The Wind Studies Area offers a Master of Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts in wind
band and orchestral 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 and be
leaders in the professional and academic communities.
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 Wind Conductors, duties are divided
among the studio and include:
- Teaching assistant for undergraduate instrumental conducting classes.
- Teaching assistant for Survey of Wind Literature course
- Assist with all aspects of the Mighty Sound of the South
- Wind Ensemble/Symphonic Band librarian
- Public relations coordinator
- Program and program note publication coordinator
- Instrument inventory and check-out supervisor
- Honor Band and workshop assistant coordinator
- Recording daily ensemble rehearsals
- Rehearsal and performance set-up and strike
Wind Conducting majors work with the ensemble conductors and choose repertoire to
rehearse and perform with the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, or the
Memphis Area Youth Wind Ensemble. Each student generally conducts on at least two
concerts per semester
All potential students must apply and be accepted by both the Music School 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.
Applicants for the wind conducting degrees must submit a videotape of rehearsal and
performance along with the required admission forms as soon as possible. Applicants
are required to submit a list of compositions studied for conducting during the past
year. A small group of applicants will be invited for an in-person audition, including
an interview. The committee will be looking for a demonstration of highly effective
musical sensitivity communicated through an advanced gestural vocabulary. The ability
of the applicant to communicate effectively with an ensemble during a rehearsal is
also taken into consideration. Those invited will also take a written exam consisting
of score identification and aural skills. 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 and times.
Admission and Assistantship applications and other information about acceptance into
the School of Music may be obtained by contacting:
Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music
The University of Memphis
129 Music Building
Memphis, TN 38152-3160
Call 901.678.3532 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 wind 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
- Familiarity with a substantial percentage of quality wind music is an important factor
in the selection process (see Repertoire List).
Applicants interested in the Master's Degree should be familiar with and able to conduct
approximately 25% of the repertoire in both lists. Applicants interested in the Doctor
of Musical Arts Degree should be familiar with and able to conduct at least 40% of
the repertoire in both lists.
For more information on Wind Studies, contact Albert Nguyen, Director of Bands at email@example.com.