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DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama is delighted to announce the start of a new pathway through its MMus (Performance) programme specifically tailored to the needs of aspiring conductors, beginning in September 2013. The programme will be led by the renowned conductor and DIT lecturer, David Brophy, conductor of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.

The new course facilitates the artistic, intellectual and creative development of aspiring conductors and is designed to equip them with the range of skills necessary to meet the constantly changing and ever increasing demands made on the professional musician of the 21st century.

Entry requirements

In addition to general MMus (Performance) entrance requirements, you should submit the following with your application:

• CV: include details of your conducting and performing experience (repertoire, ensembles, performances), musical training and other relevant experience/education

• Statement of Purpose outlining your aims and objectives for undertaking postgraduate study in conducting

• an independently verified high quality DVD/mp3 file DVD with recent recordings of your conducting in concert and rehearsal contexts from the orchestra/choir’s viewpoint

• Two references relating to your conducting experience

Places on the MMus (Conducting) pathway are limited to 2 students per year. Applications will be judged competitively based on the following criteria, assessed by means of the application procedure above and at interview:

• demonstration of a serious commitment to conducting

• talent and potential as a conductor

• previous conducting experience

• artistic leadership skills and experience

• high level of music performance experience (candidates are expected to have a high level of skill as an instrumentalist/singer)

• quality of previous training and musicianship

• broad knowledge of music, including historical contexts and contemporary practice

• interpersonal skills for team building and leadership

• piano realization of an excerpt from a string quartet score – this test will be sent to applicants in advance for preparation.

Key Facts:
• Number of students: max. 2 students per year
• Interview times to be confirmed


Full Time - 1 Year
Part Time - 2 Years

Further enquiries

For Further Information

Dr Orla Mc Donagh
Head of Conservatory
Conservatory of Music and Drama
College of Arts and Tourism
Room Prefabs DIT Rathmines Road Dublin 6

T: 01 402 7815
F: 01 402 3549

Subjects taught

What you will study:

• conducting

• rehearsing and directing a variety of ensembles

• analysis and performance practice

• supporting professional studies

• research methodology


Location: Conservatory of Music and Drama, Rathmines Road, Rathmines, Dublin 6

Assessment method

How you will be assessed:

• 3–5 negotiated conducting assessments

• illustrated lecture

• research project

Application date

Closing Date: 30th April 2017

Programme will remain open for applications subject to availability of places.

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: September 2017

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