I am currently preparing to apply and audition for some music schools this fall for a composition major. I feel that I am heading in the right direction by studying theory and taking piano lessons at a local college.
The majority of my time spent is composing with my keyboard and a light version of Sibelius. I have completed (and still working on) various piano pieces as well as some smaller ensemble music.
My problem (which may not be a problem at all) is that I have not written any large ensemble orechestral or concert band pieces yet, mainly due to the limitations of the software I currently have. And, my budget will not allow me to purchase the professional version.
My question for you is: When i send in my prescreening materials in a couple of months, will the school expect there to be a large orecestra piece with twenty to thirty different parts? I'm not asking what they will be looking for in a piece but I want to know if other prospective composition students usually send in large works, and if the schools expect that.