Advanced Conducting Academy June 16 – June 30

Mastering the Concerto July 17 – 29

NEW Prelude Academy July 3 – 13 NEW

The International Institute for Conductors celebrates 2018 with the 20th edition of its acclaimed Advanced Conducting Academy,
the 3rd edition of the remarkable Mastering the Concerto course for conductors and soloists and the debut of the Prelude Academy,
a very special course designed for novice conductors and those preparing for graduate program auditions or conducting competitions.
With the addition of this extraordinary program, the Institute offers an unrivaled curriculum that includes concentrations in orchestral
and opera repertoire, orchestra with soloists and audition/competition preparation.

The number of conducting workshops has increased dramatically over the last 15 years, but there’s only one
International Institute for Conductors with a 20-year track record of presenting outstanding conductor training
programs. No other workshops offer more podium time, higher quality of instruction at a lower price than the
Institute. Go ahead and shop the competition. If you’re still not sure, see what Institute students themselves
say about their experience on the Alumni page Then start an application!

Advanced Conducting Academy
The Advanced Conducting Academy gives experienced student and professional conductors the opportunity to work on challenging repertoire under the guidance of two 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. During the first week, conductors are offered the option to work with vocal soloists on up to 3 arias and duets from an extensive list of 18th and 19th century opera excerpts. The faculty may award one graduating conductor a return engagement as guest conductor with the Bacau Philharmonic for a fully professional concert with fee. 13 graduates from years past have been recognized with this award. MORE

Andrew (USA) with Maestro Gambetta - 2017 Institute

Andrew (USA) with Maestro Gambetta – 2017 Institute

NEW Prelude Academy NEW
Are you a novice conductor looking for your first workshop? Do you need great videos for graduate program applications? Do you need expert coaching to prep for auditions or competitions? Are you looking for an more affordable European summer conducting program that still offers a generous amount of podium time, daily instruction a master teacher and performance on a concert? If you answered “yes” to one or more of the above questions, then consider the Institute’s innovative Prelude Academy. Up to 12 conductors will join Maestro Gambetta in scenic Kiato, Greece on the shores of the Mediterranean in the heart of historic Corinthia for 10 days of discovery, study and performance. In addition to 140+ minutes of podium time, specialized coaching to prep for auditions and competitions and a “boot camp” for novice conductors, the program will include a cultural excursion to Ancient Corinth and the world famous Greek Theatre in Epidarius. MORE

Maestro Spell, Jennifer (Austria) & Prof. Percan - 2017 Institute

Maestro Spell, Jennifer (Austria) & Prof. Percan – 2017 Institute

Bacau Philharmonic

The Philharmonic Orchestra “Mihail Jora” of Bacau

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 10 conductors and 10 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

Kira (USA) and violinist Olivia (USA) - 2017 Institute

Kira (USA) and violinist Olivia (USA) – 2017 Institute

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

  • an outstanding curriculum,
  • an exceptional faculty,
  • impressive repertoire lists,
  • an incomparable amount of podium time,
  • a responsive, professional orchestra,
  • individually tailored programs of study,
  • a supportive, collegial environment,
  • an extraordinary administrative staff,
  • a 20-year track record of success,
  • 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

“I had an amazing time at the Institute. I learned so much about technique and musicality I had never considered
before. I am definitely considering returning.”
-2016 Institute conductor

“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