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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Hummingbird Photo by James Wainscoat

‘Hope Arises’ on the wings of the premiere of James David composition, ‘Flying Jewels’

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James M. David, an internationally recognized composer who currently serves as professor of music composition at Colorado State University, is dedicated to creating dynamic and thoughtful music for all. His work is regularly inspired by moving words, images and ideas from the past and present. David’s composition, “Flying Jewels,” was inspired by Brian Doyle’s essay […]

Denver Young Artist Orchestra pictured conducted by Wes Kenney

Kenney and the DYAO named 2020 American Prize Winner of the Ernst Bacon Memorial Award

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Wes Kenney, director of orchestras at CSU, is also the music director of the Denver Young Artist Orchestra (pictured)—the premier youth orchestra in Colorado. Kenney and the DYAO were named the 2020 American Prize Winner of the Ernst Bacon Memorial Award in the youth/school ensemble division. The ensemble was also awarded 2nd Place in Orchestra Performance […]