Graduate Wind Conducting

The Colorado State University Master of Music, Instrumental Conducting Specialization (Band) is a two-year residency program in a large, nationally recognized collegiate band program. Graduate students in this area gain valuable experience running all aspect of a comprehensive collegiate band program, including rehearsal techniques, performance experience, organizational skills, logistics, and recruiting. Graduate wind conducting students work with all band ensembles on campus, classical and athletic. As part of their coursework, students rehearse and conduct two performances with each of our three concerts bands, prepare and conduct a chamber wind recital, and write a thesis style “conductors analysis” document in addition to completing regular M.M. coursework. All wind conducting graduate students study conducting each semester with Dr. Rebecca Phillips, director of bands, complete two wind literature seminar courses taught by Dr. Phillips, and study one additional semester of conducting with Professor Wes Kenney, director of orchestras. It is expected that all applicants who wish to receive consideration will have a minimum of three years band teaching experience at the secondary school level. More information about the music graduate program can be located here.

The wind conducting studio has a three-graduate student capacity and we anticipate one to two openings beginning in the 2017-2018 academic school year. Wind graduate students are offered an assistantship that includes the following (details subject to change based on Board of Governors annual guidelines):

  1. 9 hours per semester of tuition for up to four consecutive fall/spring semesters
  2. $13,400 annual stipend*
  3. Health insurance costs covered as dictated by the university**
  4. Student fees are not covered by the assistantship. University semester fees are approximately $1500.00. Updated information can be found at:

*All stipends are taxable - the university considers graduate assistants to be employees of the university.

**Please get more information about graduate student health insurance at:


General guidelines for graduate application consideration into the wind conducting program for the 2017-2018 academic year:

Step 1: January 15, 2017 Deadline

  1. One official transcript for each collegiate institution where credit was received
  2. Three letters of recommendation
  3. Statement of purpose/professional goals
  4. Current curriculum vitae
  5. TOEFL scores (if English is not a first language)
  1. Video recording (conductor’s front) of a performance (10 minutes minimum)
  2. Video recording (conductor’s front) of a rehearsal (10 minutes minimum - same ensemble)
  3. Audio recording of your middle or high school ensemble (10 minutes minimum)


Step 2:

Applicants who successfully complete Step 1 will be reviewed by the conducting faculty and notified by Jan. 31 if they are invited for an on-campus interview and live audition process. These auditions will take place between Feb. 15 and March 5. Applicants will be notified of their results by March 31.