Choral and Orchestral Conducting


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)
Learn more about the MM, DMA, or combined MM/DMA Performance degrees in the Music Department, Graduate Program section of UCSB's General Catalog. Information on applying to the graduate program can be found here

Choral Music Emphasis

A graduate degree in Choral Conducting from UCSB will vibrantly engage the student in study and application of innovative rehearsal techniques, conducting pedagogy, repertoire exploration, performance practice, and skill-building for 21st century musicians.  Students will gain knowledge, skill, and ability, whether the goal is to teach in academia, hone skills for leadership of pre-professional or church choirs, or explore entrepreneurial opportunities in the field.  Interactive podium time can include work with the UCSB Chamber Choir, Lumina, The UCSB Singing Gauchos, and other ensembles, providing students with regular, real-world experience. 

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 orchestra.


Nicole Lamartine | Sorensen Director of Choral Music
Maxim Kuzin | Lecturer, Chamber Orchestra Director

Graduate Students (Choral Conducting)

Graduate Student Successes

Academic Positions held by Alumni

Helena von Rueden | Assistant Professor of Fine Arts/Director of Choral Activities, Hampden-Sydney College (Virginia)

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