For Orchestral Conducting, one student is accepted every two years so that the selected candidate can get significant podium time and also experience the organizational aspects of running a University orchestral program. Prospective applicants are asked to submit a videotape of themselves conducting a rehearsal and a selection in concert. From that initial screening, finalists are invited to campus to audition with the Baylor Symphony and to interview with the conducting faculty.
The required conducting portion of the curriculum includes the advanced classes in choral, wind band and orchestra conducting taught by the major ensemble conductors in those areas, a course in Symphonic Literature, private lessons and a final Practicum with at least 30 minutes of public performance with the Baylor Symphony and a written document on an agreed upon subject that reflects the work (including research and score preparation) done for the Practicum.
Note: there are no available graduate orchestral conducting openings for 2019-20.
For more information, please contact Stephen Heyde (Stephen_Heyde@baylor.edu), Mary Franks Thompson Professor of Orchestral Activities.