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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 [email protected]. 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.

   Pre-Screening Requirements (due January 15):

  • A resumé or curriculum vitae providing complete information concerning the musical training and experience of the applicant. 
  • A face-to-the-camera, conducting video of 10 to 30 minutes in length.  The video should comprise rehearsal and concert footage.  If possible, please include a rehearsal and performance of the same piece.  The video should be uploaded to a file-sharing website (such as YouTube) and emailed to Dr. Robert J. Ambrose at robert[email protected]
  • A list of works rehearsed or conducted publicly.  Please indicate (R) for pieces that you rehearsed only and (P) for pieces you conducted publicly. 
  • 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:

  • A conducting audition.
  • An interview with the band faculty. 
  • An evaluation of musicianship skills through a diagnostic exam.