The School of Music’s conducting program offers specialized training to a select group of advanced masters and doctoral students to develop skill as conductors for choral or instrumental ensembles at a professional level.
In addition to conducting lessons and mentoring, students take a full sequence of advanced coursework including ensemble literature, programming, music theory, music history, performance practice, choral diction or instrumental techniques, and pedagogy. This tailored course of study provides our students with the depth of knowledge necessary for a professional career as a conductor or a university-level instructor.
With three orchestras, three large choirs and two symphonic bands, in addition to numerous smaller performing ensembles, conducting students are assured ample podium time, serving as assistant or apprentice conductors for major performances in some cases. With a professional orchestra, opera company and choirs close at hand in Salt Lake City, students have frequent opportunities to attend local rehearsals and concerts in a musically-rich community.
Wu Bo, DMA student in orchestral conducting . . .
recently participated in the prestigious Berlin International Conducting Workshop in Germany. Bo was one of 12 conductors chosen internationally to participate and studied under the tutelage of Maestro Lior Shambadal, conducting the Berlin Sinfonietta in concert.
Matthew Mainella, DMA student in orchestral conducting . . .
was one of four students chosen as a participant in the College Orchestra Directors Association (CODA) Conducting Workshop, part of the International Conference for the organization. Mr. Mainella worked with Maestra Diane Wittry, conducting a combined orchestra from 3 different colleges.
Conducted by Dr. Robert Baldwin . . .
The Utah Philharmonia’s recording Disquiet by Sarah Kirkland Snider, has been featured several times in the past year on New York City’s WQXR/WNYC Radio. Dr. Baldwin also conducted the Salt Lake Symphony in the world premiere of Phillip Bimstein’s The Brahma Viharas, for English Horn and Orchestra at the International Parliament of the World’s Religions in October, 2015, and the western U.S. premiere of Mohammed Fairouz’s Sadat with the Utah Philharmonia in March of 2016.