The Department of Music

The Master of Music with a Choral Conducting Concentration is for students with some progressional conducting experience who wish to pursue further studies in choral music.

In order to provide appropriate podium time, performance opportunities and coaching, 2-3 students will be accepted per year. Past graduates hold positions in school music programs, collegiate programs, opera companies and professional musical groups.

For best consideration, submit a 20 minute rehearsal (DVD or online format). Qualified applicants will receive an invitation for a live audition which will include podium time with one of the UNM Choirs, and and tests in aural skills and keyboard.

The MM in Orchestral Conducting is a degree program designed for the student who wishes to pursue a D.M.A. degree in the same field, and/or in preparation to become an orchestral conductor in the public schools, or the conductor of a community orchestra or a professional organization

The program is limited to two students providing an excellent number of conducting opportunities and individual attention.

Dr. Jorge Pérez-Gómez is the Director of Orchestral Activities and head of the MM in Orchestral Conducting. The MM in Orchestral Conducting provides opportunities for the student to also work with Professor Eric Rombach-Kendall, Director of the UNM Bands and head of the MM in Wind Conducting, and with Professor Juan Hernandez, Director of the UNM Choirs and head of the MM in Choral Conducting.

Entrance into the program requires a pre-screening which consists in submitting video materials of the applicant conducting in rehearsal and/or in concert. The selected candidates will be invited to conduct Claude Debussy’s “Prelude to an Afternoon of a Faun” with the UNM Orchestra in rehearsal. Interested applicants should contact Dr. Jorge Pérez-Gómez, Director of Orchestral Activities at: by December 1st for best consideration. Prior conducting experience at the secondary level is preferred.

The MM in Wind Conducting is an intense degree program for the serious wind conductor pursuing a career in public school music education or higher education.

The program is limited to two students to provide ample conducting opportunities and individual attention.

Wind conducting majors also hold assistantships with UNM Bands where they receive experience in all aspects of the program including conducting the Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band, assisting with undergraduate conducting, and assisting with the Athletic Bands.

Leadership of the program is provided by Director of Bands and Past President of CBDNA, Eric Rombach-Kendall with opportunities to work with other members of the conducting faculty in orchestral and choral conducting and Associate Director of Bands, Chad Simons. Past graduates hold university, high school, and middle school teaching positions throughout the United States.

Conducting Degrees

Master of Music (MM)

—with a concentration in Conducting & a focus in Choral, Symphonic, or Wind

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How to Apply

• All students must be admitted to the University, whether as an incoming freshman, transfer student, or non-degree student. Apply online through the Admissions Department at UNM

•After meeting all CFA admission requirements, students must apply to become a declared major.

Academic Advisement

The College of Fine Arts Student Success & Advisement Center is committed to serve the UNM community with compassion, guidance, and respect as we promote academic excellence.

To speak with a CFA advisor, please call (505) 277-4817.