Instrumental Conducting

Instrumental Conducting Faculty

Faculty Member Title Contact Biography
Dr. Mélisse Brunet
Assistant Professor, Director of Orchestral Activities
Room 103D, Broyhill Music Center
(828) 262-6445
Dr. Jason Gardner
Assistant Professor, Associate Director of Bands
Room 103-B Broyhill Music
(828) 262-6474
Dr. John Stanley Ross
Associate Professor, Director of Bands
Room 103C, Broyhill Music Center
(828) 262-6454

Mission Statement

The Master of Music degree in Performance provides a comprehensive education in music as an expression of artistic talent with a thorough knowledge of pedagogy and applied literature. The degree offers the student performer the opportunity to develop high levels of musicianship and instill a lifelong desire to participate creatively as a dedicated artist, performer, scholar, and teacher.

Admissions Information

Wind Conducting Audition Requirements

Preliminary Requriements:

By February 1, please send the following:

  • formal letter of interest  
  • unofficial college transcripts 
  • curriculum vitae 
  • three current letters of recommendation directly from the authors 
  • DVD or video link of a rehearsal and performance 
  • DVD or video link of a marching band performance with drill originally written 
  • programs conducted from the past three years, if available 
  • festival/contest sheets from performances conducted, if available 
  • an analysis of: HOLST – Suite in Eb – Movement I - Chaconne

For your on campus interview and audition, please be prepared to:

  • conduct the HOLST – Suite in Eb – Movement I (Chaconne) with the Appalachian Wind Ensemble
  • take a private lesson on your major instrument
  • take a conducting lesson with Dr. Ross
  • have a meeting with Dr. Ross and Prof. Peach to discuss your philosophy of athletic bands
  • interview with the faculty, administration and Graduate Coordinator of the Hayes School of Music

Download Wind Audition and Assistantship Information in PDF format.

Contact Dr. Ross with any inquiries about the wind conducting program.

Degree Course Requirements

Course Requirements for the Master of Music in Performance Semester Hours Required (minimum): 34
Required Courses
  • AMU 6026: Applied Conducting (2+2+4)
  • MUS 5006: Philosophy of Music (3)
  • MUS 5170: Professional and Scholarly Practices for Musicians (3)
  • MUS 5013: History of Musical Style (3) 
  • MUS 5018: Applied Area Literature – topics depend upon concentration (3) 
  • MUS 5600: Analytical Techniques (3)
ConcentrationPerformance Concentration (Code: 680B)
Semester hours required for the degree (minimum): 34
  • AMU 6026: Applied Conducting (4)
  • MUS 5160: Graduate Conducting Seminar (1+1+1+1=4)
  • 3 s.h. of music electives chosen in consultation with an advisor

Schedule of Course Offerings

Courses offered each Fall Semester:

  • MUS 5170 Professional and Scholarly Practices for Musicians
  • MUS 5600 Analytical Techniques 

Courses offered each Spring Semester:

  • MUS 5006 Philosophy of Music 
  • MUS 5013 History of Musical Style
  • MUS 5602 Music Theory Pedagogy (Even years only)

Assistantships and Scholarships

View general Assistantship and Scholarship information

Specific instrumental conducting assistantships are available. All application materials should be received by February 1 and audition completed by March 1.