School of Music
Modesto A. Maidique Campus
Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center

Conducting

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MM in Choral Conducting

The School of Music offers a Master of Music degree with a concentration in conducting in the following areas: choral, orchestral, and wind. The Conducting Program provides an education in the arts enabling FIU’s conductors and musicians to assume leadership roles as professional conductors, performers and educators and to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century with flexibility and ingenuity. The successes of graduates of FIU’s conducting programs are attested to by the numerous alumni working internationally as conductors, educators, and scholars.

The Choral Conducting Program at Florida International University School of Music is constructed to prepare the successful candidate for a myriad of conducting possibilities. Each candidate will have a large number of conducting opportunities with close observation and mentorship from Kathryn K. Longo. Graduates of the FIU Choral Conducting Program hold positions in some of the finest High School and University Programs in the country. Graduate Conducting Assistantships are available to the exemplary candidate. Due to the limited number of available positions, early application is encouraged.


 

Admissions & Audition Information

HOW TO GET STARTED NOW-

1. Complete FIU application – Applicants who do not complete FIU’s online university application cannot be fully reviewed for admission by the School of Music, nor can they be considered for music scholarships or graduate assistantships. Click here to visit FIU Admissions. 

All students seeking admission to the School of Music must audition on an instrument/voice, including freshmen and transfer students. This includes prospective majors and minors in music. We urge you to apply and audition as early as possible so that you can be considered for a scholarship or receive financial assistance.

 

2. Complete your GetAcceptd application – Completing the GetAcceptd submission and pre-screening process is essential and required of all students applying to FIU’s School of Music. If you pass the pre-screening you will be invited to a live audition. Live audition dates are listed below. In the application you will be asked to select your preferred live audition date. Applicants who wish to be considered for University merit-based scholarships must attend the November 5th audition date. Students must have a 3.0 GPA to be considered. Your materials must be submitted through GetAcceptd at least 72 hours prior to your preferred live audition date. Click here to submit your pre-audition materials and select a live audition date.

 

Auditions are held at 9:00am in the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center (WPAC) by appointment or on the following days:

Saturday, November 5, 2016 | Saturday, February 4, 2017 | Saturday, March 4, 2017

 

Submit the following for your GetAcceptd Pre-Screening:

  • A video or online link 15-20 minutes long with the candidate conducting a choir. The video must include rehearsal footage. Performance footage is encouraged, but not required.
  • Copy of transcript(s)
  • Provide names and emails of two people who you would like to submit a letter of recommendation on your behalf.

 

Qualified candidates will be invited to audition in person at FIU. At the campus audition, candidates will conduct one of the FIU choirs, interview with choral faculty, and perform a vocal and piano solo of their choice.

 

Contact Information

KateLongo

Dr. Kathryn K. Longo

Program Coordinator of Choral Studies

Tel: 305.348.3359

Email: klongo@fiu.edu

Location: WPAC 144A

 

MM in Orchestral Conducting

The School of Music offers a Master of Music degree with a concentration in conducting in the following areas: choral, orchestral, and wind. The Conducting Program provides an education in the arts enabling FIU’s conductors and musicians to assume leadership roles as professional conductors, performers and educators and to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century with flexibility and ingenuity. The successes of graduates of FIU’s conducting programs are attested to by the numerous alumni working internationally as conductors, educators, and scholars.

The FIU School of Music offers a program for a limited number of talented conductors to pursue Master’s degree. Successful candidates must be outstanding musicians with talent and passion for orchestral conducting. Conducting students receive plenty of podium time with the FIU Symphony Orchestra during rehearsals and concerts throughout the year. They also serve as assistants to the faculty and visiting conductors in orchestral and operatic productions. Distinguished visiting conductors in recent years include James Judd, David Effron, José Serebrier, Neal Varon, Eduardo Marturet and Giancarlo Guerrero.


Admissions and Audition Information

HOW TO GET STARTED NOW-

1. Complete FIU application – Applicants who do not complete FIU’s online university application cannot be fully reviewed for admission by the School of Music, nor can they be considered for music scholarships or graduate assistantships. Click here to visit FIU Admissions. 

All students seeking admission to the School of Music must audition on an instrument/voice, including freshmen and transfer students. This includes prospective majors and minors in music. We urge you to apply and audition as early as possible so that you can be considered for a scholarship or receive financial assistance.

