The MasterWorks Festival in Winona Lake, Indiana, is pleased to present our new Conducting Program, June 15-July 13, 2014.

The MasterWorks Festival in Winona Lake, Indiana, is pleased to present our new Conducting Program, June 15-July 13, 2014.

The MasterWorks Conducting Program is a unique conducting experience designed for the musician desiring to pursue professional level skills in conducting. All aspects of a variety of professional positions will be studied, including areas such as programming, fundraising and development, public-speaking, and marketing. Private lessons, technical classes with live ensembles (not full orchestra), and sessions with top professionals in the orchestral field make up the major part of the program. Biblical principals will be incorporated into the interpersonal skills essential to being a successful conductor.

Performance opportunities will be available but limited as the focus of this program is not to build performance repertoire but to cover the musical and non-musical areas of a professional conductor. However, as a parallel to our annual Concerto Competition, one conducting student will be selected to conduct an overture with the MasterWorks Festival Orchestra on the final weekend of concerts.
The MasterWorks Conducting Program is open to experienced students and working professionals 18 to 35 years of age.

Students in the Conducting Program will participate in festival-wide spiritual activities strengthen the student’s faith and witness. Refer to the spiritual life section for more information.

Topics of Study include:
Score study – finding your own score study technique by exploring proven methods
Technique – creating and improving a clear and fluid set of efficient gestures
Rehearsal technique – study a variety of economical, efficient, and favored styles
Personnel techniques – implement the psychology of working with musicians of all levels and the art of speaking in public to different audiences
Instrumental techniques – learn the art of string bowing, wind and brass performance considerations, and percussion techniques
Programming – explore the resources and methods of programming, one concert or whole seasons, pops and classical, and youth orchestras to professional orchestras
Development and Fundraising – methods of raising money and the conductor’s responsibilities in these areas
Vocational techniques – management, networking, and positioning for a job

Program Details:
Daily sessions with live musicians – 4-hand piano and string ensemble
Daily sessions in score study and rehearsal techniques
Daily observation of orchestras in rehearsal with professional conductors
Assignments assisting working conductors at the festival
Weekly seminars (string bowing, fund-raising, programming, vocational training, etc) with major orchestra musicians, festival administrators, and visiting artists.

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