Announcing the 3rd annual BCO Summer Conducting Seminar with Markand Thakar Baltimore, MD, June 16-25, 2014
Announcing the 3rd annual BCO Summer Conducting Seminar with Markand
Baltimore, MD, June 16-25, 2014
Under the supervision of music director Markand Thakar, up to 10 Fellows will conduct
the internationally acclaimed BCO (Baltimore Chamber Orchestra) in orchestral works
by Tchaikovsky, Mozart and Mendelssohn, and – with members of BCO – smaller works
by Stravinsky, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert. A number of Associates will also be
accepted. Associates participate in all activities outside of conducting the ensembles.
The Summer Conducting Seminar will focus on building musical understanding, with
special attention to gaining technical control. Each Fellow will have over 2.5 hours total
conducting time, including three sessions with BCO, two with the Stravinsky L’Histoire
du Soldat ensemble, and nine with a 1-per-part ensemble. All sessions will be recorded
on digital video, which participants can use without conditions.
The course begins with five days of Boot Camp: building physical control, along with
two days dedicated to the fundamentals of music-making and three days dedicated to
the three fundamental musical forms: theme & variations, fugue, and sonata form. The
second part, Ensembles, includes a L’Histoire Day, and three days of conducting BCO in
music by Tchaikovsky, Schubert and Beethoven.
In addition to orchestra and small ensemble sessions, the program will include daily
video review and technique development sessions. Additionally, all participants are
invited to daily breakfast conversations with Maestro Thakar, covering topics from the
practical to the profound.
Deadline for applications: April 1, 2014
Fees: $50 non-refundable application fee; Fellows $2550; Associates $1000