Conducting

Conducting

The Music Department offers students the opportunity to study with gifted, nationally and internationally recognized faculty while pursuing their undergraduate or graduate music degrees.

Undergraduate students may choose to pursue either a Bachelor of Arts Degree in music or a Bachelor of Music Degree.  Students choosing a career path in the Bachelor of Music Degree may specialize in one or more areas of emphasis: music composition, music education, music performance, music theory, or the Bachelor of Music Degree with elective studies in business.

Master of Music students can pursue emphases in composition, instrumental conducting, instrumental performance, music education, music history, or music theory.

Graduate students who have completed an MA Degree or its equivalent have the opportunity to further develop their musical skills in a performance-intensive program culminating in a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Performance.

Faculty

Graduate Choral Conducting

All requested audition materials should be labeled with the candidate’s name, major instrument, and MM emphasis to be pursued. Materials should be mailed to Music Graduate Admissions, University of Arkansas, 201 Music Building, Fayetteville, AR 72701. Electronic submissions may be sent to music@uark.edu with the subject line “Music Graduate Admissions”.

Applicants must send the music department a video recording of the applicant conducting two contrasting pieces. The Director of Choral Activities will review the recording and make a recommendation regarding an on-campus audition. If selected for an on-campus audition/interview, the applicant will be invited to rehearse and conduct the Schola Cantorum, Arkansas’ premiere 40-voice mixed ensemble, for approximately 15 minutes in two or three stylistically and historically varied choral pieces selected by the Director of Choral Activities. Additionally, the applicant will be required to sing one solo vocal piece for the choral faculty and demonstrate proficiency in sight-reading, ear training, and keyboard skills.

The steps for applying are as follows:

  1. Complete the University of Arkansas Application for Admission.
  2. Ask three individuals to submit their letters of recommendation to Music Graduate Admissions, 201 Music Building, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701. Electronic submissions may be sent to music@uark.edu with the subject line “Music Graduate Admissions”.
  3. Submit your conducting video.
  4. Schedule an audition/interview with Stephen Caldwell.

Students wishing to apply for a Music Department Teaching Assistantship must complete a “Graduate School Application for Graduate Assistantship” and submit it to Music Graduate Admissions, University of Arkansas, 201 Music Building, Fayetteville, AR 72701. Electronic submissions may be sent to music@uark.edu with the subject line “Music Graduate Admissions”.

Graduate Instrumental Conducting Auditions

All requested audition materials should be labeled with the candidate’s name, major instrument, and MM emphasis to be pursued. Materials should be mailed to Music Graduate Admissions, University of Arkansas, 201 Music Building, Fayetteville, AR 72701. Electronic submissions may be sent to music@uark.edu with the subject line "Music Graduate Admissions."

Applicants for the Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting should submit a resume and a sample video recording of conducting in performance and/or rehearsal. After reviewing the video recording, qualified applicants will be asked to interview/audition on campus.

 The steps for applying are as follows:

  1. Complete the University of Arkansas Application for Admission.
  2. Ask three individuals to submit their letters of recommendation to Music Graduate Admissions, 201 Music Building, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701. Electronic submissions may be sent to music@uark.edu with the subject line “Music Graduate Admissions.”
  3. Submit your resume and conducting video.
  4. Schedule an audition/interview with Christopher Knighten.

Students wishing to apply for a Music Department Teaching Assistantship must complete a “Graduate School Application for Graduate Assistantship” and submit it to  Music Graduate Admissions, University of Arkansas, 201 Music Building, Fayetteville, AR 72701.  Electronic submissions may be sent to music@uark.edu with the subject line “Music Graduate Admissions”.