The Department of Conducting is one of the nation’s most highly-ranked and esteemed graduate conducting programs. The faculty lead a comprehensive list of band, choral, and orchestral ensembles in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD), and throughout the University. The MM and DMA degree programs offer students the opportunity to study band/wind, choral, and orchestral conducting in a challenging, collaborative, and engaging environment. Mentored by world-class conductors and surrounded by supportive and talented colleagues, students gain first-hand experience leading a wide-range of ensembles. Department alumni are known for their comprehensive training and consummate professionalism, and can be found leading acclaimed ensembles around the globe.

Conducting students work in state-of-the-art facilities, including the Earl V. Moore Building, which recently received a $29.5 million expansion and renovation, and have access to cutting-edge audio and video recording studios, allowing for the highest quality documentation of their creative work.  All SMTD students receive unprecedented entrepreneurial and career planning support through the school’s EXCEL program (Excellence in Entrepreneurship Career Empowerment & Leadership), the nation’s top program for funding student entrepreneurial ventures in the performing arts.

The University of Michigan is renowned for developing excellence. Combining the focus and rigor of a conservatory with the academic breadth and depth of a major public research university, an SMTD education is a transformative experience. Students receive a comprehensive program of instruction, performance, and pedagogy, along with academic opportunities made possible through the University’s vast spectrum of top-rated programs. The School fosters innovation, values diversity and inclusion, and graduates fully-engaged citizens who are eager to make a difference in their field and community.

My Michigan experience prepared me to be the best artist and teacher I can be. The valuable opportunities I received, the personal relationships I developed with faculty and student colleagues, and the excellence of the program formed the foundation for everything I’ve been able to achieve in my career. I’m proud to be part of the tradition and the close community of Michigan conductors.

Dr. Kevin M. Geraldi (DMA '05, MM '00, conducting) Associate Professor of Conducting, UNCG School of Music

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LAURA JACKSON (DMA ’05, MM ’02, conducting) Music Director, Reno Philharmonic

Here are just a few of our celebrated alumni:

Charlene Archibeque (BM’ 57, music education) Professor Emerita, San Jose State University

Mei-Ann Chen (DMA ’07, conducting) Music Director, Chicago Sinfonietta

Donald McKinney (DMA ’10, conducting) Director of Bands, U. of Colorado

Weston Noble (MM ’51, music literature) ret., Luther College Choir

Christopher Rountree (MM ’09, conducting) founder and conductor, wild Up

Emily Threinen (DMA ’07, conducting) Director of Bands, U. of Minnesota

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Ways To Connect


734.764.0593 (SMTD Admissions)
734.763.5461 (Events Line)
734.764.2538 (SMTD/UMS Ticket Office)



Department of Conducting
Earl V. Moore Building
1100 Baits Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2075