Orchestral Conducting

At the University of Illinois, future orchestra conductors have access to a world-class education in conducting as well as a broad array of course offerings in music history and theory. 

Conducting classRecent graduates of the orchestral conducting program have won prestigious competitions, music directorships, and teaching positions around the world.

In addition to weekly podium time with a chamber ensemble in the graduate conducting seminar, graduate orchestral conductors enjoy regular opportunities to conduct all three of our orchestras. A renowned faculty in Choral Music and Wind Conducting allows for further exposure, interaction, and study in choral and wind specialities.

Click here to learn more about what Dr. Watson looks for in prospective graduate conducting applicants.