program in Conducting (Wind Emphasis) is a highly select
degree program. One student is granted admission to the program
at time. It is intended for the experienced wind conductor who,
upon completion of the degree, is seeking employment as a university
wind ensemble conductor and/or Director of Bands. The DMA at
Ohio State University is a comprehensive degree that includes
instruction and performance requirements in wind ensemble/band,
orchestral and choral conducting as a matter of course.
Application must be made to Ohio State University/School of Music (click
here for application information). In addition to the university application
requirements, the student must submit a resume, a repertoire list of works
conducted, and a separate list of works studied but not conducted. A videotape
(VHS) or DVD of a recent rehearsal and a recent performance is required.
Submitting a recording of a performance on your major instrument can also
strengthen the application.
A student’s application does not guarantee an on campus audition.
If a student is granted an audition, it will consist of conducting the
OSU Wind Symphony (repertoire to be determined on an individual basis),
and an interview with the Graduate Conducting Faculty.
This degree is a three-year program consisting of two years of course work
and performances, and one year to write the final document and additional
The DMA student will hold a three-year graduate assistantship that consists
of a tuition waiver and a stipend.
Duties include conducting the Collegiate Winds, assisting and teaching
undergraduate conducting classes, and assisting the Director of Bands.
The DMA student guest conducts the Wind Symphony on a regular basis
and occasionally guest conducts the Symphonic Band and University Band.
Regular conducting opportunities and teaching experience in the undergraduate
conducting curriculum are important strengths of the DMA at Ohio State.