Adding graduate schools in choral conducting to final list
Date: October 16, 2013
I am currently working on applications to MM in Choral Conducting programs. I finished my undergraduate last May with degrees in music (piano) and mathematics. I currently am an organist and choir director at a local Episcopalian church and am pursuing a conducting internship with an auditioned community choir in Seattle. These commitments will last until next summer. I also have done research and extensive coursework in theory and analysis and am looking into graduate programs where I can pursue a dual degree (MA/MM) in Conducting and Theory. My career goals are to work in sacred music at a high level as well as teach theory and/or choir at a university.
So far, my list includes University of Oregon, University of Iowa, University of Minnesota, and Westminster Choir College, and I have been in contact with some of the progessors at these schools. Does anybody have suggestions for one or two more programs to add to the list? Most of these schools take very few applicants (understanding that they provide great conducting opportunities, one-on-one attention, etc.), so I am trying to help my chances as much as possible. I am also looking for schools where private organ study is available!
Thank you very much for your suggestions.