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Master of Music in Choral Conducting

Gain advanced knowledge, training and performance experience on a delivery schedule ideal for working musicians

Prepare to meet the demands facing musicians in the marketplace

You'll learn to describe and discuss a wide breadth of choral literature and have many opportunities to 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.

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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 

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.

You can maintain full-time employment while completing the MMCC, making it one of our most cost-effective degrees

Program Information


Degree completed in an 8-week summer term during each of three consecutive summers

Live on campus

Keep your full-time job

36 credit hours to completion

Value Added

Work with internationally-acclaimed musicians

Extensive podium time

Experience with high-level choral ensembles

Interact with Des Moines Metro Opera

Find your place in the professional music world

Musical performing arts is more than an industry or career—it’s a calling, a passion, a lifestyle. We value the creativity and drive every student brings to our campus, and we facilitate numerous professional opportunities in the greater Des Moines area, around the nation and across the globe. Our program brings the power of music to new audiences, and you'll be encouraged to record any ensemble performances you conduct. You'll graduate with an impressive reel of work experiences, advanced knowledge and a deep network that includes our committed faculty and your cohort. Most importantly, you'll have the skills to bring the joy of music to others throughout your life's work.

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