Orchestral Conducting, Master | Catholic University of America | Washington, D. C., United States
24 months
52190 USD/year
52190 USD/year
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In addition to meeting the general requirements for admission to the Departments of Music, the entering graduate student in the Master of Music degree program in Orchestral Conducting at Catholic University of America must take the Music Theory Placement Examination and the Music History Placement Examination.


Students admitted into this Orchestral Conducting program at Catholic University of America will take advantage of an open studio policy among the orchestra conducting faculty in the fulfillment of private instruction requirements. In the first year of the graduate conducting program, the student will study with one of the major orchestral conducting faculty, but may participate in the open studio opportunity for short-term study with a specialist in specific repertoire, including choral music and musical theatre, from the Departments of Music faculty. 

Beginning in the second full year of study, the student will alternate between the major orchestral conducting faculty each semester to receive the full benefit of varied interpretative and technical perspectives. Typically this graduate degree program will take four semesters to complete.

Graduation Requirements

Successful completion of two conducting recitals is required: a 40-minute conducting recital (MUS 902A) and a 30-minute lecture conducting recital (MUS 902B). The recitals are to be conducted in public before a committee of the music departments faculty, and are graded on a pass/fail basis. The performing ensembles may consist of players from the Catholic University Symphony Orchestra or another appropriate ensemble from outside the Departments of Music.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Applied Conducting
  • Graduate Conducting Seminar
  • Practicum in Score Reading & Analysis for Conductors
  • Performing Ensemble
  • Analytical Techniques
  • Research Methodology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


35 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Pass an entrance audition on campus with the CUA Symphony Orchestra
  • Pass an examination (both written and aural)
  • Have an interview with faculty audition committee
  • Every International applicant needs to return a completed application.
  • Submit a $60 nonrefundable application fee. Payment must be in the form of a check or money order payable in U.S. currency to The Catholic University of America.
  • Demonstrate English language proficiency
  • Submit confirmation of financial support
  • Submit secondary school report with translated transcripts
  • Receive your admission packet with visa information
  • Secondary School Report
  • Official/Attested Copy of Transcripts

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    52190 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 26095 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    52190 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 26095 USD per semester during 24 months.

Living costs for Washington, D. C.

1705 - 2975 USD /month
Living costs

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