Instrumental Conducting

Developing you, the artist, as a conductor, is the goal of NEC’s Instrumental Conducting program. A graduate of this program is comfortable working in any instrumental genre and with the music of many periods—from the Renaissance to the freshest ink. Graduate degrees offered are the Master of Music, the Graduate Diploma, and the Doctor of Musical Arts.

A rigorous curriculum focusing on imaginative analysis of music as well as the gestures of conducting guides the student through the breadth and depth of all instrumental music. Students will study and have applied experience in wind music, orchestra, opera, and music of mixed instrumentation. Graduates from this program have successful careers in these avenues of performance.

Private studio lessons with Charles Peltz are the foundation of your work. These lessons place great emphasis on the analysis of music to inspire the student to find ideas in the music. Then, conducting technique is refined to help express what the composer has to say with economical and expressive gestures.

You are assured podium time with live musicians in a weekly class/lab situation, in reading sessions, and in rehearsal with the NEC Wind Ensemble or Symphonic Winds. Every student conducts on an annual December recital as well as other Jordan Hall performances in their second year.

Faculty: Charles Peltz, William Drury

Alumni of the Program