NAU INTERNATIONAL CONDUCTING WORKSHOP Winning the Audition Henry Fogel and Neil Varon, guest panelists November 21-22, 2014 Northern Arizona University School of Music
Hosted by the Northern Arizona University Orchestras, Dr. Daniel O’Bryant, Director
This workshop is for those wanting to improve their audition/interview skills, in preparation for professional and academic jobs or entrance into graduate conducting programs.
6 conductors will be invited to participate. Each will receive two 20-minute sessions with the NAU Symphony Orchestra (40 minutes total).
The purpose of these sessions is to practice “auditioning” with a live ensemble. In contrast to many workshops, stick technique will not be the primary focus. Instead, the panelists will assess each conductor’s overall ability to connect with and improve the sound of an orchestra. Most of the panelists’ feedback will be given after the conducting sessions, in order to avoid interruptions to the “audition” process. This will allow participants to maintain authority and focus while on the podium, and to gather rehearsal footage that is suitable for job applications.
In addition to conducting sessions, there will be conducting reviews, student evaluations, discussions on the job market and interviews, as well as question-answer time with the panelists. Each conductor will be told what his/her perceived strengths and weaknesses are and how to make improvements.
The repertoire is Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 and Haydn’s C major Cello Concerto. Participants are expected to prepare two movements of the Shostakovich and one movement of the Haydn.
For more information about our guest panelists, please click their biography links below.
Detailed schedule coming soon.
- Friday, November 21, 2014, 3:00pm – 9:00pm
Ardrey Memorial Auditorium
- Saturday, November 22, 2014, 9:00am – 3:00pm
Ardrey Memorial Auditorium
Application and fees
- Participants: $600.00 **
- Auditors: $100.00
- Auditors with NAU ID: FREE
**Participants are required to make a $200.00 deposit by November 1, 2014. All remaining fees are due by November 17, 2014.
Applications are due by October 10, 2014. Applications will include the following:
- Conducting video
- Application fee of $30.00
(Please make checks payable to: NAU Orchestras)
Send all materials to:
Dr. Daniel O’Bryant
NAU School of Music
1115 Knoles Drive
Building 37, room 120
Flagstaff, AZ 86011
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