Revised, August 2015
Resources at the Graduate Office site
Critically Important Notes:
Reading Copy Deadline
Be sure to carefully read the Notation Style Guide and prepare your score in accordance with it. Reading copies must include all front matter, using the template available at the graduate office site.
Candidates must submit reading copies of the dissertation by November 1 for fall graduation or March 1 for spring graduation. Before submitting your reading copies, the dissertation must be approved for circulation by your research chair; in other words, it must be finished and carefully proof-read, with the corrections indicated by the chair already made. Upon approval, the chair sends an email to the graduate office and committee members indicating the reading copy is approved for circulation. Then you may submit the official reading copies: submit (1) a PDF of the document to the graduate office doctoral clerk (email@example.com) and (2) one bound, double-sided hard copy to your research director. The research director will circulate it to the other committee members. Once all committee members have reviewed the document, the research director will go over any final adjustments with you.
Candidates are advised that approval of the dissertation by the research committee during the summer is not possible.
Dissertations (or portions thereof) with a duration of 15 minutes or less will be considered for performance with an IU orchestra, band, or the New Music Ensemble. Works involving chorus, concerto soloist or with durations exceeding 15 minutes will likely NOT be programmed. To have a dissertation placed in the pool for performance consideration, composers MUST:
- Turn in sample parts (one wind, one percussion, one string) to the committee chair and to PED for approvals, preferably hard copies, but PDF can be acceptable if the chair agrees.
- Format their dissertation so that it is usable (readable) by a conductor. It will not be acceptable for performance if the music is sized extremely small to avoid having to make page by page vertical adjustments in staves.
- Make a PDF version of the score available online, either at your own website, or by sending it to the chair to post on the IU composition department server. A web page listing dissertations awaiting performance is maintained and sent to prospective conductors. This page is not 'published' as part of composition department website, so will not be found through casual browsing.
- Deliver a coil bound hard copy to the PED librarian and inform the chair of this.
- Turn in a full set of parts BEFORE July 1 ahead of the academic year the performance is scheduled for.