University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Music MM - Conducting

Concentration in Conducting (Choral or Instrumental)
This concentration is designed primarily for the student with an undergraduate degree in music education or performance who wishes to pursue advanced training in conducting. A student must successfully pass an audition that demonstrates an advanced level of conducting skill to qualify for admission to the program. Students may also have to pass other audition(s) in performance area(s), depending on their focus. Choral Conducting students will take a basic diction exam upon entrance into the MM degree program. If deficiencies are found, students will take Basic Diction, MUSED249 as a prerequisite course that will not count toward earned degree credits. Minimum degree requirement is 31 graduate credits, 29 of which must be in specified music areas, 2 of which may be in one of the other areas or in a related field.

Assistantships are available for both choral and instrumental conductors. Students interested in the conducting program and potential assistantships can find an application and additional information at

Choral Conducting

The Choral Conducting Program at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee is designed to build a well-rounded conductor / teacher, drawing on the inherent musical and personal strengths of the graduate conducting student. The MM in Performance: Choral Conductingrequires a two-year residencyand and accepts a limited number of students who pursue a variety of professional directions, including education and church music. Interested students should have a minimum of three (3) years of music/conducting employment before beginning the degree program. Coursework includes classes in choral conducting, score study, rehearsal techniques, music research, music history, music theory, score reading; voice lessons, and vocal pedagogy. Each student will also prepare and present a full-length choral recital.

For further information:
Dr. Zachary Durlam
Director of Choral Activities
(414) 229-2869

Dr. Timothy Noonan
Graduate Advisor
(414) 229-2286

Visit the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Graduate School for more information