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School of Music
Instrumental Conducting



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Instrumental Conducting at
East Carolina University

Dr. Jorge Richter
Director of Orchestral Activities

Dr. Scott Carter
Director of Bands, Instrumental Department Chair


The School of Music at East Carolina offers degrees that provide intensive study in the area of instrumental conducting. Students may select orchestral or wind instrument tracks.

  • The MM in Performance with a concentration in Instrumental Conducting is designed for the outstanding musician who aspires to career as an instrumental conductor at the high school or college level. The curriculum consists of weekly conducting seminars that focus on literature, technique and the art of rehearsing. Students perform in the major university ensembles and meet weekly with conducting faculty for individual coaching. A substantial recital piece with a major ensemble is an expectation.

  • Graduate Assistantships are available on a yearly basis. Regular podium time with university ensembles is considered an important aspect of the conducting curriculum. Please see application material and relevant catalogues for specific audition requirements and due dates.