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Choral cond./Early music - any programs/schools that I could make the two work together?

Hi all, my first time posting here.
 
I will be applying to grad schools in the not-so-distant future, and I can't exactly decide between getting a MM in some kind of early music concentration (voice) or in choral conducting. I really want to be able to do some of both, but I am not sure if there is a degree program/school where I could be able to concentrate on both. I am aware that they may not have much in common, so this could be a bit of a longshot. I am a BM perf. major currently, which also brings into account the lack of cond. exp. (although, I am doing all I can).
 
Please let me know if you have any ideas about certain schools or programs. Much appreciation.
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on April 17, 2012 8:04pm
Look into Boston University, Indiana Unversity, University of North Texas, and Florida State University. All the programs I just listed have outstanding choral conducting departments and some of the top early music departments as well. Whether you do a degree in one field or the other or minor, either way you would be at a top program with lots of opportunities. I could tell you which are the best programs and which arent, but I wont be obtaining the degree(s) for you, therefore I shouldnt have any control in your decision. All I am doing is merely pointing you towards these programs for you to research them and decide where you want to go. 
 
Things to think about:
1. Why do you want this degree?
2. Which schools interest you?
3. Who would you be studying with?
4. Reputation of the school and faculty (helps with getting a job).
5. Job placement rate of the school.
6. Will this masters degree lead you towards a doctorate or not?
7. What if your interest changes? (what are other options at the school you'll be attending?)
8. Where do you want to be 5-10 years after you obtain the degree and why. 
 
These are some of the top 20 questions I often suggest to people to think about while seeking an answer to their decision of where, why, how, and for what.
 
 
Hope this helps you. 
Alan Davis
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