Graduate Wind Conducting Program

  • Professor Timothy Paul instructs a student during a conducting lesson.

    The Graduate Wind Conducting Program, under the direction of Dr. Timothy A. Paul, provides students with opportunities to develop the highest level of musicianship, further their study of wind band and chamber ensemble repertoire, and hone their conducting and rehearsal skills.

    The program is designed to prepare students for careers as professional conductors in the wind band medium. Graduates have high acceptance rates to DMA programs and hold substantial posts at all levels of academia, including tenure-track positions at universities and colleges as well as secondary schools in band programs throughout the country.

    Students in the Graduate Wind Conducting Program receive a high level of individual attention and significant conducting opportunities across a broad range of ensembles. They participate in weekly lessons and seminar; attend and conduct rehearsals; interact with acclaimed composers, guest conductors, and soloists; assist in conducting classes; and gain extensive experience in all administrative facets of the program. Leadership skills as conductors are further developed through additional performance opportunities, including public concerts and/or recitals.

    In addition, Dr. Paul, as artistic director and conductor of the International Fellowship of Conductors, Composers, and Collaborators (IFC3), provides opportunities for graduate wind conducting students to work with professional musicians and composers and to participate in recording projects.

    Application Procedure

    Applicants to the Graduate Wind Conducting Program must hold a bachelor’s degree in music. Previous teaching experience is preferred but not required. Admission to the Graduate School is required for consideration. An application does not guarantee an on-campus audition, and applicants who are granted an audition must audition/interview on campus to complete the application process.

    IUP has rolling admissions: there is no application deadline. However, applicants who wish to be considered for graduate assistantships or scholarship funding must apply to IUP and complete an audition by February 15 for fall admission.

    Apply or read more about the application process, including information for international students.

    In addition to meeting IUP Graduate School requirements, applicants to the MA in Wind/Instrumental Conducting must submit the following:

    1. A video recording (approximately 20–30 minutes) that includes conducting in both rehearsal and performance. For both, the camera should be positioned at the back of the ensemble with the focus on the front of the conductor. Comments made to the ensemble should be audible and clear and body posture and facial expression easily seen. Include the date(s) and name of the performing ensemble(s). Both small and large ensemble excerpts are acceptable. Rehearsal segments must be conducted in English.

    2. A résumé, a repertoire list of works conducted, and a separate list of works studied but not conducted.

    Submit these materials directly to Dr. Paul, tpaul@iup.edu. Early submission of all application materials is suggested.

    A limited number of applicants will be invited to audition. Invited applicants will be contacted soon after the graduate assistantship application deadline (February 15) to arrange an on-campus audition. Interviews will take place at the live auditions.

    Wind Band Conducting audition dates will be arranged with candidates.

    Course of Study

    Master of Arts in Wind/Instrumental Conducting
    31 credits Total
    12 cr APMU 622-772, Graduate Wind Band Conducting
    4 cr MUSC 795 or APMU 740, Thesis or Graduate Recital
    2 cr MUSC 575, Music Ensembles
    9 cr Advanced History, Bibliography, and Music Theory
    4 cr Electives