Graduate Study

The University of Arizona offers Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Choral Conducting.  Students are provided with regular opportunities each semester to rehearse and conduct university ensembles. Selected students are afforded additional leadership experiences through Graduate Teaching Assistantships, including with Collegium Musicum (director), Treble Glee (director) and University Community Chorus (assistant director).  Graduate students in the program also regularly hold a variety of part-time, professional conducting positions in the greater Tucson area.

The graduate choral program embodies its commitment to and value of diversity and equity through an innovative curriculum, intentional programming, and recruitment, support and inclusion of a diverse population in each conducting cohort.  In addition, the program hosts the University of Arizona Choral Studies Arizona Distinguished Speakers Series, featuring content-area experts presenting lectures on underrepresented composers and musics.  The series is an integral part of the curriculum but also is made freely available to all.

Students who wish to apply can find information in the Application Information section of this page.  For more information contact Dr. Elizabeth Schauer at erschaue@arizona.edu.

Application Information

All applicants must complete both the UA Graduate College application (UA GradApp) and the UA Fred Fox School of Music application (Acceptd) for admission. Please be prepared to upload the following documents and materials directly to the UA Fred Fox School of Music via the Acceptd online application:

Official transcripts from all institutions that you have attended.

In keeping with Graduate College policy, international students from countries that do not post the degree on the transcript must submit a copy of their degree certificate/diploma. All international transcripts and degree certificates/diplomas should be submitted in the original language with official English translations.

In order to expedite the review of your application, you may submit unofficial transcripts if official transcripts are not immediately available, but you will need to submit official transcripts before you can be admitted to the university.

Audition materials for both the MM and DMA degree should include the following:

  • Academic transcript(s)
  • Résumé/CV
  • 2 letters of reference
  • writing sample (1-2 pages)
  • 2-3 video recordings of conducting (preferably rehearsal and performance) – a minimum of 10 minutes and maximum of 30 minutes total, demonstrating music of at least two different styles/characters
  • short personal video of applicant with introduction and statement of career goals (not longer than 3 minutes)
  • A Statement of Purpose (1-2 pages) in which you explain how graduate study in music at The University of Arizona will fit into your educational and career goals
  • English proficiency requirements for international students (please see below).

Prospective students are strongly encouraged to upload these materials onto the Acceptd website. If you need assistance with the Acceptd website, please contact Dr. John Brobeck. If you are not able to upload your application, please send your documents to the following address:

The University of Arizona
Fred Fox School of Music
Office of Student Services
Graduate Audition Material
John Brobeck
1017 N. Olive Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85721

After a review of applications, some students will be invited for on-campus auditions. On-campus auditions for students wishing to begin studies in Fall 2022 are scheduled for November 5 (2021), February 4 and February 18 (2022).

International Students

International students whose native language is not English must meet or exceed minimum university standards for English Proficiency to be admitted to FFSoM graduate programs, unless they have completed a bachelors or graduate degree at an approved institution in the U.S., or in a country where English is the official language. Acceptable English Proficiency credentials include TOEFL iBT (79 minimum), IELTS (minimum composite score of 7, with no subject area below 6), and CEPT Full Academic (minimum 110). Duolingo scores are not accepted by the UA. For UA Graduate College policies on English Proficiency for international students see the Graduate College site.

Regardless of prior academic work and degrees, international students intending to hold a graduate assistantship involving instruction must submit English Speaking subtest scores. The minimum English Speaking subtest scores necessary to hold an instructional position include the following: TOEFL iBT (24 minimum), IELTS (7.5 minimum), and CEPT Full Academic (44 minimum).

International students needing to demonstrate spoken and/or written proficiency in English are encouraged to take the CEPT Full Academic Test, an online two-part test administered by the UA Center for English as a Second Language that currently costs only $40.00. There are no exceptions for English proficiency requirements. The FFSoM will not request exemptions from standard Graduate College and U.S. Immigration procedures and policies.

Current Students

Dane Carten

Dane Carten

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Inho Eom

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Deltrina Grimes

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James Higgs

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He Huang

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Mengda Jiang

Mirae Lee

Mirae Lee

Ziyun Li

Ziyun Li

Sinamar Respicio

Sinamar Respicio

W. Aaron Rice

W. Aaron Rice

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Fabián Rodríguez Castro

Xuxiang Zou

Xuxiang Zou