I feel confident in my ability to compose music. I think I have the ability required to get into a decent music college as a composition major.
What I'm not exactly sure about is how to approach the application process. I'm not sure exactly what kind of knowledge I should demonstrate in the pieces I submit. (For the record, I'm looking at slightly more classically orientated schools, and nothing like Berklee.)
For example, I'm afraid that I could either go overboard if I submitted something with a lot of 20th century harmony (I study Debussy and Ravel a lot on my own), or not show enough ambition if I refrained from such harmonic practices. I'm not sure which is the case.
I'm also not sure exactly what I'm up against in auditions. I found a student's award winning fugue off of Mannes's website. So far that's all I have for comparison.
I also don't know how long my pieces should be, or how developed they should be, or if demonstrating an exceptional grasp of harmony is more important than submitting something that feels more complete.
I have a lot of other concerns, too. Basically, I'm clueless.
So what should I try to emphasize in my composition submissions? Also, are there any other things I should know? I searched the forum before making this thread, and none of the threads answered my questions.