The master of music in conducting offers professional training in Western choral, orchestral and wind traditions. Students have the opportunity to conduct award-winning ensembles in the spectacular Gates Concert Hall, gaining valuable hands-on experience.
The program covers all aspects of conducting and music direction, as well as extra-musical activities such as managing personnel, working with music libraries, running auditions and recruiting. A combination of individual and seminar training will ensure you're prepared to advance your career upon graduation.
About the Program
Audition and Portfolio Requirements
All conducting applicants should indicate "Alternate Date" for their audition date preference.
Orchestral conductors should submit their pre-screening video by December 15, 2019.
For more information, see the Conducting studio page.
- Audition conducting the Lamont Chorale on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 or by appointment. Audition repertoire is to be determined. Please contact the Director of Choral Studies, Catherine Sailer, DMA, for a list of audition pieces.
- Interview with Sailer on the day of the audition.
- Written test to determine the candidate's knowledge of choral literature and score analysis skills on the day of the audition.
By December 15, 2019, in addition to the general University of Denver and Lamont graduate application requirements, applicants must:
- Provide a resume detailing previous conducting experiences.
- Upload 3–6 videos of the applicant conducting (no specific repertoire requirements; concert footage preferred, but rehearsal footage acceptable).
- Provide a written statement of the candidate's availability and preferences regarding the two final round audition dates listed below.
- Optional: Include letters of recommendation from those who have seen the applicant conduct.
Important Note: Only candidates whose applications are 100 percent complete by December 15, 2019 will be considered for the final round.
If accepted into the final round, applicants will:
- Audition conducting the Lamont Symphony Orchestra on Monday, March 2, 2020. The repertoire will be Prokofiev's Symphony No. 5.
- Interview with Professor Lawrence Golan, DMA on the day of the audition.
- Take a written test to determine the candidate's knowledge of the orchestra on the day of the audition.
In preparation for the test, the candidate should become intimately familiar with Norman Del Mar's book "The Anatomy of the Orchestra." Hint: Del Mar's writing style is such that he likes to state a basic principle, and then spend pages discussing the rare exceptions to that principle. The test will include questions about the basic principles, not the rare exceptions.
In addition to the general University of Denver and Lamont graduate application requirements, applicants must:
- Provide a resume detailing previous conducting experience.
- Submit three letters of recommendation from those who have seen the applicant conduct.
- Upload a preliminary video recording of the applicant's conducting (no specific requirements).
- Provide a preferred audition date (if invited for a live audition) and an alternate date.
If invited to the live audition, applicants will:
The master of music in conducting has three emphases: choral, orchestral or wind. In addition to advanced coursework in their area, students will complete electives in musicology/ethnomusicology and music theory.
Students must also complete these non-coursework requirements:
- One full-length conducting recital
- Final written and oral exams
- Graduate-level proficiency in musicology and music theory exams
- Convocation attendance