Conducting

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

Master of Music (M.M.)

Admissions

Please see the Graduate Admissions page for detailed information on application and audition requirements. When filling out the Graduate School application, be sure to apply for MM: Music Performance.

Please note that auditions will be held on special days reserved by the Conducting faculty (not on the general graduate audition days).

Degree Requirements

See your degree worksheet below for details. This is the document your advisor will use to keep track of your degree progress.

For detailed information on exams, recitals, etc., please visit the Graduate Student Resources page. Be sure to check out the School of Music Graduate Student Handbook.

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

Admissions

Please see the Graduate Admissions page for detailed information on application and audition requirements. When filling out the Graduate School application, be sure to apply for DMA: Music Performance.

Please note that auditions will be held on special days reserved by the Conducting faculty (not on the general graduate audition days).

Degree Requirements

See your degree worksheet below for details. This is the document your advisor will use to keep track of your degree progress.

For detailed information on exams, recitals, etc., please visit the Graduate Student Resources page. Be sure to check out the School of Music Graduate Student Handbook.

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.

CHORAL CONDUCTING
• Contact: Professor Mariana Farah (starting in Fall 2021).
• Choral auditions for Fall 2021 will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, February 9, 2021.
• 1 Teaching Assistant position will be available.
• See the Graduate Admissions page for detailed instructions and requirements.

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 assist with University Chorus or Women’s Chorus, as needed. There are additional opportunities in Madison for church jobs and community choruses. The program has two dedicated Teaching Assistantships and one dedicated Fellowship, which are offered in rotation.

ORCHESTRAL CONDUCTING
• Contact: Professor Oriol Sans.
• Auditions for the graduate degree in Orchestral Conducting will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, February 2, 2021.
• 1 Teaching Assistant position will be available.
• See the Graduate Admissions page for detailed instructions and requirements.

The graduate orchestral conducting program offers students a variety of resources to develop their skills as conductors, both on and off the podium. Weekly individual lessons, practice with the recently created Instrumental Conducting Lab Ensemble, and a studio class – to discuss, share, and collectively approach not only music and scores but all of the many aspects around conducting – are at the core of this program. All graduate students in orchestral conducting also serve as assistant conductors with the UW Symphony Orchestra and with the opera productions, and Doctoral students have the opportunity to conduct the student ensembles in performance. The program has one dedicated Teaching Assistantship, which is offered in rotation.

WIND CONDUCTING
Contact: Professor Scott Teeple.
• Auditions for the graduate degree in Wind Conducting will be held via Zoom on Wednesday, February 3, 2021, and Friday, February 5, 2021.
• 1 Teaching Assistant position will be available.
• Must have minimum 3 years of teaching experience or equivalent
• See the Graduate Admissions page for detailed instructions and requirements.

The graduate wind-band conducting program offers students a variety of resources to develop their skills as conductors. The curriculum offers weekly individual lessons, seminars, and conducting laboratory lessons by conducting the Instrumental Conducting Lab Ensemble. All wind-band graduate conducting students serve as assistant conductors within the band program. Graduate students rotate as guest conductors with the UW Wind Ensemble, the UW Concert Band, function as the primary conductor for one of the University (non-major) Bands, serve as staff for the UW–Madison Athletic Band program, and may assist with the undergraduate conducting classes.