Master of Music in Choral Conducting

Through focus on practical conducting skills while integrating the academic areas of theory, history and pedagogy, this degree is designed to prepare the graduate for a career in conducting or teaching, or doctoral study. Conducting opportunities include conducting labs, ad hoc ensembles, and five regular ensembles. We also regularly offer opportunities to study with national and international figures. Recent guests include Peter Phillips, Joseph Flummerfelt, Erwin Ortner, Amy Kaiser, Simon Carrington and Charles Bruffy.

Prerequisites

  • Bachelors degree in music (or demonstrated equivalent)
  • GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours
  • Basic keyboard skills
  • Two undergraduate conducting courses
  • Previous conducting experience
  • Proficiency in French, Italian, and German diction
  • Proficiency in vocal pedagogy

If an applicant does not meet the required prerequisites, then appropriate course(s) may be added to the degree requirements.

Required Courses

8313

Intro to Graduate Study I

2

8314

Intro to Graduate Study II

1

73xx

Music History elective*

3

72xx

Music Theory elective*

3

72xx or 73xx

Music Theory or Music History elective

3

7455

Studio Instruction

2

8673

Advanced Choral Conducting (2+2)

4

8674

Advanced Instrumental Conducting

2

8765

Choral Repertory (2+2)

4

8842/8865

Choral Ensemble/Opera Workshop (1 per semester)

4

8970

Graduate Recital (1+1)***

2

7xxx-8xxx

Electives**

1

 

Total

31

Additional Requirements

  • Comprehensive Exam General Info
  • See degree specific guidelines on this page to the right
  • No more than one course with a grade lower than B- may count toward completion of the degree.

* A minimum of three credits each are required in both theory and history.

** Electives may be 7000-level or higher music or non-music courses, chosen with consultation with the advisor

*** Two conducting recitals, each 45 minutes in length, or the equivalent in large ensemble conducting appearances.