IAYO Conducting Workshops 2015 Director: Robert Houlihan Royal Irish Academy of Music – Monday 06 – Friday 10 July 2015

IAYO Conducting Workshops 2015

Director: Robert Houlihan

Royal Irish Academy of Music – Monday 06 – Friday 10 July 2015

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Closing date for Applications: Monday 01 June 2015

Conducting workshops for youth orchestra conductors will be held at the Royal Irish Academy of Music to run alongside their Summer Orchestra Academy. Participants will avail of tuition in baton technique and score preparation along with opportunities to observe sectional and full rehearsals with the RIAM summer orchestra academy, conducted by Ciarán Crilly.

The course is for mixed ability / experience and is suitable for beginners.

Course Outline


  • The course takes place in the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin and will run along side the RIAM ‘Orchestral Manoeuvres’ course directed by Ciarán Crilly.
  • There will be a maximum of 18 participant places and unlimited observer places.
  • There will be piano accompaniment with all practical conducting sessions.
  • A senior student quartet will accompany the pianist for circa half of the practical sessions.
  • Participants are requested to take part in the participant ensemble, which will also play during practical sessions.
  • Sessions will be in baton technique, score preparation and practical conducting.
  • Selected participants may conduct the RIAM summer course orchestra during one session. This is to be confirmed and at the discretion of the course director.
  • Participants and observers will have the opportunity to observe sectional rehearsals with RIAM staff.
  • Participants may also bring a piece they have worked on or will work on with their orchestras. Please include this on your application form if you wish to study it. It will be necessary to provide parts.


  • The course is open to conductors of youth orchestras and third level students. Priority for participating places will be given to conductors actively engaged with youth orchestras.
  • Meals and accommodation are not provided. IAYO will aim to source reasonably priced accommodation for students. A number of scholarships will be available for conductors of IAYO member orchestras where those conductors need to pay for accommodation in Dublin.
  • It is not required for participants to prepare all the repertoire for the course. Participants may choose a selection that is in keeping with their experience and standard.
  • However, participants and observers should have copies of scores of all the repertoire studied on the course. Details of editions and bound copies will be available from the IAYO office. Most editions will be chosen from those available at imslp.org and costs will be minimal.
  • The course fee is €300 for participants and €150 for observers, payable on acceptance.


The repertoire for the course has been selected with the exception of the repertoire for theOrchestral Manoeuvres course. It is intended that most or all scores will be available for download for free. The works below are subject to final confirmation.  The Repertoire for the course will be:

Beethoven           ‘Egmont’ Overture from beginning to Allegro con brio bar 287

Beethoven           5th Symphony from beginning to bar 302

Mozart                 Symphony No. 39 3rd movement

Mozart                 The Magic Flute Overture from beginning to the Allegro of bar 103.

Dvorak                 Slavonic Dance no.8 op.46

Bartok                  Romanian Dances

Grieg                    In the hall of the mountain king

Tschaikovsky      Symphony no.2 finale (Sandra Dackow)

Hardimann         Music from Lord of the Dance

You can view and download most of the scores from here.  IAYO will arrange purchase of original in-copyright scores when orders are in from participants. IAYO can also copy and bind a full set of out-of-copyright scores for €10 to cover cost of copying and postage.

Robert Houlihan, conductor

Born in Killarney, Robert Houlihan moved to Dublin at the age of sixteen and began his first music studies in the Army School of Music, before further study at the Municipal College of Music and under George Hurst at the Canford Summer School. In 1980 he won second prize at the International Competition for Young Conductors at Besancon and was awarded a scholarship from the French Government and the Arts Council to study contemporary music at the European Centre for Musical Research at Metz and conducting with Lacon Barzin in Paris. He won further awards in 1983 in the Hungarian Television International Competition and this was followed by many engagements in Hungary, Romania and Czechoslovakia. He has frequently conducted the Irish National Symphony Orchestra, the Radio Telefis Eireann Concert Orchestra and the Ulster Orchestra, as well as the Irish National Youth Orchestra, in addition to other engagements with orchestras throughout Europe. Since 1990 Robert Houlihan has been Principal Conductor of the State Philharmonic of Tirgu Mures in Romania, the first foreigner since the 1950s to hold such a position. Since 1992 he has served as Principal Conductor of the Savaria Symphony Orchestra in Hungary and is increasingly active as a teacher of conducting at the Canford Summer School of Music in England and also in France, Hungary and Portugal.

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Closing date for Applications: Friday 27 June 2015 (Final places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis).

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