Conducting

The following degrees are offered in Choral Conducting, Orchestral Conducting, and Wind Conducting:

Master of Music (M.M.)

Choral Conducting Degree Overview [See Worksheet for specifics]

  • Advanced Conducting (664-532), 11 cr.
  • Masters Recital (664-990), 1 cr.
  • Choral Literature and Performance Practices of Today (660-541), 2 cr.
  • Musicology and Music Theory, 9 cr.
  • Electives, 7 cr.

Orchestral Conducting Degree Overview [See Worksheet for specifics]

  • Advanced Conducting (664-532), 8 cr.
  • Masters Recital (664-990), 4 cr.
  • Musicology and Music Theory, 9 cr. – to include Orchestration I (660-523) & Orchestration II (660-524)
  • Electives, 9 cr.

Wind Conducting Degree Overview [See Worksheet for specifics]

  • Advanced Conducting (664-532), 8 cr.
  • Masters Recital (664-990), 4 cr.
  • Wind Ensemble or Band (660-574, 660-576), 2 cr.
  • Musicology and Music Theory, 9 cr. – to include Orchestration I (660-523) & Orchestration II (660-524)
  • Electives, 7 cr.

Admission Requirements

Note: The Orchestral Conducting program will not be accepting applications for Fall 2017.

Please submit along with your School of Music Application:

MM applicants must submit preliminary videos online. Please do NOT send a DVD by mail. Submit up to 5 links (URLs, YouTube is best) to videos of yourself performing a total of 15 to 20 minutes in length. Excerpts should be from both a rehearsal and a performance. The camera should be aimed at the conductor’s face and hands. It should not be from the audience’s perspective. A high-quality video is the first step toward an invitation to audition in person.

Please send a resume/curriculum vitae – including a list of repertoire previously conducted – to the Graduate Admissions Office, either by mail or PDF. After reviewing the video(s), transcripts, and other application materials, a candidate may be invited for an audition with one of the School of Music ensembles and for interviews with the conducting faculty.

Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.)

Choral Conducting Degree Overview [See Worksheet for specifics]
  • Doctoral Level Conducting (664-732), 2 cr. each, 8 cr. total
  • Recitals (664-999), 1 cr. each, 5 cr. total
  • Music Research Method and Materials (660-619), 3 cr.
  • Advanced Conducting Seminar (664-553), 2 cr. each, 6 cr. total
  • Choral Literature and Performance Practices Today (660-541), 2 cr. each, 4 cr. total
  • Minor, 10-12 cr.
  • Musicology and Music Theory, 9 cr.
  • Language: two languages at intermediate level (credits and method of completion varies)

Orchestral Conducting Degree Overview [See Worksheet for specifics]

  • Doctoral Level Conducting (664-732), 8 cr. — 4 semesters of 2 cr. each
  • Recitals (664-999), 1 cr. each, 5 cr. total
  • Advanced Choral Conducting (660-553/554), 2 cr.
  • Music Research Methods and Materials (660-619), 3 cr.
  • Minor, 10-12 cr.
  • Musicology and Music Theory, 9 cr.
  • Language: one language at intermediate level (credits and method of completion varies — French or German preferred)

Wind Conducting Degree Overview [See Worksheet for specifics]

  • Doctoral Level Conducting (664-732), 8 cr.
  • Recitals (664-999), 1 cr. each, 5 cr.total
  • Advanced Choral Conducting (660-553/554), 2 cr.
  • Music Research Methods and Materials (660-619), 3 cr.
  • Minor, 10-12 cr.
  • Musicology and Music Theory, 9 cr.
  • Language: one language at intermediate level (credits and method of completion varies)
Admission Requirements
Note: The Orchestral Conducting program will not be accepting applications for Fall 2017.

Please submit along with your School of Music Application:

DMA applicants must submit preliminary videos online. Please do NOT send a DVD by mail. Submit up to 5 links (URLs, YouTube is best) to videos of yourself performing a total of 15 to 20 minutes in length. Excerpts should be from both a rehearsal and a performance. The camera should be aimed at the conductor’s face and hands. It should not be from the audience’s perspective. A high-quality video is the first step toward an invitation to audition in person.

Please send a resume/curriculum vitae – including a list of repertoire previously conducted – to the Graduate Admissions Office, either by mail or PDF. After reviewing the video(s), transcripts, and other application materials, a candidate may be invited for an audition with one of the School of Music ensembles and for interviews with the conducting faculty.

Doctoral Minor – Required for all Doctoral programs

The purpose of the doctoral minor is to add breadth and depth to the D.M.A or Ph.D degree. To insure coherence a minor program must be approved by the appropriate department, a student’s advisor, or the Director of Graduate Studies, and must include courses at the 300-level or above. Typically, a minor requires 12 credits of work.

Students have a variety of options, including completing an internal minor within the School of Music (e.g., a D.M.A. conducting student who minors in ethnomusicology or a Ph.D. in music theory who minors in clarinet performance), completing a minor in a department outside the School of Music (e.g., a D.M.A. in horn performance who minors in Women’s Studies or a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology who minors in East Asian studies).

Students may, in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies, devise a distributed minor that brings together courses from a variety of departments around a particular topic or area of interest. For example, a D.M.A. student in voice devises a minor in vocal health that includes courses in communicative disorders, or a Ph.D. student in musicology devises a minor in Medieval History that includes courses in art history, history, and languages.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Choral Conducting: Contact: Professor Beverly Taylor.

The graduate choral conducting program prepares students for the challenges of professional life in conducting, which includes academic teaching at the college level or public schools, in major church or community jobs, or working with professional ensembles and orchestras. This select graduate choral conducting program gives individual attention to each student with private conducting lessons, small conducting seminars, intensive choral literature seminars, and a large amount of podium time. Graduate students sing in one or more ensembles, co-conduct the Masters Singers, and may have a teaching assistantship for University Chorus or Women’s Chorus. There are additional opportunities in Madison for church jobs and community choruses.

* The Choral Conducting program will be accepting applications for Fall 2017. There are Teaching Assistant positions available to incoming students.

Orchestral Conducting: Contact Professor James Smith.

* The Orchestral Conducting program will NOT be accepting applications for Fall 2017. The Teaching Assistant position has been filled through 2017-18.

Wind Conducting: Contact Professor Scott Teeple.

* The Wind Conducting program will be accepting applications for Fall 2017. There are Teaching Assistant positions available to incoming students.