be made directly through Dr. Frances Shelly,
Professor of Flute (frances.shelly@wichita.edu).

 

GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP IN PERCUSSION


DESCRIPTION: Assistantship requires an approximate load of 20 hours per week. Duties are primarily private percussion instruction of undergraduate students, conducting master classes, possible assisting with the direction of the WSU steel band, World Percussion Ensemble and participation in the nationally renowned WSU Percussion Ensemble, Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra. Private instruction will be with Professor Gerald Scholl, principal timpanist and percussionist with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra.

STIPEND: Approximately $7,352 per school year. This stipend is pro-rated over nine months, the first payment beginning in mid-September. Other potential sources of income include the Wichita Symphony Orchestra
(by special audition) with over 100 services per season. Ample opportunity exists for teaching private percussion in the Wichita community as well as commercial playing. Graduate assistants are entitled
to in-state tuition privileges with further discounts ranging from 50% - 100% of in-state tuition rate.

APPLICATION: Admission and assistantship applications may be obtained by contacting Dr. Mark Foley, Coordinator of Graduate Music Studies, Wichita State University, Campus Box 53, Wichita, KS 67260-0053. All international applicants must pass the TOEFL test with a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test and a minimum score of 213 on the computer-based test. Applicants may not be considered until admission to the Graduate School has been secured.

Applicants are requested to audition (preferred) or submit a recent DVD representative of various musical styles as well as exhibiting skills on the various percussion instruments including but not limited to Snare drum/multiple percussion, mallets, and timpani. Drum set encouraged but not essential. Arrangements for auditions should be made directly through Professor of Percussion Gerald Scholl.

 

GRADUATE TEACHING ASSISTANTSHIP IN FRENCH HORN
WICHITA STATE UNIVERSITY/WICHITA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA


DESCRIPTION: Assistantship requires an approximate load of 16 hours per week. Duties are primarily as an assigned player in university ensembles, coaching of brass chamber
ensembles and horn sectionals. Upon a successful audition for the conductor of the
Wichita Symphony Orchestra, membership in that ensemble’s horn section (second horn) will run
for the two year period of the assistantship. Graduate assistant in horn studies with
Dr. Nicholas Smith, the Principal Horn with the Wichita Symphony and Professor of Horn
at Wichita State University. Only applicants seeking Master of Music or Master of
Music Education degrees need apply.

STIPEND: Approximately $5,000 per school year. This stipend is pro-rated over nine months, the first payment
beginning in mid September. Graduate assistants are entitled to in-state tuition privileges
($218.55 per credit hour). The assistantship includes a position with the Wichita Symphony
Orchestra (by special audition). Approximate value of the symphony position is $8,000 per season.

APPLICATION: Admission and assistantship applications may be obtained by contacting Dr. Mark Foley, Coordinator of Graduate Music Studies, Wichita State University, Campus Box 53, Wichita, KS 67260-0053. All international applicants must pass the TOEFL test with a
minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test and a minimum score of 213 on the computer-
based test. Applicants may not be considered until admission to the Graduate School
has been secured.

Interested persons are requested to submit application materials and a recent tape/CD recording of their playing at the earliest possible date. All tapes/CDs should be no longer than twenty minutes and include both solo literature and orchestral excerpts. These tapes/CDs
should be sent directly to Dr. Nicholas Smith at the above address. Applicants should be
prepared to visit the campus for a personal audition/interview if so required.

 

GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP IN BASSOON
WICHITA STATE UNIVERSITY/WICHITA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

DESCRIPTION: Assistantship requires an approximate load of 16 hours per week. Duties are primarily as an assigned player in university ensembles, and coaching of wind sectionals. Upon a successful audition for the conductor of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, a contract for the Second Bassoon position will be offered. Graduate assistant will study with Artist Faculty member, Principal Bassoonist of the Wichita Symphony and Assistant Professor of Bassoon. Only bassoon performers seeking Master of Music or Master of Music Education degrees need apply.

STIPEND: Minimum $4192 per school year. This stipend is pro-rated over nine months, the first payment beginning in September. Other potential sources of income include the Wichita Symphony Orchestra with 8-9 services per season. Graduate assistants receive in-state tuition privileges. Approximate value of the symphony position is $7,800 per season.

APPLICATION: Admission and assistantship applications may be obtained by contacting:

Dr. Mark Foley, Coordinator of Graduate Music Studies
Wichita State University
Campus Box 53
Wichita, KS 67260-0053

All international applicants must pass the TOEFL test with a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test and a minimum score of 213 on the computer-based test. Applicants may not be considered until admission to the Graduate School has been secured.

