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Graduate Studies in Choral Conducting at
East Carolina University
The School of Music at East Carolina University offers two Master of Music degrees that provide intensive study in choral conducting.
- The M. M. in Performance concentration in Choral Conducting is designed for the outstanding musician who aspires to a career as choral conductor at the high school or college level. This curriculum consists of weekly conducting seminars that focus on conducting technique and artistry from score study to the physicality of beautiful and effective conducting gesture. Graduate conductors sing in and conduct the university ensembles, take voice and/or keyboard lessons, and study choral literature in addition to a rich curriculum of upper-level theory, history, and research courses.
- The M. M. in Performance concentration in Sacred Music, choral conducting, is geared for the talented and motivated musician intending to dedicate himself to a career in the religious arts. In addition to an intensive curriculum of conducting techniques, choral singing, and choral literature, this degree program includes intensive seminars and internships emphasizing the philosophy of sacred music, organ study, hymnology, organ pedagogy, the history of sacred music and other pertinent areas of knowledge.
Graduate Assistantships are available on a yearly basis in both conducting degree programs, and regular podium time with the University’s choral ensembles is considered an essential part of the conducting curriculum.
All applicants for graduate study in choral music must complete an on-campus audition. To be considered being invited for an audition, applicants are required to submit a video of either rehearsal or performance with a choral ensemble and an audio recording of his/her singing. For additional information about these pre-audition recordings, contact Dr. Andrew Crane, Director of Choral Activities at firstname.lastname@example.org