CONDUCTING AT OSU
The Master of Music in Choral Conducting provides for intensive development of performance skills, broad knowledge of literature in the area of specialization and greater understanding of the musical profession.
NASM (National Association of Schools of Music)
Admission into our Program:
While all students are encouraged to apply for assistantships as a means of alleviating the costs of graduate study and of developing teaching skills, appointments are not guaranteed to all applicants who are admitted. Students interested in applying for Graduate Assistantships should fill out the form on the graduate page.
Please find a list of courses and suggested degree path by clicking, MASTER OF MUSIC: CONDUCTING OPTION.
Full-time students in the MM (Choral Conducting) are the priority for this program, although there are occasional part-time students. It is expected that graduates will spend two years at OSU, and should be able to complete the degree during that time. No scholarships or graduate assistantships are available for part-time students.
Conducting Opportunities/Podium Time:
The OSU Statesmen and Cantamus (Women's Chous) are both partially lead by graduate conductors, and provide a wonderful opportunity to get additional podium time and hone skills in conducting. Graduates also assigned other conducting responsibilities at various times during the year with the other choral ensembles.
It is expected that graduate conducting students are a member of both Concert Chorale and Chamber Choir. They may also be a member of the opera or other ensembles as well, such as Cantamus, Statesmen, or University Singers as time allows.
The Choral Conducting program has four positions and two assistantships.
When to Audition:
Auditions are presently in progress and are held on Mondays and Wednesdays only.
Please contact Dr. Stroope as soon as possible for an audition and general information.
Requirements for Auditions:
The audition is a three-step process.
1. The applicant should apply to the graduate school at OSU. One has to be accepted first to the Graduate School at OSU.
2. Acceptance into the Master of Music (Choral Conducting).
3. Please send Dr. Stroope:
- Curriculum Vitae
- DVD of the applicant conducting in a rehearsal or performance
- Written list of REPERTOIRE CONDUCTED
REPERTOIRE CONDUCTED (for example)
» Handel, G. F. - Zadok the Priest
» Martinaitis, Algirdas - Alleluia
» Pearsall, Robert - Lay a Garland
» Vaughan Williams, R. - Dona Nobis Pacem
» Paulus, S. - The Road Home
After the materials are evaluated, selected applicants will then be invited to do a "live" audition on campus. The campus audition will consist of the following:
- The applicant will conduct TWO WORKS with the OSU Concert Chorale for a 25-minute rehearsal. (This group meets at 3:30 MTWR.)
a. The first work is a performance-ready work by Concert Chorale. The applicant will conduct through the work without stop. This work will be assigned to the applicant by Dr. Stroope.
b. The second work is selected by the candidate in consultation with Dr. Stroope. The candidate will bring 50 copies of the work to the audition. It should be for mixed chorus (unaccompanied) and the applicant will teach one section (not an entire piece) to the Chorale. The material taught should be contrasting. (For example, the "B" section might be highly rhythmic, and the "last section" might be expressive and legato.)
c. The audition helps determine the conductor's communication skills, rehearsal pacing and efficiency, conducting gesture, knowledge of the mechanical aspects of the score, ability to solve rehearsal problems concisely and quickly, and general attitude and manner.
Music History Assessment Test:
The test consists of six sections: medieval, renaissance, baroque, classical, 19th century, and 20th century. Students scoring lower than 75% on the test will be required to pass the Graduate History Review course (2 credit hours; fall semesters only) before enrolling in the Graduate History Seminar. Students scoring between 75% and 80% will be encouraged (but not required) to enroll in the review course as well. Students scoring 80% or above may elect to enroll in the review course if they choose to do so.
N.B.: No credit from the Graduate History Review course counts toward the requirments for the Master's degree, therfore, the tuition must be paid by the student. The hours will be included in computing the student's overall credit load for that semester, however.
Music Theory Assessment Test:
The test will consist of questions on theoretical knowledge and examples for analysis from common practice periods and the twentieth century. The test will NOT include part-writing or figured bass realization. Students should be prepared to do harmonic analysis using Roman numerals of excerpts that contain modulations of various types, and all chromatic chord types. In addition, students will be asked to supply information about phrase structure, form, cadences, non-harmonic tones, etc. Students will be asked to identify twentieth-century elements and techniques of composition, inclduing but not limited to, scales, modes, chord types, textures, rhythm, 12-tone and serial techniques.
Each student is required to take the Graduate Music Theory Assessment Test at the beginning of the degree program for the purpose of determining the whether a review of theory materials will be necessary before enrolling in either of the Analytical Techniques courses. Students scoring lower than 75% on the test will be required to pass MUSI 5022: Graduate Theory Review (2 credit hours; fall semesters only) before enrolling in Analytical Techniques. Students scoring between 75% and 80% will be encouraged (but not required) to enroll in the review course as well. Students scoring 80% or above may elect to enroll in the review course if they choose to do so.
N.B.: No credit from the Graduate Theory Review course counts toward the requirments for the Master's degree, therfore, the tuition must be paid by the student. The hours will be included in computing the student's overall credit load for that semester, however.
Foreign Language Diction Examination for MM (Choral Conducting):
Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in French, German, and Italian diction. Dr. Anné-Marie Condasce will administer a three-part language proficiency examination to students during the first week of classes each semester. Students must pass each section of the exam. A student who fails any of the three parts must re-take that portion in a subsequent semester. To remediate the deficiency, a student may enroll in an appropriate undergraduate course or may study independently. For more information, please contact Dr. Anne-Marie Condacse at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Voice and Music Literacy Evaluation:
Applicants will be asked to sight read several examples to show their music literacy. They will also be asked to bring one solo vocal work to demonstrate vocal ability.