Conducting

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

Master of Music (M.M.)

Admission Requirements

Please submit along with your School of Music Application:

Conducting applicants will submit up to 5 links (URLs, YouTube is best) to videos of yourself performing a total of 20 to 30 minutes. 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.

After faculty review of your videos, transcripts, and other application materials, you may be invited for an audition with one of the School of Music ensembles, including an interview with the conducting faculty.

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.)

Admission Requirements

Please submit along with your School of Music Application:

Conducting applicants will submit up to 5 links (URLs, YouTube is best) to videos of yourself performing a total of 20 to 30 minutes. 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.

After faculty review of your videos, transcripts, and other application materials, you may be invited for an audition with one of the School of Music ensembles, including an interview with the conducting faculty.

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 Beverly Taylor.
• The Choral Conducting program will be accepting applications for Fall 2020.
• Teaching Assistant positions and other funding 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.
• The Orchestral Conducting program will be accepting applications for Fall 2020.
• The Teaching Assistant position is currently occupied, but other funding is available in the School of Music.
• 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.
• The Wind Conducting program will be accepting applications for Fall 2020.
• Multiple Teaching Assistant positions will be available! See the Band TA vacancy posting.
• See the Graduate Admissions page for detailed instructions and requirements.

Contact Prof. Teeple for information about the Wind Conducting graduate program at UW-Madison.