Announcing the Carolinas Orchestral Conducting Academy, hosted by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and the UNC Charlotte Chamber Orchestra.

Announcing the Carolinas Orchestral Conducting Academy, hosted by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and the UNC Charlotte Chamber Orchestra.

About the Academy (go to website)

The Academy is intended for established and emerging music educators to experiment with new conducting and rehearsal techniques for orchestra, and develop their ensemble leadership skills in a supportive environment. Up to 12 active participants will be accepted for the workshop, with a limited number of auditors/observers. A minimum of 2 places will be reserved for seniors enrolled in Music Education programs graduating in 2015, and 2 further places reserved for students currently enrolled in a Masters program in music education or in conducting in North Carolina.  


The workshop places the greatest emphasis on practical experience. Each participant will receive roughly 40 minutes of podium time over three sessions with direct feedback and coaching from workshop faculty.  All sessions will be digitally video recorded and the footage made available to participants for unrestricted use thereafter.


Friday, February 20, 2015

4:00-4:50pm       Welcome, Workshop introduction

5:00-8:00pm       Conducting Session No. 1 (Each participant will receive approx. 13 minutes)

Saturday, February 21, 2015

9:00-12:00pm     Conducting Session No. 2 (Each participant will receive approx. 13 minutes)

12:00-1:00pm     Lunch (provided for participants)

1:00-4:00pm       Conducting Session No. 3 (Each participant will receive approx. 13 minutes)

Location: Robinson Hall, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Repertoire (participants are expected to prepare all works.)

St. Georges – Sinfonia in D (available from the Academy upon acceptance)

Bartok – Roumanian Folk Dances

Villa Lobos – Bachianas Brasilieras No. 5 (Arr. Krance)


Dr. Roger Kalia, Charlotte Symphony/Young Musicians Foundation

Dr. Jonathan Govias, Director of Orchestras at UNC Charlotte


Applications may be submitted via the simple online application system. Priority will be given to those applicants from North Carolina submitting video footage (no more than 10 minutes, conductor facing the camera) of a recent rehearsal or performance. Video footage is not required but is strongly recommended. There is no charge to apply. There is no deadline: qualified participants will be accepted to the workshop on an ongoing basis until enrollment is full.


North Carolina residents/students: $50

Out-of-state: $300

Fees include tuition and lunch on Saturday. All other expenses for scores, travel, accommodation and food are the responsibility of the participants. Payment of fees is required one week after applications are accepted.

Professional Development Credit

1.0 Continuing Education Units are available to all certified music educators in the State of North Carolina completing the workshop.

About the Orchestra

The orchestral program at UNC Charlotte reimagines the ensemble as an instrument of social potential, and its performances as an act of public service. Since 2013, under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Govias, the Chamber Orchestra has led numerous initiatives combining service with learning in North Carolina, through side-by-side interactions and residencies with music education and outreach programs across the state.

The Chamber Orchestra represents the highest-level orchestral performance group at UNC Charlotte. The ensemble is devoted to the exploration of the repertoire of the orchestra, as well as the art and science of musical collaboration. Students are accepted into the ensemble through a highly competitive audition process. In March of 2015 the Chamber Orchestra will undertake its first international appearance in Montréal, Canada, for a week-long residency and service learning initiative, interacting with outreach programs and schools in support of music education in the region.

For more information please contact:

Jonathan Andrew GoviasD.Mus

Director of Orchestras, Assistant Professor of Music

University of North Carolina at Charlotte


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