Interested persons are requested to submit application materials and a recent CD recording of their playing at the earliest possible date. All recordings should include a variety of solo literature and orchestral excerpts, and should be sent directly to Dr. Victor Markovich at the above address. Applicants should be prepared to visit the campus for a personal audition/interview if invited.
 

GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP IN OBOE
WICHITA STATE UNIVERSITY/WICHITA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

DESCRIPTION: Assistantship requires an approximate load of 16 hours per week. Duties are primarily as an assigned player in university ensembles, and coaching of wind sectionals. Upon a successful audition for the conductor of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, a contract for the Second Oboe position will be offered. Graduate assistant will study with Andréa Banke, Principal Oboist of the Wichita Symphony and Assistant Professor of Oboe. Only oboe performers seeking Master of Music or Master of Music Education degrees need apply.

STIPEND: Minimum $4192 per school year. This stipend is pro-rated over nine months, the first payment beginning in September. Other potential sources of income include the Wichita Symphony Orchestra with 80-90 services per season. Graduate assistants receive in-state tuition privileges. Approximate value of the symphony position is $8,000 per season.

APPLICATION: Admission and assistantship applications may be obtained by contacting:

Dr. Mark Foley, Coordinator of Graduate Music Studies
Wichita State University
Campus Box 53
Wichita, KS 67260-0053

All international applicants must pass the TOEFL test with a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test and a minimum score of 213 on the computer-based test. Applicants may not be considered until admission to the Graduate School has been secured.

Interested persons are requested to submit application materials and a recent CD recording of their playing at the earliest possible date. All recordings should include a variety of solo literature and orchestral excerpts, and should be sent directly to Andréa Banke at the above address. Applicants should be prepared to visit the campus for a personal audition/interview if invited.

 

 

GRADUATE TEACHING ASSISTANTSHIP IN TRUMPET
WICHITA STATE UNIVERSITY/WICHITA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA


DESCRIPTION: Assistantship requires an approximate load of 20 hours per week. Duties include second trumpet
in the WSU Faculty Brass Quintet, teach non-majors, perform in the WSU Symphony Orchestra
and the WSU Symphonic Wind Ensemble and possible coaching of brass sectionals. Upon a successful
audition for the conductor of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, a regional professional orchestra,
a contract for the second trumpet position will be offered. Our graduate assistant studies with
David Hunsicker, Associate Professor of Trumpet, and Principal Trumpet with the Wichita Symphony.
Only trumpet performers seeking Master of Music or Master of Music Education degrees need apply.

STIPEND: $6,500 minimum per school year. This stipend is pro-rated over nine months, the first payment
beginning in mid September. Graduate assistants receive in-state tuition privileges. Other potential sources of income include the Wichita Symphony Orchestra (by special audition) with 60-70 services
per season. Membership in this organization is an implicit responsibility of the graduate assistant
in trumpet. Approximate value of the symphony position is $7,000 - $8,000 per season for a combined value of approximately $14,000 or higher/year. Additionally, there is the possibility of private teaching and freelancing in the Wichita area.

APPLICATION: Admission and assistantship applications may be obtained by contacting Prof. Mark Foley, Coordinator of Graduate Music Studies, Wichita State University, Campus Box 53, Wichita, KS 67260-0053. All international applicants must pass the TOEFL test with a minimum
score of 550 on the paper-based test and a minimum score of 213 on the computer-based test.
Applicants may not be considered until admission to the Graduate School has been secured.

Interested persons are requested to submit application materials, resume and a recent compact disc
of their playing at the earliest possible date. All recordings should include a solo on Bb, C
or Eb trumpet with piano, and a variety of 5-7 orchestral excerpts, including piccolo trumpet.
The recordings and resumes should be sent directly to David Hunsicker at the address below.
His e-mail address is david.hunsicker@wichita.edu. Applicants should be prepared to visit the
campus for a personal audition/interview if invited.


(This includes securing admission to the Graduate School.)

THE CITY: Wichita State University is located in the metropolitan area of Wichita, a cultural center of Kansas. With a metro population of approximately 500,000, Wichita affords diverse cultural advantages -- professional symphony, two professional choirs, resident ballet, music theatre, et cetera. Part-time employment opportunities in the arts are plentiful as well as regular commercial employment.

THE UNIVERSITY: The University is a Regents institution of the state of Kansas with a current enrollment of approximately 15,000 students. The School of Music has over 400 music majors with 42 full-time faculty and numerous adjunct faculty.
 

 


 

ALL APPLICATION MATERIALS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED BY FEBRUARY.
(This includes securing admission to the Graduate School.)


 

 

Dr. Victor A. Markovich
Coordinator and Advisor
Graduate Instrumental Wind Ensemble/Band Conducting Programs
Professor of Music
Director of Bands
Director of Winds and Percussion Studies
316 - 978 6424
victor.markovich@wichita.edu