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Graduate Music Concentrations

DEGREE SUBPLANS (required & optional courses & projects) for each graduate music concentration, as well as the Graduate Handbook, are available in this Google drive folder.  See the page for Graduate Admissions Info/Requirements to learn more and to find out whether your concentration requires an Audition.

Coordinators and their contact info are listed for each graduate concentration:

Collaborative Piano: Prof. Gilles Vonsattel,

Composition: Prof. Salvatore Macchia,

Conducting: For both MM in Conducting & MM in Music Education with Conducting Emphasis

  •      Orchestral Conducting: To be announced

Music Education: Prof. Lisa Lehmberg,

Music Theory: Prof. Brent Auerbach,

Music History: Prof. Erinn Knyt,, 413-545-1247

Jazz Composition & Arranging: Prof. Jeffrey Holmes,, 413-545-6046

Performance: Contact the Professor who teaches your instrument/voice. Now offering an additional Jazz option. Strings: see info for the Graduate String Quartet Program.

Graduate Program Director
Professor Erinn Knyt
Department of Music and Dance, Fine Arts Center Room 366
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003-9330
Phone: 413-545-1247, e-mail:

Graduate Program Coordinator
Nicole Avakian, Bromery Center, Rm. 273, 413-545-0311,

Additional information or mailed forms may be obtained from the:

Music Admissions Director, Nathaniel Gowen
Fine Arts Center Room 263A
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003-9300, (413) 545-6048