Conducting

Christopher Aspaas, BM, MM, PhD
Bobby Francis, BM, MM
Germán Gutiérrez, BM, MM, DA

Assistantships are available to qualified, full-time graduate students in the School of Music. Applicants must be admitted to the program, have an outstanding academic record and present favorable recommendations.

Master’s and doctoral applicants will be considered for graduate assistantships as part of their application process. Assistantships provide tuition grants plus stipend and require approximately ten hours of work weekly.

The deadline for doctoral applications is December 1, and the deadline for master’s applications is February 1.

Studios

Master of Music

Learn more about possible Graduate Associate positions in MM Conducting/Wind Conducting 2019-20

The Master of Music degree in Wind/Band Conducting is a 32 hour degree program. Students accepted into the MM conducting program at TCU will have a comprehensive experience in all areas of the band program. This will include conducting of concert ensembles: Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Concert Band and Chamber Music Ensembles. Additionally – each student will receive experience in marching band, basketball band and all other aspects of the program.

Conducting Opportunities:
1. Assist with Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, and Concert Band
2. Assist with TCU Chamber Music Ensembles
3. Assist with the TCU “Horned Frog” Marching Band
4. Assist with the TCU Basketball Band

Doctor of Musical Arts

Learn more about a possible Graduate Associate position in DMA Conducting/Wind Studies 2019-20.

The objective of the TCU Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree in performance, piano pedagogy, composition or conducting is to develop the musician-scholar—one who displays a high level of mastery in a professional medium and is equipped with scholarly research skills. The program leading to the degree is designed to prepare musician-scholars for careers as creative artists and teachers at institutions of higher learning. Enrollment in the doctoral program is carefully monitored toward the goal of remaining highly selective and relatively small. Prospective DMA students must demonstrate the potential for both artistry and scholarship on the highest levels.

The graduate program in orchestral conducting at Texas Christian University provides first-class education under the direction of Dr. German Gutierrez, as well as a broad variety of course offerings in music history and theory. In addition, our students have access to a unique variety of podium time. Conducting opportunities include children, youth, college, community, and professional orchestras. Graduate students in Orchestral Conducting serve as assistant conductors of the Fort Worth Youth Orchestra and the TCU Symphony. and conducting fellow of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Students also have the opportunity of frequent interaction with the Music Director of the Fort Worth Symphony, as well as the opportunity to observe rehearsals and conduct outreach concerts.

DMA Students will also have the opportunity to work with renowned faculty in Choral Music and Wind Ensembles that will allow for further interaction and studies in these specified fields. During their course of study, DMA students conduct in at least one concert with an ensemble outside of their specialty.
Recent graduates from the orchestral conducting program have won prestigious music directorships and teaching positions around the world.

Only one student will be admitted to the DMA or Master program every other year to assure plenty of podium time.

The Master and DMA Program in Orchestral Conducting at Texas Christian University provides exceptional training and a unique variety of podium time to highly qualified students. Conducting opportunities include children, youth, college, community and professional orchestra. Graduate students in Orchestral Conducting serve as assistant conductors of the Fort Worth Youth Orchestra, TCU Symphony, and conducting fellow of the Fort Worth Symphony.

Conducting Opportunities

1) Assistant/cover conductor of all rehearsals of the TCU Symphony.
2) Assistant/cover conductor of the TCU Opera productions
3) Assistant/cover conductor and guest conductor of the Youth Orchestra of Greater Fort Worth.
4) Assistant/cover conductor of the Fort Worth Symphony. (Continuation of this opportunity pending approval of new music director of FWSO in 2021.)

The DMA program in orchestral conducting at Texas Christian University provides exceptional training and a unique variety of podium time to highly qualified students. Conducting opportunities include children, youth, college, community and professional orchestra. Graduate students in Orchestral Conducting serve as assistant conductors of the Fort Worth Youth Orchestra, TCU Symphony, and conducting fellow of the Fort Worth Symphony.

Only one student will be admitted to the DMA program every other year to assure plenty of podium time. Note: This program will not be accepting students for the 2020-21 academic year. Auditions for the 2022-23 year will occur in February-March 2022

Conducting Opportunities

1) Assistant/cover conductor of all rehearsals of the TCU Symphony.
2) Assistant/cover conductor of the TCU Opera productions
3) Assistant/cover conductor and guest conductor of the Youth Orchestra of Greater Fort Worth.
4) Assistant/cover conductor of the Fort Worth Symphony. (Continuation of this opportunity pending approval of new music director of FWSO in 2021.)

All previous conducting students at TCU have been very successful in their careers and/or doctoral programs in various universities. The quality of the Orchestral Conducting Program in our school continues to receive great recognition and the level of current students is at a prominent standard.

Juan Chaves (2019).  Currently teaching at TCU and at North-West Tarrant County Community College.

Benson Lee (2017) Currently is the Music Director of the North-West Tarrant County Community College.

Andres Felipe Jaime. (2014) Completed his doctoral program in orchestral conducting at Miami University, he is now a fellow assistant of the New World Symphony. Andres conducted various concerts with the Fort Worth Symphony during his time at TCU. Recently he has been invited to conduct the Bogotá Philharmonic and a concert with the Cleveland Symphony (chamber ensemble). He is currently music director of the Antioquia Symphony Orchestra in Medellín, Colombia.

 

 

Felix Torres. (2013) Felix has been invited to conduct about 30 concerts with the Fort Worth Symphony during his two years as a Masters student in orchestral conducting at TCU.

Esteban Rojas. (2012) Has been named music director at Flower Mound Community Orchestra and Director/Conductor at B Sharp Youth Music Program (Goff Family Foundation)

Andres Franco. (2011) In August 2015 he was appointed Assistant Conductor of the world renowned Pittsburg Symphony Orchestra. On June 2019, Andres was promoted to Associated Conductor of the PSO.  In May (2002). Was selected in 2007, by a national search, Assistant Conductor of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. In 2005, he was appointed music director and conductor of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Kansas City. In 2014 he was named Music Director of the Signature Symphony Orchestra of Oklahoma.

 

Danaila Hristova (2009) was recently invited to conduct a new piece with the Fort Worth Symphony, receiving great comments from music director Miguel Harth-Bedoya and from the composer of the piece.

Fernando Valcarcel (2007). Currently Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra of Perú.  Fernando was named by “Opera-Perú” Magazzine, Musician of the year 2014, in Lima, Perú.

 

 

 

 

 

Luis Guillermo Vicaria. (2005) is the Music Director of the Javeriana University Symphony Orchestra in Bogota, Colombia. Has been invited to conduct orchestras in the United States and was a finalist for the Orchestra Conductor position at University of Evansville, Indiana.

 

 

Julián Gomez Giraldo (2000) Was name director of orchestras at Eastern Washington University.

Alexander Fokkens (1999). Was named music director of the Free State Symphony Orchestra in South Africa. He is also the Opera Choir director of Cape Town.

Admission & Audition Information

For undergraduates and graduates wanting to attend the TCU School of Music, there is an admissions process. Learn more about the audition requirements below.

Admission Information

Audition Requirements

Contact Information

College of Fine Arts Graduate Office:
Office: 817-257-7603
Fax: 817-257-5672
Email: cfagradinfo@tcu.edu