Program in Music Performance College of Arts and Sciences Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Program in Music Performance College of Arts and Sciences Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Stony Brook, NY
student ratio
Not Reported
total students
average amount to complete degree
January 15
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
2 Degrees Offered
degrees offered


Department of Music Graduate Programs in Performance

The Department of Music at Stony Brook University offers the Master of Music (M.M.) and Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) degrees in performance. Areas of performance represented are choral conducting, piano, voice, harpsichord, and guitar as well as the following orchestral instruments: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, percussion, violin, viola, cello, and double bass. First-year M.M. students typically take one or two semesters of intensive ear-training. These students must also take one history course and one theory course for the degree; beyond that the focus of the program is on performance. Chamber music is required during the first two semesters of the program. Participation in the graduate orchestra is required of all orchestral musicians. Entering students in voice are expected to have a basic proficiency equivalent to one year each of college-level Italian, French, and German. A knowledge of French or German is required of harpsichord students. During the second year, M.M. students must pass a jury examination and present a public recital. All areas of study listed for the M.M. are also available to the D.M.A. in performance. D.M.A. students must have a master's degree either from Stony Brook or another institution. Under special circumstances, master's students may begin work on their doctoral degree before they have completed all master's requirements. Students admitted at the M.M. level are provisionally admitted to the D.M.A. program; they usually spend two years at the master's level, although it is possible to advance faster. The end of the master's-level work is an --articulation point.-- Students continue into the D.M.A. program if all master's-level work is satisfactorily completed and upon recommendation of the faculty.

In the first year of study, D.M.A. students create their own curriculum by drawing up a doctoral contract with a committee consisting of their major teacher and their academic adviser. The contract lists courses to be taken, projected topics for their doctoral research paper and lecture-recital, and a sketch of the repertoire for their four required contract recitals. The D.M.A. also has a foreign language requirement (the equivalent of one year of college-level study of French, German, or Italian for all instrumentalists except harpsichordists; this requirement can be satisfied either by taking and passing an exam given each fall or by taking a class). Students in harpsichord must demonstrate the equivalent of one year of college-level study in any two of the following languages: French, German, or Italian. Voice students must pass reading/translation examinations in any two of the following languages: French, German, Italian, or Russian. Many students study a language in their first year. In subsequent years, students complete the requirements of their contracts. As in the M.M. program, students are required to take chamber music during the first two semesters, and participation in graduate orchestra is required of all orchestral musicians. D.M.A. students can advance to candidacy (typically after two years in the program) after they have given three recitals, a lecture-recital, passed a preliminary jury, passed at least one language requirement, taken one history and one theory course, had the research paper from one of these courses approved after revision, and passed a doctoral jury examination. The fourth contract recital may be given after the student advances to doctoral candidacy. The last stage of the degree is a final doctoral recital and oral exam (an examination covering the contents of the recital by a special faculty committee). Students who successfully complete the D.M.A. degree are well-prepared to assume teaching and performing positions at colleges, universities, and conservatories, or to work as freelance musicians.

Research Facilities

Stony Brook's Staller Center for the Arts includes an acoustically excellent theater-concert hall (1,100 seats) and a more intimate recital hall (400 seats), both furnished with digital recording equipment. The music building contains a full range of rehearsal and teaching facilities, over seventy practice rooms and studios for graduate students, and more than forty Steinway grand pianos. The Department also has a collection of early instruments and organs, a virginal, a consort of viols, several Baroque string instruments and a collection of Baroque bows, as well as some Renaissance and Baroque wind instruments. The computer music studio is available for interactive work and also contains CD-burning equipment.

Student Outcomes

Recent graduates have joined symphony orchestras, including the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, the Netherlands Ballet Orchestra, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Washington Symphony Orchestra, and the Grand Rapids Symphony. Others hold faculty positions at colleges, universities, or conservatories, including California State University, Sacramento; University of Michigan; the Escuela Superior de Musica in Naucalpan, Mexico; the College of St. Catherine in Montreal, Quebec; the Musikhochschule des Saarlandes in Saarbruecken, Germany; the New England Conservatory; and the University of Oklahoma.

Graduate Admissions


The University is located on the North Shore of Long Island, about 60 miles east of New York City. The campus is nestled amid fields and woodlands, with Long Island Sound just minutes to the north and the Atlantic Ocean a 45-minute drive to the south. The Long Island Railroad connects New York City with the Stony Brook campus. Other nearby transportation facilities include a ferry, airports, and highways and bus, taxi, and limousine service.

The University and The Department

Established in 1957 as part of the State University of New York system, Stony Brook is now recognized as one of the nation's finest public universities. Stony Brook is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as one of the Doctoral/Research Universities'-Extensive. A 1997 study published by Johns Hopkins University Press placed Stony Brook among the top three public research universities in the country-second only to the University of California at Berkeley and tied for second with the University of California at Santa Barbara--in research per faculty member.

Stony Brook's music programs have grown out of an unusual partnership between the academy and the conservatory and are designed to favor interaction among musical disciplines that have traditionally been kept separate. The Department believes that a sound education for any musician must involve a solid theoretical grasp of musical structure, an understanding of the historical and cultural forces that shape music and practical experience with music making on a professional level. The Department frequently offers courses in collaboration with the Departments of Philosophy, Comparative Studies, Theatre Arts, and Art; the programs in cultural studies and women's studies; and Stony Brook's Humanities Institute.

Location & Contact

Program in Music Performance

College of Arts and Sciences
Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Nicolls Road
Stony Brook, NY 11794
United States

Dr. Perry Goldstein


Phone: 631-632-7340
Fax: 631-632-7404

Monica Gentile


Phone: 631-632-7330
Fax: 631-632-7404

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Performance Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)
      Master of Music (MM)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 15
    • Doctoral Degrees 37
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Not reported
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? Not reported
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


22% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 287
    • Accepted 84
    • Acceptance Rate 22
    • Enrolled 40
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $100
    • Application Fee - International $100
    • Electronic applications accepted? Not Reported
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 15th Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline October 1st Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & Fees$4,685
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableNot Reported

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students207
    • Female Percentage54%
    • Male Percentage46%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students207
    • Part-time Percentage3%
    • Full-time Percentage97%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino7%
    • Black / African American1%
    • White / Caucasian58%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native1%
    • Asian19%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races4%
    • Unknown10%