Graduate conducting students have a wide range of conducting opportunities at the Jacobs School of Music.
In Spring semester, graduate conducting students work with a thirty piece conductors' orchestra. This ensemble is made up of paid musicians and meets three times per week.
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Jacobs School of Music Orchestras
Students are assigned as assistant conductors for every orchestral performance, giving them the opportunity to work with the large number of guest and faculty conductors who visit each semester. IU has six major orchestras:
- Philharmonic Orchestra
- Concert Orchestra
- Symphony Orchestra
- University Orchestra
- Chamber Orchestra
- New Music Ensemble
Student Conductor Concerts
Each semester one major ensemble performs a Student Conductor Concert, with three or four graduate conductors assigned to the performance.
Each semester, student conductors serve as music directors for a number of fully-staged chamber operas.
In addition to the six major orchestras, IU also has a non-major campus orchestra, conducted by a graduate student conductor. Click for More Information
Ad Hoc Orchestras
Each semester has eight "Ad Hoc" performances. Performances take place on Sunday afternoons, conducted by graduate students.
Occasionally, readings are scheduled in which conducting students rehearse major ensembles. Readings for the 2004-2005 school year included Beethoven - 7th Symphony, Brahms - 3rd Symphony, Tchaikovsky - 4th Symphony, Debussy - "Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun"
Each graduate conducting student will perform a graduate conducting recital, scheduled with a major university ensemble.
Graduate Conducting Associate Instructors
The instrumental conducting department maintains two graduate assistantships. Both pay full tuition plus a stipend:
- G570/New Music Ensemble: Each year, one student instructs the G570 course (Graduate Instrumental Conducting for Non-Conducting Majors) and serves as the assistant conductor for the New Music Ensemble.
- Opera Assistant: Each year one student is given an associate instructorship as the Assistant Conductor for the Indiana University Opera Theater.
Other Conducting Opportunities
With a school as large as the Jacobs School of Music, conducting opportunities are numerous. Conductors often work with composers and instrumentalists, performing in their recitals as well.