Third annual Fort Wayne Philharmonic International Conductor Workshop, in conjunction with the Ilya Musin Society, to be held February 10-16, 2017.

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Third annual Fort Wayne Philharmonic International Conductor Workshop, in conjunction with the Ilya Musin Society, to be held February 10-16, 2017.

The first two workshops brought aspiring young conductors from several different countries and continents to Fort Wayne, Indiana to hone their skills in an intensive, fast paced, and supportive environment under the tutelage of renowned master conducting teacher, Ennio Nicotra. This year’s participants will have the same opportunity to work with Nicotra, who will teach the principles and techniques of the most celebrated conducting teacher of the twentieth century, Ilya Musin.

The schedule will include a combination of extensive orchestral rehearsal sessions and a public concert with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, two pianos, and individual lessons. The public concert will be held on February 16, 2017 at 7:30 P.M.

On a personal note, I would like to add that keeping the legacy of this great teacher alive is an enormous challenge to us mere mortals. Musin was a wonderful and hugely humble man, dedicated to the growth of his devoted students. The studies and the friendship I enjoyed with him will remain with me as some of the most important aspects of my life. I feel it is of enormous credit to Ennio Nicotra that he manages to recreate this bond with his students and work with the most probing of expertise, whilst still keeping the humanity and humour we all enjoyed in the classes of Ilya Musin.

Participation is open to experienced conductors aspiring to develop their professional credentials and technique. Less experienced but promising conductors developing their baton skills are also encouraged to apply. All sessions will be open to every attendee but time with the orchestra will be allocated to the more experienced group. Space for the workshop is limited.

Thanks to Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne and 80/20 Foundation for their support and contributions toward making this Workshop a reality and success.

Andrew Constantine, Music Director

Described by the legendary Ilya Musin as “a brilliant representative of the conducting art”, and by Yuri Temirkanov as, “the real thing. A serious conductor,” Andrew Constantine is Music Director of both the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and the Reading Symphony Orchestra. In 2004, he moved to the United States to become Associate Conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and has worked regularly with almost all the London orchestras and many other major orchestras throughout the world. In 1991, Constantine was the first winner of the Donatella Flick Conducting Competition and recipient of a prestigious NESTA Fellowship. He holds an Honorary Doctor of Music degree from the University of Leicester for his “services to music.”

Ennio Nicotra is recognized as a leading teacher of conducting through his classes around the world at many of the leading music institutions. A distinguished conductor and pianist in his own right, Professor Nicotra was a pupil and assistant to the great Ilya Musin in St. Petersburg and the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena. He is the authorof the critically acclaimed book/DVD “Introduction to Orchestral Conducting Technique” (Edizioni Curci, 2007) and since 2011 is professor of conducting at Milano-Bicocca University.

Host & Location
Now entering its 73rd season, The Fort Wayne Philharmonic’s mission is to inspire and foster a lifelong love of symphonic music through performance and education. Music director Andrew Constantine leads the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. All programming is made possible by the support of community individuals, businesses, corporations and foundations. The Phil is a member of the League of American Orchestras and a funded member of Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne, the Indiana Arts Commission and National Endowment for the Arts. For additional information, log on to the website:

Most workshop sessions will be held at Rhinehart Music Center at Indiana University, Purdue University Fort Wayne. The official address of the hall is 2101 E Coliseum Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46805. Some sessions and activities may be held at other locations with Fort Wayne city limits. Participants will be responsible for their own transportation during the workshop.

Hotel Suggestions:
Holiday Inn Ft. Wayne-IPFW & Coliseum
Address: 4111 Paul Shaffer Dr, Fort Wayne, IN 46825
Phone: 260-482-3800

Hyatt Place Fort Wayne
Address: 111 W Washington Center Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46825
Phone: 260-471-8522

Hilton Fort Wayne at the Grand Wayne Convention Center
Address: 1020 S Calhoun St, Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Phone: 260-420-1100

Courtyard Fort Wayne Downtown at Grand Wayne Convention Center
Address: 1150 Harrison St, Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Phone: 260-490-3629

Repertoire will include: Brahms Symphonies 2 and 4, Haydn Symphony 104, Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5 and “Romeo and Juliet,” Mendelssohn “Hebrides” Overture, Schubert “Unfinished” Symphony, Beethoven Symphonies 1, 2, 5, and “Coriolan” Overture, Mozart Symphonies 39 and 40, Rimsky-Korsakov “Scheherazade” moves. 1, 2 and 3.

Participants should choose four movements from the above list to focus on.

Fill out application form at
Please email resume and letter of recommendation to:

Fees & Tuition
Application Fee – $25 at time of application

Student Conductor Fee – $800 payable upon acceptance
Observer Conductor Fee – $300 payable upon acceptance

Fees payable here or by mailing a check/money order (“The Fort Wayne Philharmonic”) to:

Fort Wayne Philharmonic
4901 Fuller Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46835

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