Sacred Music (Conducting): DMA

Graduate Program in Sacred Music

Dec. 15
Doctor of Musical Arts
2 years minimum

Program Handbook

The doctor of musical arts (DMA) is administered by the interdisciplinary program Sacred Music at Notre Dame (SMND) and is distinguished by its artistic goals, interdisciplinary methodology and engagement with Christian musical traditions. Students undergo professional music training in either conducting or organ, together with academic formation through DMA research seminars that examine questions of music history and theory, with a particular emphasis on sacred music in its historical and liturgical context. The DMA is intended to train individuals who wish to work at the highest levels in colleges, universities and seminaries, as well as in cathedrals, churches and other artistic communities throughout the world.

Last updated: 08/31/2023

Application Materials:
  • GRE General Test not accepted
  • TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo for non-native speakers of English
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of intent
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Writing sample(s) - refer to program site for details
  • A master's degree (or the equivalent) in this field
  • Portfolio - refer to program site for details
  • Audition materials - refer to program site for details
  • Unofficial transcripts from each post-secondary institution required at the time of application. (Official transcript showing conferral of a bachelor's degree due upon enrollment.)

Gabriel Radle
Director of Graduate Studies
Phone: (574) 631-1300