Significant podium time and performance opportunities with one or more of the ensembles are a prominent feature of the Conducting Program.

Degrees Offered


  • Master of Music (MM)
  • Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)
  • Combined Master of Music/Doctor of Musical Arts (MM/DMA)

The MM-only time-to-degree is two years. The DMA-only time-to-degree is four to five years (for applicants who have already completed a master's degree at an accredited university). If accepted into the MM/DMA combined program, the time to complete both degrees is five years (once your coursework and qualifying exams are complete, you receive the MM). Learn more about the MM and the DMA Orchestral Conducting emphases in the Music Department, Graduate Program section of UCSB's General Catalog. Find more information on applying to the graduate program on the Graduate Degrees page.

Orchestral Music Emphasis

The Orchestral Program provides instrumentalists with the opportunity to acquire both basic and advanced experience in the preparation and performance of the great masterpieces of orchestral literature. Through collaboration with other performance areas, it nurtures individual growth and excellence in a variety of settings, including opera, choral/orchestral music, concerto, and new music performance. A vital aspect of the program is its strong commitment to the training and development of young professional conductors. To this end, orchestral conducting students are afforded significant time with the Chamber Orchestra.


Maxim Kuzin | Lecturer, Chamber Orchestra Director

Related Ensembles

Chamber Orchestra