Mission Statement

The mission of the Master of Music degree 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

Major Area
Applied Lessons2
MVP 608Choral Score Study2
MVP 638Vocal Pedagogy2
Choral Conducting 12
Choral Conducting: Major Work Emphasis
Choral Conducting Workshop: Smaller Choral Works
Choral Ensembles3
MED 701Recital Paper Preparation1
MVP 812Master's Recital1
MVP 811Master's Recital Paper2
Other Studies in Music
MTC 717Analytical Techniques (or other MTC course)3
MCY 635Choral Literature I2
MCY 636Choral Literature II2
MED 732Vocal Methods and Materials in Music Education2
Electives
Approved electives in Voice Lessons, Piano Lessons or Diction4
Approved Electives3
Total Credit Hours31
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Choral conducting courses can be taken in any combination for two credits.