Boston Conservatory at Berklee's choral conducting program provides a completely unique experience for conductors in training. With direct access to the school's renowned voice and opera talent, and an abundance of ensembles to collaborate with, students in this program have the opportunity to conduct often and with some of the best vocalists in the nation.
The program is designed to build character, confidence, and artistry. Students learn from and work alongside a faculty comprising distinguished artists who use their firsthand performance experience to mentor students in developing their own artistic voice and leading an ensemble. Additionally, the Conservatory's prime location in the heart of Boston offers an abundance of organizations for which students can serve as chorus masters, church music directors, and community ensemble directors and conductors.
What It Takes to Succeed
Students who thrive in the Conservatory's choral conducting program seek out opportunities to expand their music knowledge, strengthen their creative instincts, and sharpen their leadership skills. They are dedicated to learning a variety of music styles and techniques in depth, and are passionate about sharing thoughtful music interpretations with the community at large.
The choral conducting program is divided into two main areas of focus: experiential learning and academic study.
To gain practical conducting experience and to help develop confidence in performing in front of a group, students are given plenty of podium time through class activities, private lessons, and with large ensembles, such as the Conservatory's Chorale, Women's Chorus, and various a cappella groups.
Meanwhile, students take specialized courses in choral repertoire, score study, and pedagogy. They also participate in forums designed to share and explore rehearsal techniques, performance protocols, repertoire, vocal technique, and a spectrum of artistic and practical issues. Throughout the program, students also take weekly private lessons in voice or in their primary instrument to keep their musical skills sharp.
The capstone of the degree program is a recital of either repertoire performed throughout the two-year program, or an ensemble assembled by the graduate conductor.
Alumni of the Conservatory's choral conducting program have landed coveted positions with esteemed choruses, music ensembles, and schools, including:
- Cantata 4 Ensemble
- Chatham Chorale
- Choral Art Society
- Guilford College
- Mountain View College
- Simmons College
- Worcester Polytechnic Institute