Graduate Choral Studies

Graduate choral education student conducting the chamber choir

The graduate choral conducting program at The University of Alabama prepares students to be leaders in the choral profession. Through a comprehensive course of study, graduate students develop the knowledge and skills needed for work in a collegiate, secondary school, church, professional, and community choral setting. Multiple graduate assistantships are available.

Find detailed information about our graduate programs in the UA Graduate Catalog and in the Graduate Handbook.

Programs of Study

Master of Music (MM) in Choral Conducting

For those with a number of years in the field, the MM in Choral Conducting is the ultimate professional development experience. The MM in Choral Conducting is the perfect way to grow from good to great as a conductor-teacher.

Master’s degree students refine their conducting, increase knowledge of choral literature, learn how to do academic research, and hone their leadership skills.


The MM in Choral Conducting requires a bachelor’s degree in music.

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) in Choral Conducting

In the DMA in choral conducting program, students focus not only on their own growth as professional conductors and academic scholars but also on the ways they can contribute as leaders in the choral profession.

DMA graduates are qualified for careers in choral music at all levels, including church music and higher education. The course of study provides some flexibility so that students can focus their work on areas about which they are most passionate.


The DMA in choral conducting requires a master’s degree in music, preferably in choral conducting, music education, sacred music, or piano/organ/voice performance. Additionally, applicants must have a minimum of five (5) years of successful teaching/conducting experience.

Program Features

  • Generous Podium Time with University Choirs
  • Innovative Choral Literature Curriculum
  • One-on-One Conducting Lessons
  • Collaborative Approach to Choral Conducting Studio Class
  • Conducting Recitals
  • Mentorship of Undergraduate Students
  • Orchestral Conducting Experience
  • Supportive and Collegial Environment

Topics of Study

  • Conducting Gesture
  • Choral Literature
  • Skills of a Master Teacher (great conductors are great teachers)
  • Rehearsal Technique
  • Score Study
  • Leadership
  • Musicianship and Aural Skills
  • Conducting Pedagogy
  • Choral/ Vocal Pedagogy
  • Academic Writing, Scholarship, and Research
  • Program Administration