MM: Conducting

Master of Music: Conducting Concentration

Choral Conducting Program Director:  William Culverhouse,

Orchestral Conducting Program Director:  Paul McShee,  

PLEASE NOTE: Applications are currently being accepted for admission to the MM Choral Conducting program for Fall 2024. Interested applicants should contact William Culverhouse at

Applications for admission to the MM Orchestral Conducting Program for Fall 2025 will begin being accepted in Fall 2024.

Binghamton's M.M. program offers advanced student conductors a practice-based graduate program featuring extensive podium time and performance opportunities with a wide variety of University ensembles:

  • Choral: Harpur Chorale, Treble Chorus, Chamber Singers, as well as the opportunity to interact with local school-based choral music programs if desired

  • Orchestral: Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony, Chamber Ensembles, as well as the opportunity to interact with local school-based orchestra and band programs if desired

Program Highlights

  • Assistantships available for M.M. students

  • Conducting experience at the graduate level, which positions students competitively for subsequent programs

  • Very low tuition and expenses

  • Distinguished faculty with extensive experience and international reputations in conducting, composition, solo performance, opera, musicology, early music, and music cognition

  • Individualized instruction in the studio and in masterclasses with distinguished guest artists

  • Seminars in musicology, composition, contemporary music, and orchestration

  • Opera chorus preparation opportunities

  • Collaboration opportunities with Departments of Theatre, Dance, and Cinema

  • New York City and Philadelphia are both easily accessible, with their vibrant arts environments

Program Overview

  • Minimum 12 credits in applied conducting studies
  • Minimum 4 credits in electives (ensembles and/or other courses)
  • 12 credits in Music History, Research, and Analysis courses
  • MM Thesis Performances

Admissions Requirements

Please go to the Apply page for complete information regarding admissions, auditions, and interviews.

Application Deadline

The MM program has a rolling admission and will accept applications at any time.  If you wish to be fully considered for funding in the 2024-2025 year, you must submit your application by February 1, 2024.