Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting

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Mission Statement

The mission of the Master of Music Degree in Instrumental Conducting is to prepare musicians to enter the music conducting profession and/or pursue doctoral studies. The Master of Music degree program in Instrumental Conducting provides students with opportunities for advanced instrumental study, analysis of style, development of technique, and musicianship demonstrated through the ability to conduct ensembles. Our principal focus is on the development of high-level performance skills that will enable a student to pursue a career as a professional conductor/musician.

Program Objectives

The program objectives are:

  • To provide students with the highest quality training possible to bridge academic training into entry-level careers as professional artists;
  • To provide students with performance opportunities that develop and demonstrate the integration of musicianship and performance practice;
  • To assist students with identifying opportunities and preparation for competitions, internships, apprenticeships, and other professional venues for the classical artist.

Admissions Requirements

Candidates must possess and demonstrate an unquestioned gift of musical leadership based upon broad experience with instrumental ensembles.  Advanced orchestration must be included in the program. 

Admission requirements include:

  • a baccalaureate degree in conducting or performance,
  • accumulated practical experience with instrumental ensembles, and
  • experience equivalent to an undergraduate requirement in orchestration.
Enrollment in this major is only by special permission.

For curriculum information please visit the Academic Bulletin by clicking the link below.

Academic Bulletin