Freshmen considering the music composition track at URI should submit a portfolio of original compositions to the Music Department office no later than February 1 prior to their year of enrollment.

The portfolio should consist of 3 scores of original compositions (no arrangements please), accompanied by at least one audio recording of one of the pieces submitted. The other two pieces may be a synthetic/midi version if no audio recording is available.

The compositions should display:
1. Diverse styles.
2. Diverse instrumentation (for instance: solo, vocal, chamber ensemble, electronics).
3. An abundant variety of rhythms, tempos, and meters.
4. Harmonic inventiveness.
5. Motivic inventiveness.
6. A variety of textures (such as counterpoint, homophony, or call and answers).
7. Attention to scoring details (dynamics, tempos, articulations, tonguing, bowings).