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The Yale School of Music D.M.A. Papers

Call Number: MSS 13

Scope and Contents

The Yale School of Music D.M.A. Papers document the professional activities of successful candidates for the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts. The Papers cover a degree candidate's activities between receipt of the Master of Musical Arts degree and return for the D.M.A. degree. Included in the Papers are scrapbooks, correspondence, programs, reviews, sound recordings, and printed books and musical scores.


  • 1973 - 2019


Conditions Governing Access

The Yale School of Music D.M.A. Papers are open for research to current D.M.A. candidates at the Yale School of Music, for use as models. Other researchers may have access only with written permission from the subject.

Because the correspondence files contain confidential academic evaluations, they will remain sealed until 75 years after the D.M.A. was awarded.These files have been removed from their original boxes and compiled into separate boxes as restricted materials.

Original computer files may not be accessed due to their fragility. Researchers must consult access copies.

Conditions Governing Use

The Yale School of Music Papers are the property of the Irving S. Gilmore Music Library of Yale University. Copyrights belong to the composers and authors, or their legal heirs and assigns.


Materials are arranged chronologically by year of degree, and alphabetically by last name therein. Dates for candidate dossiers were determined by year of degree.

Original order has been maintained for born-digital materials. No further arrangement work has been done.


96 Linear Feet (176 boxes)

911 Computer Files (3.03 gigabytes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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Dossiers documenting the professional activities of successful candidates for the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in the Yale School of Music

Biographical / Historical

The Doctor of Musical Arts degree program of the Yale School of Music was approved in 1968; the first degrees were awarded in 1973. As a prerequisite, candidates must have received the Master of Musical Arts degree from Yale, and then spend three to five years demonstrating their qualifications through distinguished achievement in their profession. Upon applying for the D.M.A. degree, the candidates submit a dossier of evidence demonstrating their professional competence and accomplishments. This evidence may include programs, brochures, reviews, compositions, recordings, publications, and other materials. Candidates are also required to give a recital and undergo an oral examination. Each year, the School of Music sends dossiers from successful candidates to the Library to become part of the D.M.A. Papers.
The Yale School of Music D.M.A. Papers
Compiled by Jean Elizabeth Roberts (1996); revised by Richard Boursy, and Michelle Peralta (2020).
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