 

2. Complete your GetAcceptd application – Completing the GetAcceptd submission and pre-screening process is essential and required of all students applying to FIU’s School of Music. If you pass the pre-screening you will be invited to a live audition. Live audition dates are listed below. In the application you will be asked to select your preferred live audition date. Applicants who wish to be considered for University merit-based scholarships must attend the November 5th audition date. Students must have a 3.0 GPA to be considered. Your materials must be submitted through GetAcceptd at least 72 hours prior to your preferred live audition date. Click here to submit your pre-audition materials and select a live audition date.

 

Auditions are held at 9:00am in the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center (WPAC) by appointment or on the following days:

Saturday, November 5, 2016 | Saturday, February 4, 2017 | Saturday, March 4, 2017

 

Submit the following for your GetAcceptd Pre-Screening:

  • Upload a Video or online link up to 30 minutes long with the candidate conducting an orchestra. The video should include rehearsal passages and either a performance or run-through the work.
  • Submit academic transcripts from all previous colleges, universities, and/or conservatories.
  • Recommendation Letters: Provide the names and emails of two people to submit recommendation letters on your behalf.

Contact Information

Ponti

Raffaele Livio Ponti

Visiting Instructor in Orchestral Conducting & Director of the FIU Symphony

Tel: 305.348.2896

Email: rponti@fiu.edu

WPAC 143B

 

MM in Instrumental Conducting

The School of Music offers a Master of Music degree with a concentration in conducting in the following areas: choral, orchestral, and wind. The Conducting Program provides an education in the arts enabling FIU’s conductors and musicians to assume leadership roles as professional conductors, performers and educators and to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century with flexibility and ingenuity. The successes of graduates of FIU’s conducting programs are attested to by the numerous alumni working internationally as conductors, educators, and scholars.

The Wind Conducting Program at Florida International University School of Music is constructed to prepare the successful candidate for a myriad of conducting possibilities. The successful candidate will have a deep knowledge of the music for winds, brass and percussion coupled with a passion for conducting. Each candidate will have a large number of conducting opportunities with the Symphonic Band, Chamber Winds and Wind Ensemble, with close observation and mentorship from Dr. Alston and Professor Bernhardt. Graduates of the FIU Wind Conducting Program hold positions in some of the finest High School and University Band Programs in the country. Graduate Conducting Assistantships are available to the exemplary candidate. Due to the limited number of available positions early application is encouraged.


Admissions & Audition Information

HOW TO GET STARTED NOW-

1. Complete FIU application – Applicants who do not complete FIU’s online university application cannot be fully reviewed for admission by the School of Music, nor can they be considered for music scholarships or graduate assistantships. Click here to visit FIU Admissions. 

All students seeking admission to the School of Music must audition on an instrument/voice, including freshmen and transfer students. This includes prospective majors and minors in music. We urge you to apply and audition as early as possible so that you can be considered for a scholarship or receive financial assistance.

 

2. Complete your GetAcceptd application – Completing the GetAcceptd submission and pre-screening process is essential and required of all students applying to FIU’s School of Music. If you pass the pre-screening you will be invited to a live audition. Live audition dates are listed below. In the application you will be asked to select your preferred live audition date. Applicants who wish to be considered for University merit-based scholarships must attend the November 5th audition date. Students must have a 3.0 GPA to be considered. Your materials must be submitted through GetAcceptd at least 72 hours prior to your preferred live audition date. Click here to submit your pre-audition materials and select a live audition date.

 

Auditions are held at 9:00am in the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center (WPAC) by appointment or on the following days:

Saturday, November 5, 2016 | Saturday, February 4, 2017 | Saturday, March 4, 2017

 

Submit the following for your GetAcceptd Pre-Screening:

A video or online link 20-30 minutes long with the candidate conducting a wind ensemble, concert band and/or chamber wind group from the ensemble’s perspective. The video will need to feature rehearsal and performance excerpts.

  • Copy of transcript(s)
  • Provide names and emails of two people that you would like to submit a letter of recommendation on your behalf.

Qualified candidates will be invited to audition in person at FIU. At the campus audition, candidates will conduct one of the FIU wind groups and interview with wind conducting faculty.


Contact Information

Brenton-Alston

Dr. Brenton Alston

Program Coordinator of Instrumental Conducting

Tel: 305.348.2497

Email: bralston@fiu.edu

Office Location: WPAC 151A

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