The DMA in Choral Conducting program focuses not only on growth as professional conductors and academic scholars, but also on the ways in which students can contribute as leaders in the choral profession. Graduates of the University of Alabama DMA in Choral Conducting program are qualified for careers in choral music at all levels. The course of study provides flexibility so that students can focus their work on areas about which they are most passionate.
UA offers conducting students generous podium time with university choral ensembles, innovative and individualized instruction, and extended opportunities to grow as a conductor-educator.
At the University of Alabama School of Music, DMA in Choral Conducting students will receive a holistic education in conducting performance and scholarship that encourages skill development to be competitive in future endeavors. Students engage with the choral community within and outside of the university, and build confidence as conductors, educators, musicians, and scholars.
DMA in Choral Conducting students will develop skills in scholarship and practical conducting to better understand and be able to engage with the diverse world of choral music. Graduates of the program may choose to focus on an academic career, professional career, or a combination of the two. Students in the DMA program work towards excellence in conducting and teaching, becoming an impactful presenter, clinician, and adjudicator, and developing skills in administration in choral education.
Graduate students at the University of Alabama receive a customized education that reflects their passions and plans for the future. They also have generous podium time with university choral ensembles, an innovative choral curriculum, one-on-one conducting lessons, a collaborative approach to choral conducting, and individualized conducting recitals. Graduate students also participate in mentorship of undergraduate students, gain choral-orchestral conducting experience, and engage in a supportive and collegial environment with colleagues.
Candidates for the Doctorate of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting at the University of Alabama School of Music must possess and demonstrate a gift of musical leadership based upon experience with choral ensembles and a solid foundation of training. Admission requirements include bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music and practical experience in choral conducting through church, school, or community ensembles.
Enrollment in this major is only by special permission after completion of the application and audition process. Please find links regarding the curriculum, how to apply, and the application requirements below.
For further information, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions
For more information about the UA choral program, please reach out to Director of Choral Activities, Dr. Morgan Luttig at firstname.lastname@example.org.