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Conducting chair: Andrew Trachsel

Conducting Faculty - Instrumental


Steven Huang

Director of University Orchestras 
Associate Professor  

Matt James
Director of Jazz Ensembles 
Professor of Saxophone and Jazz Studies  

Richard Suk 
Associate Director of Bands; Director, Marching 110 
Associate Professor  

Andrew Trachsel  
Director of Bands
Assistant Professor

Conducting Faculty - Choral


Philip Christiansen 

Assistant Professor 
Director of Opera & Musical Theater  

Daniel J. Hall
Assistant Professor
Director of Choral Activities  

Peter Jarjisian 
Professor Emeritus of Choral Activities



Master of Music Degree in Performance: Conducting Emphasis 


The Ohio University graduate program in conducting is designed to prepare, promote, guide, and encourage students to aspire to the highest artistic and intellectual standards. In addition to studying with a major teacher, conducting students receive the opportunity to work directly with the major performing ensembles in their respective area. Each student will accrue conducting time in public performances. The total of these appearances will serve as the degree recital. All performances, both on and off campus, will be arranged in conjunction with the major professor and must be approved by the conducting faculty. These experiences are the foundation for developing highly qualified, professional conductors of bands, choirs, orchestras and wind ensembles. 

Admission Procedures 


All prospective students must meet all requirements for admission to the School of Music as described in the Ohio University School of Music Graduate Handbook. Qualified candidates should submit a face-to-the-camera DVD, or high-quality videocassette (VHS format) demonstrating 10 - 20 minutes of their conducting ability. Pending approval by the conducting faculty, prospective students will be invited to campus for an audition/interview. 

All auditioning students will: 
  • Rehearse and conduct a university ensemble 
  • Perform a representative work on their major instrument that demonstrates technical ability and musical competence
  • Demonstrate sight-singing and aural skills
  • Demonstrate keyboard facility

 

Andrew Trachsel

Director of Bands; Assistant Professor of Conducting, Music

Steven Huang

Associate Professor of Instrumental Conducting-Orchestral

Daniel J. Hall

Assistant Professor of Director of Choral Activities