Orchestral Conducting

Join a talented group of top conductors

As a student in one of our orchestral conducting programs, you will become part of a very select group of young conductors chosen to study with some of the world’s top maestros.

You’ll spend your days surrounded by advanced master’s and doctoral students who share your passion for music and conducting—and your commitment to being the best.

You’ll be part of a program that emphasizes both symphonic and opera repertoire and offers the opportunity for instruction with the Conductor's Lab Orchestra three times a week.

And you’ll have the opportunity to conduct your own ad-hoc concerts, as well as serve as assistants to the faculty and visiting conductors within orchestral and operatic productions.

You’ll graduate ready to succeed on the world’s stage—anywhere that life takes you.

Conducting at live performances is part of the curriculum

You’ll benefit from an unparalleled university performance scene that includes six orchestras; a season of five fully-staged operas, one musical, and three ballets; vibrant new music and historical performance programs; and artists in residence. 

One of our students is assigned to be an assistant conductor for every orchestral performance, giving you the opportunity to work with the large number of guest and faculty conductors who visit each semester. 

You’re also encouraged to take part in the eight "Ad Hoc" performances that occur each semester. These performances take place on Sunday afternoons and are conducted by graduate students.

And, of course, you’ll perform a graduate conducting recital, scheduled with a major university ensemble.

Jacobs gives you the opportunity to try a little bit of everything, which is the most useful thing I could have ever done. Going to innumerable concerts and master classes afforded me a wealth of knowledge that I still draw upon.

Nick Hersh, assistant conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Jacobs alumnus