M.M. - Choral Conducting

Important Dates

For priority consideration for funding (GTAs or fellowships), Graduate Applications must be completed by:

January 15th, 2019

(All Degrees Programs)

April 1st, 2019

(Summer MM-Music Educ ONLY)

Preferred graduate audition days:

February 8, 2019

Jazz auditions

February 9, 2019

All other graduate auditions, except conducting; conducting auditions will be arranged by the faculty

Submissions will be reviewed starting on January 15, 2019.

Application Checklist - Specific Requirements

You must begin by applying to the UNL Graduate College at: 
  • To start the whole process you must complete the UNL Graduate College application form (with its $50 application fee), available on-line at  www.unl.edu/gradstudies
  • The Graduate College application will send you to an on-line site called G.A.M.E.S., where you will begin the specific application for the Glenn Korff School of Music. You can save material in G.A.M.E.S. and return to it via its own website (see below) to complete the music application.
Complete your application to the Glenn Korff School of Music through G.A.M.E.S. at:
  • You will need your NUID and Password to login to this application.
  • You must upload all transcripts into MyRed.  You will need one copy of transcripts of all undergraduate work and all previous graduate work (including all studies for which credit was granted; e.g. summer institutes such as Aspen or Interlochen). Further information can be found at: https://www.unl.edu/gradstudies/prospective/reqs#transcripts
  • We require:
    Undergraduate GPA = 2.75/4.00 scale
  • International Students (only) must enter their TOEFL score into G.A.M.E.S. and also have scores sent directly to UNL. Further information can be found at https://www.unl.edu/gradstudies/prospective/international/english   We require:
    TOEFL minimum = Paper-550  Internet-79 (IELTS 6.5)
  • You will need to provide contact information, including an email address, for each person from whom you wish a reference. Then for each one you must click the send request button to notify your reference writer.
  • You will submit any and all required creative/scholarly works, through G.A.M.E.S.; for video/audio submissions, you will be directed inside G.A.M.E.S. to another website called SlideRoom.
Required Pre-Audition Screening Video Footage (uploaded to SlideRoom)

Beginning with applicants for admission in Fall 2019, applicants must submit video footage recorded within the past 12 months adhering to the following guidelines:

 (1) Approximately 10 minutes of rehearsal footage demonstrating the applicant’s abilities teaching, assessing, coaching, and developing ensemble skills.

 (2) Approximately 10 minutes of performance footage from the ensemble’s perspective (conductor’s face is visible) demonstrating the applicant’s abilities as a creative colleague and performer.

 There is no restriction as to the profile of the ensemble (elementary, middle school, high school, college, professional/military, community). The applicant should select the footage that illustrates their best work in partnership with the ensemble. Careful consideration should be given to the quality of the repertoire and suitability for the ensemble’s skills and for graduate conducting study.

 The pre-audition screening process must be complete (materials submitted and reviewed) by January 15. Therefore the application deadline for Conductors is for all intents and purposes earlier than it is for other programs within the Glenn Korff School of Music.

 Each pre-audition screening video will be assessed by the major adviser for the appropriate conducting sub-category (choral, orchestral, band), plus one additional conducting faculty member.

The Audition 
Applicants should confer with the Director of Choral Activites, Dr. Peter Eklund (peklund1@unl.edu), regarding the date and time of the audition and the literature to be conducted for the audition. The audition will include vocalizing the choir, rehearsing the choir, an interview with the choral faculty, and a brief singing exercise.


Master of Music

Option III - Choral Conducting Emphasis

Credit Hrs
Total Credits
Applied Music/
MUAP 801 - Voice
MUSC 870 - Intro to Vocal Pedagogy
MUEN 852 - Chamber Ensemble
3-4 hrs
Core Courses  
23 hrs
  MUAP 921 - Choral Conducting (over 4 semesters)
8 hrs
  MUSC 972x - Choral Literature (over 4 semesters)
4 hrs
  MUSC 836 - Intro to Grad Studies
2 hrs
  History and Theory
9 hrs
  Theory: (3 or 6 hrs)
  History: (3 or 6 hrs)
Other Music Courses  
6-7 hrs
  MUEN 845 (Choral Ensembles)
4 hrs
  MUSR 68-Recital Attendance (4 semesters)
0 hrs
Electives (approved  by advisor-e.g., choral conductor enrolling
in orchestral conducting, diction, etc.)
2-3 hrs
Conducting Project MUSC 995
3 hrs
36 hrs