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Conducting

All graduate music applicants must submit the following requirements:

  • Transcript(s)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Brief essay
  • Repertoire list

Please find more detailed application information here.

Choral Conducting

Choral Conducting Applicants should submit the following:

  1. Upload a 2-4 minute video personal statement of yourself discussing some or all of the following questions/statements. You may share some of the same information that you include in your written personal statement. The admissions committee will use both the written and video statements to evaluate how you present yourself on and off the page.

    1. What qualities or experiences first drew you to conducting?

    2. Why do you believe the conducting program at the University of Maryland would be a good fit for you?

    3. Describe the future you envision for classical music and your potential role in it.

  2. Video of 10-15 minutes in length of a rehearsal with a mixed ensemble of at least 12 voices.

  3. Video or audio of a public performance.

Prescreen results will be sent via email by early January 2020.

Applicants chosen for an on-campus audition after initial screening will be asked to lead a choral rehearsal of up to 30 minutes, have a personal interview with members of the conducting faculty, and complete musical skills testing. Auditions will take place during February 2020. Those selected for a live audition will be given 2-3 dates from which to choose.

 

Orchestral and Wind Conducting

At the MM level, we offer a degree in Instrumental Conducting with either an Orchestral or Wind Conducting concentration. At the DMA level, we offer a DMA in Orchestral Conducting and a DMA in Wind Conducting. Please pay close attention to the specific application requirements for each of the different degree options.

Prescreen results will be sent via email by early January 2020.

Live auditions for those selected for the wind conducting programs will take place in January or February, 2020. Those chosen for an on-campus audition after the initial screening will be asked to complete a test of ear training skills and general knowledge of the field. Candidates will also be asked to perform on their primary instrument and demonstrate their level of score-reading at the piano. This will be followed by a session of up to 25 minutes with the UMD Symphony or Wind Orchestra on works chosen by the conducting faculty.   

1. All Instrumental (Orchestral and Wind) Conducting (MM and DMA) applicants must submit the following materials to the music application: A video personal statement following these guidelines. Upload a 2-4 minute video personal statement of yourself discussing some or all of the following questions/statements. You may share some of the same information that you include in your written personal statement. The admissions committee will use both the written and video statements to evaluate how you present yourself on and off the page. 

1. What qualities or experiences first drew you to conducting?

2. Why do you believe the conducting program at the University of Maryland would be a good fit for you?

3. Describe the future you envision for classical music and your potential role in it.    

2. Upload a prescreen video, meeting the following requirements:

a. MM applicants - Upload a video of 10-20 minutes of you conducting an instrumental ensemble of no less than seven players (preferably an orchestra for orchestral conducting candidates and a wind ensemble for wind conducting candidates). The video may be a combination of rehearsal and performance conducting, or it may all be of rehearsal(s). It should not be only a performance. The video should be made with the camera behind the ensemble and you facing the camera.

b. DMA applicants - Two examples of the applicant conducting should be uploaded:

i. Video of a rehearsal with an instrumental ensemble of no less than seven players (preferably an orchestra for orchestral conducting candidates and a wind ensemble for wind conducting candidates).

ii. Video or audio of a public performance.

iii. The video(s) should be made with the camera behind the ensemble and you facing the camera.

Wind Conducting Applicants must also submit the following:

1.     Upload a list of what you consider to be the 35 finest works that would be considered "in the repertoire" of university or conservatory wind ensembles (i.e. Hindemith's Symphony in Bb or Septet would be appropriate, Beethoven's Fifth Symphony would not.)

Graduate Audition Requirements

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