Graduate Studies

Graduate Students

Charlotte Botha

Women's Chorus Director, Assistant to the Director of Choral Studies

Joshua Brown

Assistant to the Director of Development

Gideon Burrows

Men's Chorus Director, Fundamentals of Conducting Instructor

Ryan Deignan

Concert Choir Conducting Associate

Brian Murray

Assistant to the Director of Development

Wonil Noh

Choral Librarian

Lindsay Pope

University Singers Conducting Associate, Dallas Symphony Chorus Assistant Conductor

Ryan Sullivan

A Cappella Conducting Associate, Collegium Singers Conducting Associate

Graduate Program Information

Choral Conductor Choral Conducting Studies Application Information


Advanced Choral Conducting: 
Weekly studio and master class conducting lessons taught by Dr. Allen Hightower

Choral Literature: Dr. Joshua Habermann

Advanced Choral Techniques:
Taught by Dr. Allen Hightower. Includes studies in defining the drama in choral music; defining a sound ideal; voice building for choirs; concert programming; developing interpretive analyses; rehearsal techniques and preparation; musical/poetic architecture; contemporary trends; and resources in literature

The UNT Choral Program is comprised of six university choirs and a collegium. Check the performance calendar for upcoming choral concerts.

Choral Conducting Studies

UNT's graduate choral conducting program is one of America's premier programs. Led by Dr. Allen Hightower, Director of Choral Studies, the program consists of practical and academic studies leading to the development of musical skills crucial to the success of the next generation of American choral conductors.

UNT choral conducting students are afforded annual opportunities to learn from leaders in the choral art from around the globe. Workshops and/or classes have been given by visiting artists, including:

2015-16 Stefan Parkman, Professor at Uppsala University and Conductor of WDR Radio Choir, Germany.

2016-17 Brad Wells, Conductor of Room Full of Teeth and Artist-In-Residence at Williams College

2017-18 Conducting Masterclass with Joshua Habermann in residence with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale

Application Information

Application Materials: Apply online here. Once completed forms and all required materials have been received and evaluated, the choral faculty will invite selected applicants to campus for an interview and audition with one of our university choirs. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Allen Hightower at Applications are due by the first Monday in December.


We generally audition no more than 8 candidates on these dates.

DMA: January 29, 2018

MM: January 30, 2018

Sample Audition Day Schedule
10:00-11:00am - Meet with current graduate students
Noon - Lunch with Dr. Hightower and panel as available
2:00 - Auditions with the UNT A Cappella Choir
3:30 - Interviews with the panel in 15-20 minute slots 
The interview schedule is set when the candidates arrive on campus. The interview will also include some vocalizing and skills testing.


Your video should include rehearsal and performances recordings of your conducting. The camera should face the conductor. Video submissions may be in digital upload or DVD format.

Application Deadline
Because our on-campus choral conducting audition date is in mid-February and it takes several weeks for the application materials to clear the university, the college and finally get to us, you would be well served if your application packet got to us no later than December 1st.

Application Process
Go to the College of Music web site and apply online. Be sure to include a video of your conducting (view of the conductor) comprised of rehearsal and performance.

On-Campus Audition
Once we receive and evaluate your materials, we will make a determination about inviting you to campus for an audition and interview. We will do our best to let you know at least a month before the on-campus audition date. The earlier we receive your materials, the earlier we can make this determination.

Audition Repertoire

The candidate will be assigned two pieces for the audition. The first piece is to be conducted straight through the work (or movement, giving the audition panel an opportunity see the candidate's artistry and physical communication skills as a conductor; the candidate may not coach the choir verbally. For the second piece, the rehearse for approximately 6-8 minutes. The aim is to make as much difference in the performance of the piece or section as possible in the allotted time.

Audition Panel
Dr. Allen Hightower, Director of Choral Studies
Dr. Richard Sparks, Chair of Conducting and Ensembles
Dr. Joshua Habermann, Lecturer and Director, Dallas Symphony Chorus