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Minimum of 36 semester hours of graduate coursework must be completed in 4 semesters (2 years)

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Atlanta Campus

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Atlanta Campus

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  • Fall – February 1

Master of Music, Concentration in Orchestral Conducting, M.Mu.

Graduate Director 
Dr. Lara Saville Dahl
laradahl@gsu.edu
404-413-5965

This concentration provides a course of study intended to: a) develop and enhance the conducting skills of students, b) extend students’ musical and administrative knowledge in conducting orchestras and c) prepare students for doctoral study in conducting. Successful applicants are active orchestral conductors who demonstrate potential as professional conductors. Conducting audition/videotape required.

The mission of the Georgia State School of Music is to preserve, promote and advance humanity’s rich and expanding tradition of artistic music-making through performance, composition, education and research in accordance with the urban and global initiatives of the university.

The graduate programs in the School of Music offer unparalleled opportunities in one of America’s most vibrant urban centers. The school enrolls about 90 students in Master of Music degree programs, Artist Certificate programs, and Ph.D. and Ed.D. programs in music education.

Students have the opportunity to work with an internationally acclaimed faculty of 40 full-time and 24 part-time faculty in concentrations such as performance, pedagogy, music education, conducting, composition and jazz studies.

Program Highlights

  • As an international city, Atlanta attracts world-renowned classical and jazz artists, guest conductors, guest soloists and composers in-residence who come to our campus and collaborate with School of Music faculty and students through masterclasses and workshops, lectures and performances.
  • The school provides graduates with real practical experience and access to employment with a broad range of prestigious arts institutions and organizations, music festivals and Atlanta music establishments.
  • School of Music notable alumni include Coy Bowles (lead guitarist with the Zac Brown Band), composer Carlos Simon (winner of the Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Award and $15,000 Commission from American Composers Orchestra), conductor Henry Cheng (first prize winner, Inaugural European Union Conducting Competition) and trumpeter Darren English (recognized as one of most influential young graduates to represent Georgia State having received a 2018 Global Peace Song Award for his song “Pledge of Peace.”)
 

Careers

The graduate programs at the School of Music prepare students for competitive careers in performance, conducting, composition and music education.

Highlights include one-on-one lessons and mentorship with an internationally acclaimed faculty, 100% job placement in the field of music education, successful placement in prestigious doctoral programs, the opportunity to network with high-profile artists, scholars and businesses, practical experience from conferences to international music festival participation, artist residencies, as well as assistantships to develop practical skills and garner pedagogical experience.

The graduate program leads students to career paths such as solo performance artists, composers, placement in prestigious professional classical, jazz and operatic ensembles, private, K-12, college music educators, scholars and entrepreneurs, among others.

Program Details

Required University Application Materials (https://gradapply.gsu.edu/apply/):

  • Transcript(s): Upload unofficial copies of transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. The institution logo and your name must be present on the copies. Official transcripts will be required upon acceptance into the program.
  • Official TOEFL/IELT Scores (international applicants only): Institutional code 5251 should be used for reporting TOEFL scores.
  • Personal/Goal Statement: Please provide a statement of your educational and career goals (be as specific as possible).
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae: Upload within the online Slate application.
  • Writing Sample: Provide a scholarly/research paper on a subject in the field of music of a level of intellectual and critical engagement appropriate to graduate-level work.
  • Letters of recommendation: 2 letters of recommendation are required. Applicants must enter the names and contact information of the 2 recommenders within the application. An electronic recommendation request will be sent to recommenders, and recommendation letters must be submitted via this request. It is strongly advised that letters of recommendation are completed before the application deadline and are written within the last year. Recommendations submitted after this date are not guaranteed to be reviewed.
  • GPA: Students considered for admission into the graduate program generally have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

School of Music Application Materials (https://app.getacceptd.com/gsu): Complete the “Start an Application” fields to view your specific application and audition requirements for the School of Music

  • Prescreening Audition: Applicants are required to submit a face-to-the-camera conducting video of 10 to 30 minutes in length of one or more recent performances by an ensemble that they have conducted. Upload the video(s) within the Acceptd application.
  • Ensemble Repertoire: A list of works rehearsed or conducted, indicating (R) for rehearsed and (C) conducted, in the last 3 years
  • Solo Repertoire: A list of works performed on their major instrument at the undergraduate level.
  • Experience: Evidence of current employment as an instrumental conductor or access to an appropriate instrument ensemble.
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae: Upload within the online Acceptd application.

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree or concentration in music, or the equivalent. Graduate Assistantships will be determined by both academic success and musical ability.

Degree Requirements: Orchestral Track

  1. Required Courses:
    • APCD 8001 Applied Instrumental Conducting I (3)
    • APCD 8002 Applied Instrumental Conducting II (3)
    • APCD 8003 Applied Instrumental Conducting III (3)
    • MUS 6110 Instrumentation and Orchestration (3)
    • MUS 6940 Orchestral Literature (3)
    • MUS 6941 Orchestral Literature II (3)
    • MUS 8000 Introduction to Graduate Studies (2)
    • MUS 8970 Instrumental Conducting Project (3)
  2. One 8000-level course in music history (3)
  3. One graduate-level course in music theory (3)
  4. Seven credit hours of graduate-level electives in music
  5. Comprehensive examinationDegree Requirements: Wind Band Track
    1. Required Courses:
      • APCD 8001 Applied Instrumental Conducting I (3)
      • APCD 8002 Applied Instrumental Conducting II (3)
      • APCD 8003 Applied Instrumental Conducting III (3)
      • APCD 8004 Applied Instrumental Conducting IV (3)
      • MUS 8000 Introduction to Graduate Studies (2)
      • MUS 8680 Seminar in Instrumental Conducting (2) (two semesters)
      • MUS 8800 Wind Band Literature (3)
      • MUS 8970 Instrumental Conducting Project (3)
    2. One 8000-level course in music history (3)
    3. One graduate-level course in music theory (3)
    4. Six credit hours of graduate-level electives in music
    5. Comprehensive examination

There is an applied music fee of $350 per semester for a one-hour (8000 level) lesson and $200 per semester for a half-hour (6000 level) lesson. Additional lab fees for certain courses may apply.

The Georgia State School of Music provides unparalleled opportunities to study and work among an inspiring community of musicians in one of America’s most vibrant urban centers. Students receive exceptional training, are provided with meaningful opportunities and begin serious careers no matter what type of music drives their passion. The goals and outcomes from a graduate degree include:

  • Ensuring comprehensive exposure to an array of perspectives as represented by the various faculty approaches to music performance, music history, music theory and teaching styles.
  • Honoring the continuing traditions of music making and pedagogy while exploring new forms and contemporary issues within the various musical fields.
  • Developing pedagogical skills and strategies through teaching assistantships for undergraduate-level courses.
  • Preparing students for a professional career in music through rigorous performance preparation, exposure to important repertoire and attention to practical business aspects of various musical careers.

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Contacts

Graduate Director
Dr. Lara Saville Dahl
laradahl@gsu.edu
404-413-5965

Administrative Specialist, Graduate
somadmissions@gsu.edu

College of the Arts
55 Park Place, NE, Ste. 910
Atlanta, GA 30303

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