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

Rebecca Phillips

  • Professor of Music
  • Director of Bands

Rebecca.Phillips@colostate.edu

James Kim

  • Associate Professor of Music
  • Director of Choral Activities

James.Kim@colostate.edu

Jayme Taylor

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

Jayme.Taylor@colostate.edu

Rachel Waddell

  • Assistant Professor of Music
  • Director of Orchestras

rachel.waddell@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) – Full time/on-campus

Master of Music, Music Education—Conducting Specialization: Distance 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. Except for a two-week summer seminar held on the CSU campus, all coursework can be completed online or using your own school orchestra, choir, or band as your conducting laboratory. DEGREE DETAILS

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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 […]

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CSU Alum Robert Pippin awarded endowed professorship at Northwest Missouri State University

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Colorado State University Alum, Robert Pippin, has been awarded an appointment as the Northwest Missouri State University Dennis C. Dau Professor of Instrumental Music for the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 school years. Dr. Pippin is a two-time graduate of Colorado State University, earning a B.M. in Music in 2000 and an M.M. in Music in 2003. […]