Two New Programs for 2017!

Advanced Conducting Academy June 17 – July 1

Conducting Choral Masterpieces June 3 – 17

Mastering the Concerto July 18 – 30

NEW Iasi Choir Conducting Fellowship & Singers Residency June 3-10 NEW

NEW Prelude, Audition & Competition Academy July 6 – 16 NEW

The International Institute for Conductors celebrates 2017 with the 18th edition of its acclaimed Advanced Conducting Academy,
the incomparable Conducting Choral Masterpieces workshop, the 2nd edition of the remarkable Mastering the Concerto course
for conductors and soloists and the introduction of two new groundbreaking programs, the Iasi Choir Conducting Fellowship
and Singers Residency
and the Prelude, Audition and Competition Academy for conductors preparing for graduate
program auditions or conducting competitions. With the addition of these two extraordinary opportunities, the
Institute offers an unrivaled curriculum that includes concentrations in orchestral repertoire, choral
conducting, orchestra and chorus, orchestra and soloists and audition/competition preparation.

2015 Conducting Choral Masterpieces: Highlights from Brhams’s Ein deutsches Requiem

Advanced Conducting Academy
The Advanced Conducting Academy gives experienced student and professional conductors the opportunity to work on challenging repertoire under the guidance of three veteran professional conductors, each with decades of teaching experience. Advanced Academy conductors receive approximately 210 minutes of podium time including instructional sessions with full orchestra and piano sextet, 2 general rehearsals and 2 concerts plus daily video review sessions with faculty. In addition to these summer conducting opportunities, the faculty may award one graduating conductor a return engagement as guest conductor with the Bacau Philharmonic for a fully professional concert with fee. Eleven graduates from years past have been recognized with this award. MORE

The Bacau Philharmonic and Iasi Philharmonic Choir - 2015 Institute

The Bacau Philharmonic and Iasi Philharmonic Choir – 2015 Institute

Mastering the Concerto
In 2010 the Institute added its enormously successful Conducting Concertos program as a unit within the Advanced Conducting Academy. After 5 years of countless requests from students and alumni to increase opportunities for students to work with soloists, we developed a new intensive course for conductors and soloists. The Institute will accept up to 12 conductors and 8 soloists for 12 days of instruction with the Institute faculty and Vidin, Bulgaria State Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductors will work orchestra and soloist on 2 complete concertos at least 15 minutes daily plus 10 minutes daily with soloist and string sextet. Soloists will work at least 15 minutes daily with full orchestra and 10 minutes daily with string sextet on 2 complete concertos selected from a lengthy list of concerto repertoire. The course will conclude with 2 days of general rehearsals and concerts in which all conductors and soloists will perform. MORE

Jason (USA) - 2015 Institute

Jason (USA) – 2015 Institute

NEW Iasi Conducting Fellowship and Singers Residency NEW
Following the successful launch of Conducting Choral Masterpieces in 2015, the Iasi Philharmonic Choir management and artistic staff expressed an interest expanding its partnership with the Institute. After a year of discussions and planning, the International Institute for Conductors and the Iasi Philharmonic Choir are pleased to present the first Iasi Choir Conducting Fellowship and Singers Residency. This truly revolutionary summer performance and study opportunity brings college choir directors and their most promising student vocalists together for an unforgettable week of rehearsing and performing with Romania’s premier professional choir. Choir directors accepted as conducting fellows conduct the Iasi choir in daily rehearsals for 40 minutes plus 30 minutes of dress rehearsal and 15 to 20 minutes of the final concert. Conducting fellows also choose 4 of their best student vocalists to accompany them to Iasi for a week of singing and performing with the Iasi Philharmonic Choir. Choir director can qualify for a full tuition scholarship. MORE

The Philharmonic Orchestra “Mihail Jora” of Bacau

The Philharmonic Orchestra “Mihail Jora” of Bacau

Conducting Choral Masterpieces
The Conducting Choral Masterpieces workshop is designed to address the gap in most conductor training programs between choral and instrumental conducting. Choral conductors will gain valuable experience and acquire the skills and techniques needed to conduct choral works with orchestral accompaniment while instrumental conductors will learn how to better communicate with vocalists through gesture and language all while studying 3 great masterpieces from the orchestral/choral repertoire. Workshop conductors each receive approximately 215 minutes of instructional time on the podium including sessions with piano sextet and vocal quartet, full chorus with piano sextet, full orchestra and orchestra with full chorus. All participating conductors also receive 60 minutes of video review with faculty, and they will conduct selections from the repertoire on 2 of 3 public concerts. MORE

Justin (Canada) with vocal soloists – 2013 Institute

Justin (Canada) with vocal soloists – 2013 Institute

Conducting Opera Arias
During the first week of the Advanced Conducting Academy, conductors can choose to work with vocal soloists on up to 3 arias and duets from an extensive list of 18th and 19th century opera excerpts. See the repertoire list and program details on the Advanced Conducting Academy page.

NEW Prelude, Audition and Competition Academy NEW

The International Institute has earned its reputation as one of the world’s most respected summer conductor training programs by consistently providing conductors of all ages with:

  • an outstanding curriculum,
  • an exceptional faculty,
  • impressive repertoire lists,
  • an incomparable amount of podium time,
  • a responsive, professional orchestra (and choir),
  • individually tailored programs of study,
  • a supportive, collegial environment,
  • an extraordinary administrative staff,
  • and incredible hospitality

that combine to create a truly transformational experience. You need not take our word that these claims are true. Visit the Institute Alumni Page and read the student comments at the bottom of each page.

Institute Alumni Comments

“The Advanced Conducting Academy concerts were the highlight of each week. It was wonderful to conduct a full
movement with the full orchestra in a real concert setting with a real audience.”
-2015 Institute conductor

“When you consider the podium time, the variety of repertoire, and the opportunity to conduct concertos, this is
a fantastic value, financially and artistically!”
-2014 Institute conductor

“The orchestra is fantastic and unbelievably responsive, and the faculty is excellent. I feel I progressed tremendously
in the two weeks.”
-2013 Institute conductor

“I loved the summer course, and I hope I will come back someday and take the course again!”
-2012 Institute conductor