Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

To guide the student toward the development of a comprehensive fluency in the language of conductorial gesture through acquiring advanced technical skills, and to encourage the establishment of a unique artistic identity; to promote the probing of how music works and what it means through continued exposure to theoretical studies and research techniques; and to foster the understanding of the diverse conductorial roles, i.e., symphonic and chamber orchestras, wind ensembles, choral ensembles, opera, contemporary ensembles, presentations which require verbal communication to young and mature audiences, and rehearsal efficiency.

Please review the admissions and audition processes for these programs, as they have been adjusted due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

For your DMA, you will be expected to meet the following requirements:

  • 32 credits of conducting seminars
  • 12 credits of music theory, musicology, and composition courses
  • 3 credits of research skills
  • 12 credits of elective courses
  • Conducting recitals, which students are required to perform with non-auditioned and auditioned campus ensembles, as well as a community or recruited ensemble
  • Language proficiency:
    • Wind Conducting Concentration: French, Italian, or German
    • Choral and Orchestral Concentration: French, Italian, and German
  • Completion of written and oral preliminary exam
  • Completion of thesis or final project
  • Completion of final oral examination

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