Conducting M.Mus.

A conductor, according to the scientific connotation, is a medium or passageway through which energy is transmitted. In music, the conductor functions in a similar role, bringing music through the performers to the audience.

The Master of Music (MM) program is 30 credit program designed for the professional preparation of conductors, with options in choral, orchestral, and wind band. Mentored by dedicated and distinguished faculty, students engage in the techniques of conducting, including score preparation, rehearsal preparation, and rehearsal techniques, and gain significant experience leading university ensembles.

The curriculum includes individual instruction in the techniques of conducting, score preparation, rehearsal preparation, and rehearsal techniques as well as significant conducting experience with University ensembles.

For a full description of our programs, what they offer and how they are constructed, please download and view our Department of Music Graduate Student Handbook which includes information about each degree option from start to finish, including audition requirements for each instrument and voice type.

Please see the website for the Graduate School of the University of Minnesota Duluth for information on application. All applications are processed online.

Graduate Handbook

Audition Requirements


  1. Application to the Graduate Program
  2. DVD 20-30 minutes of rehearsal and performance footage from the conductor’s front in a stationary view
  3. Minimum 3-page writing sample demonstrating the candidates best writing ability and written towards a subject in conducting.
  4. Applicant may be required to come to campus for a live audition/interview.

Please contact Dee Charles at [email protected] | 218-726-7890 to schedule your specific audition date and time. Priority Auditions for Graduate Assistant-ships and Scholarship funding are encouraged as early as possible.

Call 218-726-7890 or email [email protected] with questions regarding the application or scholarship audition process.

Scholarships, Fellowships, and Graduate Assistant-ships are available for graduate students.

Graduate Assistant Application