Choral Conducting

Choral conducting mastery is within your reach

Prepare for a successful career in choral conducting in a wildly collaborative environment where you’ll have ample opportunities to learn and create.

You’ll spend your academic hours in a bustling environment with seven choral ensembles, as many as six opera choruses each season, a pool of more than 300 gifted singers, and one of the most comprehensive music libraries in the world.

You’ll benefit from a comprehensive curriculum with a full sequence of courses in conducting, choral literature, rehearsal techniques, and score reading, and receive private lessons with a faculty member each week.

Plus, you’ll put what you learn into practice both as a conductor and as a teacher. 

Conducting opportunities abound

We strongly believe in encouraging a supportive environment where all students receive an ample amount of podium time.

On any given day, you might find yourself spending the afternoon leading the University Chorale or Conductors Chorus and the evening assisting in opera chorus rehearsals or conducting a community chorus or church choir.

During your time in the program, you’ll regularly conduct recitals, and serve as an assistant conductor to the faculty-led choral ensembles. You’ll also receive opportunities to conduct rehearsals, sectionals, and even works on faculty concerts upon occasion.

You’ll also serve as an assistant or associate chorus master for at least one opera produced by the world-renowned IU Jacobs School of Music Opera and Ballet Theater.

By graduation, you’ll be a well-rounded conductor prepared to take on the world.

IU is one of the few universities that provides hands-on experience. I am so grateful to have studied under such outstanding and accomplished faculty at Jacobs.

Michaella Calzaretta, chorus master for Utah Opera

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