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Manhattan School of Music's orchestral and choral conducting programs give students extensive experience with MSM ensembles.

Degrees Offered

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

Other Studies

  • Professional Studies Certificate (PS)

Program Details

The conducting program provides training for graduate students who intend to become professional conductors, along with courses for graduate and undergraduate students who wish to develop the skills and sensitivities required for many musical disciplines.

The conducting major is offered for Graduate and Professional Studies Certificate students only. The programs in orchestral and choral conducting are highly selective, allowing each student extensive experience with MSM ensembles.

Audition & Prescreening Information

Procedures By Program

Handbook for Current Students

Choral Conducting Handbook

Plan of Study & Course Descriptions

Plan of Study: Conducting
MSM Course Catalog

  • George Manahan

    Director of Orchestral Activities, Conducting Department

  • Kent Tritle

    Director of Choral Activities, Conducting Department


  • Ronald Oliver, Jr.

    Associate Director of Choral Activities, Conducting Department

Success Stories

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  • Apr 25, 2022 Conducting
    Conductor and MSM alumnus Earl Lee (MM ’13) is named winner of the 2022 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award
  • Jan 16, 2022 Conducting
    Marlon Daniel (BM ’93) appointed Associate Conductor of the Florida Grand Opera
  • Apr 10, 2021 Conducting, Piano
    Conductor and pianist Kelly Kuo (MM ’98) recently appointed American Lyric Theater’s new Associate Artistic Director

“I’m working with industry professionals, and learning skills I would never have the opportunity to learn at another college or conservatory. I’m absolutely so thankful to be able to attend such an amazing conservatory.”

BM '21