Winthrop University: Graduate School - Master of Music in Conducting with Emphasis in Choral or Wind Instrumental
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Rock Hill, SC 29733, USA
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Master of Music in Conducting with Emphasis in Choral or Instrumental

It is the mission of the Department of Music at Winthrop University to offer nationally accredited music programs that provide students with opportunities to explore their intellectual and creative potentials through liberal arts, music education, and music performance degrees to prepare them for a life of professional, academic, and community service.


Graduate Program Advisor:

Dr. Elisa Koehler 


Why Winthrop?

Graduate Assistant Position Quality Program Graduate Travel Support

Students have the opportunity to work in their departments and around campus as graduate assistants.

The Department of Music at Winthrop University features the only comprehensive, fully accredited music program in our area conveniently located in the Upstate Region of South Carolina in the Charlotte Metropolitan Area.

Travel support is available for graduate student presentations or performances.


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    Master of Music in Performance includes two tracks:

    • Instrumental track
    • Choral Track

    Time to completion: 2 years

    Total Credits: 34

    Format: Campus-based

    Curriculum (MM in Conducting)



        In addition to meeting Winthrop University general admission requirements for all graduate students, the applicant for admission to the Master of Music in Conducting program should:

        • Have an overall undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

        • Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree with a major in performance or music education from an accredited institution.

        • The candidate must also perform an entrance audition in conducting to be arranged through the appropriate conducting faculty.

          • The audition should consist of standard repertory works and include representative works from various historical periods and styles. Students not accepted for graduate level study should register for undergraduate credit for one semester before re-auditioning for the graduate program.

        • Applicants for both choral and instrumental emphases should also possess: a keyboard proficiency equal to that required of an undergraduate degree in performance or music education and proficiency on a primary instrument or voice (may be satisfied by the entrance audition).

        • Applicants for the choral emphasis should also possess a diction proficiency in liturgical Latin, French, German and Italian.

        The diagnostic placement examinations should be taken prior to the semester of initial enrollment in the graduate program.

        Prospective students should contact Dr. Elisa Koehler by phone at 803/323-2255 or by e-mail at to confirm their intent to perform the audition and take the diagnostic placement examinations.

        All applicants must submit:

        • The online Graduate School application with the non-refundable application fee

        • Official transcript(s) from all institutions attended for undergraduate and graduate coursework. Note: Transcripts must be sent directly to Winthrop's Graduate School office from the issuing institution(s)

        • Two letters of recommendation

        • An applied entrance audition


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    Last Updated: 1/18/23