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Masters in Choral Conducting

Hey there. I am trying to find some schools that are great for a Masters in Choral Conducting. I live in Phoenix, Arizona and am looking for a school relatively close. Moving is not really an option for me right now. Any suggestions? Arizona State University and University of Arizona only have Doctoral programs for this field. 
 
Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
 
Thanks,
Chris
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on December 14, 2013 11:27pm
Hi Chris, 

I am the founder/developer of the website resource Gradmusic.org which lists program in choral conducting, composition, musicology, music education, and more. 
I can tell you that the University of Arizona does have a masters in choral conducting degree. Also, NAU (Northern Arizona University) has a fantastic choral conducting program (masters only)!

Check out gradmusic.org and if you have any more questions feel free to message me.
 
Hope this helps!
Alan Davis
on December 15, 2013 8:13am
Alan,
 
How do you determine which school should be included on Gradmusic.org?  I am searching for a MM program as well and I like your site.
 
Mary Turner
on December 17, 2013 6:11am
Having been in attendance the last three times Edith Copley has come to Australia for conducting workshops, I am jealous of anyone who gets to study at NAU.
on December 15, 2013 4:07pm
I gather information on each school over the course of a 2 year period, before considering to list a school on gradmusic.org
Some of the information pertains to the following:
Curriculum requirements
Admissions Requirements
Graduate student co-hort size
Teacher -to- Student ratio (too many students can sometimes bring the quality of a program down)
Bio's of Professors (their experience and education)
Placement of graduates in positions (after graduation)
Reputation of Program (emails with alum's of programs and past professors, if possible & Sometimes I email conductors from other schools to provide me their opinion of said program)
Opportunities for conducting experience (for the graduate students)
Types of Choirs at each program (Do they NOT have a Men's Chorus or Chamber Choir, etc)
Awards programs receive
and many other categories.....

I can say that there are certain programs one can go to if they want to learn to be the best CONDUCTOR & TEACHER they could be and other programs where they can learn to be the best CONDUCTOR. 
I can also say that there are certain programs that better train conductors in early choral music as well as new music than certain other programs.
I can also tell you where certain programs favor only ONE student, when they have 8-10 graduate students. 

I have been researching all the programs currently listed on gradmusic.org for 4-8 years. I keep updating my research into each program on a yearly basis.

Hope this answers your question. 

All the best, 
Alan Davis
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