Student-centered, experiential learning for young conductors led by faculty artist-practitioners

We offer a M.M. in Conducting with concentrations available in Choral, Orchestral and Wind Band conducting. Undergraduate students take conducting classes as part of their degree requirements in composition, performance and music education. 


Dr. Jungho Kim, Director of Orchestra
Dr. Scott MacPherson, Director of Choral Studies
Dr. Wendy K. Matthews, Director of Bands

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Experiential Learning and Mentorship

Work closely with faculty mentors who are active conductors and scholars. 

Time on the Podium

  • Each area accepts a limited number of graduate conducting students, allowing for significant time on the podium in both rehearsal and performance.
  • Guided by their faculty mentors, past graduate students have the Kent State University Orchestra, Kent Chorale, Kent Wind Ensemble, Kent Symphony Band, Community Band, Men's and Women's Choruses, Kent State Opera and more.

Private Lessons, Courses and Seminars

  • Graduate conducting students also work with their faculty mentors one-on-one to hone in on gesture, score study and preparation, and rehearsal techniques. 
  • Performance pedagogy and historical practice are also covered. 
  • A survey of literature appropriate to the student’s concentration is required. 

Additional Opportunities

  • Culturally rich Northeast Ohio offers young conductors the opportunity to work with the many bands, choirs and orchestras that call the region home. 
  • Many conducting students choose to participate in additional choral or instrumental ensembles
  • Conducting students may also audition to take applied voice or instrumental lessons. 

Graduate Assistantships

Degrees and Programs Offered


M.M. in Conducting


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Graduate Assistantships and Audition Information

Graduate Assistantships


The Glauser School of Music offers graduate assistantships in applied music performance, conducting, ethnomusicology, music education, string quartet and theory. Appointments begin August of the academic year. 



  • All graduate assistantships (Master’s and Ph.D.) carry a stipend.
  • Ranges: $3,750-$10,000, depending on workload and degree level.

Tuition Waiver

  • Master’s Students: 8 credits per semester
  • Ph.D. Students: 9 credits per semester


  • Graduate assistantship duties are assigned as appropriate for the student’s area of study or expertise.  
  • Workload: 10 hours (half-time) or 20 hours (full-time) per week.

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Overview of Audition Dates, Procedures and Requirements

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Who needs to audition?

  • Undergraduate Students: All students interested in any Bachelor of Music (BM) and Bachelors of Arts (BA) programs need to audition in their major performance medium (voice or instrument).
  • Graduate Students: Only those interested in pursuing a Master of Music (MM) in Performance or Conducting need to audition for admission to their program of choice. Students pursuing Master of Arts (MA) programs only need to audition if interested in applied lessons.
  • Music Minors: Those interested in pursuing a Music Minor with a general or Jazz Studies concentration must audition in their performance medium. World Music Minor students do not need to audition for admission to that minor. 
  • Non-majors: Students in other majors need to audition in their performance area if they wish to take applied lessons. 

Audition Dates and Procedures

Fall 2021 Enrollment

Please note: Live auditions will now be offered virtually. Prospective students will be able to meet with and play for faculty from their performance area on a specific day, at a specific time to simulate an in-person experience.

  • Recorded Virtual Auditions are accepted during the fall 2020 semester.
    • For undergraduate scholarship consideration, please submit your audition application and videos by March 13.
    • For graduate assistantship consideration, please submit your audition application and videos by March 1.
  • Live Virtual Audition Dates:
    •  Jan. 30*^: Application closes Wednesday, January 20, 11:59 p.m. EDT (US)
    •  Feb. 15*^: Application closes Friday, February 5, 11:59 p.m. EDT (US)
    • Mar. 13*: Application closes Wednesday, March 3, 11:59 p.m. EDT (US)
    • Apr. 3: Application closes Wednesday, March 24, 11:59 p.m. EDT (US)
  • If none of the dates above work, a special audition date can be arranged. Request this on your audition application!
  • Percussionists: Prospective percussion students will only be able to submit Recorded Virtual Auditions. Requests Live Virtual Auditions will not be accepted. 

*Prospective undergraduate students auditioning on this date will receive full music scholarship consideration.

^Prospective graduate students auditioning on this date will receive priority graduate assistantship consideration.

Follow these steps when completing your audition application

1. Click here to sign-up for an audition.

2. Audition Options

  • Recorded Virtual Audition 
    • Select "I wish to submit a recorded audition."
    • Follow the instructions for completing your recorded audition, making sure to follow the repertoire requirements for your performance medium (voice/instrument). 
  • Live Virtual Audition :
    • Select from the dates listed.
    • -OR-
    • Select "I am unable to attend a date listed above but wish to do an in-person audition. I will contact the School to set-up a separate date."



Admissions and Audition Requirements

Graduate Admission Requirements