The Music Department at Cal State University Northridge offers the opportunity to study the art of conducting choral, orchestral and band/wind endemble at the graduate level. Students in conducting continue studies in Music History and Music Theory. Students in choral conducting take classes in Choral Literature, Private Conducting Lessons, and Seminars in Conducting and perform in and conduct major ensembles. In Instrumental Conducting, students take classes in Advanced Instrumental Conducting, Private Conducting Lessons, and play in and conduct major ensembles. Conducting students in both Choral and Instrumental Conducting can choose from a wide variety of electives to enrich their educational experiences. Candidates in conducting will conduct public performances as part of their culminating experience and present an abstract of analysis of the works performed.
A wide variety of conducting experiences are made available to graduate students in conducting. Students may conduct works in ensemble performances, in concerto competition performances, chamber music groups, and opera performances.
(Students who audition for the Master’s program in conducting should have an undergraduate degree in music)
- Schedule an audition with the area advisor. The candidate will conduct a rehearsal.
- The audition may also include the demonstration of keyboard ability as well as sight reading skills.
- Candidates in Choral Conducting may have to demonstrate a reading ability in French, German, and Italian.