Master of Music, Music Education Conducting Specialization

The Master of Music, Music Education – Conducting Specialization is an exclusive online degree program at Colorado State University. The program features the annual Summer Conducting Seminar, the residency portion of the degree, with additional courses offered online during the school year.

Classes engage current middle school and high school choir, band, and orchestra directors seeking to further their knowledge and skills while earning a master’s degree, completing the majority of the course work during just three summers. Hands-on sessions are taught by CSU faculty and prestigious pedagogues from around the country. Curriculum focuses on advanced conducting, score preparation, rehearsal strategies, curriculum development, and more. Participants have daily conducting opportunities, in all three disciplines, with workshop ensembles and projects are designed for immediate implementation in your teaching program.



Applications will be accepted until Feb. 15. Space is limited.

2017 Summer Conducting Seminar Tuition: 
$4149.00 total 
$704/credit (4 credits); $1333 course fee

Online Course Tuition: $551 per credit


For more information contact:
Leslie Stewart, Director
(970) 219-5585


Summer Conducting Seminar for Music Educators: July 6-22, 2017

2017 Summer Seminar Curriculum

  • Advanced Conducting
  • Score Preparation
  • Rehearsal Strategies
  • Laban Method for Expressive Conducting
  • Historical Performance Practice
  • Band Rehearsal Techniques

Summer Conducting Seminar Final Concert
The Mikado by Gilbert & Sullivan
Saturday, July 22, 7:30 p.m.
Co-conducted by the seminar's graduating class

2017 Seminar Faculty

Alexandra Eddy, Professor of Musicology, University of Boulder

alexandra-eddyBaroque and modern violinist and violist Alexandra Eddy performed and recorded for nineteen years in Washington D.C., New York City, and Versailles, France with Opera Lafayette, an internationally acclaimed period-instrument ensemble specializing in French opera of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and made up of vocal soloists and orchestral players from across the United States, Canada, and Europe. The company frequently collaborates with the New York Baroque Dance Company in exciting staged and semi-staged performances. As a modern violinist, Dr. Eddy has appeared with many highly respected professional ensembles including the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, the National Symphony Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, the Colorado Chamber Orchestra and the Boulder Bach Festival. She has had the honor of performing with many internationally known Classical performers and pop artists. Also a composer, Dr. Eddy’s recent work includes Gabriel, From Heaven’s king for soprano, violin, harp, and cello; The God of Love My Shepherd Is, for soprano, violin, and organ; and a Duo for violin and bass drum. Arion, her chamber opera for mezzosoprano, violin/electric violin, clarinet/bass clarinet, and percussion, was premiered in Boulder in 2007, with the support of a Boulder Arts Commission Mini-Grant. Stars is a substantial work for violin alone composed in honor of Alexandra’s late father, the scientist John A. Eddy.

Richard Frey, Associate Director of Bands, Colorado State University

rfreyDr. Richard Frey is associate director of Bands at CSU where he conducts the Symphonic Band and the CSU Marching Band, and teaches courses in music education. He was previously the interim director of Athletic Bands and assistant director of Bands at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn. Dr. Frey received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Wind Conducting at Michigan State University and a Master of Music degree in Wind Conducting from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. From 2002-2006 he taught instrumental music in the public schools of Salem, Ore. Dr. Frey received a Bachelor of Music degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Puget Sound in 2002.

Dawn Grapes, Professor of Music History, Colorado State University

K. Dawn GrapesDr. K. Dawn Grapes is an assistant professor of Music History. She holds a Ph.D. in Historical Musicology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and degrees in flute performance from Western Michigan University and Colorado State University. Specialty areas include the music of Early Modern England, music history pedagogy, and flute history. She is author of the “John Dowland” and "Recorder" entries for Oxford Bibliographies (Oxford University Press) and serves as Reviews Editor for NABMSA Reviews. National conference paper presentations include the College Music Society (Indianapolis 2015, Cambridge 2013), the North American British Music Studies Association biennial conference (Syracuse 2016, Las Vegas 2014), Renaissance Society of America (Boston 2016), the National Flute Association, CEMERS Binghamton, and the Midwest Conference on British Studies. In 2014, she presented at the International Interdisciplinary Symposium on Translation and Music at Cardiff University in Wales and in 2016 at the "Made in London" conference sponsored by the Institute of Music Research and London Metropolitan University. Past awards include a 2010 Ogilivy Travel Fellowship from the Boulder Center for British and Irish Studies for research studies in Oxford and London. Before joining the faculty at Colorado State, Dr. Grapes taught at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Front Range Community College, and Southern Utah University.

