Why Study Conducting at W&L?

  • Intensive study of conducting, performance and pedagogy with caring mentors.
  • Multiple years of group and individual conducting study.
  • Conduct top ensembles in performance and on tour.
  • Built-in leadership opportunities: section leaders, rehearsal conductors, assistant conductors.
  • K-12 Teaching Certification available.
  • Competitive program. There are only four instrumental and four choral opening for the program per each incoming class.

The Conducting Mentorship Program provides students with rewarding experiences such as attending the College Band Directors National Association and the College Orchestra Directors Association conferences and the opportunity to work with incredible composers such as Rosephanye Powell and Stacey Gibbs.

Thoughts from Current and Former Members

What do current and former members of both ICMP and CCMP think about the mentorship program?

"I joined ICMP to find a community of like-minded musicians, and it took all of one meeting to realize I had. The small group meeting allows for the fostering of professional mentorships among music majors of all levels. Additionally, students receive valuable on-podium experience usually reserved for graduate assistants. On a personal note, my podium debut came on a piece I arranged myself - after many hours spent working one-on-one with the ICMP instructor to finalize the logistics. The professional experience of the group is truly hard to match!

~ Duncan Hart '24

Life after W&L

What are graduates of the Conducting Mentorship Program doing now?

  • Dr. Morgan Luttig '14, Director of Choral Activities - University of Alabama
  • Olivia Arnold '17, DMA Candidate - Kansas State University
  • Zachary Brandt '19, Master of Music Psychology, - Durham University, UK
  • Hyun Song '21, Med Student at Albert Einstein Medical School - New York City
  • Missy Thomas '22, Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting - University of Louisville