International School of Contemporary Music at UNPHU

What are the benefits of studying music at UNPHU?

The International School of Contemporary Music at UNPHU offers a fully accredited, professionally oriented, four-year Bachelor of Music degree program with concentrations in the following areas: performance (vocal and instrumental,) the music business, studio recording, composition/arranging and production.

Our program is designed to prepare graduates to successfully compete in the international marketplace.

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How is the UNPHU’s program of music school structured?

During the first two years of study, students al our Music School focus on classes from the Core curriculum: musical theory, Arranging, music theory, history of western music and aural skills. Students must take private lessons on an instrument or voice  as well as participate in ensembles.

During the last two years of study at the muic school, students may elect courses that focus on areas of specific interest to the student: Sound engineering, composition/arranging and production, the music business, performance (instrumental or vocal).

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• Composition/Arranging/Production CAP

Students concentrating in Arranging/composition and production will study: orchestration, arranging for voices, counterpoint, basic DAW skills, digital notation, conducting and rehearsal techniques. As a finale project, CAP students will be required to produce a concert with a mix of original music and arrangements of compositions by others.

• Performance

Students concentrating in instrumental or vocal performance are required to pass eight proficiency tests within eight semesters. These tests measure the student’s technical proficiency, reading and soloing abilities and general musicianship. Students concentrating in instrumental or vocal performance must have an IPR of at least 6 in these areas. In addition, they are required to perform a 15-minute recital by the end of their fourth semester, a 30-minute recital by the end of their sixth semester and a 60-minute recital for their finale project.

• Audio recording

Students concentrating in audio recording will learn the basics of sound design, mixing, mastering, Foley recording and studio management. As a finale project students will record, mix and master a professional level sound recording of a fellow student’s music.

• The music business

Students concentrating on the music business will learn the basics of music entrepreneurship, accounting, concert/event promotion, contracts and copyrights, music licensing issues, intellectual property law, website development for eBusiness/ eMarketing. As a finale project, students will produce and promote a concert given by their fellow students.


Auditioning for the music program

Application process:

Instrumental and vocal auditions are held during the months of May, August, and October.

For specific dates and audition times, contact the music department directly at:

Phone: 809 562-6601 ext. 1170.


The Fall semester begins September 1, 2017. The Spring semester begins January 9, 2018.

Students must audition on their principal instrument or as a vocalist and will be asked to:

  • perform a piece of music that has been prepared in advance,
  • sight read an unknown piece of music,
  • improvise with an unknown piece of music.

The student’s overall musicality and their instrumental or vocal technical facility will also be assessed. Acceptance to the music program will be based on the audition.


Once you’re accepted…


Placement Examinations

During the first few days of a new semester all students will take placement examinations.

These tests will help determine the student’s level in each of the “core” subjects – harmony, arranging and aural skills. 

Individual Performance Rating (IPR)

Once accepted into the music program, each student will perform for a group of faculty members who will evaluate their performance abilities. Each student will receive a 4-digit Individual Performance Rating or “IPR”. The IPR is based on a scale from 1 – 9. The IPR numbers correspond to: Instrumental technical facility, sight reading skills, improvisation, general performance acumen.

A student’s IPR determines the level of ensemble or lab in which a student may participate during the semester. Students should strive to improve their IPR every semester.

1 – 2  Instrumental labs

3 – 4  Beginning level ensembles

5 – 6  Intermediate level ensembles

6 – 7  Intermediate to advanced level ensembles

8 – 9  advanced level ensembles



Materials recommended for music students:

  • Computer – preferably a MacBook Pro
  • Personal instrument (excluding pianos)
  • Music sketch pad paper
  • Small band score paper
  • Music Theory text – E-book
  • Arranging textbook – E-book
  • Musicalidad textbook – E-book
  • Music History textbook – physical book
  • Sheet music, method books and other materials for private lessons
  • Digital metronome

Application procedures, requirements and deadlines

All music school applicants are required to submit an admissions application on line to UNPHU along with their academic transcripts. Applicants are urged to contact UNPHU’s Office of Admission for details regarding specific admission requirements.


International Student Admission at Music School

Foreign  students may audition via video or via Skype.

For video auditions, recordings have to be made by a single camera from a profile perspective, from the back (for pianists) and from the front for bass players, guitarists, vocalists, drummers, percussionists and other instruments. EDITED VIDEOS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Videos using more than one camera, will automatically be disqualified and the applicant will be notified to send a new video and reapply.

