The UBC School of Music offers excellent training for graduate assistant conductors with ample podium time in front of outstanding ensembles. Degrees are offered with emphases in Choral, Orchestral, or Wind conducting. The conducting program features private conducting study and significant podium time.

 

 

Teaching Assistantships in conducting and ensembles provide vital experiential learning opportunities throughout the degree. Collaboration among conducting faculty and students in all emphases makes it a cooperative and collegial learning environment.

Entrance to the M.Mus. in conducting is based upon the admission portfolio (including a pre-screen video) as well as an in-person audition for invited candidates. Artist teachers seeking to advance their conducting studies are also encouraged to apply. Visit the following links for more information on how to apply and additional application requirements.

Choral
M.Mus. students with an emphasis in choral conducting study choral literature and rehearsal techniques and work with the School’s varied choral ensembles. They receive ample podium time with many choral groups.

Orchestral
The M.Mus. with emphasis in orchestral conducting gives the aspiring professional orchestral conductor an unequaled opportunity to receive consistent, ample podium time with a high-level conservatory orchestra. Students work extensively one-on-one with conducting professors and fulfill leadership roles as assistant conductors.

This is an extremely selective program that usually accepts only one student per year to ensure optimal podium time and opportunities.

Wind
The M.Mus. with emphasis in wind conducting gives the aspiring professional wind conductor an unequaled opportunity to receive consistent, ample podium time with the UBC Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Concert Winds. Students work extensively one-on-one with conducting professors and fulfill leadership roles as assistant conductors.

This is an extremely selective program that usually accepts only one student per year to ensure optimal podium time and opportunities.

Other Conducting Opportunities

Although there is no undergraduate major in conducting, undergraduate and graduate students in other programs may elect courses such as fundamentals of conducting, instrumental conducting, and choral conducting. Some courses require special approval. Music education majors and composition majors are required to take conducting courses as part of their curriculum and may be selected to serve as coaches or assistant conductors of university ensembles. Opportunities for self-initiated performances abound at UBC. Future conductors are particularly apt to take advantage of these. The school also offers conducting workshops for external participants, including the annual Wind Conducting Symposium.

Why study conducting at UBC?

UBC offers extremely individualized instruction with the conducting faculty, and many on-the-job training experiences to help you in your professional life after your degree. The conducting faculty at UBC are absolutely fantastic. They are creative, they work very well together, and they offer their students the most exciting and “cutting edge” of experiences with composer residencies, conducting symposia, and ensemble tours.

Working with Dr. Taylor, I have rarely met a professor who always knows what to say, how to say it, and when to say it for each individual student. He is able to give each student exactly what he or she needs at the right moment. He is able to say one thing to get to the heart of the problem and fix many issues with just that one statement. It’s an absolute joy to work with Dr. Taylor, and it is inspiring to watch him work. He is a true master teacher.

When I left UBC, I knew better what it meant to be an artist and a conductor. The conducting faculty at UBC are incredible role models for what it takes to be a successful and inspiring artist teacher and conductor. And to top it off, you get to live in Vancouver!

— Christopher Ward (MMus'13)

 

 

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