Conduct a Professional Orchestra at the 2016 Advanced Conducting Academy, June 11 – 24, 2016

Conduct a Professional Orchestra at the 2016 Advanced Conducting Academy, June 11 – 24, 2016


The International Institute for Conductors will accept up to 12 conductors for two weeks of conducting study and performance at the 17th Advanced Conducting Academy in Bacau Romania from June 11-24, 2016. 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. The Bacau Philharmonic returns for its 13th year as host orchestra.


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.


Participating conductors each receive approximately 150 minutes of podium time with full orchestra, 60 additional minutes with string quintet and piano plus 60 minutes of video review with faculty, score study and musicianship masterclasses and daily Embodied Conducting™ instruction.


The 2016 Advanced Academy repertoire list includes: Beethoven Fidelio Overture and Symphony No. 4, Copland Appalachian Spring (13 instruments), Kodaly Dances of Galanta, Mahler Adagietto from Symphony No. 5, Mozart Symphony No. 35, Respighi Gli ucelli, Mozart “Ah, scostati – Smanie implacabili,” Rossini “Una voce poco fa,” Verdi “Condotta ell’era in ceppi,” Donizetti “Una furtiva lagrima,” Puccini “Recondita armonia,” Saint-Saens “Qu’import” w/ “Mon cœur s’ouvre,” Verdi “Ai nostri monti,” Berlioz Scenes from Roméo et Juliette, Brahms Symphony No. 2, Dvořák: Symphony No. 9, Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2, Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade, R. Strauss Don Juan, Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4, Wagner Ride of the Valkyries 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.


Applications are accepted until the program is full, but those submitted by March 31, 2015 receive priority consideration. Find complete details including faculty bios, student endorsements, fees, hotel accommodations and online application at: or contact Charles Gambetta at or (336) 643-8730.


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