Second Carolinas Orchestral Conducting Academy, hosted by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and the UNC Charlotte Chamber Orchestra

Announcing the Second Carolinas Orchestral Conducting Academy, hosted by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and the UNC Charlotte Chamber Orchestra.  Distinguished Guest Faculty:  Maestro Christopher Warren Green, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.

About the Academy

The Academy is intended for emerging conductors to refine existing skills, experiment with new conducting and rehearsal techniques, and develop their ensemble leadership skills in a supportive environment. Up to 10 active participants will be accepted for the workshop, with a limited number of auditors/observers. A minimum of 5 places are reserved for women.


The workshop is structured to emphasize practical experience. Each participant will receive roughly 45 minutes of podium time over three sessions with direct feedback and coaching from workshop faculty. Participants are welcome to video record all sessions on personal equipment for unrestricted use thereafter.


Friday March 31, 2017

3:30 – 4:30pm     Welcome, Workshop introduction

5:00 – 8:00pm     Conducting Session No. 1 with Dr. Govias (Each participant will receive approx. 15 minutes)

Saturday April 1, 2017

9:00 – 12:00pm   Conducting Session No. 2 with Dr. Govias (Each participant will receive approx. 15 minutes)

12:00-1:00pm     Lunch (provided for participants)

1:00-4:00pm       Conducting Session No. 3 with Maestro Warren-Green (Each participant will receive approx. 15 minutes)

Location: Robinson Hall and Rowe Hall, University of North Carolina at Charlotte


Applicants to the Academy should have completed a post-secondary degree in music, AND/OR have a history of conducting activity through professional engagements or position/ graduate studies/ participation in workshops. There are no restrictions on age or nationality.

Repertoire (to be prepared in its entirety):

Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 “Scottish”

The UNC Charlotte Chamber Orchestra will perform from the Bärenreiter 1843 edition.

To Apply

Applicants must

1) Complete the online form with links to no more than 10 minutes of online video footage (with access passwords if required)

2) Submit a cv by email to

There is no charge to apply. Deadline for application is 5pm ET on Friday February 3, 2017. Notification to successful applicants will be sent approximately one week following the deadline.


US Citizens or Permanent residents: $850 USD
International Participants: $1200 USD

Fees include tuition and lunch on Saturday. All other expenses for scores, travel, accommodation and food are the responsibility of the participants. Payment and receipt of fees in full is required one week after an application is accepted, or the participant’s place will be forfeited. Fees are non-refundable except in the case of cancellation of workshop by the organizers. The organizers can accept no responsibility for any, travel, accommodation or ancillary costs in the event of cancellation of event.


Maestro Christopher Warren Green, Music Director, Charlotte Symphony  (Session 3)
Dr. Jonathan Govias, Director of Orchestras at UNC Charlotte (Sessions 1 & 2)

About the Orchestra 

The orchestral program at UNC Charlotte reimagines the ensemble as an instrument of social potential, and its performances as an act of public service. Since 2013, under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Govias, the Chamber Orchestra has led numerous initiatives combining service with learning in North Carolina, Canada, England, Scotland and Israel, through side-by-side interactions and residencies with music education and outreach programs across the state.

The Chamber Orchestra represents the highest-level orchestral performance group at the UNC Charlotte. The ensemble is devoted to the exploration of the repertoire of the orchestra, as well as the art and science of musical collaboration. Students are accepted into the ensemble through a highly competitive audition process.

Professional Development Credit

1.0 Continuing Education Units in the State of North Carolina are available to all active participants completing the workshop.


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