The EKU School of Music offers a Master of Music in choral conducting. This degree prepares students to excel in the areas of conducting, rehearsal techniques, score study, interpretation, repertoire, research, and pedagogy. Graduate 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.
graduate choral conducting program is designed to be small and highly
selective. Limited graduate assistantships are available to highly
qualified applicants. The application is a three-step process:
I. Apply to the Graduate School at Eastern Kentucky University as soon as possible:
For a complete list of required application materials, click here. Please
note that decisions regarding admission cannot be made until the
Graduate School receives a COMPLETE application package.
II. Submit the following pre-audition materials (listed below) directly to the Director of Choral Activities.
DEADLINE: February 1
Pre-audition materials may be sent via email (click here), or may be mailed to:
Richard Waters, Director of Choral Activities
EKU School of Music
521 Lancaster Avenue
Richmond, KY 40475
1. Resumé or curriculum vitae
2. Three (3) 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, or DVD. (DVD's will not be returned.)
III. On-campus audition
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).
Rehearsal (10-15 minutes) of a piece that is not familiar to the
ensemble (selected by the applicant in consultation with the conducting
3. Interview with the Director of Choral
Activities to discuss your teaching philosophy, rehearsal techniques,
career goals, etc.