The Master of Music in Conducting degree program is designed for the professional preparation of conductors, with options in choral, orchestral, and wind literature. The curriculum includes individual instruction in the techniques of conducting, score preparation, rehearsal preparation, and rehearsal techniques as well as significant conducting experience with the University ensembles.

The Master's in Conducting requires full-time enrollment. Conducting students must be available for all rehearsals and performances. Orchestra, Chapel Singers, and Bel Canto rehearse from 11:00-12:50. Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band rehearse from 4:00-5:50. These groups perform community outreach events and host festivals on weekdays throughout the year.

The conducting degree requires 32 credits distributed as follows:

  • MUS 600 Graduate Studies in Musicology - 3 credits
  • MUS 601 Graduate Studies in Music Theory - 3 credits
  • MUS 615 Graduate Seminar in Literature and Analysis - 3 credits
  • MUS 638 Conducting-for a total of 16 credits
  • MUS 645 Score Study and Analysis - 2 credits
  • MUS 646 Conducting Rehearsal Techniques - 2 credits
  • MUS 698 Recital - 0 credits
  • Students are required to perform: One public recital each year (2 total).
  • The final recital is recommended to include an instrumental ensemble (for choral conductors) and a choral ensemble (for instrumental conductors).
  • Ensembles each term of residence (Students are required to perform in the ensemble they assist.)
  • Electives - 3 credits, other 600-level music courses or Applied Lesson.
    (Ensembles cannot be counted toward the elective requirement.)