Undergraduate Programs with Choral Conducting Coursework:
Graduate Programs with Choral Conducting Emphasis:
Lynne Gackle, Professor of Ensembles, Director of Choral Activities
Brian A. Schmidt, Associate Professor of Choral Music and Director of Graduate Choral Studies
Stephen Gusukuma, Lecturer in Choral Music
Students in the MM Conducting program (choral emphasis) will gain experiences that both broaden and deepen their musical perspectives and skill set. Graduate conductors are integrated into the regular rehearsal patterns of the Baylor A Cappella Choir, Chamber Singers and/or Bella Voce, where they will learn how to sharpen their rehearsal and gestural skills at the highest level.
Additionally, graduate choral conductors will have valuable opportunities to further their rehearsal and gestural skill as they learn about cultivating choral communities with both vocational and avocational singers having the opportunity to learn from all Baylor choral conducting faculty. These experiences with choirs populated by both majors and non-major singers, such as Bella Voce, Concert Choir, Men’s Chorus and Women’s Chorus, broaden the graduate conductor’s perspectives on community building, rehearsal pedagogy, and repertoire selection as well as gesture.
At the end of their study, graduate choral conductors will have the opportunity to prepare a culminating recital project with A Cappella Choir, Chamber Singers or Bella Voce.