William Jon Gray
Chair of the Choral Department
Graduate Choral Admissions
Become the Complete Choral Conductor
Achieve excellence through world-class professional training at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Study with renowned faculty, conduct a diverse array of ensembles, and research in the finest music library in the United States.
THE BENEFITS OF STUDYING AT THE JACOBS SCHOOL
Financial support: All graduate students in the MM and DM degree programs for choral conducting receive full tuition remission, a stipend, and health benefits as part of their Associate Instructorship.
Podium time: More podium time than any other collegiate conducting program. Conduct a choral ensemble every day in conducting class. Serve as assistant conductor for the elite choral ensembles in the Jacobs School, and perform your recital with choir and orchestra.
Opera chorus master training: IU has a unique and unprecedented comprehensive professional training program for opera chorus masters within the graduate choral conducting curriculum. Students serve as chorus masters and assist faculty with major opera productions in the Jacobs School.
More ensembles than any other program: The Jacobs School has the widest array of vocal ensembles of any collegiate program in the world: a cappella chamber choir; choral/orchestral; opera choruses; early music; new music; vocal jazz; collegiate show choir; Latin American ensembles; world music; youth and children's choruses. Regardless of your interests, there is a chorus for you here at IU.
Teaching opportunities: Graduate students act as Associate Instructors which may include teaching classes in undergraduate conducting and assisting full-time faculty with major ensembles. Our students receive valuable teaching experience as part of their degree.
Comprehensive curriculum: Graduate students take a full sequence of courses in choral literature and score reading, in addition to mentoring and lessons with faculty. All students are also encouraged to take advantage of the many course offerings in the departments of music theory and musicology.