The Choral Studies Area offers a Master of Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral
Conducting. The program is designed to be small and highly selective. Enrollment is
intentionally limited and auditions are competitive. Our objective is to develop technically
capable, expressive conductors, prepared to succeed.
Assistantships and Scholarships
Graduate Assistantships are available for Master's and Doctoral students up to $8000.
Graduate assistantships have teaching responsibilities and/or other responsibilities
that are determined by the needs of the School. For Choral Conductors, duties are
divided among the various ensembles and include:
- Teaching assistant for undergraduate choral conducting classes.
- Assist with all aspects of the University Singers, our concert choir
- Assist with all aspects of the University Chamber Choir
- Assist the Director of Choirs with all aspects of the choral program
Choral Conducting majors work with the University Singers, University Chamber Choir,
Collegiate Choir and/or Sound Fuzion. Responsibilities include running sectional rehearsals,
full rehearsals and conducting pieces on the public concerts.
All potential students must apply and be accepted by both the School of Music and
by the University. Acceptance to the School of Music is contingent upon being accepted
by the University. Seek enrollment in the University by contacting the University
Graduate Office of Admissions at 901.678.2911. For more information, visit the University Graduate School's web site.
Applicants for the choral conducting degrees must submit a videotape of a rehearsal
and performance along with the required admission forms as soon as possible. Applicants
are required to submit a list of performances with compositions studied during the
past year. Qualified applicants will be invited for an in-person audition, including
an interview. The committee will be looking for the potential of success as a choral
artist by evaluating present conducting technique. A major portion of the interview
will be devoted to assessing potential student's aural musical skills. Students will
sight-sing, and be given an error detection exam. The ability of the applicant to
communicate effectively with an ensemble during a rehearsal is also taken into consideration.
In addition to the audition, it is necessary for all graduate students to take a proficiency
exam in music history and music theory. These tests are given on the first two days
of registration every semester. Contact the Graduate Music Office for specific dates
Admission and Assistantship applications and other information about acceptance into
the School of Music may be obtained by contacting:
Associate Director for Graduate Studies
Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music
The University of Memphis
129 Music Building
Memphis, TN 38152-3160
Return the Graduate school application to the University Graduate School Admissions
office. Return the application for Graduate Assistantships in Music to the Music School
Graduate Studies Office.
Requirements for admission
Requirements for admission into the graduate choral conducting program include:
- A Bachelor's Degree in Music from an accredited institution
- A mastery of advanced conducting techniques gained through conducting experience beyond
the undergraduate level.
- Submission of transcripts of all previous college work
For more information on the Choral Conducting Graduate degree, contact Lawrence Edwards, Director of Choral Activities, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lawrence Edwards (Ed.D)
Ryan Fisher (Ph.D.)