Melbourne Youth Orchestras Conductor development program

Mark Shiell joins Summer School to share with participants his wealth of knowledge and approach to technique, score preparation, rehearsal and performance.

Don’t miss out on a week of intensive training with one of Australia’s most highly respected conductors.

This year represents a significant re­structure of the conducting program to focus on the development of the basis of an in-­depth conducting technique. Participants will work with Mark in the group and also one-­on-­one.

During morning sessions (with the exception of Friday morning) participants will study conducting technique in detail. Each morning a new area of technique will be introduced that will build upon the previous days work. These sessions will be with piano and will involve work with set exercises and excerpts to familiarise participants with the techniques presented. Over the course of the week this will build into an extensive range of concepts and techniques. These sessions will be filmed to provide participants with a lasting resource for their continued study and development.

In other sessions participants will:

● Prepare and study scores
● Develop rehearsal technique
● Observe orchestral, concert band and string ensemble rehearsals at MYM Summer School 2017
● Participate in masterclasses with the Chamber Orchestra
● Rehearse with the Chamber Orchestra

Each participant will receive a substantial amount of podium time and individual attention across the course of the week.

To ensure everyone benefits from the program, places are strictly limited and, due to high demand, we recommend you apply as early as possible.

Repertoire to include:
BEETHOVEN  Symphonies Nos. 1 & 7
BEETHOVEN  Egmont Overture
TCHAIKOVSKY  Symphony No. 5
STRAUSS  Die Fledermaus: Overture
MUSSORGSKY  Night on Bald Mountain
GRIEG  ‘Morning’ and ‘In the Hall of the Mountain King’ from Peer Gynt Suite
SIBELIUS  Finlandia Op. 26



STANDARD This program is not for beginners. Participants are expected to have the ability to read orchestral scores, have a basic understanding of conducting patterns and demonstrated experience conducting an ensemble.
OTHER Applicants will be contacted requesting a summary of their musical skills and previous conducting experience.


MarkShiell - 2MARK SHIELL 
Conductor Development Mentor

Dynamic conductor Mark Shiell’s passionate music-making invigorates audiences and musicians.

Shiell is also the Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the Zelman Memorial Symphony Orchestra and the Macquarie Philharmonia, and former conductor of Percy Grainger Youth Orchestra.

Whilst his commitment to his regular conducting posts account for the major portion of his yearly schedule, Shiell’s guest conducting has included performances with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Canberra Symphony, St. Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, Victorian Opera and Sydney Sinfonia.

Conducting engagements have taken Shiell across the globe but his love of community and youth music has kept him busy contributing to the growth and development of important initiatives in both of these areas here in Australia. Among these have been the Melbourne New Orchestra, State Music Camp, Melbourne Youth Orchestras Summer School, the Choir of the Southern Cross, the Canberra Concerto Orchestra and the Kanazawa Children’s Orchestra. Currently he is working to develop an annual regional orchestra weekend for ensembles from across Victoria to meet and perform together.


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