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Choral Conducting

George Case, D.M.A., Director of Choral Activities

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Master of Music in Choral Conducting

Your Training

"The Boston Conservatory allowed me to follow my passion and challenged me to refine my knowledge and technique. Through unique opportunities around great musicians on a daily basis, I have honed my craft and feel prepared for the career ahead of me." —Dan Ryan (M.M. '15, Conducting)

At The Boston Conservatory, Choral Conducting is a program for a limited number of majors at the graduate level. The specialized courses, individualized lessons and opportunities to appear in front of Boston Conservatory's choirs offer varied forums for gathering, sharing and exploring ideas about rehearsal technique, performance protocols, repertoire, vocal technique, and a spectrum of artistic and practical issues.

Courses

Academic Study:

  • Choral Repertoire I, II, III, IV (Antiquity to the Present)
  • Score Study: Choral-Orchestral Masterworks
  • Score Study: A Cappella Masterworks
  • Theory Elective: Advanced Aural Skills I, II (Score Reading, Atonal Sight-Singing, etc.)
  • Advanced Pedagogy: Voice

Conducting Study:

  • Seminar in Conducting: Choral (Private Lessons and Conductors' Choir)
  • Seminar in Conducting: Orchestral (Conductors' Orchestra)
  • Applied Concentrate: Voice Lessons

Your Teachers

  • George Case, D.M.A., Director of Choral Activities; Conductor of The Boston Conservatory Chorale and The Boston Conservatory Women's Chorus
  • Bruce Hangen, Director of Orchestral Activities; Conductor of The Boston Conservatory Orchestra 
  • William Cutter, D.M.A.

Your Department

Average number of Choral Conducting students: 4

Your Performance Opportunities

Students receive plenty of opportunities to be in front of the podium–in class, in private lessons and in front of large ensembles. Practical experience is gained through conducting and performing with The Boston Conservatory Chorale, the Women’s Chorus and smaller a capella groups. 

Choral Conducting 

  • The Boston Conservatory Conductors' Choir
  • The Boston Conservatory Chorale
  • The Boston Conservatory Opera Chorus
  • The Boston Conservatory Women's Chorus
  • Assistant Conductor, Newburyport Choral Society
  • Conducting Partnership with The Boston City Singers
  • Special engagements with Boston Conservatory music, theater, opera and dance productions

Your Future

Alumni of our conducting programs have earned coveted positions with esteemed choruses, orchestras and music ensembles all over the world.

Choral Conducting Alumni

  • Danica Buckley, Director of Choral Programs, Simmons College; Artistic Director of the Choral Art Society (Massachusetts)
  • John Delorey, Assistant Professor of Music at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Massachusetts)
  • Emmanuel Espiritu, Director of Choral Programs at Mountain View College (Texas)
  • Joseph Marchio, Founder and Director of Boston's Cantata 4 Ensemble; Artistic Director of the Chatham Chorale (Massachusetts)
  • Garrett Saake, Director of Choral Programs, Guilford College (North Carolina)
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