Master of Music in Choral Conducting


Simpson College and CORO are excited to offer a new Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting. Achieved over three consecutive summer terms, this NASM-accredited program allows choral educators an opportunity to complete the Masters degree while continuing to teach during the school year.*

The three-summer Master of Music in Choral Conducting program at Simpson College is a unique plan of study that combines the academic rigor of a traditional graduate program with generous podium time for each student in lab and performance settings with the CORO Vocal Artists, a professional vocal ensemble whose roster contains professional artists from across the United States.

Conducting experience during the summer consists of rehearsal and performance podium time each week. During the academic weeks, students participate in daily rehearsals with the Institute Choir and conduct performances for the Friday Cafe Series. These performances consist of selected repertoire that has been studied in the Choral Literature course, discussed during the Seminar in Choral Conducting, and rehearsed with the Institute Choir. All conducting students also receive podium time during the Summer Festival where they explore new music in the Composer’s Institute, conduct Discovery Series concerts with the CORO Vocal Artists, and participate in the performance of a choral masterwork.

Major Area
Choral Literature (3)
Seminar in Choral Conducting (3)
Vocal Pedagogy in the Choral Setting (1)
Choral Diction (2)
Concert Conducting (3)

Related Music Studies
Analysis of Musical Scores (1)
Topics in Music History and Literature (1)
Advanced Musicianship Training (1)
Ensemble Performance (3)
Master’s Oral Comprehensive Exam

Contact Information for the Master of Music in Choral Conducting
  Phil Moody
  832-496-0228
  gradmusic@simpson.edu

*This program has earned Plan Approval from the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).
The program application has been submitted to the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is pending review in May 2017.