Kenneth Kiesler Leads Opera Conducting Master Class for Syracuse Opera and Ithaca College–Opportunity with internationally recognized conducting mentor is set for March 29-April 1, 2012

Kenneth Kiesler Leads Opera Conducting Master Class for Syracuse Opera and Ithaca College–Opportunity with internationally recognized conducting mentor is set for March 29-April 1, 2012–
Syracuse, N.Y., January 13, 2012 – A master class with Kenneth Kiesler will be offered March 29-April 1, 2012, on the Ithaca campus as a component of the Syracuse Opera/Ithaca College Opera Conductor Training Program. The in-depth study will be of Mozart’s operas, focusing on Die Zauberflöte from the conductor’s perspective, and is open to qualified candidates on an international basis through a competitive application process.
The course is designed to cover all of the relevant issues for conducting the operas of Mozart including:
• 20 minutes of podium time with Kenneth Kiesler each day, all sessions recorded;
• conducting technique;
• score study;
• vocal coaching;
• recitativo accompagnato;
• dramaturgy/language;
• instrumental techniques of the 18th century; and
• career opportunities in opera for conductors.
The master class will be led by Kenneth Kiesler, who is one of the most prominent conductors of his generation and a sought-after mentor to conductors. He has been director of orchestras and professor of conducting at the University of Michigan since 1995 and has led many master classes for the Royal Academy of Music in London, the National Arts Center of Canada, the Philharmonisches Kammer Orchester Berlin, the Moscow Symphony, the Deutsches Musikrat, and Oxford University, as well as the American Symphony Orchestra League, Conductors Guild, and Conductors Retreat at Medomak. He has conducted orchestras and opera companies throughout the world, has a dozen recordings on the market, and his students have won major conducting competitions worldwide.
Also joining Kiesler are Douglas Kinney Frost, director of music at Syracuse Opera; and Brian DeMaris, director of opera and musical theater at Ithaca College. Singers from Ithaca College and members of the Ithaca College Chamber Orchestra will participate in the instruction.
Individuals interested in the master class must submit a résumé or curriculum vitae and three references to by February 15, 2012. Applicants must also submit a DVD (NTSC format) or link to an online video of a recent performance or rehearsal no longer than 15 minutes. There is a one-time application fee of $25, payable to Syracuse Opera.  The application fee and DVDs should be mailed to “Conducting Master Class” c/o Syracuse Opera, P.O. Box 1223, Syracuse, NY  13201-1223, by February 15, 2012.

Up to 12 participants and 12 auditors will be accepted (participant fee: $900, auditor fee: $300). Detailed information about the program is available by request through the e-mail address cited above.

About the Syracuse Opera/Ithaca College Opera Conductor Training Program
The Opera Conductor Training Program was established by Syracuse Opera’s Director of Music Douglas Kinney Frost with Ithaca College faculty Brian DeMaris. It has two components with the first being a series of conducting fellowships spanning the Syracuse Opera season which allows three graduate students to observe the orchestra, chorus, and staging rehearsals from several productions as well as work with Syracuse Opera staff, performing artists, and conductors. Master classes focused on the standard opera repertoire and featuring expert conducting instructors complete the program. This initiative exemplifies Ithaca College’s ongoing quest to provide its students with real-life, hands-on experiences and Syracuse Opera’s commitment to professional opportunities for emerging artists.
About Syracuse Opera
Now in its 37th year, Syracuse Opera enriches the lives of the people of upstate New York through locally produced opera, the all-inclusive art form which features the beauty of the human singing voice energized by the spectacle of live theater. Offering three mainstage productions each season and year-round community performances and education programs, Syracuse Opera is a professional company reaching over 60,000 people each year. For more information, please visit or call (315) 475-5915.
About Ithaca College’s School of Music
Since its founding in 1892 as a conservatory, Ithaca College’s School of Music has earned a reputation as one of the best in the nation, offering a superb blend of full-time resident faculty, performance opportunities, state-of-the-art facilities, access to liberal arts courses, and success in career placement. It’s a place where students work with world-class professionals every day to become world-class professionals themselves. For more information, please go to or call (607) 274-3171.

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