Master of Music: Instrumental Conducting

Students completing this sub plan will:

  • acquire knowledge of the history and heritage of orchestral and/or wind conducting
  • demonstrate an understanding of the operations and vision of a comprehensive instrumental music program
  • demonstrate knowledge of appropriate ensemble repertoire for specific large ensemble settings
  • create and develop an ensemble philosophy consisting of balanced, varied, and functional programming and repertoire choices appropriate to ensembles and audiences of varied sophistication and musical experiences
  • develop and practice the physical fundamentals and advanced technical, musical, and artistic skills necessary to conduct large ensembles
  • interpret, distinguish, and demonstrate knowledge of historical performance practices within orchestral and wind repertoire

Application Procedures:

Apply to the Graduate College

In addition to materials requested on the on-line application, prospective Instrumental Conducting students must submit a 10-15 minute DVD recording, conducting both a rehearsal and a performance with one of the ensembles that you are currently conducting (with a view from the front of the conductor).

DVD should be sent to:
Director of Orchestra Studies (for Orchestra Conductors) 
Director of Bands (for Wind Conductors) 

Northern Arizona University
School of Music
Box 6040
Flagstaff, AZ 86011-6040

Detailed instructions for the additional materials and the CD/DVD submission are included in the online application. Please begin the application process and contact the major professor and/or Area Coordinator for your specific sub-plan if you have questions.

Information on Master of Music academic plans may be found on the Graduate College website (click here to view).

The NAU academic catalog is the official, authoritative source for all academic requirements and policies. Any discrepancies in curricular requirements from other sources will default to the catalog as the official, authoritative source.

If you need additional help, you may email the School of Music Graduate program (click here.)