Transferring Students FAQ

A transferring student is a student who is currently enrolled in an accredited institution i.e. – college, conservatory or university.  (Ask Christina)

Costs for domestic students

Audition fee:                                    RD$1,000.00

Admission fee:                                 RD$1,000.00

Registration fee:                              RD$11,500.00

Tuition:                                              RD$55,000.00

Books:                                                RD$6,750.00 (First semester only)

RD$4,500.00 (semesters 2 – 4)

Costs for international students

Audition fee:                                   US$ 100.00

Admission fee:                                US$ 150.00

Registration fee:                             US$ 350.00

Tuition:                                            US$ 5,000 per semester

Books:                                              US$6,750.00 (First semester only)

US$4,500.00 (semesters 2 – 4)

Music school Faculty

Corey Allen – Arranging, Music Theory, Production, Vocal Arranging, Orchestration


Director Académico de la Escuela Internacional de Música Contemporanea

BM in Composition, Berklee College of Music (Cum Laude)

Masters degree (candidate) University of Southern California

Private study in conducting with Atilio Poto, Boston Conservatory

Private study in composition with Thomas Oboe Lee

As a record producer, performer and arranger his work appears on recordings in genres as diverse as jazz, R&B, Latin jazz, classical, house, pop, gospel, fusion and musical theatre. Corey is a founding member of the LA Jazz Trio which has recorded 21 CDs with a variety of artists including Mr. Allen’s solo CD, “My Romance” (King Records, Japan.)

His film and TV credits include the title music for the feature film, “Live Nude Girls”; the documentary film “The Powder and the Glory”; music for the feature film “Just Cause” starring Sean Connery and Laurence Fishburne and to several Showtime and Biography Channel presentations.

His arrangements for vocal ensemble continue to be recorded by vocal groups around the globe including: M-Pact, (US) Suite Voice (Japan) and Vocalese (Spain). The Manhattan Transfer has made several recordings that feature his arrangements for them and symphony orchestra including the Cincinnati Pops and the City of Prague Symphony Orchestra.

As an educator, Corey taught at the Berklee College of Music from 1980 to 1985 and again from 2002 to 2004. Since 1983, when Corey served on the “Core Music Curriculum Committee” Corey has continued to develop music curricula in both the US and abroad. He has presented master classes in applied music theory and arranging at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, the University of Oregon, Milligan College, the University of Maine, the Conservatoire de Lausanne, Switzerland and the Hochschulen für Musik in Aachen, Hamburg and Hannover Germany.

Lic. Silvestre Ant. de Moya Saba – Director of Operations, Music Business courses


Director of operations at the international school of contemporary music at UNPHU

 Entrepreneur of Construction, Cultural Promoter, Politician and Educator. Co-founder of the Committee for the Implementation of the Inter-American Institute for Global Changes Research- (IAI), Member of the National Commission for the Follow-up of the Agreements of the Earth Summit – Brazil. Executive Secretary of the National Commission for Ecological Sanitation.

He has participated as manager of important civil and port works throughout the DR, both privately and publicly. More recently, Silvestre coordinated the interior construction of the theater complex UCNE and the design and construction of the facilities of the School of Music – UNPHU.

Since 2003 Silvestre has produced and promoted events: Chuck Mangionne, “Calle 54” – Paquito D ‘Rivera, Elián Elías, Michael Camilo, Chano Domínguez, Giovanni Hidalgo, Horacio’ ‘El Negro’ ‘Hernandez, David Valentine, Jerry Rivera, Anthony Jackson, Marc Walker, Diego Urcola, Mark Johnson, among others).

He is also producer of the festival “The Caribbean Jazz Tour” featuring Doub Webb, Chuck Bergeron, Corey Allen, José Negroni, Ed Calle, Sly de Moya, Papatin de Castro, July Montes among others.

 Sly de Moya – Drum set, Music Business courses


BA in Performance (Cum Laude) Berklee College of Music

BA in Music Business (Cum laude) Berklee College of Music.

Winner in the category “Arranger-Presentacion en vivo” for Distinctions: Talent shows 1995, 1996 and 1997, Nominated 5 times to the Prize of the Youth, Winner of the Prize Bicentennario Juan pablo Duarte 2014, Nominated in the category “Man of the year” Of the Diario Libre 2014 and 2015. 1st CD, “Sly de Moya & The Latin Bars” is # 1 in the Jazz Charts of Dominican Republic in “Reverbnation” for more than 5 years (2010-2016) 2nd CD “Caribbean Jazz Collective” Is # 2 on the Caribbean Jazz charts in “Reverbnation” for one year (2015-2016).

Gabriel Parra – Saxophone, Arranging, Music Theory, Musicalidad.


BM  on jazz Composition, Berklee College of Music, 2010

He has worked in the DR and internationally with numerous artists such as Puente Jr, Milly Quezada, Ramon Orlando. His mentor, the Saxophonist Crispin Fernandez, becomes his saxophone teacher at the conservatory. Gabriel always recommends to all students to pursue their dreams. Awards: Winner of the Tito Puente concert series of the city of Boston and recognition of the city of Monte Plata as an example in music in the country.


