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

Major Area
CONI 501-503: Graduate Applied Conducting 12
PERF 585: Graduate Recital (see Final Project) 0
MUS 54X: Graduate Ensemble: Philharmonia or Symphonic Winds 0
The student must enroll in an appropriate major ensemble [or accompanying] each semester of residence, with or without credit, in consultation with the directors of choral and instrumental activities.  
Choose from among the following: 2
MLT 510: Orchestral Literature (2)
MLT 520: Band/Wind Literature (2)
Other Studies in Music
MHS 520: Research and Bibliography 2
MUS 501: Graduate Assistants’ Forum 0
Required of all graduate assistants; open to, but not required of, all other graduate students  
Choose from among the following: 6
Choose one music history course and one theory course.  
MHS 590: Seminar in Music History (topics vary by semester) (3 credits)
MHS 595: Special Topics in Music History (3)
MTH 567: Systems of Analysis and Contemporary Art Music (3)
MTH 566: Advanced Orchestration (3)
MTH 501: Theory Pedagogy (3)
MTH 558: Sixteenth Century Counterpoint (3)
MTH 563: Form and Analysis (3)
MTH 475: Synthesizer/Computer Applications (3)
MTH 595: Special Topics in Music Theory (3)
MHUM 501: Seminar: Music, Worship and Culture in Christian Perspective 3
Music courses* numbered 500** or above 7
*No more than 2 credit hours of ensemble may count as music elective hours toward the degree.  
**A limited number of music courses numbered 400 or above may also be taken as electives, with the approval of the graduate advisor.  

Final Project

The student shall prepare and publicly conduct one full concert (or equivalent in separate public appearances) with the appropriate ensemble. The candidate must also submit concert program notes that demonstrate appropriate understanding of the repertoire conducted.  Finally, candidates will compile a digital portfolio of materials to assist in the next step of their careers, whether that be a job in higher education, public school teaching, church ministry or a doctoral conducting program.