Choral Conducting

Academic Courses (24 credit hours)

I. History, Theory & Analysis (12 credit hours minimum)
     A. Music History - choose a minimum of 3                                           
     B. Composition and Theory - choose 1                              
            Theory and Analysis 
            Composition and/or Arranging 
II. Liturgy & Ritual Studies (12 credit hours minimum)                  
     A. Liturgy - choose a minimum of 3  
     B. Ethnomusicology and Ritual Studies/Field Work - choose 1              
            Music and World Culture 
            Music and Ritual Studies 

Practiced Music & Performance (24 credits)

  • Primary Lessons: Conducting Gesture, Rehearsal Techniques & Program Preparation (12 credits)
  • Choral Literature I & II (6 credits)
  • Minimum of 6 credit hours from below:
    Secondary Lessons
    SMND Ensembles (only repertory & recital)
    Children's Choirs: Methods & Repertory *req for MSM/DMA on Lilly Stipends 2 cr  
    Vocal Methods I or II (2 credits)
  • Two recitals

Applied Music Practice and Colloquia with Distinguished Guests

Workshops and master classes are offered regularly on a non-credit basis.

The following list will serve as examples of types of workshops that enhance the background of the Liturgical Musician:

  • Vocal Techniques
  • Service Playing
  • Improvisation
  • Liturgical Performance Practice and Literature for Piano
  • Historical Performance Practices
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Developing Music Programs for Children and Youth
  • Handbells


  • All students are assigned an internships, which serve as on-the-job professional training and function as part-time employment for the students. (i.e. basilica, parish, children's choir, etc.)