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Conducting Auditions & Interviews

SMTD Graduate Requirements and Dates

Master of Music in Conducting

Pre-screening Requirements

 

ALL conducting applicants are required to upload three videos.

  • two face-to-the-camera videos of themselves conducting:
  1. in rehearsal and interacting with an ensemble s/he regularly conducts
  2. a performance

The musical portion of the videos should be at least ten minutes in length and include literature of the applicant's choice. The examples may be excerpts of full works and a variety of different styles are welcome. It is acceptable to use a smaller ensemble (e.g. a string quartet and piano, rather than a full orchestra) playing a reduced version of a composition.

  • a speaking video:
  1. speak briefly about yourself and your musical background;
  2. describe your goals in pursuing graduate studies in conducting. 

Please make each video a separate track when uploading.

    

Band/Wind Ensemble Conducting

In addition to the admissions documents and videos, each applicant must also upload a written analysis of Chester Overture by William Schuman.

Choral Conducting

In addition to the admissions documents and videos, each applicant must also upload a statement that expresses your views about the role and repertoire of a 21st century conductor with a concentration in the area of choral music.

 

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Deadline: December 1.

 

Audition Requirements

Following review of the pre-screening and written application materials, a limited number of applicants will be invited to Ann Arbor for an on-campus audition.

Band/Wind Ensemble Conducting

Applicants invited to Ann Arbor for an audition should be prepared to conduct the second and fifth movements of Grainger’s Lincolnshire Posy.

Choral Conducting

Applicants invited to Ann Arbor for an audition should be prepared to conduct:

  1. Brahms "Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen" from Ein deutsches Requiem (in German, conducting from the full choral/orchestra score)
  2. "Let Nimrod the mighty hunter" from Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb
  3. "The Lamb" from Five Short Choral Works by Adolphus Hailstork

Orchestral Conducting

Applicants invited to Ann Arbor for an audition should be prepared for an audition period that may include a personal interview, examination of aural skills, a written examination (mainly on the audition repertoire but including questions of a more general nature), and one or more conducting auditions. Specific repertoire will be announced with the invitation to the auditions.

 

Questions should be directed to:

Band/Wind Ensemble Conducting:

Professor Michael Haithcock (mlhaith@umich.edu)

Choral Conducting:

Professor Eugene Rogers (ecrogers@umich.edu)

Orchestral Conducting:

Professor Kenneth Kiesler (kiesler@umich.edu)

 

Helpful Links

Audition schedule and application deadline

General SMTD audition and interview information

 

 

Haithcock

 

 

 

 

 

Professor Michael Haithcock

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