Mission Statement

The mission of the Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting is:

  • To provide a specifically music performance-based education and to train conductors to firmly establish and demonstrate professional level conducting skills;
  • To provide a platform of learning that includes performance, creativity, scholarship, and significant research;
  • To foster a sense of community involvement of the arts and in the arts.

Because choral conducting students are working with an "instrument" comprised of human singers, the variables with which they must work (as opposed to a solo instrument) are various. After graduation, they are prepared to work in any number of venues, including academia, sacred music setting (church music), professional choir, community choir, and more.

Curriculum Requirements

Conducting Courses
Applied Lessons4
Choral Conducting 12
Choral Conducting: Major Work Emphasis
Choral Conducting Workshop: Smaller Choral Works
Ensembles MVP 700 level (1 credit hour each)4
MVP 608Choral Score Study2
MED 732Vocal Methods and Materials in Music Education2
MTC 615Choral Arranging3
MCY 635Choral Literature I2
MCY 636Choral Literature II2
MED 790Teaching Music in College1
Creative Activities
MED 702DMA Essay Proposal1
MVP 831Doctoral Essay8
MVP 832Doctoral Recital3
Allied Music Courses
MTC 717Analytical Techniques (or other MTC course)3
Performance Seminars3
MVP 638Vocal Pedagogy2
Applied Voice or Piano Lessons (1 credit hour each)4
Select 12 credit hours of Cognate/Electives12
Total Credit Hours60