MM in Choral Conducting

The EKU School of Music offers a Master of Music in Conducting, with emphases in choral, orchestral, or wind conducting. This degree prepares students to excel in the areas of conducting, rehearsal techniques, score study, interpretation, repertoire, research, and pedagogy. Graduate choral conductors sing in and direct university ensembles, and take courses that prepare them to teach choral music in public and private schools, further their education at the doctoral level, work in the field of church music, or a combination of several areas. A two-year, full-time residency is expected for this degree program. Limited graduate assistantships are available to highly qualified applicants. 


1. Apply to the Graduate School at Eastern Kentucky University as soon as possible:
Please note that decisions regarding admission cannot be made until the Graduate School receives a COMPLETE application package.

2. Complete the EKU School of Music graduate audition registration

3. Submit the following pre-audition materials (listed below) directly to Dr. Richard Waters, Director of Choral Activities, via email
DEADLINE: February 1

Pre-Audition Materials:
  1. Resumé or curriculum vitae
  2. Two (2) letters of recommendation
  3. Audio or video recording (5 minutes) that demonstrates the applicant’s ability level on their major instrument (voice, piano, etc.).
  4. Video (15-20 minutes) that shows the applicant conducting a choir:
    • If possible, the video should include excerpts from both a rehearsal and performance.
    • At least two contrasting pieces are recommended.
    • Front view of the conductor is preferred.
    • Include a sheet with a list of the repertoire being rehearsed/performed, as well as information about the ensemble(s) in the video (choir that the applicant regularly conducts, ad hoc group put together for the video, etc.).
    • Acceptable formats include Dropbox files, YouTube/Vimeo links, shared Google Drive folders.
4. Apply for a Graduate Assistantship (online application coming soon) 
DEADLINE: February 15

Following a review of the preliminary screening videos, selected applicants will be invited to campus (normally in March) for a live audition with a university ensemble. This audition will consist of:

1. Run-through of a piece that is familiar to the ensemble (selected by the conducting faculty).

2. Rehearsal (10-15 minutes) of a piece that is not familiar to the ensemble (selected by the applicant in consultation with the conducting faculty).

3. Interview with the Director of Choral Activities to discuss your teaching philosophy, rehearsal techniques, career goals, etc.