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Ithaca College Graduate Catalog 2002-2003

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This degree program offers professional training in the four major conducting areas -- choral, musical drama (opera and musical theater), orchestral, and wind. Not more than one student will be admitted each year in each area, and each student will be awarded a conducting assistantship. Major-field coursework includes both applied conducting (score reading, score analysis, and conducting with major ensembles) and three literature courses in the major and minor conducting areas.

In addition to studying primarily with a major area professor, the student studies privately with professors in two minor conducting areas. There is a two-year residency requirement. Each student must conduct a complete program in the major area and a particular program in each minor area in separate recitals.

Applicants are required to submit a list of compositions studied for conducting during the past three years, indicating those works conducted in public performances. The list may also include works studied beyond the three year minimum.

Applicants also are required to submit an initial screening videotape of a performance or rehearsal they conducted recently. This tape should be submitted before January 30. The tape will be evaluated and selected candidates will be invited to a live audition. This in-person audition includes an interview, live conducting in the major area, and performance in the principal performing area. Music drama candidates must audition on piano and demonstrate proficiency equivalent to that required of a senior undergraduate performance major at Ithaca College.


Bibliography and Research in Music



Analytical Techniques



Three of the following major-field literature courses: Symphony, History and Literature of Opera, Choral Literature and Performance Practice, or Wind Literature and Performance Practice.



Electives in music, including at least one of the following courses: Stylistic Analysis I, II, or III; Intro to Composition; Composition; Choral Arranging; or Orchestration



Private Conducting (major area -- 4; minor area -- 2)



Recital (major -- 2; minor -- 0.5, 0.5)



Performance (principal performing instrument; may be exempted through audition)




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