Conducting

Colorado State University offers an outstanding program in graduate conducting, with instrumental and choral specializations; undergraduate conducting courses are also available. CSU provides a nationally-renowned conducting faculty, superb facilities designed for conducting instruction, and high quality ensembles for laboratory experiences.

Study With

Wes Kenney

  • Professor of Music
  • Conducting
  • Director of Orchestras

Wes.Kenney@colostate.edu

James Kim

  • Associate Professor of Music
  • Director of Choral Activities

James.Kim@colostate.edu

Rebecca Phillips

  • Professor of Music
  • Conducting
  • Director of Bands

(970) 491-1584

Rebecca.Phillips@colostate.edu

Jayme Taylor

  • Associate Director of Bands
  • Director of Athletic Bands
  • Assistant Professor of Music

Jayme.Taylor@colostate.edu

Kevin Poelking

  • Instructor of Music
  • Assistant Director of Bands
  • Instructor of Undergraduate Conducting

Kevin.Poelking@colostate.edu

Degree Programs

Undergraduate Conducting

Within the B.M. Music Education Concentration, students take a rigorous academic program in theory, composition, history, orchestration, and secondary instruments which prepares them for the level of musicianship required of the modern conductor. Additionally, students perform in high quality ensembles, such as choir, wind ensemble, symphonic band, orchestra, and jazz bands, which are directed by some of the finest conductors in the nation. Students are introduced to the fundamentals of conducting in a beginning conducting class in the fall of their junior year. In the spring of the junior year, students take an advanced conducting class focusing in either instrumental or vocal conducting. Students receive hands-on conducting experience with the wind ensemble, symphonic band, choirs, and in their student-teaching (music education).

Graduate Conducting

To develop the musicianship and skills that will be important for the student's future professional success, graduate courses are organized in the areas of music literature and theory, the choral/vocal instrument, conducting, and teaching.

Master of Music, Conducting Specialization (Choral, Instrumental)

Master of Music, Music Education—Conducting Specialization: Distance Graduate Degree with Summer Residency

The unique program is designed for music educators, enabling students to earn a master’s degree while continuing to work full-time. With the exception of a two-week summer seminar held on the CSU campus, all course work can be completed online or using your own school orchestra, choir, or band as your conducting laboratory.

 

News and Events

Conducting Events

Conducting News

Rebecca Phillips Conducting ABA

Dr. Rebecca Phillips Honored as Guest Conductor of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band

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Dr. Rebecca Phillips, Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Colorado State University, grew up in Washington D.C., attending many military band concerts. Phillip’s father and grandfather were trombonists in the U.S. Navy Band, which instilled in her a natural reverence for military band traditions. Phillips was incredibly honored when Col. Jason K. Fettig, […]

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Benjamin Pouncey Selected for the 2022 Young Composer/Conductor Mentor Project

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Colorado State University graduate conducting student Benjamin Pouncey, was recently selected from a national pool of applicants to conduct the U.S. Air Force Band this summer in the National Band Association’s (NBA) Young Composer/Conductor Mentor Project in Washington D.C. The Young Conductor Mentor Project was implemented in 2004 at the suggestion of mentor Frank Ticheli […]