What does it cost?
Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

Minimum of 36 semester hours of graduate coursework must be completed in 4 semesters (2 years)

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Spring – November 15 (All concentrations except Conducting)
  • Summer – March 1 (Music Education concentration and non-degree programs only)
  • Fall – June 1 (All concentrations)

Master of Music, Concentration in Choral Conducting, M.Mu.

Graduate Director

Dr. Lara Saville Dahl

laradahl@gsu.edu

404-413-5965 

Choral Conducting at the Georgia State 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 20 to 30 voices in rehearsal and performance, and 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.

The mission of the Georgia State School of Music is to preserve, promote and advance humanity’s rich and expanding tradition of artistic music-making through performance, composition, education and research in accordance with the urban and global initiatives of the university.

The graduate programs in the School of Music offer unparalleled opportunities in one of America’s most vibrant urban centers. The school enrolls about 90 students in Master of Music degree programs, Artist Certificate programs, and Ph.D. and Ed.D. programs in music education.

Students have the opportunity to work with an internationally acclaimed faculty of 40 full-time and 24 part-time faculty in concentrations such as performance, pedagogy, music education, conducting, composition and jazz studies.

Master of Music, Concentration in Choral Conducting, M.Mu.

Graduate Director

Dr. Lara Saville Dahl

laradahl@gsu.edu

Choral Conducting at the Georgia State 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 20 to 30 voices in rehearsal and performance, and 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.

The mission of the Georgia State School of Music is to preserve, promote and advance humanity’s rich and expanding tradition of artistic music-making through performance, composition, education and research in accordance with the urban and global initiatives of the university.

The graduate programs in the School of Music offer unparalleled opportunities in one of America’s most vibrant urban centers. The school enrolls about 90 students in Master of Music degree programs, Artist Certificate programs, and Ph.D. and Ed.D. programs in music education.

Students have the opportunity to work with an internationally acclaimed faculty of 40 full-time and 24 part-time faculty in concentrations such as performance, pedagogy, music education, conducting, composition and jazz studies.

What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

Minimum of 36 semester hours of graduate coursework must be completed in 4 semesters (2 years)

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines
View Admissions Requirements

  • Spring – November 15 (All concentrations except Conducting)
  • Summer – March 1 (Music Education concentration and non-degree programs only)
  • Fall – June 1 (All concentrations)

Program Highlights

  • Graduate Assistantships Available (Full Tuition plus Stipend)
  • Singing and conducting opportunities within an internationally recognized choral program (University Singers won first prize in the Marktoberdorf International Choral Competition in 2016; the choir also has two professional recordings out on the Gothic Records label; Evening Hymn and Heavenly Display)
  • A record of 10+ years with 100% job placement
  • Numerous performances at major conferences such as ACDA, NCCO, and GMEA
  • Regular podium time and recitals with School of Music choral ensembles
  • Instruction in both choral and orchestral conducting built into the curriculum
  • Opportunities for professional work (singing, conducting, and playing) throughout Atlanta
  • Private lessons in voice, piano, and/or organ, depending on individual’s area of strength(s)

Careers

The graduate programs at the School of Music prepare students for competitive careers in performance, conducting, composition and music education.

Highlights include one-on-one lessons and mentorship with an internationally acclaimed faculty, 100% job placement in the field of music education, successful placement in prestigious doctoral programs, the opportunity to network with high-profile artists, scholars and businesses, practical experience from conferences to international music festival participation, artist residencies, as well as assistantships to develop practical skills and garner pedagogical experience.

The graduate program leads students to career paths such as solo performance artists, composers, placement in prestigious professional classical, jazz and operatic ensembles, private, K-12, college music educators, scholars, and entrepreneurs, among others. Here are some of our MM Choral Conducting Graduate Job Placements.

Program Details

A separate application to the School of Music is also required. Students must submit any required pre-screening audition materials and must complete in-person auditions to be accepted. These deadlines and audition dates can be found on the School of Music website, https://music.gsu.edu/academics/application-and-audition-information/

In addition to the general requirements of the College of the Arts, the School of Music has the following requirements:

  • Applicants must have an undergraduate degree or concentration in music, or the equivalent.
  • Applicants are required to take placement examinations in music history and music theory before registering for coursework. Those applicants whose examination scores reveal deficiencies will be required to take appropriate additional coursework, which will not be applied to the graduate degree.

Additional Admissions Requirements

Applicants must submit the following materials: an audio or video recording of a recent choral concert, at least three printed programs of concerts or church services that have been performed within the last four years and a repertory list of choral music conducted, sung or performed in applied areas.

The Georgia State School of Music provides unparalleled opportunities to study and work among an inspiring community of musicians in one of America’s most vibrant urban centers. Students receive exceptional training, are provided with meaningful opportunities and begin serious careers no matter what type of music drives their passion. The goals and outcomes from a graduate degree include:

  • Ensuring comprehensive exposure to an array of perspectives as represented by the various faculty approaches to music performance, music history, music theory and teaching styles.
  • Honoring the continuing traditions of music making and pedagogy while exploring new forms and contemporary issues within the various musical fields.
  • Developing pedagogical skills and strategies through teaching assistantships for undergraduate-level courses.
  • Preparing students for a professional career in music through rigorous performance preparation, exposure to important repertoire and attention to practical business aspects of various musical careers.

Degree Requirements

  1. Required Courses:
    • Select one (2) (two semesters):
      • APVC 6000 Applied Voice I (1)
      • APPF 6000 Applied Piano I (1)
    • MUS 6450 Advanced Tonal Analysis (3)
    • MUS 6470 Graduate Choral Conducting Recital (0)
    • MUS 6480 Choral Conducting (2)
    • MUS 6640 Choral Literature I (3)
    • MUS 6641 Choral Literature II (3)
    • MUS 7080 Ensemble (1) (four semesters)
    • MUS 7220 Workshop Seminar in Choral Conducting and Performance (2) (three semesters)
    • MUS 7430 Choral Methods and Materials (3)
    • MUS 8000 Introduction to Graduate Studies (2)
    • Two 8000-level course in music history (3) (two semesters)
    • MUS 8680 Seminar in Instrument Conducting (2)
  2. Comprehensive examination

There is an applied music fee of $350 per semester for a one-hour (8000 level) lesson and $200 per semester for a half-hour (6000 level) lesson. Additional lab fees for certain courses may apply.

Description

Contacts

Graduate Director

Dr. Lara Saville Dahl

laradahl@gsu.edu

Administrative Specialist, Graduate
Ms. Ella Chamis
echamis@gsu.edu
404-413-5955 

College of the Arts
55 Park Place, NE, Ste. 910
Atlanta, GA 30303

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