The Hugh A. Glauser School of Music offers the MM in Conducting to students with concentrations available in Band, Orchestra or Choir. 


The graduate conducting program is led by a dynamic faculty of intensely focused practitioners and scholars. Dedicated to great music-making, each represents a distinctive voice in today's musical and educational landscape. 

Jungho Kim, Director of Orchestra - Recently appointed to the faculty of Kent State University, Dr. Jungho Kim has conducted orchestras nationally and internationally. Formerly at Augustana University where he lead the orchestra through an era of tremendous growth, he earned his DMA from the Eastman School of Music. He has served as the Associate Conductor of the Sioux City Symphony and the Assistant Conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic, among others. Click here to read his full biography. 

Jesse Leyva, Director of Bands - Since coming to Kent State in 2013, Dr. Jesse Leyva has led the Kent State University Bands program and conducted the highly regarded Kent Wind Ensemble. A passionate advocate for Music Education, Dr. Leyva is a member of several professional organizations including World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, National Association for Music Education, and National Band Association. He formerly served on the faculties of the University of Illinois and Henderson State University. Click here to read his full biography. 

Scott MacPherson, Director of Choral Studies - Choirs under the leadership of Dr. Scott MacPherson have consistently earned praise, with a blend of innovative programming ranging from early music to newly commissioned works. He has conducted nationally and internationally, with engagements in Taiwan, China, Germany, among others. In addition to founding several distinctive choral groups, he formerly served on the faculties of the University of Wisconsin and Trinity University. Click here to read his full biography. 

Mentorship and Development

Students enrolled in the conducting program at Kent State receive significant time on the podium. Under the guidance of our outstanding faculty, students have the opportunity to conduct several of our ensembles both in rehearsal and in concert. Past students have conducted the Kent State University Orchestra, Kent Chorale, Kent Wind Ensemble, Kent Symphony Band, Community Band (Communiversity Band), Men's and Women's Choruses, and more. With an exceptionally rich arts and culture scene, the region also offers numerous opportunities for students to lead ensembles off-campus including many choirs, community and professional orchestras, and bands. 


For more information about your specific area of interest, including assistantships and auditions, please reach out to:

Dr. Jungho Kim, Orchestra

Dr. Jesse Leyva, Bands

Dr. Scott MacPherson, Choirs