Dr. Grapes is a board member of the North American British Music Studies Association, Immediate Past President of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the American Musicological Society, former board member of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the College Music Society and former representative to its National Student Advisory Council. She is also a member of the Renaissance Society of America, the British Flute Society, the American Recorder Society, and the National Flute Association. She is the program notes writer for the Colorado Bach Ensemble and hosts a "Composer Talks" series for the Fort Collins Symphony. She is also an active performer on the flute and piccolo along the Colorado Front Range.

Wes Kenney, Director of Orchestras, Colorado State University

Wes Kenney headshot_sotaWes Kenney is director of Orchestras at CSU where he conducts the University Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Opera productions, and teaches graduate conducting. Mr. Kenney is also music director of the Fort Collins Symphony, Opera Fort Collins, and Denver Young Artists Orchestra.  A graduate of the University of Southern California, Mr. Kenney earned his Master of Music degree in Conducting from San Francisco State University. Previous academic posts include director of Orchestras at SFSU and the College of William and Mary in Virginia. He has also served as a guest lecturer at the Conductors Institute at Bard College. Awards include the Carmen Dragon Conducting Prize in 1992, the Grand Prize in the 2007 Varna (Bulgaria) International Conducting Competition and the Outstanding Teacher by the Colorado American String Teachers Association in 2009.

Mr. Kenney served for six seasons as associate conductor of the Virginia Symphony and four seasons as music director of the Virginia Ballet Theater. He also served for four seasons as co-principal conductor of the Oakland Lyric Opera and five seasons as music director of the Oakland Youth Orchestra in California. Guest conducting has included the Virginia Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, New Mexico Symphony, Williamsburg Symphonia (in Va.), Vallejo Symphony and Long Beach Symphony (both in Calif.), Acadiana Symphony (in La.) and the Symphony of Southeast Texas. Internationally, he has conducted orchestras and opera companies throughout Europe and China. He has also conducted All-State Orchestras in Va. and N.M., and served as president of the Conductors Guild.

James Kim, Director of Choral Activities, Colorado State University

James KimDr. James Kim is currently the director of Choral Activities at Colorado State University. He directs the CSU Chamber Choir and also teaches undergraduate/graduate conducting, choral literature, and choral techniques.

After earning two degrees from University of Southern California, James Kim was invited by the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart to study with Helmuth Rilling for three years. In Europe, he participated in numerous workshops and festivals as an active conductor, notably such as Europisches Musikfest Stuttgart 99, Bachwochenende, and Sommerakademie. He was also selected as one of five conductors from around the world to study with Frieder Bernius in a masterclass sponsored by the International Federation of Choral Music in Namur, Belgium.

During the summers of 2000 and 2002, he was selected as an assistant conductor for the Opera Theater of Lucca held in Lucca, Italy. During the past 2001-02 season, he had served as the Interim Artistic Director for the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir. Previously, Dr. Kim taught conducting at University of Cincinnati and at Simpson College. In 2002, he was selected and invited as a Conducting Fellow for the Chicago Conducting Workshop and Masterclass presented by the Chorus America and the Chicago Symphony Association.

In November 2011, Dr. Kim and CSU Music hosted the biennial national conference of the NCCO in Fort Collins where the CSU Chamber Choir was featured as the main choir for the three-day conference. Kim is also the founding artistic director of the Colorado Bach Ensemble, which received acclaimed reviews of their inaugural season concerts with Bach's B Minor Mass and Handel's Messiah. Choirs under his direction have sung at international and national stages including National Collegiate Choral Organization, ACDA, Chang-won Grand-Prix Choral Festival/Competition, and Aspen Music Festival.

James Kim received B.M. and M.M. from University of Southern California and the D.M.A. from CCM. His major teachers include William Dehning, and Earl Rivers.

