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.
  • A public solo recital.
  • A public chamber music performance.
  • A public lecture­-demonstration recital, the topic of which must be approved in advance by the committee together with a written document on the topic.
  • Two concerto recitals.
  • A final recital of 70 minutes duration is the final comprehensive examination and demonstrates the candidate's ability independently to solve performance issues related to technique, learning, discipline and style.


  • 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;
  • Written placement examinations (two hours each) in music history and music theory.