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The Georgia State School of Music offers Master of Music degrees in conducting with concentrations in choral, orchestral and wind band.

 

Choral

Choral Conducting at the Georgia State University School of Music offers exceptional training to talented musicians wishing to study the choral art at an advanced level.  Intensive study with Director of Choral Activities, Dr. Deanna Joseph and regular performance experience is the foundation for developing highly qualified, professional conductors.  Students in the program regularly conduct the Master Singers, an auditioned chamber choir of twenty to thirty voices in rehearsal and performance, and actively assist with the University Singers (the School of Music’s top choral ensemble) and Choral Union (open to all).  Full scholarships and graduate assistantships including the Robert Shaw Choral Award are available.

  • A videotape of a rehearsal and an audiotape of one or more recent performances by an ensemble which the candidate recently conducted.
  • A personal interview and audition with the Georgia State University Director of Choral Activities and a university choral ensemble. The literature to be conducted will be assigned by the Director of Choral Activities.
  • A current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Two letters of recommendation from a person familiar with the candidate's conducting.

Orchestral

This concentration provides a course of study intended to: a) develop and enhance the conducting skills of students; b) extend students’ musical and administrative knowledge in conducting orchestras; and c) prepare students for doctoral study in conducting. Successful applicants are active orchestral conductors who demonstrate potential as professional conductors. Conducting audition/videotape required.

  • A videotape of a rehearsal or concert which the candidate recently conducted and a list of conducting repertoire. An interview/audition with the instrumental conducting faculty is recommended.
  • Two letters of recommendation.

Wind Band

This concentration is intended to: a) develop and enhance the conducting skills of students; b) extend students’ musicianship and artistry through rigorous study of repertoire; c) enhance students’ administrative knowledge in directing collegiate wind-band programs; and d) prepare students for doctoral study in conducting. Conducting audition/videotape required.

  • A videotape of a rehearsal and an audiotape or videotape of one or more recent performances by an ensemble which the candidate recently conducted. An interview/audition with the instrumental conducting faculty is recommended.
  • A list of conducting repertoire.
  • Two letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the candidate's conducting work.

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