The Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Accompanying is offered through the piano division of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music. Students perform in solo recitals, master classes, solo performances with orchestra, chamber music concerts, as accompanists for singers, and in many other capacities.


  • Based on the results of the entrance examinations, the advisory committee, in conference with the student, will arrange a program of study of 54 to 72 hours beyond the master's degree. Candidates must pass language examinations in French, German and Italian.
  • Four vocal­-accompanying recitals to consist of: one French art song recital; two German Lieder recitals, each of which must contain a major song cycle; and one 20th century song recital.
  • One vocal-­instrumental recital.
  • One chamber music recital
  • A final 70­minute public recital consisting of music of different periods proposed by the candidate with committee approval, is the final comprehensive examination.


  • Four letters of recommendation, including two from professional colleagues, not teachers of the applicant, attesting to the applicant's past and potential ability as a concert performer.
  • Programs of performances and reviews, if available.
  • Complete description of teaching experiences.
  • Completed repertoire and professional experience record,obtainable here.
  • A public recital of a program selected by the D.M.A. committee from works on the applicant's repertoire and professional experience record and consisting of a solo group (15 to 20 minutes, memorization preferred) and representative song literature (50 to 55 minutes).
  • Sight reading examination of vocal scores and transposition before the advisory committee.
  • Written placement examinations (two hours each) in music history and music theory.