The University of Oregon Summer Conducting Institute

The University of Oregon Summer Conducting Institute is designed for eight experienced, pre-professional conductors to learn how to better use both musical creativity and gesture to get more of what you want from the orchestra. Master teacherNeil Varon from the Eastman School of Music will show participants how to achieve both technical and musical clarity to their beat. There will be piano/string quintet sessions and two full orchestra sessions with the University of Oregon Symphony.  This year, we also welcome back the Navy Chamber Winds, a fully professional harmonie of wind instruments based out of Washington.


Dr. David Jacobs, Director of Orchestral Studies at the University of Oregon will assist Maestro Varon and give a one-on-one debriefing session to each participant during the course.


In addition to the conducting sessions, there will be interactive sessions on technique, concerto conducting, score study, and career development.  Applicants who not offered participant status are encouraged to attend as auditors. Auditors may observe all podium sessions and participate fully in all lectures. Auditors may also have some one-on-one contact with the workshop faculty as the schedule permits. First time workshop attendees and those who are considering graduate conducting studies are particularly encouraged to attend as auditors to gain valuable workshop experience.


Each conducting participant will receive ample podium time between the piano/string quintet sessions, the Navy harmonie, and the two full orchestra sessions. Participants will be video recorded, so please bring a high-speed SD card to ensure quality. Expect to play your primary instrument during string quintet/piano sessions when not conducting.


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