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Conducting M.A., D.M.A.

UI music student conducts a symphony band concert. *All Auditions for Fall 2021 admission will be conducted virtually*

As a small department within a large School of Music, we offer graduate students the best of both worlds: excellent access to research libraries, stimulating performance opportunities, and ample teaching opportunities, all with a maximum of individualized attention from faculty.

Choral Conducting

Contact information: Timothy Stalter, Director of Choral Activities, 319-335-1677,

Orchestral Conducting

Admission Requirements

  1. A written statement describing personal interest in a graduate degree in orchestral conducting, plus expectations and aspirations following degree studies. 
  2. A resume/bio which includes performing instrument, academic information, and professional experiences as a performer and/or conductor. 
  3. A link to a 10-15 minute video of a portion of an orchestra rehearsal and a portion of a concert performance on the same repertoire.

Successful applicants being considered for a TA will be requested to submit additional video links plus a Zoom interview. 

Contact information: William LaRue Jones, Interim Director of Orchestras, 319-335-1628,

Wind Conducting

Admission Requirement

Applicants should contact Dr.. Heidel ( immediately upon deciding to apply to the graduate wind conducting program. 

  1. Applicants will be assigned a wind band composition to analyze
  2. Applicants are required to submit a video fo a reheawrsal and/or perforamnce (frontal view).
  3. Finalists will have a Zoom interview/conducting lesson with faculty.

Applications must be completed by January 4th.   

Contact information: Richard Mark Heidel, Director of Bands, 319-335-1635,