Minimum of two years of high school equivalent conducting/teaching experience.
Familiarity with a substantial number of traditional band and wind ensemble works.
The Ball State Band Graduate Assistant program is designed to develop conducting and teaching abilities by providing opportunities for students to work closely with the directors and students in the band program. Band graduate assistants will receive a well-rounded experience working with all Ball State Bands. The program prepares students for careers as college or public school band directors.
Graduate assistant responsibilities include working with all aspects of the Ball State band program. This includes conducting concert ensembles, running music sectionals, working with athletic bands and serving in an administrative capacity as needed. Graduate assistants are required to audition for and perform in a concert ensemble.
Full-time graduate assistants are assigned 20 hours of work per week; half-time regular assistants, 10 hours. Full-time assistants receive a stipend for the academic year, remission of the graduate course fee and the contingent portion of the general fee, plus an out-of-state waiver. Half-time assistants receive a stipend and a tuition waiver equivalent to half that of the full-time assistant (they pay the entire dedicated fee). Students holding the assistantship for an entire academic year are given a tuition waiver for the following summer. The student pays only the student service fee for each semester of summer session of enrollment, the health and technology fee, and the applied music fee when applicable.
The total value of a graduate assistantship for an out-of-state student who takes advantage of the summer waiver exceeds $21,000.
Applicants interested in a band assistantship must submit a Graduate Award Application available through the School of Music website.
Please indicate your desire for a band graduate assistantship in the letter that accompanies your application. An on-campus audition is required for graduate conducting program applicants.
To be assured of consideration for an assistantship, the School of Music admissions file and audition must be completed by April 1. Requests for assistantships will be considered after this date if any awards remain unassigned.
All application materials should be sent to Dr. Linda Pohly, coordinator of the graduate program in music.
Contact Dr. Caneva for more information regarding band graduate assistantships.
GRADUATE STUDIES IN CONDUCTING
The Graduate Program in Wind Band Conducting is a small and selective program that prepares students to effectively function in academic and professional settings. Two graduate degree programs in conducting are offered at Ball State: the master of music degree with a major in conducting, and the doctor of arts in music degree with a primary emphasis in conducting. Graduate Assistantships
and yearly stipends are available for students in these program.
Students in the graduate conducting program attend weekly conducting seminars, receive private instruction and are required to attend all Wind Ensemble rehearsals (if not performing in the ensemble) and observe other conducting faculty.
Conducting students are provided conducting opportunities (rehearsals and performance) with the Wind Ensemble and Symphony Band. In addition, selected students will be assigned to serve as the primary conductor of the Concert Band or Campus Band.
In addition to items required for admission to the BSU School of Music, applicants to the Wind Band Conducting program are required to do the following:
1. Submit a DVD or a YouTube link of approximately 20-30 minutes in length of a rehearsal. The video should be taped so that a frontal view of the conductor is visible and verbal instructions are audible.
2. Submit a DVD or a YouTube link of a recent performance that includes contrasting music selections. The video should be taped so that a frontal view of the conductor is visible.
3. Submit a repertoire list of works conducted in performance or in rehearsal, and/or studied.
Both videos may be combined into one DVD.
If the pre-audition conducting tapes are acceptable, a live audition with the Ball State Wind Ensemble or Symphony Band on the BSU campus will be scheduled. The on-campus audition/interview is required for doctoral applicants and preferred for master's applicants.
Contact Dr. Thomas Caneva for more information regarding the Wind Band Graduate Conducting Program.