Conducting

Master of Music / DMA

Three
Specializations

The UCLA Department of Music offers Master of Music (M.M.) and Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) degrees in choral, orchestral, and wind ensemble conducting; UCLA is the only university in California that offers doctorates in all three specializations. Studios are small by design in order to provide students substantial opportunities on the podium, meaningful mentorship from conducting faculty, and interaction with graduate conductors in other disciplines. Along with individual and seminar conducting instruction, students take core academic courses in bibliography, analysis, notation, and performance practice and participate in all activities of a major, comprehensive university ensemble program.

Meet Our Graduate Conducting Students

Desiree Balfour
UCLA Doctor of Musical Arts Choral Conducting candidate
Jack McHugh
UCLA Master of Music Candidate, Choral Conducting
Mark Myers
UCLA Doctor of Musical Arts Choral Conducting candidate
Ryan Brown
UCLA Doctor of Musical Arts Choral Conducting candidate

Conducting Faculty

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James Bass
Professor - Director of Choral Studies
Gordon Henderson
Professor; Department Vice Chair
Travis J. Cross
Chair of Music; Professor
The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music Announces Fall 2019 Season
Grammy-nominated saxophonist Chris Potter, and jazz vocalist Fay Victor, are just two of the artists who will be part of the music school’s Fall 2019 season.
Nine Winners of the 2018-2019 All-Star Competition will Perform as Soloists in Royce Hall
Conductor and bassoonist Anthony Parnther and New Yorker music critic Alex Ross selected nine outstanding students to perform as soloists with the UCLA Philharmonia at the 15th Annual All-Star Concert in Royce Hall, Sat., Jan. 26, 2019.
Jorge Luis Uzcátegui wins first prize in the conducting category at the International Concert Competition
READ: Over 100 musicians from 36 countries participated in the competition, which awards prizes in violin, cello, piano, composition and conducting.

Explore Our Degrees

Conducting
Graduate study and training in choral, orchestral, or wind conducting
Ethnomusicology
The study of global musical traditions through performance training, research, and field work
Global Jazz Studies
Jazz performance and musicianship courses are paired with African American Studies
Music Composition
Mentorship in the creation and realization of music for concerts, opera, and visual media
Music Education
Preparation for music educators leading to a B.A. and teaching credential in just four years
Music History & Industry
Combining Musicology and the Music Industry minor for practical hands-on training with the study of music within the context of different societies, cultures, and theories
Music Industry
Industry professionals and UCLA faculty prepare students for music-related careers
Musicology
The scholarly study of the histories, cultures, and critical interpretations of music and music-making
Music Performance
Study and training towards professional performance careers in Western classical music
Music Performance Jazz
A highly selective M.M. program in partnership with the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz