The Fred Fox School of Music offers both MM and DMA degrees in choral conducting. The Choral Department also offers courses to minors who may be earning a DMA at UA in musicology, voice, music education, etc. Below, you’ll find specific information about each curriculum. The key reference for graduate students is the Graduate Handbook, archived on this page.
Every MM and DMA choral conducting major participates in choral ‘rotations’ amongst the UAChoirs. First year graduate students will be assigned one cycle (usually 3–4 weeks) programming for and leading our Recital Choir (chamber, mixed). In the remaining three semesters, conductors spend a semester each co-leading the University Singers (large, mixed), Kantorei (chamber, mixed), and Honor Choir (treble). By the time a graduate conductor has completed four semesters on campus, they will have led four ensembles and appeared in seven concerts.
Individualized instruction accompanies the choral ‘rotations’ in the form of masterclass-style rehearsals (when leading Recital Choir) and weekly, half-hour lessons with the choral faculty. Lessons address rehearsal planning, procedure, and pedagogy; structural analysis; physical gesture; and other aspects of the conductor’s art.