Conducting Faculty

Dr. Alexandra Dee
Director of Orchestral Studies
Dr. John Stanley Ross
Associate Professor, Director of Bands
Room 103C, Broyhill Music Center
(828) 262-6454
Dr. Jason Gardner
Assistant Professor, Associate Director of Bands
Room 103-B Broyhill Music
(828) 262-6474

Mission Statement

The Master of Music in Performance degree in the Hayes School of Music is based on the pillars of performance, entrepreneurship, scholarship and pedagogy, relevance, and wellness. These fundamental pillars support musicians in developing versatility and leadership for successful and independent performance careers in the 21st century. Close mentorship between the student and the faculty is central to the program, which facilitates exceptional opportunities to excel in the art of music.

Admissions Information

Graduate Audition Requirements*

*We are only accepting applications for instrumental conducting at this time

Degree Course Requirements

Course Requirements for the Master of Music in Performance Semester Hours Required (minimum): 32 to 35 - varies by concentration - see below. 

Course Requirements for students who entered the program before Fall 2022 can be found here.

Required Courses
  • AMU 6xxx: Applied Music (2+2+2+2 = 8)
  • MUS 5018: Applied Area Literature – topics depend on concentration (2)
  • MUS 5120: Music Research for Performers (2)
  • MUS 5130: Seminar in Music History, Culture, and Analysis (4)
  • MUS 5140: Performers Symposium (1+1+1+1 = 4)
  • MUS 5150: Artist Portfolio (1)
  • MUS 5960: Community Engaged Performance (1)
  • MUS 5998: Master of Music in Performance Recital (1)
ConcentrationPerformance Concentration (Code: 680B)
Semester hours required for the degree (minimum): 35
  • AMU 6xxx: Applied Music (1) (On primary instrument)
  • MUS 5022: Applied Area Pedagogy (3)
  • MUS 5100: Performance Ensemble (1)
  • MUS 5160: Conducting Seminar (1+1+1+1=4)
  • 3 s.h. of music electives chosen in consultation with an advisor

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.