School of Music

Vocal Studies 

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., concentration in Choral Conducting, is designed for the outstanding musician who aspires to a career as a professional choral conductor. This curriculum consists of weekly seminars that focus on conducting technique, rehearsal skills, and artistry from score study to the physicality of beautiful and effective conducting gesture. Graduate conductors have the opportunity to select repertoire for, and conduct in ALL the university ensembles.  One of these ensembles—the ECU Collegiate Choir—is 100% managed and directed by graduate conductors.  Students also enroll in voice and/or keyboard lessons, and study choral literature in addition to a rich curriculum of upper-level theory, history, diction, and other elective courses
  • The M. M., concentration in Sacred Music, choral conducting, is geared for the talented and motivated musician intending to dedicate him/herself 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 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, as are as out-of-state tuition waivers. Frequent, consistent podium time with the university’s choral ensembles and weekly private lessons with the Director of Choral Activities are an essential part of the conducting curriculum.

All applicants for graduate study in choral music must complete an on-campus audition. To be considered 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 contact Dr. James Franklin, Director of Choral Activities.