2022 Undergraduate Conducting Masterclass

Undergraduate ACDA student members are invited to submit applications for the North Carolina ACDA State Conference Student Conducting Masterclass to be held in Durham, NC on October 8th at Duke University.

The application videos will be viewed by out-of-state judges. A maximum of 5 finalists will be selected to participate in a masterclass with clinician Dr. Jason Max Ferdinand. Finalists will be given a piece to prepare for the masterclass and will conduct an octet (or more) of professional singers.

Selection Criteria

The selection committee will be guided in their acceptance process by the following criteria:

  • Conducting gesture

  • Style and articulation

  • Interpretation and expression

  • Overall effectiveness

Application Requirements

Student applicants must submit a front-facing video (video cannot exceed 6 minutes) conducting one selected work. Please submit videos in MP4 format, not to exceed 100 MB. If needed, applicants may submit two separate videos each 100 MB or less. Please ensure the student name or institution name does not appear in the name of the file. The title of the video can be the composition name and composer.

The video recording can include an audio recording of a choir performance, a live choir, or piano accompaniment. The work can be SATB, SSA, or TTB. The recording should not be in rehearsal format, but rather conducting a run-through of a piece. The video should not identify the student, institution, or professor in any way (background or apparel).

Application Date Range: April 1 - June 15, 2022

Application Fee: $25/applicant

Finalists notified with selected repertoire: September 1, 2022

Application Form can be found below.

The 2022 NC ACDA Undergraduate Masterclass is generously sponsored by:

William Carroll and Marta Force


For any questions regarding the masterclass or application process, please contact Nana Wolfe-Hill, DEI Committee Co-Chair, NC ACDA (n.wolfehill@wingate.edu).