Conduct a Professional Orchestra at the 2017 Advanced Conducting Academy

Conduct a Professional Orchestra at the 2017 Advanced Conducting Academy,

The International Institute for Conductors will accept up to 12 conductors for two weeks of conducting study and performance at the 18th Advanced Conducting Academy in Bacau Romania from June 17 – July 1, 2017. 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 14th year as host orchestra.


Week 1 provides 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. 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 40 minutes of video review with faculty, score study and musicianship masterclasses and daily Embodied Conducting™ instruction.


The 2017 Advanced Academy repertoire list includes: Beethoven Coriolan Overture and Symphony No. 3, Brahms Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Haydn Symphony No. 88, Mozart Symphony No.39, Prokofiev Classical Symphony, Mozart “In diesen heil’gen Hallen,” Rossini: “La calunnia ė un venticello,” Mozart: “E Susanna non vien…Dove sono,” Mozart: “E Susanna non vien…Dove sono,” Donizetti: “Io son ricco e tu sei bella,” Bartok Concerto for Orchestra, Brahms Symphony No. 1, Dvořák: Symphony No. 7, Elgar Enigma Variations, Sibelius Symphony No. 2 and more.


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, 2017 receive priority consideration. Find complete details including faculty bios, repertoire, accommodations, student endorsements, fees and application at: or contact Charles Gambetta at or 336.317.3921.


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