  • Saviñon Auditorium –  500 seat performance space
  • Sala Max – Recital hall
  • 400 seat, open-air amphitheater
  • University library with over hundreds of volumes of Dominican music.
  • Director’s Private Library with over 250 scores and music reference books
  • New practice rooms
  • Hi-speed internet capability with video projectors in the classrooms.
  • Conference room for internet based courses/lessons.
  • Recording lab
  • New bathrooms
  • New fiber optic network university wide
  • “Terranota Studios” – a professional, state-of-the-art recording facility for the study of recording arts
  • University library and Technology Center
  • Keyboard & MIDI Labs

Ensembles and Labs

Chorus (required of all students)

Jazz Vocal Ensemble

Mandrigal Ensemble

World Music Ensemble

Rhythm Section Ensemble (with various horns)

Guitar Ensemble (3 to 5 guitarists)

Sight Reading Ensemble

Salsa, Merengue Ensemble

Bachata Ensemble

Folkloric Ensemble

Brazilian Ensemble

Percussion Ensemble

Classic Rock Ensemble

Chamber Ensemble

Saxophone Quartet

Fusion Ensemble

Be-bop & Jazz Standards Ensemble

Woodwind Quintet

Django Reinhardt Ensemble

Early Jazz Ensemble

Bass Lab

Guitar Lab

Percussion for non-percussionists Lab

Brazilian music Lab

Latin music Lab

Drummers Lab

Saxophone Lab

Trumpet Lab

Brushes Lab (for drummers)

Keyboard Lab

Vocal styles Lab

Vocal recording Lab

Lab for Piano trio and vocalist

Musical theater “workshop” Lab

Financial Institutions

Fundapec Fundación APEC de Crédito Educativo, Inc.

Address: Av. Bolivar Esq. Socorro Sánchez, Gazcue, Apartado Postal 1451, Santo Domingo, República Dominicana., Dominican Republic

Phone:  809-689-4171

Web Page:




UNPHU is a dynamic, forward-looking institution that is optimistic about the future of the music/entertainment industry and enthusiastic about training its students for leadership roles within that industry. UNPHU students are trained using state-of-the-art music software and hardware including: ProTools, Sibelius, Finale, Digital Performer, Logic and a newly installed, university-wide, fiber optic network.


At the International School of Contemporary Music at UNPHU, classes are taught in a bi-lingual environment. Our faculty includes the most successful musicians, sound engineers, composers, arrangers, producers, concert promoters and music business professionals in the Dominican Republic. Students may also take classes via telecommunications technology, with professors who are located in Los Angeles, New York and Hamburg, Germany.

Related Institutions

The  Music School  is creating relationships with music schools in Europe, South America, the US and Canada. 

ALAEMUS Association of Latin American Music Schools

The association includes member schools from Mexico to Argentina. 

CLAEM Congreso Latinoamericano de Escuelas de Música

Conservatorio AMA Bogotá CO


UNPHU has established a relationship with the Hochschule für Musik in Hamburg, Germany.

A student and faculty exchange program is being developed in addition to offering lessons and classes via teleconferencing. Similar agreements are being made with Conservatorio AMA Bogatá, Colombia and

Conservatorio de Artes del Caribe (CAC) in Puerto Rico

Bangor University Wales, UK

To get more information about the music school, follow the link on the association logo.


HFMT – Hamburg
Music and Theater School


Visiting Artist


Joel Taylor – US (Drummer with: Guitar Hero, Clint Eastwoods’s feature film “Gran Torino”

Al Di Meola, Alan Holsworth, Stanley Clarke, Frank Gambale, Andy Summers, Yanni, Mike Garson, Jeff Lorber and many more.)


Dave Tull – US (Drummer with: Barbara Streisand, Chuck Mangione, Maynard Ferguson, session drummer for numerous television shows in the US.)


Chuck Bergeron – US (Bassist for the Buddy Rich Band, Joe Williams, Stan Getz, Randy Brecker, Adam Nussbaum, Joey Calderazzo, Dave Grusin, Patti Austin, New York Voices, Larry Coryell, Dave Weckl and many more.)


Stefan Bauer – Germany (Vibraphone – Internationally known clinician and soloist.)


Sandro Comini – Italy (Trombone – performer, concert promoter, producer, composer of music for television, soundtracks and soloist.)


Marcel Worms – Holland (Piano – Internationally known clinician and soloist.)


Nestor Torres – Puerto Rico (Flute – Internationally known recording artist, flautist)


Pedro Eustache – Venezuela (Flute and ethnic winds – Internationally known recording artist, flautist)


Carol Welsman – Canada (Internationally known recording artist, vocalist, pianist and arranger)


Cyrille Aimee – Dominican (Internationally known recording artist, vocalist, pianist and arranger.)


Christoph Aupperle (Vibraphone) & Julian Kessler (Guitar) – Germany (Internationally known musicians and clinicians.)


Wolf Kerschek (Pianist, Composer, Arranger) – Germany.

Director of the Jazz Department at HFMT (Hamburg).

Connect With Us

Mailing address:

Km 7 1/2, Av. John F. Kennedy,

Santo Domingo 1423, Dominican Republic


Phone: 1 809-562-6601


Music school phone: 809 562-6601 ext 1171