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Students receive close individual mentorship and significant podium time in rehearsal and performance.
The conducting program trains highly-qualified musicians to become successful conductors and scholars, emphasizing a thorough knowledge of repertory, knowledge of historical and analytical issues, an understanding of efficient, effective rehearsal technique and a clear, expressive conducting technique.
The Master of Music in conducting is designed for those wishing to further advance their craft with an eye towards advancing their professional work, admission into a doctoral conducting program, or becoming a more effective secondary school instrumental conductor. Students have a core group of courses related to their conducting area, but also have opportunities to learn about the repertory and conducting issues in other areas. There are two tracks in this program (Orchestral and Wind Band).
The Doctor of Musical Arts in conducting is designed with the belief that regardless of specialty area, one is first and foremost a conductor. Areas of specialty include choral, orchestra/opera, or wind band music. Students have a core group of common courses, regardless of emphasis area. Students also have opportunities to learn about the repertory and conducting issues in other areas, including the option of acquiring a cognate in a second conducting area.
The School of Music also offers a master's degree program in music direction (offered as a track within the Master of Music in Music Theatre/Opera Performance). This is an entry–level degree in conducting with an emphasis in music direction for theatre. The program is geared toward those with strong keyboard/piano skills who are eager to learn the skills necessary for a successful career as a musical director. Learn more.