Graduate Wind Conducting

Master of Music, Instrumental Conducting Specialization

The Colorado State University Master of Music, Instrumental Conducting Specialization in wind conducting 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, our orchestra director. 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 graduate program is available at:

The wind conducting studio has a three-graduate student capacity. Wind graduate students are offered an assistantship that includes the following (details subject to change based on Board of Governors annual guidelines):

  1. 9-12 hours per semester of tuition for up to four consecutive fall/spring semesters
  2. Approximately $14,500 annual stipend (this typically increases by 2% each year.)*
  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:

Step 1: February 15 Deadline

Complete the Graduate Degree Program Applications and submit all requested materials:

Step 2:

Applicants who successfully complete Step 1 will be reviewed by the conducting faculty and notified if they are invited for an on-campus interview and live audition process within two weeks after February 15. Live auditions take place in March. Applicants will be notified of the results by April 1.

Full tuition for up to 12 credits is covered, whether you are in-state or out-of-state. All students who are out-of-state are required to begin their residency process immediately upon arrival so that they are in-state students by their second year.

We are looking for fine musicians who have developed their craft in both conducting and on their primary instrument; a strong academic student with a good record from their undergraduate studies; someone who is literate in both music theory and history; a person with a strong work ethic; someone with at least three years of teaching experience; a kind person who is a team player and really cares about music and music education.