Date: May 11, 2012
I am looking into graduate school (although perhaps a few years too early as a Sophomore) and I was wondering if any schools offered programs with a choral emphasis, but a significant portion of time devoted to orchestral conducting OR a program with a Dual M.M. in Choral and Orchestral conducting? My goal is to conduct opera and it seems necessary that I understand how an orchestra 'works', but (as a singer) nothing is more frustrating than a conductor who does not understand how singing works.
With that said, I have two main questions...
1. What is the best route to pursuing an operatic conducting career?
2. Are there Master's programs with both choral and orchestral opportunities?
I should mention that I realize being a proficient accompaniest is EXCEPTIONALLY important to being an opera conductor, and I do take that into consideration. But, I was hoping that someone might have some insight about the best way to pursue opera.
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