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CCM Winds Studies
Wnds Studies at CCM

Degree Programs

CCM offers both the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Conducting. For complete information on these programs, visit the CCM Admissions Website.


The following courses are core to both programs:

Survey of Wind Literature
Year-long course covering the wind repertoire from the Medieval period through today. Assessment is based on score identification, listening identification, and essay topics.

Seminar in Wind Conducting
Weekly meeting of graduate students to address repertoire, rehearsal techniques and other skills required for conductors. Conducting majors participate in this course each semester in residence, one two-hour session per week.

Applied Study in Wind Conducting
Weekly private conducting lessons with Professor Price to view videotapes of rehearsals, discuss score study, and improve technique.

Other Information

Assistantships and Scholarships
All graduate students in wind conducting that are in full-time residence receive a University Graduate Scholarship for full tuition. Wind Conducting majors also receive a 90% assistantship for 18 hours of work per week. Duties for the assistantship are divided among the studio and include:

  • Teaching assistant for undergraduate instrumental conducting classes
  • Instructor of first-year Introduction to Conducting class
  • Teaching assistant for Survey of Wind Literature
  • Public relations
  • Scheduling
  • Program information
  • Rehearsal and performance set-up and strike
  • Production assistant for recording sessions

Conducting Assignments
Wind Conducting majors are assigned repertoire to rehearse and perform with five ensembles on a rotating basis, normally working with all ensembles each year.

Audition Information
Those interested in applying must do so through the CCM Admissions Department. Applicants must submit a DVD of rehearsal and performance along with the required admission forms. More specific details are given in the CCM Bulletin. Those invited to audition will take a written exam consisting of score identification, music terms, and repertoire. Applicants will also have a live audition with the Wind Orchestra and Chamber Winds of twenty minutes in length. Each applicant will conduct one piece straight through; the remainder of the audition will consist of rehearsing a piece chosen by Dr. Price so interaction with the ensemble in a rehearsal atmosphere can be observed. The repertoire will be announced at a later date.