Conducting

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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.

  • Pre-Screening Requirements (due December 30):

    • resumé or curriculum vitae providing complete information concerning the musical training and experience of the applicant. 
    • A face-to-the-camera, high-quality video recording of the applicant conducting in rehearsal and interacting with an ensemble he or she regularly conducts, and a performance must be uploaded to a file sharing website (such as YouTube) and emailed to Dr. Deanna Joseph at djoseph@gsu.edu. The video should be at least ten minutes in length and include literature of the applicant's choice. The examples may be incomplete, and a variety of different styles is welcomed. 
    • Two completed applications – one to Georgia State University and one to the School of Music (including two letters of recommendation).

    Audition and Interview Requirements:

    A limited number of applicants will be invited to audition & interview at Georgia State University in Atlanta. The auditions typically take place in February or March and will consist of the following components:

    • conducting audition in which the applicant will be invited to conduct works he or she has prepared in consultation with the program director.
    • An interview with the program director and any other persons designated.
    • demonstration of well-developed aural skills, which may include the ability to recognize discrepancies between the printed score and the actual sound, and the ability to sing individual parts from a choral score.
    • An evaluation of musicianship skills compatible with the student's specialization.
    • demonstration of the ability to communicate effectively with a group of performers.

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.

  • Applicants must submit the following:

        a conducting video of 10 to 30 minutes in length.  The video should be comprised of rehearsal and concert footage.  If possible please include a rehearsal and performance of the same piece. The video should be front facing so that the conductor is clearly visible from the front. 

        a list of works rehearsed or conducted publicly.  Please indicate (R) for pieces that you rehearsed only and (P) for pieces you conducted publicly. 

    Applicants may also submit the following optional materials:

        a recording of a recent performance by an ensemble that they have conducted;

        list of works performed on their major instrument;

    It should be noted that the Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting – Wind Band Track is highly competitive.  After application materials are reviewed, a select number of highly qualified applicants will be invited for an on-campus audition.

 

Guitar Performance

The Master of Music with a concentration in guitar performance provides advanced preparation for a career as a concert performer, as both soloist and chamber musician, and as a teacher of guitar. Georgia State University’s location in the heart of Atlanta, a cultural gem of the South, allows Master of Music guitar students to take advantage of numerous performing and teaching opportunities both on and off campus. Completion of the degree normally necessitates four semesters of full-time study and requires a one-hour solo recital as well as a one-hour chamber recital.

Applicants should perform a 30-minute audition. All music must be performed from memory. Audition repertoire requirements include:

  • Two contrasting movements by J. S. Bach (or equivalent Baroque composer, i.e. Scarlatti, Weiss, etc.)
  • One significant work, or group of works, by a 19th century guitar composer (i.e. Giuliani, Paganini, Sor, Mertz, Coste, Aguado, Regondi, etc.,)
  • One major 20th or 21st century work (i.e. Ponce, Tedesco, Rodrigo, Brouwer, Walton, Brittan, etc.)
  • One contrasting work of the applicant’s choice.

Variation from this repertoire list will be considered with advance notice; applicants are encouraged to discuss the repertoire list with Dr. Luther Enloe. When a distance of 300 miles or more is involved, a student may submit an audiotape or videotape of his or her performance. In such cases, the applicant must begin by announcing his or her name, the date, and nature of the audition.