The 2016 Conducting Choral Masterpieces Workshop, June 25 – July 8 in Bacau, Romania

The 2016 Conducting Choral Masterpieces Workshop, June 25 – July 8 in Bacau, Romania


The International Institute for Conductors will accept up to 17 conductors for 13 days of conducting study and performance in Bacau, Romania with master teachers Will Kesling, Director or Choral Studies at the University of Florida; Robert Gutter, Music Director Emeritus, Springfield Symphony (MA) and Philharmonia of Greensboro (NC); and Charles Gambetta, creator of the Embodied Conducting™ method.


The workshop repertoire includes the Verdi Requiem, Beethoven’s Mass in C major, Op. 86 and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass. Participating conductors each receive over 210 minutes of podium time including instructional sessions with piano sextet and vocal quartet, full chorus with piano sextet, full orchestra alone and orchestra with full chorus. The faculty will also present classes in vocal techniques for conductors, score study and Charles Gambetta’s Embodied Conducting™ method; and all conductors will perform selections from the workshop repertoire on two of 4 public concerts.


This program was created to provide choral and orchestral conductors the extraordinary opportunity work with a professional orchestra and choir as they acquire and master the crucial skills and techniques for conducting choral works with orchestral accompaniment. It is also an excellent program for conductors interested in professional development opportunities or for those preparing for auditions.


The fee, US $3,395, includes hotel (double occupancy room with breakfast) for 13 nights. Applications are accepted until the program is full, but those submitted by March 31, 2015 receive priority consideration. Find complete details including faculty bios, host orchestra and choir, accommodations, schedule, alumni endorsements and online application portal at or contact Charles Gambetta or 336.643.8730. Be sure to check out our ad in the March, 2016 issue of The Choral Journal.


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