The 2015 Advanced Conducting Academy: Concertos, Opera Arias and Orchestral Repertoire in One Course

The 2015 Advanced Conducting Academy: Concertos, Opera Arias and Orchestral Repertoire in One Course

The International Institute for Conductors will accept up to 12 conductors for two weeks of conducting study and performance at the 16thAdvanced Conducting Academy from June 6-20, 2015. The Institute faculty includes Robert Gutter, Music Director Emeritus, Springfield Symphony (MA) and Philharmonia of Greensboro (NC); Ovidiu Balan, Music Director, Bacau Philharmonic; and Charles Gambetta, creator of the Embodied Conducting™ method.


Week 1 provides students with an extraordinary range of conducting opportunities including an emphasis on the “Classical” sized orchestra repertoire and the remarkable “Conducting Opera Arias” program in which students work with vocal soloists and orchestra on up to 3 arias or duets they select from an extensive list of operatic excerpts. Week 2 is devoted to 19th and 20th century repertoire for large orchestra and, for the first time, the enormously successful “Conducting Concertos” program is part of Week 2. Academy conductors will have the rare opportunity to work with a professional soloist on up to 3 movements from selected large Romantic concertos.


The Bacau Philharmonic returns for its 12th year as host orchestra. Participating conductors each receive approximately 150 minutes of podium time with full orchestra, 60 additional minutes with string quintet and piano plus daily video review sessions with faculty, weekly score study and musicianship masterclasses, and daily Embodied Conducting™ classes.


The Advanced Academy repertoire list includes: Beethoven Symphony No. 7, Haydn Symphony No. 104, Mozart Symphony No. 38, Rossini L’italiana in Algeri Overture, Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings, Puccini “Che gelida manina,” “Si, mi chiamano Mimi” and “Un bel di,” Mozart “E Susanna non vien…Dove sono” and “Il mio tesoro intanto,”Berlioz Symphonie fantastique, Brahms Symphony No. 3, Prokofiev Symphony No. 5, Debussy Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, R. Strauss Suite from Der Rosenkavalier, Sibelius Finlandia, Stravinsky Petrouchka (1947), Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5, Dvořák Cello Concerto, Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor, Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2,Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 and more. See the complete list on the website.


All participants will conduct on two of the Institute’s four public concerts. The faculty may extend an invitation to one conductor for a full concert with the Bacau Philharmonic the following year. The fee, US $2,995, includes hotel (shared double room) with breakfast for 14 nights. Applications are accepted until the program is full, but those submitted by March 31, 2015 receive priority consideration. Find complete details including student endorsements online or contact Charles Gambetta at (336) 643-8730.

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