Fisher Center

Graduate Conducting Program

Common Curriculum

Music History

This four-semester sequence concentrates on major works from the 18th and 19th centuries in the first semester and the 20th and 21st centuries in the second semester, with a focus each week on a particular composer within the larger musical, historical, biographical, and cultural context. ...MORE >

Ear Training, Score Reading, and Composition

Ear training and score reading each occupy one semester of instruction, with a focus on solfège and harmonic, melodic, and rhythmic dictation (ear training), and open score and transposition (score reading). Composition is taught in a two-semester course. ...MORE >

Foreign Language Study

Two semesters of German or Italian are required.

Studio Instruction

Orchestral conducting students take weekly private lessons on a string instrument or piano. Choral conducting students take weekly private voice lessons.

Career Workshops

A series of workshops with distinguished guest speakers addresses the practical aspects of working as a conductor and/or music director. Topics include creating an ensemble, applying for grants, and developing a board of directors.

Recital and Graduation Review

Each orchestral conducting student concludes study in the program with a 45-minute thesis concert with the Institute Orchestra, at the conclusion of the summer Conductors Institute that follows the end of the second academic year. ...MORE >
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