Brian Luedloff, Artistic Director, Opera Fort Collins

Brian LuedloffBrian Clay Luedloff serves as director of Opera Theatre at University of Northern Colorado, where he has directed more than 25 operas since 2005. He is also artistic director for Opera Fort Collins since 2011, where he has directed Tosca, Carmen, Amahl and the Night Visitors, il Barbiere di Siviglia, The Daughter of the Regiment, The Gift of the Magi, Faust, The Ballad of Baby Doe, Turandot, Sondheim’s Follies, and Lucia di Lammermoor. Professionally Mr. Luedloff has staged more than fifty productions for professional opera companies and theatres across North America. Mr. Luedloff has served on the staging staff of Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Washington National Opera, the Dallas Opera and Houston Grand Opera, assisting many internationally-renowned directors. He holds the Master of Fine Arts degree from Boston University, where he served as a directing fellow from 1997 to 2000. Recently he has directed la Traviata and Madama Butterfly for Livermore Valley Opera, Jake Heggie’s For a Look or a Touchfor Heartland Men’s Chorus, Mikado for Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, and Pirates of Penzance for Pensacola Opera.

Rebecca Phillips, Director of Bands, Colorado State University

969858_670068103060461_965217204_nDr. Rebecca Phillips is director of Bands at CSU where she conducts the Wind Symphony, and guides all aspects of the band and graduate wind conducting program. Prior to this appointment, she served as the associate director of bands, director of Athletic Bands, and associate professor at the University of South Carolina.
Dr. Phillips has served as a guest-conductor, clinician, and performer throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. She regularly conducts collegiate honor bands and all-state bands across the United States and she has been a rehearsal clinician at the Midwest Clinic. Ensembles under her direction have been featured at the 2012 College Band Director's National Association Southern Division Conference (CBDNA), the 2010 Society of Composers International Conference, and the 2008 North American Saxophone Alliance International Convention.

Dr. Phillips earned her Bachelors degree in Music Education from Florida State University, Master of Music degrees in Conducting and Trombone Performance from the University of South Florida, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Conducting at Louisiana State University. She served as a secondary school band director for seven years in Fla., including director of Bands at Howard W. Blake Performing Arts High School in Tampa, Fla., where she developed an award-winning concert band program. Dr. Phillips holds memberships in the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, the College Band Directors National Association, the National Band Association, and in 2015 she was inducted into the American Bandmasters Association.

Leslie Stewart, Director of String Pedagogy, Colorado State University
lstewartLeslie Stewart is director of String Pedagogy at CSU and director of CSU's Summer Master of Music Education degree program with a Specialization in Conducting for working music educators. In addition, she conducts the CSU Concert Orchestra and the Health & Wellness Community Orchestra in Ft. Collins, Colo. Previous academic posts include Old Dominion University, Christopher Newport University and the Governor's School for the Arts in Va., Chowan College in N.C., and Dominican College of San Rafael in Calif. A graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, Ms. Stewart holds Bachelor and Master's degrees in Violin Performance from the University of Southern California. A former violinist with the Puerto Rico and Alabama Symphonies, she has served as music director of the Marin Symphony Youth Orchestra in Calif., and the Bay Youth Orchestras of Va.
Debra Throgmorton, Director of Music and Dance, Front Range Community College

Debra ThrogmortonDebra Throgmorton, harpsichord, holds a Master of Music degree in Harpsichord Performance from the University of Northern Colorado. She currently teaches harpsichord at UNC and also serves as a full time faculty member at Front Range Community College – Larimer campus, where she teaches music courses and directs the Music and Dance programs. Debra maintains an active freelance concert schedule, making regular appearances with local and regional groups, and is a founding member of the Grand Canonical Ensemble, a Baroque trio specializing in the performance of Baroque music on period instruments. She has appeared as a soloist with many regional orchestras including the Greeley Philharmonic, Ethos West Chamber Orchestra, Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra, Fort Collins Symphony, Greeley Chamber Orchestra, and UNC Chamber Choir and Orchestra. She is currently serving on the board of Early Music Colorado.

Adam Torres, Colorado State University

Adam A. Torres, conductor and pianist, made his professional debut as a piano soloist with the San Angelo Symphony at age eleven. He has since maintained a busy schedule as a conductor, performer, and educator. His current appointments include assistant conductor for both the Fort Collins Symphony and the Denver Young Artists Orchestra, special assistant professor of music at Colorado State University (with an emphasis in Online Curriculum), and music director for Zion Lutheran Church in Loveland, Colo.

