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The courtyard outside of CCM's Patricia Corbett Theater.

The courtyard outside of CCM's Patricia Corbett Theater.

Academic Programs & Majors

The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music offers more than 100 undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate programs. Refer to the chart below for more information on the types of degrees offered by each program and click on the degree titles to view specific degree plans.


Conducting : Wind

What is Conducting : Wind?

The Master of Music degree in wind conducting at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music offers extensive, professional-level training with renowned faculty in the art of conducting. Emphasis is on the development of both technical skill and musical scholarship, with opportunities to conduct a wide range or repertoire through the course of the degree. Not only are advanced technical problems dissected and discussed, but emphasis is placed on rehearsal technique and the relationship between technique and rehearsing.

Collaborating and performing with outstanding performers is an important part of the conducting experience at CCM. Students engage in rigorous academic coursework, participate in weekly seminars and lessons with the Director of Wind Studies, and receive opportunities to conduct the department’s major ensembles. The program, while stressing rehearsal, guarantees many performance opportunities with CCM Wind Studies ensembles. CCM Wind Studies, consisting of five ensembles, offers the ideal environment to grow and develop as a conductor.

Career Possibilities

Graduates of the CCM wind conducting program find professional employment in colleges and universities, secondary and arts schools, and as conductors with armed forces bands and ensembles. With the MM degree, students are qualified to teach at many colleges and universities, as well as to pursue a terminal doctoral degree.

Professional conducting is an extremely competitive field, and rigorous training and preparation is essential. CCM has an excellent record of graduates who have joined music faculties across the United States, including institutions such as; University of Massachusetts, Miami University (OH), University of Delaware, California State University (East Bay), Tennessee Tech, Nazareth College, Wittenberg University, Illinois State University, Southern Illinois University, Western University (Ontario), among many others. Students who have completed the Master’s degree in wind conducting at CCM have gone on to further studies at some of the nation’s preeminent music institutions.


UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music adheres to very high standards in the training of conductors. An excellent faculty coupled with a well-earned reputation allows CCM to be very selective in the admissions process. The facilities are superb and attract a knowledgeable audience to student performances. CCM has an unusually dedicated number of patrons in the community who sponsor students in the form of scholarship and audition assistance.

Performance opportunities are abundant for CCM conductors in the Wind Studies department, with five dedicated ensembles, opportunities to conduct student recitals, and opportunities to conduct throughout the greater Cincinnati region.

The artistic atmosphere of Cincinnati, a city long known for its musical life and intense interest in the arts, is one that enhances the student's education. The Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, May Festival, Cincinnati Ballet Company, Matinee Musicale Series, Taft Chamber Concerts, Chamber Music of Cincinnati, as well as numerous theater subscription series, museums, and outstanding public broadcasting stations, WGUC and WCET, are but a few of the opportunities available to CCM students.

Admission Requirements

For specific admissions information, international student requirements, and application deadlines, please visit the CCM Admissions website.


The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

CCM's founding schools (the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and the College of Music of Cincinnati) were both charter members of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). The requirements for entrance and graduation in all music programs are in accordance with the published regulations of NASM.

Quick Facts

Master of Music Degree in Conducting : Wind

Full-Time Program Duration

2 Years


Uptown Campus West


University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0003
Phone: (513) 556-9425
Terence Milligan