POSITIONS STILL AVAILABLE! The 2014 Conductors Lab® in Aix-en-Provence, France [July 21-25, 2014] is designed to provide a cooperative learning environment for experienced conductors. In the “lab,” the participants conduct members of the renowned Berlin Philharmonic and receive comments and critique in real-time directly from the musicians themselves.

POSITIONS STILL AVAILABLE!  The 2014 Conductors Lab® in Aix-en-Provence, France [July 21-25, 2014] is designed to provide a cooperative learning environment for experienced conductors.  In the “lab,” the participants conduct members of the renowned Berlin Philharmonic and receive comments and critique in real-time directly from the musicians themselves.

 

The Conductors Lab® has NO master conducting teacher. The suggestions offered by the musicians are contextualized in follow-up sessions and through a collaborative process amongst the participants.  The goals of the Conductors Lab® are to:

• To provide insight into the roles and responsibilities of the conductor from the perspective of the finest orchestral musicians

• To identify the collaborative aspects of the relationship between conductor and the orchestra

• To foster a better understanding of the cooperative nature of conducting through a process of self-actualization

 

http://www.vanderbiltwindsymphony.com/Conductors_Lab.html

 

Highlights of the experience:

 

Lab Experience: Two conducting rounds, each offering the participants 30 minutes of time with the ensemble; comments and critiques offered by the Berlin Philharmonic musicians.

 

Colloquiums: Group discussions on pertinent topics.  Review of the conducting experiences and processing the musicians’ feedback; participants share constructive comments and recommendations.

 

Lecture/Discussions: Intensive sessions led by members of the orchestra.  Topics include: perceptions of the role of the conductor, effectively portray musical intent non-verbally from the musicians’ perspective, comparing the messages sent with those that are received, reconciling “collaborative thinking” with individual artistic expression, serving the musicians as well as the composer, creating conducive environments in rehearsal and performance, and more.

 

Evening Receptions and Q & A Sessions: A time for one-on-one conversations between conductors and members of the ensemble. Opportunity for conductors to ask specific questions and solicit opinions, and a chance for each musician to share his/her perspectives in a more intimate and meaningful fashion

 

Awakening Your Inner Artist: French cuisine and wine tasting, an introduction to the flavors of the South of France.

 

Participation Fee:  €2000.  Price includes cost of instruction, five-nights housing (Monday-Saturday) in apartments with private bedrooms, and evening catered receptions.  Each participant will receive digital video of his/her Lab experience.

 

2014 Repertoire:

Britten: Sinfonietta, Op.1

Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (transcribed for 10 instruments by Wolfgang Renz)
 

Applications for Participation are accepted until all positions are filled.  Candidates submit a curriculum vitae and a 30-minute video of live performance  (DVD or online submissions are acceptable).

 

Send Materials To:      

    thomas.verrier@vanderbilt.edu        

    or by postal service to:   

         The Conductors Lab®        

         Blair School of Music         

         2400 Blakemore Ave.        

         Nashville, TN 37212          

 

The Conductors Lab®: Maite Monchal, Administrator; Thomas Verrier, Director; Fergus McWilliam, Artistic Coordinator; Mark Wait, Dean, Blair School of Music.

 

The Conductors Lab is a Registered Trademark

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