Choral / Orchestral International Conducting Masterclass, Cluj-Napoca, Romania 1- 5 September 2014

Choral / Orchestral International Conducting Masterclass, Cluj-Napoca, Romania 1- 5 September 2014

A unique opportunity for conductors to work with choir and orchestra at the same time under the guidance of maestro Roland Börger Head of Conducting – Hochschule für Musik, Leipzig and visiting professor of conducting at the Royal Academy of Music, London

General information:
It is a great opportunity for young conductors to get experience both with choir and orchestra under the training of maestro Roland Börger.
The ensembles:
Cluj Symphony Orchestra
Jubilate Choir

There will be three types of conducting sessions:
B-orchestra, choir and soloists
C-choir accapella

Each participant will have 25 minutes daily podium time. This will consist of daily combinations of A, B and C conducting sessions.
There will be a total of 100 minutes podium time plus the dress rehearsall and the public concert

1-4 September – classes
5 September – dress rehearsal and public concert

Each of the 10 active participants will conduct in the concert.
The Maestro will decide the music parts to be conducted by each participant.
All candidates are expected to have studied the whole program.

Video recording: allowed, you can bring your own camera or you can use ours.

The Maestro:
Roland Börger was born in Santiago, Chile, and received his first musical education at the Conservatorio Nacional de Música in his home town. He went on to study church music, choral and orchestral conducting at Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany and subsequently taught choral and orchestral conducting at the Musikhochschule there from 1982-93. He was also Cantor and Organist at the Freiburg Christuskirche 1989-93. In 1989 he founded musica viva Freiburg, a period-instrument ensemble which he directed until 2000. Since 1997 he has been director of the Cappella Vocale Würzburg.

Roland has been Professor of Choral Conducting and director of the choirs at the Leipzig Hochschule für Musik und Theater ‘Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy’ since 1993. He became visiting professor of choral conducting at the Royal Academy of Music in 2001.
Roland is especially noted as an interpreter of both the choral and organ music of the German and Spanish baroque and as a choral conducting pedagogue. He gives numerous concerts as conductor and organist, as well as being a juror for competitions and a course leader in several countries in Europe, Asia and South America. He has made a number of CDs as well recordings for various radio stations.

Conductors of all nationalities and all ages are invited to apply.

10 active participants will be selected
unlimited number of auditors.

Haydn: Nelson Messe
Reger: Acht Geistliche Gesänge op. 138

Tuition languages: The official language for the course is English
Certificate: Each participant will receive an attendance certificate
Application fee: 30EUR (non-refundable) via bank wire transfer by May 30th 2014

Tuition fee:
active participants – 650 EUR (upon acceptance) via bank wire transfer, byJune 20th
passive participants – 150EUR – can be paid at the beginning of the course

Name of bank: BRD Goupe Societe Generale
Ag. Napoca, P-ta Unirii 31, Cluj Napoca
Account number: SV88726441300
IBAN: RO70BRDE130SV88726441300
Payment details: Course application/registration fee. Please mention your name!
Deadline 30 May 2014

(you will need: CV, photo, copy of identity, video link)

The selected participants will be announced before June 10th, 2014 by email and on


The course will take place at Sigismund Toduta Music College, address: Gheorghe Lazar street no 7.
The concert will be hold in AUDITORIUM MAXIMUM Hall, address: Emmanuel de Martonne street no 1.

The city:

Cluj NapocaCluj-Napoca, the second largest city in Romania, is “the Heart of Transylvania”: a cosmopolitan European city and an important destination for business and leisure alike. The city is very pleasant, and it is certainly a great experience for those who want to see urban Transylvanian life at its best. Along with fine dining, excellent cultural activities, a wonderful historical legacy and a great atmosphere, the city will certainly not disappoint those who add it to their travel itinerary. What’s more is the fact that Cluj (as it’s called for short) is so easy to access and get around.
A city aspires to become a “European Capital of Culture” in the year 2021.

Due to the 11 universities present here, the city is considered one of the best places to study in, from this part of Europe.
For more info please see: and http://www.visitcluj.
How to get here:

All transport costs are supported by the participants.

By plane:
Cluj Napoca International Airport (CLJ)

Address: Str. Traian Vuia 149
Tel: (264) 416.702

Cluj-Napoca is connected by direct flights with 19 cities from 9 countries.
The airport is located 2.5 miles from the city centre. Taxis are the easiest way to get around. Bus number # 8 runs from the airport to Piata Mihai Viteazul in the centre of the city.

By train
Cluj Napoca – main train station (Gara Cluj Napoca)
Address: Str. Garii 1-3
Tel: (264) 592.952 or 952
There are daily trains from/to Budapest (journey time – 8 hours). Trains to other western European cities run via Budapest.

Accommodation & meals:

We recommend Hotel Paradis, a wonderful 4* Hotel, 6 minutes walking distance from the course venue.
hotel paradis
Special rates for the participants:
Single room – 50 EUR/night, breakfast included
Double twin room – (shared with another participant) – 30 Eur/ night/person, breakfast included

Lunch can be served at the College Restaurant for 3.50 EUR ( first course, second course and dessert)
Dinner – on your own.

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