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SIU School of Music Performance Conducting

The conducting concentration offers a MM in either choral, orchestral or wind conducting. Each of these specializations provides graduate students with the advanced skillset and theoretical knowledge to pursue professional performance careers as conductors of youth, college, amateur and professional ensembles.

For musicians looking to pursue doctoral studies in conducting, the MM curriculum provides the preparation necessary to continue in this area of research and training.

SIU School of Music Performance Conducting

Master of Music (Conducting)

The graduate major can be accomplished by fulfilling the requirements for the Master of Music (M.M.) degree.

  • Total Degree Requirements: 36 credit hours
  • Music Bibliography and Research: 3 credit hours
  • Analytic Techniques A and B: 4 credit hours
  • Applied Music-Conducting: 6 credit hours
  • Advanced Conducting: 2 credit hours
  • Research Paper: 1 credit hours
  • Graduate Recital: 3 credit hours
  • Ensemble-Symphony/Wind/Concert Choir: 1 credit hours
  • Orchestral Emphasis
    • General Music Courses: 6 credit hours
    • Graduate Independent Study in Marketing: 7 credit hours
  • Wind Emphasis
    • General Music Courses: 3 credit hours
    • Survey of Wind Literature: 2 credit hours
    • Approved Graduate Music Electives: 3 credit hours
  • Choral Emphasis
    • General Music Courses: 3 credit hours
    • Advanced Topics in Choral Music: 2 credit hours
    • Approved Graduate Music Electives: 5 credit hours

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Choral Conducting

Throughout the choral conducting MM program, you will gain the confidence and artistry necessary to find a rewarding career leading the world's most renowned opera and voice talents. With hands-on experience, led by our dedicated and talented faculty members, graduates of this program become leaders in a variety of settings, excelling as choral conductors nationally and across the globe.

Orchestral Conducting

The orchestral conducting specialization will allow you to earn an advanced degree alongside talented faculty members as well as fellow skilled conductors and musicians at SIU. With a focus on artistry, scholarship and creativity, the MM program paves the way for conductors to take the podium leading professional orchestra ensembles in a number of different settings or to become educators in orchestral conducting.

Wind Conducting

The highly specialized MM program in wind conducting provides aspiring conductors with performance opportunities and theoretical studies to prepare for careers in both teaching and conducting. Our faculty members are passionate about guiding each student through conducting performance opportunities during the program while also focusing on the administrative aspects of conducting.


Music majors are required to participate in major musical ensembles throughout the academic year, such as SIU's Concert Choir, Marching Salukis, Southern Illinois Symphony or Wind Ensemble. Additionally, The Outside the Box music festival is produced each year, providing opportunities for composition students to attend master classes, seminars, workshops and to perform in the Emerging Composers recital during the event.

Visit the School of Music for a full list of participation opportunities.


At SIU, rehearsals and performances take place in the oldest currently occupied building on campus, Altgeld Hall. With state of the art spaces for choral performers and musicians of every kind, this majestic building is a second home to many students of the music program and a place to enhance their experience as a burgeoning artist.

Graduate Admissions and Auditions

To apply to the SIU graduate music program, prospective students are required to submit both a University application as well as a School of Music application. In addition to these applications, you will be required to complete an in-person audition at Altgeld Hall on campus, or a live online audition if traveling is not possible. As a graduate student you will work with a faculty member on the specific needs and requirements for your auditions. Our Admissions and Auditions page will give you the necessary details to get you started on preparation for your applications and an audition.


The SIU School of Music has more than 30 scholarships available. A large variety of criteria exist for these awards and are listed below outlining the eligibility requirements.

Contact Information

Karen Wolf
Academic Advisor
Faner 1229
1100 Lincoln Dr.
Carbondale, IL 62901

Jessica Butler
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Altgeld 22
1000 S Normal Ave
Carbondale, IL 62901

SIU School of Music Performance Conducting