Orchestral Conducting, Master | University of Kansas | Lawrence, United States
12 months
24791 USD/year
24791 USD/year
10829 USD/year
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University of Kansas offers first class MM and DMA programs in Orchestral Conducting. These competitive programs offer students the opportunity to conduct a broad range of repertoire in preparation for a professional conducting career. 


About this Degree

The art of conducting is examined from the perspective of gesture and movement, score study/analysis/ear training, and rehearsal techniques and strategies. In addition, Orchestral Conducting students learn a broad range of orchestral repertoire within social and historic contexts. A secondary focus is placed on the operatic and theatrical experience as part of the path to becoming a well-rounded conductor.

The University of Kansas graduate orchestral conducting program offers a highly specialized and intensive pre-professional training experience. The conducting studio is limited to a small number of qualified and experienced candidates in order to provide personalized instruction and ample podium time. Graduate conductors work regularly with the KU Symphony Orchestra leading sectional and tutti rehearsals, and also act as cover conductor for the Director of Orchestral Activities. Qualified students are offered opportunities to lead the award-winning KU Symphony Orchestra in performances on which occasion they are charged with complete musical preparation for the works programmed. Where appropriate, graduate conductors are offered opportunities as assistant conductor for KU Opera productions. Student conductors also lead the symphony orchestra in repertoire reading sessions including concerti and student composition workshop sessions. The first rehearsal of every concert cycle is also typically led by the graduate conductors.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Advanced Conducting
  • Musicology and Theory
  • Electives 
  • Music Theory
  • Ensembles
  • Master’s Recital

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Resume
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Scanned copies of official transcripts from ALL post-secondary schools attended
  • Email addresses of three (3) references for letters of recommendation
  • Repertoire list - Performance applicants
  • Scholarly writing sample: Organ, Church Music, Musicology and Music Theory applicants
  • PDF files or links to three (3) original scores (and recordings if available) - Composition applicants
  • Dvd or weblink showing the applicant conducting in performance and rehearsal - Conducting applicants

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    24791 USD/year
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  • National

    24791 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 24791 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    10829 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 10829 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Lawrence

900 - 1400 USD /month
Living costs

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