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Certificate in Choral Studies

Jeremy Chesman, Graduate Director
Ellis Hall, Room 211
Phone 417-836-3028

Program description

A non-degree-granting certificate designed to provide students aspiring toward professional career in choral music. Possible aspects of this career could include choral conducting, choral arranging and editing, ensemble singing, professional choir management, performance travel, and music publishing.

Admission criteria

This certificate is available through audition to all persons with an undergraduate degree in music in which they earned a GPA of at least 2.75. English language proficiency as determined by International Services, or successful completion of the ELI is required.

Students who wish to pursue a certificate after earning a Master of Music degree must do so with no overlap of course content.

Students who complete some or all of the certificate with a grade of B- or better in each course may be admitted to the Master of Music program after going through the full application process. The certificate credits taken will count toward the requirements for the MM degree.

Course requirements - 15 hours total

Required courses - 5 hours
Course(s) Area of Study Credit Hours
MUS 661, 663, 761, 762, 763, 768 Choral Ensembles 2 hrs
MUS 748 Choral Literature 3 hrs
Elective courses - 10 hours

Select from the following. Other courses may be substituted with the approval of the program coordinator. No more than four (4) of the elective hours may be ensembles.

Course(s) Area of Study
MUS 671 Choral Conducting Seminar
MUS 618, 626, 727, 728 Choral Arranging/Theory
MUS 653, 753 Applied Voice
MUS 629 Commercial Music
MUS 630 Vocal Pedagogy
MUS 683, 684, 685, 686, 687 Graduate Music History
MUS 748 Choral Literature
MUS 689 Special Topics in Music
MUS 661, 663, 768 Choral Ensembles

Completion requirement

Students must have an overall GPA of 3.00 for completion of the certificate.