Known for his flexibility and versatility, Torres appeared with the Colorado Symphony and Denver Young Artists Orchestra, narrating a performance of Gregory Smith's The Animated Orchestra in Feb. 2015. In 2014, Torres collaborated with the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs (Colorado Springs, Colo.) as an emergency guest conductor with only a few hours' notice prior to downbeat. In 2014, Adam also had the opportunity to conduct and rehearse the newly formed Alpharetta Symphony (Alpharetta, Ga.), the Colorado State University Concert Orchestra, and the Colorado Springs Conservatory summer production of Oklahoma!.

Previous appointments and guest conducting work include serving as a cover conductor for the Colorado State University Orchestras and Opera Theatre programs, guest conductor for the Fall 2013 CSU Faculty and Friends recital, assistant conductor (and rehearsal pianist) for Opera Orvieto's 2011 production of Cosi fan Tutte (Orvieto, Italy), the Nuova Musica Project (Music Director and co-founder, Fort Collins, Colo.), St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church (music director, San Angelo, Texas), Angelo Civic Theater (music director for The Full Monty, 2009), West Texas Ice House Brass (interim music director), Agnes Scott College Orchestra (guest conductor), Angelo State University Wind Ensemble (guest conductor), the Colorado State University Pep Band (guest director for 2013 NCAA Basketball tournament).

Previous assistant conducting positions include the Angelo State University Marching Band, Angelo State University Drama Department, San Angelo Symphony Chorale, and First United Methodist Church (San Angelo, Texas). Torres has also had the opportunity to attend masterclass workshops with Maestros Marin Alsop, Gustav Meier, JoAnn Falletta, Peter Bay, Jorge Mester, Harold Farberman, where he has conducted the Round Rock (2010) and Virginia (2012) symphonies.

As a pianist, Torres remains in active demand as a collaborative pianist in Northern Colo. He is a regular performer with the Cheyenne Symphony, Sound de Trois (flute, clarinet, and piano trio), and regularly accompanies for private studios in Northern Colo. He has also recently performed with other organizations such as the Fort Collins Wind Symphony, the Poudre Valley Health and Wellness Orchestra, and the San Angelo Symphony. He has performed in several recitals for Colorado State University's Aries Composers' Festival for Contemporary Music and for the CSU Virtuoso Series. In addition to sharing his passion for music through conducting and collegiate teaching, Adam also maintains a small private studio of talented and dedicated students throughout the Northern Colo. region.

Alumni News and Testimonials

Matt Cody, 2014, M.M. Music has won first place in the American Prize for conducting at the community orchestra level. According to the organization's website, the American Prize in Conducting recognizes and rewards the best orchestral, choral, band/wind ensemble, opera and musical theater conductors in America, based on submitted recordings.

Matt entered CSU's Summer Conducting Program in 2012 as a middle school band director from Decorah, Iowa. By the time he graduated in 2014, he knew he wanted to conduct an orchestra but there wasn't one where he lived. Maestro Kenney suggested that Matt start a community orchestra made up of his music teacher colleagues, high school, and adult musicians from Decorah, as well as students and faculty from nearby Luther College. Within a few weeks of returning to Iowa, the Oneota Valley Community Orchestra held their first rehearsal, and in just three years since it's inception, has won this prestigious prize!

Dear Professor Kenney,

I wanted to thank you again for your instruction and influence during my time in the master's program at CSU. I have recently accepted a position as the director of the Symphonic Band and Chamber Orchestra at Oklahoma Christian University in Edmond, Oklahoma. I am very excited about this opportunity and know that I would not have been prepared for this without the experiences I had at CSU.

I really enjoyed conducting orchestral music at CSU and look forward to working with an orchestra at the collegiate level. Thank you for instilling that love of orchestral music and providing those experiences.

Eric Colgrove
Instructor of Music; Director of the Symphonic Band and Chamber Orchestra
Oklahoma Christian University

Eric was formerly the band director at Widefield High School in Colorado Springs, and graduated from the program in 2012.