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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 
Professor of Music

Andrew Trachsel  
Director of Bands
Assistant Professor

Conducting Faculty - Choral

Andrew Ryker
Assistant Professor 
Director of Opera & Musical Theater

Peter Jarjisian 
Professor Emeritus of Choral Activities

Bradley Naylor
Director of 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; Associate Professor of Conducting, Music
(740) 593-1670

Steven Huang

Associate Professor of Instrumental Conducting-Orchestral
(740) 593-4240

Bradley Naylor

Director of of Choral Activities
(740) 593-4244