University of Oregon Summer Conducting Institute

Orchestral Conducting Institute

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Participants, auditors, and faculty of the first UO Conducting Workshop (June 5, 2013)

June 2-4, 2014 featuring Neil Varon and David Jacobs – Click here for 2014 application

The University of Oregon Summer Conducting Institute is designed for nine experienced, pre-professonal conductors to learn how to better use both musical creativity and gesture to get more of what you want from the orchestra.  Master teacher Neil Varon from the Eastman School of Music will show participants how to achieve both technical and musical clarity to their beat in both piano/string quintet and full orchestra sessions.  Dr. David Jacobs, Director of Orchestral Studies at the University of Oregon will assist Maestro Varon and give a one-on-one debriefing session to each participant during the course.

Applicants who are wait-listed or offered auditor status are encouraged to attend as auditors.  Auditors may observe all podium sessions and may participate fully in all lectures.  Auditors may also have some one-on-one contact with the workshop faculty as the schedule permits.  First time workshop attendees and/or non-working conductors are particularly encouraged to attend as auditors to gain valuable workshop experience.

Each conducting participant will receive ample podium time in both string quintet/piano sessions and full orchestra sessions.  Every participant will conduct at each one of the conducting sessions.  Participants will be video recorded, so please bring a high-speed SD card to ensure quality.  Expect to play your primary instrument during string quintet/piano sessions when not conducting.

Tuition

  • Participant:  $675
  • Auditor:  $250

Repertoire

  • Bruckner- Symphony #4
  • Beethoven- Symphony #5
  • Shostakovich- Symphony #5 (Finale)
  • Berlioz- Symphonie Fantastique (March)
  • Copland- Appalachian Spring (13 instrument version)

*All participants will prepare the Copland.  In addition, you may choose 1-2 pieces in which to focus.  Each movement of a symphony is considered a separate choice for this purpose.

To apply:  Click here and download the application form.  Fill it out and return to David Jacobs, 1225 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-1225 by March 20, 2014 with your $35 application fee.  Make checks payable to University of Oregon SOMD.  Please include a link to watch your conducting video.  The video can be with any size group of any repertoire, but only the first five minutes will be evaluated.  Application deadline is March 20.

Questions?  e-mail David Jacobs at djacobs@uoregon.edu

What last year’s participants are saying:

  • “I thought that I would be expanding my gestural vocabulary, I didn’t realize the workshop would revolutionize how I approach being a musician as a whole.”
  • “Very constructive atmosphere maintained by the instructors.”
  • “My expectations were exceeded due to the quality of the orchestra, the knowledge of Dr. Jacobs and Dr. Girard, and the friendly, helpful nature of Maestro Varon”
  • “Cost, podium time, teachers, quality of orchestra, all make this a very good workshop to attend.”

Schedule 

Monday, June 2

8:30am Sign-in/Continental Breakfast Jacobs 190
9:00 String Quintet/Piano session Participant #1 Jacobs/Varon 190
9:20 Participant #2 Jacobs/Varon 190
9:40 Participant #3 Jacobs/Varon 190
10:00 Participant #4 Jacobs/Varon 190
10:20 Participant #5 Jacobs/Varon 190
10:40 Break    
11:00 Participant #6 Jacobs/Varon 190
11:20 Participant #7 Jacobs/Varon 190
11:40 Participant #8 Jacobs/Varon 190
12:00pm Participant #9 Jacobs/Varon on your own
12:20 Lunch    
1:30 Rhythm Dictation Varon Collier
2:30 Break    
3:00 Full Orchestra SessionParticipant #1 Varon 190
3:20 Participant #2 Varon Jacobs w/ #1 190
3:40 Participant #3 Varon 190
4:00 Participant #4 Varon Jacobs w/#3 190
4:20 Break Varon 190
4:30 Participant #5 Varon  
4:38 Participant #6 Varon Jacobs w/ #5 190
4:46 Participant #7 Varon 190
5:54 Participant #8 Varon Jacobs w/ #7 190
5:02 Participant #9 Varon 190
5:10 Varon Demonstration Varon  
5:20 Dinner Jacobs w/ #9 with clinicians, restaurant TBA

Tuesday, June 3

9:00am Score Study Jacobs 190
9:45 Rhythm Dictation Jacobs 190
10:30 Break   190
10:45 Q&A Jacobs 190
12:00pm Lunch   on your own
1:00 Copland Piano SessionParticipant #9 Varon/Jacobs Collier
1:12 Participant #8 Varon/Jacobs Collier
1:24 Participant #7 Varon/Jacobs Collier
1:36 Participant #6 Varon/Jacobs Collier
1:48 Participant #5 Varon/Jacobs Collier
2:00 Participant #4 Varon/Jacobs Collier
2:12 Participant #3 Varon/Jacobs Collier
2:24 Participant #2 Varon/Jacobs Collier
2:36 Participant #1 Varon/Jacobs Collier
2:48 Break     
3:00 Copland Orchestra SessionParticipant #1 Varon/Jacobs/Girard 190
3:15 Participant #2 Varon/Jacobs/Girard 190
3:30 Participant #3 Varon/Jacobs/Girard 190
3:45 Participant #4 Varon/Jacobs/Girard 190
4:00 Participant #5 Varon/Jacobs/Girard 190
4:15 Break    
4:25 Participant #6 Varon/Jacobs/Girard 190
4:40 Participant #7 Varon/Jacobs/Girard 190
4:55 Participant #8 Varon/Jacobs/Girard 190
5:10 Participant #9 Varon/Jacobs/Girard 190
5:25 Dinner   on your own

Wednesday, June 4

9:00am String Quintet/Piano session Participant #9 Jacobs/Varon 190
9:20 Participant #8 Jacobs/Varon 190
9:40 Participant #7 Jacobs/Varon 190
10:00 Participant #6 Jacobs/Varon 190
10:20 Participant #5 Jacobs/Varon 190
10:40 Break    
11:00 Participant #4 Jacobs/Varon 190
11:20 Participant #3 Jacobs/Varon 190
11:40 Participant #2 Jacobs/Varon 190
12:00pm Participant #1 Jacobs/Varon on your own
12:20 Lunch    
1:30 Session TBA Varon Collier
2:30 Break    
3:00 Full Orchestra SessionParticipant #9 Varon 190
3:20 Participant #8 Varon 190
3:40 Participant #7 Varon- Jacobs w/ #8 190
4:00 Participant #6 Varon 190
4:20 Participant #5 Varon- Jacobs w/ #6 190
4:40 Break Varon  
4:50 Participant #4 Varon 190
4:58 Participant #3 Varon- Jacobs w/ #4 190
5:06 Participant #2 Varon 190
5:12 Participant #1 Varon- Jacobs w/ #2 190
5:20 Dinner   On your own

*This schedule is tentative.  All sessions are subject to change.  You will receive a complete schedule during check-in on June 2.  Please bring scores to all pieces and your instrument.  I would like you to play during the piano sessions.

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