The conducting program provides specialized training for graduate and post-graduate students who intend to become professional conductors, and courses for graduate and undergraduate students who wish to develop the skills and sensitivities required for many musical disciplines. The conducting major is offered for graduate and post-graduate students only, with Masters, Professional Studies, and Doctoral levels for both orchestral and choral conductors. The programs in orchestral conducting and choral conducting are highly selective, allowing each student extensive experience with MSM ensembles.

Choral Conducting Department Handbook

George Manahan
Director of Orchestral Activities
Kent Tritle
Director of Choral Activities

Ronnie Oliver, Jr.
Associate Director of Choral Activities

Students from the Manhattan School of Music Chamber Choir perform a diverse repertoire at The Kennedy Center on April 9, 2016, including compositions from Byrd, Haydn, and Stephen Sondheim.

Tan Dun's Water Passion after St. Matthew 
at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Specific courses and degree sequence plans can be found in the following links:

Master of Music/Conducting (Choral & Orchestral) Major
Doctor of Musical Arts
Doctor of Musical Arts Handbook
MSM Course Catalog


General Admission Information

Orchestral Conducting Audition Procedures and Repertoire

Choral Conducting Audition Procedures and Repertoire


Maureen Hynes

George Manahan (Director of Orchestral Activities)

Ronnie Oliver, Jr. (Associate Director of Choral Activities)

Kent Tritle (Director of Choral Activities, Organ Chair)