Conducting students often need and want, but cannot easily find, rigorous, effective supplementary training that helps them hear more clearly, understand more deeply what they hear, and learn how they might constructively apply these sharpened skills in rehearsal and performance. The same is sometimes true of early- and mid-career conductors.
The well-regarded Conductor Preparation Program of the European American Musical Alliance (EAMA) was established to meet these needs.
EAMA was founded twenty years ago by Dr. Philip Lasser of The Juilliard School, as a summer training program for composers. EAMA draws on the pedagogy of the esteemed Nadia Boulanger, maintaining its legendary rigor while updating its methods to better reach 21st century musicians. EAMA’s faculty includes instructors from noted French and American institutions. EAMA’s Director of Conducting is Dr. Mark Shapiro, Music Director of The Prince Edward Island Symphony, The Cecilia Chorus of New York, and Cantori New York.
“The insightful conductor Mark Shapiro draws subtle and dynamic playing from the excellent orchestra.” – The New York Times, February 2015