Making the Music Happen

To conduct. To shape a diverse group of musicians into a coherent, disciplined, and vibrant whole. To truly value and champion the collaborative aspects of music-making. To be a leader: disciplined, self-motivated, and demanding.

We encourage musicians with these interests to consider the master of music degree in conducting. Building on a long tradition of excellent performing ensembles, the Greatbatch School of Music seeks to shape motivated, dedicated musicians into conductors with outstanding musical understanding, solid technical preparation, effective rehearsal techniques, and broad stylistic expertise.

Graduate conducting candidates should demonstrate strong technical gifts and solid musical and academic accomplishment. Admission to this curriculum is highly selective, with only one or two candidates per year admitted in each area (vocal and instrumental).

Audition Requirements

Candidates should normally possess a Bachelor of Music degree or its equivalent, and demonstrate strong interest and ability in conducting. Usually, such demonstration will include (but not be limited to) successful completion of at least two undergraduate courses (or equivalent) in conducting. 

Each applicant will submit a video recording of his/her conducting as part of the application process via a DVD or unlisted YouTube link. It is requested, but not required, that the DVD have both performance and rehearsal footage.

Video Deadline:  January 21

An on-campus interview and conducting audition is also required. Candidates invited to campus for audition and interview will be sent one to two pieces currently in the repertoire of the appropriate ensemble to prepare for a live rehearsal.

The candidate should also prepare a solo hearing of two to three selections in his/her principal solo performance area (i.e., a principal instrument for instrumental conductors and voice for choral conductors). For choral conducting candidates whose principal performing area is not voice, an instrumental hearing may be scheduled, but a voice hearing will also be required.

Program Objectives

To produce graduates who are prepared for any or all of the following, depending on their accomplishments and goals:

  • service as musical leaders within their local and regional communities, educational institutions, and musical organizations.
  • undertaking the establishment of a professional career via auditions, competitions, and further conducting experiences.
  • beginning doctoral studies in conducting.

Degree Requirements