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CONDUCTING

With an exceptional placement rate into professional, military and educational positions, our conducting program provides graduate students with multiple opportunities for first-hand experience leading large ensembles. Our location in the greater Washington-Baltimore area provides considerable opportunities to lead amateur, professional and church ensembles. With generous podium time, our conducting students receive professional level training to prepare them for careers in conducting.

The Program

Students seeking the M.M. may specialize in choral or instrumental conducting, while students seeking the D.M.A. can focus on choral, orchestral or wind conducting.

Conducting students receive professional level training in class and through individual mentorship in conducting, pedagogy, rehearsal skills, score analysis and preparation, career development and practical experience in symphonic, wind, choral and opera repertoire.

Our students take advantage of generous, regular podium time with ensembles, including music major, non-music major and lab ensembles.

Choral conducting majors take part in annual collaborations with and preparation opportunities for the National Symphony Orchestra and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as well as national and international performance tours.

All conducting majors collaborate regularly with other conducting areas – orchestral, wind and choral – and may have the possibility to assist operas.

Conducting & Ensembles Division Coordinator

Craig Kier

Associate Professor & Division Coordinator, Conducting & Ensembles
Associate Professor, Voice & Opera
Director, Maryland Opera Studio

2122 The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
College Park MD, 20742

(301) 405-5545

Our Faculty

Andrea Brown

Associate Clinical Professor, Conducting & Ensembles

2531B The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
College Park MD, 20742

(301) 405-5542

Edward Maclary

Professor, Voice & Opera
Professor, Conducting & Ensembles
Director, Choral Activities
Director, UMD Chamber Singers
Director, UMD Concert Choir

2118 The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
College Park MD, 20742

(301) 405-4561

David Neely

Associate Professor, Conducting & Ensembles

2116 The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
College Park MD, 20742

(301) 405-6716

Craig Potter

Senior Lecturer, Conducting & Ensembles

The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
College Park MD, 20742

Michael Votta

Professor, Conducting & Ensembles
Director, Bands
Director, UMD Wind Orchestra

2531 The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
College Park MD, 20742

(301) 405-5544

Curriculum

M.M. (Choral Conducting)

Course Duration Credits
Lessons & Projects 4 semesters 10
Repertoire & Pedagogy 5 courses 11
Aural Skills/Practicum 4 courses 4
Research Methods 1 course 3
Music Theory/History 2 courses 6

M.M. (Instrumental Conducting With Orchestral or Wind Emphasis)

Course Duration Credits
Lessons & Projects 4 semesters 10
Repertoire & Pedagogy 3 courses 6
Aural Skills/Practicum 5 courses 5
Research Methods 1 course 3
Music Theory/History 2 courses 6
Elective 1 course 2

D.M.A. (Choral Conducting)

Course Duration Credits
Lessons & Projects 4 semesters 10
Seminars 4 courses 8
Pedagogy 1 course 3
Aural Skills/Practicum 4 courses 4
Research Methods 1 course 3
Academic Electives 2 courses 6
Dissertation Research 2 semesters 12

D.M.A. (Wind Conducting)

Course Duration Credits
Lessons & Projects 4 semesters 10
Seminars 7 courses 11
Aural Skills 2 courses 4
Research Methods 1 course 3
Electives 2 courses 6
Dissertation Research 2 semesters 12

D.M.A. (Orchestral Conducting)

Course Duration Credits
Lessons & Projects 4 semesters 10
Ensemble 1 semester 1
Seminars 6 courses 10
Aural Skills 2 courses 4
Research Methods 1 course 3
Electives 2 courses 6
Dissertation Research 2 semesters 12