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.

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Audition Requirements

Applicants to the MM in Conducting must submit a completed graduate application, along with all required Lamont materials. The MM is offered with Orchestral, Wind and Choral specializations, each with unique audition requirements. For detailed requirements, please visit the Conducting studio page.

Degree Requirements

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

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