M.M. - Wind Band Conducting

Important Dates

For priority consideration for Graduate Assistantships and/or Fellowships, two deadlines must be met:

December 15, 2022

Completion of graduate applications for all degree programs/specializations

(The priority consideration deadline for Summer MM-Music Education fellowships is May 1, 2023)

 January 21, 2023

Graduate audition day and deadline for completion of all required auditions

(Conducting auditions must be completed by January 27, 2023) 

Application Checklist - Specific Requirements

Begin by applying online at http://go.unl.edu/gradapp.

  1. Create an account.
  2. Complete your application.
  • You will be asked to upload scanned copies of your transcripts showing all postsecondary coursework completed, 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/admissions/requirements#transcripts. We require: Undergraduate GPA = 2.75/4.00 scale.
  • Students whose native language is not English or who have not previously earned a degree from an institution at which English is the official medium of instruction must enter their TOEFL or IELTS score and upload a copy of their score report. Official scores should be sent directly to UNL. Further information can be found at https://www.unl.edu/gradstudies/prospective/international/english. We require: TOEFL iBT 79 or IELTS 6.5 overall band score.
  • You will need to provide contact information, including an email address, for each person from whom you wish a reference. For each recommender, click the Submit Recommendation Request button to send a letter request to your reference writer. A minimum of three letters of recommendation is required; four recommendation letters are recommended.

 3. Submit your application and pay the application fee of $50 ($25  if you are currently an active student at UNL). After you’ve clicked “Submit,” validated your information, and paid the application fee, you’ll receive a confirmation email indicating that the application was successfully submitted, and providing you with a link to submit information regarding your audition video and graduate assistant preferences.

4. Submit required “Prepared Creative /Scholarly Materials Requirements” (see below) marked with a bullet (•) via SlideRoom, a resource manager of The Common Application. A SlideRoom account can be created by going to https://unlarts.slideroom.com/#/login and clicking on “Apply Now.” Once the account has been created, scroll down on this page and select “GKSOM-Priority GA Graduate Application Material Submission (2022).”

Prepared Creative/Scholarly Materials Requirements:

• Required Pre-Screening Video Footage, with these parameters, to be completed (materials submitted) no later than December 15:

 (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.

(3) 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. We realize that the pandemic may pose significant challenges with regard to ensemble rehearsal and performance. All applicants are encouraged strongly to follow best practices with regard to aerosol mitigation and personal protection procedures during audition preparation. When possible, consideration should be given to the quality of the repertoire and suitability for the ensemble’s skills and for graduate conducting study.


Applicants will be notified by the end of December if they have passed the pre-screening round. At that point, they should:

• Arrange travel and accommodations to participate in the scheduled audition on the Lincoln campus. All expenses associated with the audition are the responsibility of the applicant.

• For the Audition: Applicants should prepare David Maslanka’s Give Us This Day and John Mackey’s This Cruel Moon. Each applicant is responsible for securing their own full scores and will perform a 20-minute audition with the UNL Wind Ensemble. The audition will focus on Mackey and the second movement of Maslanka and will include opportunities for uninterrupted performance, rehearsal at the applicant’s discretion, and coaching in a quasi-lesson format by the Director of Bands.

•Prior to the audition, a brief diagnostic exam will be administered. The diagnostic is designed to assess the applicant's aural skills, score reading and recognition, analytical skills, knowledge of terminology and transpositions, familiarity with wind band literature, and creative capacity. The skills components of the exam will use Give Us This Day as a point of departure, and applicants may refer to their scores during the assessment. Each applicant will have an interview with the Director of Bands and members of the band faculty to discuss the applicant's professional goals, philosophy, experience, and expectations.

 •Questions should be directed to Dr. Carolyn Barber, Director of Bands cbarber2@unl.edu

 Online application and pre-screening video due Dec. 15.

Master of Music

Option III - Wind Band Conducting Emphasis

AreaCourseCredit HrsTotal Credits
Applied Music/
MUAP 8xx - (applied major instrument)
MUSC 862x - (applied major
instrumental pedagogy)
MUEN 852 - Chamber Ensemble
  3-4 hrs
Core Courses     23 hrs
  MUAP 923 - Wind Band Conducting
(over 4 semesters)
8 hrs  
  MUSC 974x - Wind Band 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 845x - Wind Ensemble or Symphonic Band 4 hrs  
  MUSR 69-Recital Attendance (4 semesters) 0 hrs  
  Electives (approved by advisor-e.g., wind band
conductor enrolled in orchestral conducting, etc.)
2-3 hrs  
Conducting Project MUSC 995   3 hrs
    TOTAL: 36 hrs