Graduate Programs: Conducting


New class sessions begin every January, July and August:
Start Dates | Preferred Application Dates


Master of Music in Conducting

Are you looking for a master’s in conducting program that has a national reputation, but still fits the needs of a working adult? Messiah College's Master of Music in conducting program offers a reputation for academic excellence, online classes, experienced faculty and one of the most technologically advanced learning facilities on the East Coast. Whether you are a public or private school educator, a community or church ensemble director, or a recent music major graduate, the program can help you advance your career as a music educator and deepen your expertise in the specialized field of conducting. The majority of classes are offered online, with some on-campus sessions, so you are free to pursue your career and your degree at the same time.

Conducting degree tracks

Choral conducting
Orchestral conducting
Wind conducting

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) in Conducting

CAGS is designed for music educators who have already earned their master’s degree but would like to further advance their conducting and pedagogy skills. Wind, orchestral and choral tracks are available.

Messiah's M.M. in conducting offers:

  • Flexible, affordable and convenient program with the majority of courses conducted online, combining just the right amount of classroom and practical experience for your busy life and active schedule.
  • Emphasis on summer coursework, including one-week on-campus summer sessions, designed to fit the schedules of teachers and other working professionals. Program can be completed in about two years.
  • Premiere facilities—While on campus, you’ll experience your coursework in the newly constructed Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts. Watch the video tour.
    All courses taught by Messiah’s faculty—experienced, trained music educators and conductors with extensive college and public school teaching experience—who take time to mentor you in your education and career.
  • Coursework designed to be instantly applicable to your everyday work setting.
  • Hands-on experience—as a student in our degree program, you’ll have the opportunity to work with one of the many outstanding ensembles at Messiah College.
  • Fulfillment of Act 48 credits in Pennsylvania
    Deferred payment option available if your employer reimburses for Act 48 or other graduate course completions.
  • Small class sizes ensure personalized, one-on-one attention, and meaningful interaction with your professors and fellow students.
  • Rolling admission—Messiah accepts graduate program applicants year round allowing you to enter the program at multiple points throughout the year.
What our students have to say

Learn more about our program from our students and graduates.

Now enrolling for fall 2014

The master’s in conducting program is now accepting applications for fall 2014.

Making music in China

Brad Genevro, coordinator of Messiah College’s graduate program in conducting, recently served as guest conductor for the International Schools of China Band and Choir Festival in Tianjin, China. He joined Ventia Webber, a music director at the school and a graduate student in Messiah’s conducting program.

Watch the clip on YouTube.

"Messiah's conducting program completely met my needs as a music educator, and it's based around a working teacher's schedule. Messiah's faculty in the conducting program are fantastic; they care about you and your success."

~Sara Ricciardi, 2012 graduate, Messiah College's M.M. in conducting