music

Conducting

Degrees Offered

  • Master of Music (MM) Degree in Choral Conducting
  • Master of Music (MM) Degree in Instrumental/Wind Conducting
  • Master of Music (MM) Degree in Orchestral Conducting
  • Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) Degree in Choral Conducting
  • Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) Degree in Instrumental/Wind Conducting
  • Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) Degree in Orchestral Conducting

Philosophy

The Mason Gross conducting program offers master’s and doctoral degrees in choral, orchestral, and instrumental/wind conducting, providing a rich curriculum of courses spanning performance practice, private instruction, practical research, and hands-on training. Classes are small, and students receive ample podium time. The conducting program supplies students with a firm foundation for a career in music, whether the goal is to perform, teach, or prepare for further study.

Coursework

Students receive a weekly 60-minute lesson with their major performance teacher for 12 weeks of the semester. Participation in ensembles through rehearsal, performance, and development of administrative skills necessary for the profession is an essential aspect of the program. Students supplement their professional-level training in performance with courses in musicology, music theory, and music literature.

Faculty

The conducting faculty boasts preeminent conductors of major ensembles nationally and internationally.

Head of Conducting Program: Patrick Gardner
James Busuito (Assistant Director of University Bands and Athletic Bands, Rutgers Symphony Band, Pep Band)
Patrick Gardner (Director of Choral Activities, Rutgers Kirkpatrick Choir, and Rutgers University Glee Club)
Kynan Johns (Orchestral Conducting, Rutgers Symphony Orchestra, HELIX!, and Sinfonia)
Hannah Carr (University Choir)
Todd Nichols (Director of University Bands and Athletic Bands, Rutgers Symphonic Winds, Concert Band)
Joseph Tompkins (Rutgers Percussion Ensemble)
Brandon Williams (Voorhees Choir)
Kraig Williams (Conductor of Wind Ensemble)