Graduate Choral Conducting


The University of Kansas graduate choral conducting program is one of America’s most comprehensive programs. Led by Dr. Edwardo Garcia-Novelli, director of choral studies, the program combines practical and academic studies in both vocal and orchestral disciplines. The choral program makes use of the latest technology to help prepare the graduates to become leaders in the musical world.

The University of Kansas choral conducting students is afforded daily experience in training choirs with one of the university′s ten choirs. Select graduate students are given the responsibility to teach their own choir as part of their Graduate Assistantship. These GTA′s are carefully mentored so that there is immediate feedback with regard to their progress. Conductors are also given the opportunity to work with leading conductors from other institutions.

Our choral graduate students have had the opportunity to work with such experts as:

  • Dr. Jerry McCoy, The University of North Texas
  • Dr. Ronald Staheli, Brigham Young University
  • Dr. Andre Thomas, Florida State University
  • Dr. Kenneth Fulton, Louisiana State University

The Graduate Choral Conducting program at KU gives preference to applicants with significant teaching experience, keyboard skills, excellent communication skills, and a deep desire to learn and excel in the field of conducting.

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