Graduate Assistantship in Orchestral Conducting Ithaca College School of Music

Graduate Assistantship in Orchestral Conducting

Ithaca College School of Music

Overview: One of the most competitive Masters programs in the country, only one MM student is accepted per year to allow for maximum podium time and quality individual attention from conducting faculty throughout the entire two year residency.  Graduate assistants will function as the assistants to the principal conductor of the Symphony and Chamber Orchestras as well as co-direct the Ithaca College Sinfonietta.  Final graduate recitals (2) are performed with the major ensembles of the School of Music.  MM students in conducting study with their primary teacher during their first, third and fourth semesters and rotate to principal conductors in another area of interest during the other semester.

Qualifications: Undergraduate degree (or higher) in music, significant conducting experience, demonstrated ability in performance, a high degree of musicianship, and the potential to lead premiere college ensembles in superb performances.

Award: Assistantship awards are split between tuition remission and a stipend, which, when combined, typically cover the cost of full tuition for up to four semesters. The awards will have a cash value of approximately $25,000 over the two-year degree period.

Applying: Applicants must complete all requirements for admission, including an initial screening video recording.  Finalists will be invited to Ithaca for an in-person audition during March 2 – 6, 2015 (other dates may be available if necessary).  The audition will include an interview, written tests, aural examinations, and live conducting.  International applicants from non-English speaking countries must have acceptable TOEFL scores as required for admission to the college.

Deadline for complete application: January 15, 2015. Applicants are encouraged to apply early.


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