Information for Prospective
Graduate Choral Conductors

Degree Requirements

Applicants for enrollment in university graduate programs are processed by the Graduate Center rather than by the Registrar’s office, and are accepted for the fall semester as early as November 1 of the preceding year.  The Music Department deadline for Fall admission is May 1.  Students wishing to enroll for the spring semester may apply as early as August 1 for the preceding year, but the Spring deadline is November 1.  General Information on admissions is available from the Graduate Center, housed in Room 206 of Riverfront Center, near the Hornet Bookstore.  Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9-12 and 1-5 during the regular semester; 9-12 and 1-4 during the summer.  The phone number is (916) 278-7873.


Prospective graduate students should contact Dr. Donald Kendrick immediately.  Any student interested in auditioning must first send a video (10 to 15 minutes) of either a rehearsal or a performance with a choral ensemble (preferably showing a front view of the applicant) and an audio recording of one's singing. Please mail them to:

Donald Kendrick
California State UniversitySacramento
6000 J Street - Sacramento, CA 95819-6015

After screening the tapes and examining other application materials, prospective students will be invited to campus for an audition and interview. Auditions will be held only on the following days: Please note that a complete application file is required for an invitation to audition.

The audition will consist of a 15- to 20- minute rehearsal with one of the Sac State choral ensembles. MM auditionees will conduct the Mozart “Regina Coeli”. Each auditionee will sing two or three solo works demonstrating his/her vocal ability. A brief ear-training test and a keyboard skills assessment will be administered as well.

Graduate Assistantships and Scholarships

There are some funds available to graduate students in choral conducting who in turn will assist the Director of Choral Activities in running the California State University Sacramento Choral Music program.  Under most circumstances, any student accepted into the graduate program in conducting must be working with their own choir at a school, church or community while in the Graduate program.