Our Division of Conducting and Ensembles is a five-year program combining graduate studies in conducting with an undergraduate major in performance, composition, music education, electronic and computer music, or musicology.
Our faculty is comprised of outstanding teacher-conductors who are devoted primarily to undergraduate education. They maintain rigorous performance schedules yet provide individual instruction and spend generous amounts of time with their students via lessons, coaching, mentoring, and more.
For students with a strong interest in conducting, our five-year program combines graduate studies in conducting with an undergraduate major in performance, composition, music education, electronic and computer music, or musicology. Upon successful completion of an audition, students formally enter this program at the end of their junior year.
Graduate studies in conducting may have an instrumental or a choral emphasis. Students interested in this program should consult with the conducting department during their first year. Once completed, students receive both the B.Mus. and the M.M. degrees.
Instruction in conducting includes courses in choral and instrumental conducting at the beginning and advanced levels. We stress baton and rehearsal techniques, score preparation, and interpretation. Advanced courses cover every aspect of the conductor’s craft: harmonic and formal analysis, rhythmic security, aural imagery, knowledge of the instruments and voices, technique and vocabulary of gesture, group management and psychology, rehearsal techniques, and programming.
We encourage students in this program to participate in student ensembles and assist in their preparation for public performance, as it is an essential part of the conducting curriculum.