This degree program offers professional training in the four major conducting areas -- choral, opera and musical theater, orchestral, and wind. Not more than one student will be admitted each year in each area, and each student will be awarded a conducting assistantship. There is a two-year residency requirement. Each student must conduct a complete recital in the major area.
Major-field coursework includes applied conducting (score reading, score analysis, and conducting with major ensembles) two literature courses in the major and/or minor conducting areas, and graduate-level theory courses (analytic techniques and advanced aural skills).
In addition to studying with a major area professor, the student may study with professors in one or two minor conducting areas. If a student elects to study in a secondary area, it is recommended that the student study with the major professor during semesters 1, 3, and 4, and with a minor professor in semester 2. With permission of the primary professor and the graduate chair, the student may elect to study in two different minor areas during semesters 2 and 3 (one each semester). Students are not permitted to study in more than one area in a single semester.
Applicants are required to submit a list of compositions studied for conducting during the past three years, indicating those works conducted in public performances. The list may also include works studied beyond the three-year minimum.
Applicants are also required to submit an initial screening video recording of a performance or rehearsal they conducted recently. This video recording must be submitted by January 15. The recording will be evaluated, and selected candidates will be invited to an in-person audition, which includes an interview and conducting in the major area. Opera and musical theater candidates must audition on piano.
|PFMJ 64500||Conducting 1||6|
|MUTH 65200||Bibliography and Research in Music||3|
|MUTH 66400||Analytical Techniques||3|
|MUTH 52900||Advanced Aural Skills||1|
|MUTH xxxxx||Two of the following major-field literature courses: Symphony, History and Literature of Opera, Choral Literature and Performance Practice, or Wind Literature and Performance Practice 2||4-6|
|MUTH xxxxx||Electives in music 3||14-16|
Major area – 4-6; minor area – 0-2
Students in the opera and musical theater area may substitute 2-3 credits of Independent Research in history and literature of the musical theater for one of the major-field literature courses, with permission of the graduate chair.
At least one 2-credit course in theory/composition (excluding Intensive Part Writing and Analysis)