Choral Conducting Graduate Degrees

You've reached that point where you desire in depth knowledge about the choral pieces you've sung and conducted. Our graduate degrees in choral conducting provide a comprehensive scholastic background and opportunities for hands-on experience with conducting techniques with our six choral ensembles. Our students also have the opportunity to learn from visiting artists, most recently, Dale Warland.

Audition requirements

  1. Notify Dr. Jo Ann Miller of your intention to apply.
  2. Submit a recent video recording that includes both a rehearsal and a performance (10 – 15 minutes).  A URL link is acceptable.
  3. Complete your online application with the Graduate School. 
    1. Preference will be given to applications completed by February 1.
  4. After the choral faculty has reviewed your application you will be contacted by Dr. Jo Ann Miller.
  5. If you are invited to campus for an audition/interview it will be scheduled at this point.  Plan to be on campus for a full day.
  6. Your audition will be with the NDSU Concert Choir.
    1. Warmup the choir
    2. Conduct one piece from the Concert Choirs current repertoire
    3. Rehearse a piece of your choosing
    4. Total time with the choir – 20 minutes
  7. The interview will be with choral faculty – Drs. Miller, Moe and Weber.
  8. Other activities on the day of your audition will include:
      1. Meeting with other graduate students
      2. Meeting with the Challey School of Music administration
      3. A one-hour history/theory entrance exam
      4. Demonstrating functional piano skills


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