Become a versatile and confident conductor in a supportive environment.
The conducting degree program is highly focused with refined enrollment allowing students generous podium time with outstanding ensembles, creative collaboration in coaching, and opportunities for off-campus collaboration.
The degree offers three areas of specialty: choral, orchestral, and winds, with individual attention from our conducting faculty being the highest priority.
Students in the conducting program work to develop professional levels of performance and a comprehensive grasp of musical knowledge. Emphasis is placed on baton technique and gestural language, score reading, score study, and effective rehearsal techniques. A comprehensive curriculum includes individual conducting lessons and ensemble performance, as well as courses in scholarly research, music theory, history and literature, and pedagogy.
Conducting students complete the equivalent of two full-length recitals that include varied large and small ensemble performance opportunities.