Instrumental Conducting

Instrumental Conducting Faculty

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

Mission Statement

The Masters in Music in Performance provides a well-rounded education in music as a formidable expression of artistic talent and demonstrated excellence in knowledge of pedagogy and applied literature. The degree enables the student performer the opportunity to develop high-levels of musicianship, artistic interpretations, and a strong commitment to the art of performance, instilling a lifelong desire to participate creatively and study as a dedicated artist, performer, scholar, conductor, 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 and Dr. Richardson
  • have a meeting with Dr. Richardson 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.

Orchestral Conducting Audition Requirements

Preliminary Requirements:

  • formal letter of interest
  • unofficial college transcripts
  • curriculum vitae
  • three current letters of recommendation directly from the authors
  • link to a video recording of a rehearsal and performance (total of 15-20 minutes with three excerpts of different musical styles)
  • programs conducted from the past three years (if available)
  • an analysis of: MOZART- Symphony No. 35 (entire symphony)

On Campus Interview and Audition (if preliminary successful):

  • rehearse the Appalachian Symphony Orchestra on pieces TBD on one of the following days, January 30, February 1, 6, or 8, 2018. Be available from 3:30 until 5:30 PM. The repertoire will be available in December
  • take a private lesson on your major instrument
  • take a conducting lesson with Dr. Brunet
  • with Dr. Brunet: sight-reading/singing of score (key reading); sight-reading/singing of Bach chorals, sight-reading of rhythmical material (a score by Stravinsky for example); ear testing; interview on motivation
  • interview with the faculty, administration, and Graduate Coordinator of the Hayes School of Music

Contact Dr. Brunet with any inquiries about the orchestral 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)
23
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
11-14

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.