Ithaca College


Master of Music in Conducting

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 recital in the major area.

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 an in-person audition, which includes an interview and conducting in the major area. Music drama candidates must audition on piano.

Degree Requirements

MUED-63xxx Conducting (major area -- 4; minor area -- 2)        6
MUMC-61100 Recital (major -- 2; minor -- 0.5, 0.5)        3
MUTH-65200 Bibliography and Research in Music        3
MUTH-66400 Analytical Techniques        3
MUTH-xxxxx 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     7-8
MUTH-xxxxx Electives in music, including at least one 2-credit course in theory/composition (excluding Intensive Part Writing and Analysis)  13-14
Total      36