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MASTER OF MUSIC IN CHORAL CONDUCTING

NASM-accredited and in partnership with the CORO Choral Institute

 

Receive an unparalleled education during three summer sessions, specifically designed for educators wanting to keep their full-time jobs during the academic year.

Enjoy extensive podium time with a highly-trained ensemble, most notably during the Des Moines Choral Festival.

Learn from internationally-acclaimed conducting faculty, guest artists and professional orchestra members.

Be Inspired

Our Master of Music in Choral Conducting (MMCC) program is offered over three consecutive summer terms and specifically designed for educators wanting to keep their full-time jobs during the academic year. Through our partnership with the CORO Vocal Artists, candidates gain unparalleled conducting and musical comprehension skills needed for a successful career.

Why choose Simpson College?

  • Enjoy extensive podium time with a highly-trained ensemble, most notably during the Des Moines Choral Festival.
  • Learn from internationally-acclaimed conducting faculty, guest artists and professional orchestra members.
  • Complete all coursework during three 8-week summer sessions.
  • Get affordable tuition and housing on the beautiful Simpson College campus in Indianola, Iowa.

Ready to start your journey? Complete the inquiry form today!

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Meet the Demands In The Marketplace

Discuss a wide breadth of choral topics and practice and produce advanced, expressive and communicative conducting.

Each requirement is crafted to sharpen your expertise and experience so you thrive in both today’s classrooms as an artist-teacher and live performance spaces as a conductor.

DESIGNED FOR: 

  • Current secondary school choir directors
  • Elementary music educators with an interest in choral music
  • Church music directors
  • Community choir directors
  • Children’s choir directors
  • Performing singers 
  • Musicians pursuing a terminal degree in choral conducting and college teaching 

Who is this program for?

Current secondary-school choir directors, elementary music educators with an interest in choral music, church music directors, community choir directors, children’s choir directors, performing singers and those interested in pursuing a terminal degree in choral conducting and college teaching will all find this degree appealing and uniquely well-suited to them in its quality of instruction and choral experience.

What can I do with this degree?

The degree is designed to prepare musicians for careers in choral conducting. The curriculum and experiences lead to highly qualified and experienced artist-teachers of choral music. You’ll enhance your work in the field as choral conductors and artist-teachers in positions similar to those from which you came to the program.

When and where are classes held?

All coursework takes place at Simpson’s main campus in Indianola, Iowa, and features a schedule of delivery in the summer-only months. Graduate housing in campus’ Washington Apartments is available for less than $20 per day.

 

 

HIT THE HIGH NOTES

When it comes to Simpson’s MMCC program, the proof is in the performance. Visit the Simpson College or CORO Vocal Artists YouTube pages to see our students in action.

Tuition

  • Tuition: $800/credit hour
  • Technology: $7/credit hour
  • Recital fee: $500/summer
  • Matriculation fee: $125 (one time)

EMPLOYER REIMBURSEMENT

We defer the cost of each term for 45 days after the end of the term – meaning  you have more time to get your employer reimbursement to us.

One less thing for you to worry about! 

Be connected to numerous professional opportunities in the greater Des Moines area, around the nation and across the globe.

Graduate with an impressive reel of work experience and a deep network as your cohort.

Build on your skills to bring the joy of music to others throughout your life’s work.

Choral Literature 12 credits total

  • MUS 501: Choral Literature 1
  • MUS 502: Choral Literature 2
  • MUS 503: Choral Literature 3

Seminar in Choral Conducting 6 credits total

  • MUS 511: Seminar in Choral Conducting 1
  • MUS 512: Seminar in Choral Conducting 2
  • MUS 513: Seminar in Choral Conducting 3

Music Theory 4 credits total

  • MUS 531: Analysis of Musical Scores

Music History 2 credits total

  • MUS 521: Topics in Music History and Literature

Choral Topics 4 credits total

  • MUS 551: Vocal Pedagogy in the Choral Setting (2 Credits)
  • MUS 552: Choral Diction 1 (1 Credit)
  • MUS 553: Choral Diction 2 (1 Credit)

Musicianship 1 credit total

  • MUS 542: Advanced Musicianship Training

Graduate Choral Ensemble 3 credits total

  • MUS 541: Graduate Choral Ensemble (repeated each summer)

Concert Conducting 3 credits total

  • MUS 561: Concert Conducting – Choral (repeated each summer)

Oral Comprehensive Exam 1 credit total

  • MUS 571: Master’s Oral Comprehensive Exam – Choral