The Department of Music offers a Master of Arts degree in
conducting designed to prepare students to conduct major
symphonic and choral repertoire during their professional
careers. In addition to developing practical technical skills,
students study issues of performance practice and musical
analysis, and gain experience in the preparation of performance
Master of Arts candidates must be in residence for at least one
academic year (typically two years), pass a reading exam in one
foreign language (typically German, French, Italian, or Latin),
and present a public concert and supporting written materials in
lieu of a thesis.
Typical time to complete the Master of Arts degree is two years.
Core course work requirements are the three pro-seminars in music
plus at least three seminars and independent study (conducting
16 units of at least four seminars including the below,
18 units of conducting lessons (3 units each quarter for six
quarters), and the balance of 14 units taking independent study
(MUS 299 units over three quarters) in preparation for one public
performance examination and a written project .
MUS 210A. Proseminar in Music (Theory and Analysis) (4)
MUS 210B. Proseminar in Music (Musicology and Criticism) (4)
MUS 210C. Proseminar in Music (Ethnomusicology) (4)
The most qualified applicants will be selected to take part
in a live audition (and interview) conducting the UC Davis
Symphony Orchestra & Chorus.
This year’s audition date is Tuesday, February 12, 2019.
The assigned works for the audition with the orchestra
are Ginastera’s Dances from Estancia (op. 8a), and the first
movement of Mahler’s Symphony No. 5.