Prospective Students - Graduate

Thank you for your interest in the Graduate Program in Music at the University of Texas at Arlington!

We feature intensive programs in Music Education, Performance, Jazz Composition and Performance, and Theory, as well as Performance Certificate. Located in the heart of a culturally vibrant metropolitan area, UTA is perfectly situated to help students realize their educational and career goals. Large enough to offer a broad range of opportunities, but small enough to value you as an individual, we're sure you'll find UTA the right place to study your craft.

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Apply to the UTA Department of Music. Applications to audition for Fall 2024 admission are open.

Audition Dates for Fall 2024 Admission:

February 17, 2024 - Woodwinds/Brass/ Percussion/Piano/Jazz/Strings
February 24, 2024 – Voice
March 2, 2024 - Woodwinds/Brass/ Percussion/Piano/Jazz
March 23, 2024 - Voice


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If applying for either the Master of Music in Music Education, Music Performance, Jazz Composition or Music Theory, please submit three letters of recommendation to Dr. Clifton Evans, the graduate advisor for the music department. Letters should be mailed directly from your references to the address below or emailed to Dr. Evans at

UTA Music Attn: Dr. Clifton Evans
Box 19105
Arlington, TX 76019

Step 4 (Theory and Education Students only)

Students who wish to pursue a Master of Music Theory degree need to upload a writing sample for the theory faculty to review. Students who with to pursue a Master of Music in Music Education need to upload an unofficial transcript as well as a one-page "Philosophy of Music Education".

Music Theory and Education Supplementary Materials

Graduate Advisor

Dr. Clifton Evans, D.M.A. University of Houston

Department of Music

Associate Professor, Director of Orchestras, Strings Area Coordinator, Graduate Advisor

Area: Strings

Clifton Evans


Phone #: 817-272-5027

Office: FA 253-A

Bio: Dr. Clifton Evans currently serves as Director of Orchestras, Associate Professor of Music, and String Area Coordinator at the University of Texas at Arlington. Dr. Evans has enjoyed a conducting career that has taken him to Hong Kong, England, China, Austria, the Czech Republic and throughout the United States. Highly sought after as a clinician and lecturer, Dr. Evans has conducted numerous Region Orchestras and Bands and given multiple lectures on conducting and rehearsal technique. His upcoming schedule includes a return engagement with the American Festival for the Arts Conservatory Orchestra in Houston in the summer of 2021. In addition to his duties as a professor at UTA, Dr. Evans maintains an active schedule at summer festivals, conventions, and workshops. For six years, he conducted the Fargason concerts for the Texas Music Teachers Association, which featured concerto competition winners selected from across the state of Texas. He has also conducted the prestigious American Festival for the Arts Conservatory Orchestra in Houston numerous times and has been invited back for the 2020 season. In the summers of 2010, 2013, and 2017, he presented conducting workshops and other lectures at the state convention for the Texas Orchestra Directors Association in San Antonio. Each summer at UTA, he serves as Executive Director and a faculty member of the Texas Conducting Workshop, a program he founded together with the string faculty, and Summer Strings, a camp that hosts roughly 400 students from throughout the Metroplex. Dr. Evans’ previous positions include Artistic Director of the Arlington Youth Symphony, Director of Orchestras and Chamber Music for the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, Music Director for the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Houston, Conductor for the Houston Youth Symphony, and Music Director and Conductor of the Houston Civic Symphony. He currently maintains professional memberships in TMEA, TODA, Conductors Guild, and Mu Omicron. He is an honorary member of the Tau Beta Sigma and Kappa Kappa Psi chapters at UTA and also served as the faculty advisor to the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia chapter for 5 years. He resides in Arlington with his wife, Christy, and their children.