Saturday, June 17 is arrival day. You should plan to arrive in Bucharest between 13:00 and 16:00 local time. Students make the trip to Bacau on the Institute coach. You’ll have time for a late supper after check-in at the Hotel Decebal. The Advanced Conducting Academy opens on Sunday, June 18 with a faculty concert at 11:00. A welcome session follows the concert, and the first evening instructional session begins at 16:00.

Faculty, Students & Friends

Celebrating after a concert – 2016 Institute

Evening sessions with piano sextet provide additional instructional time for participants to work through the next day’s repertoire with the faculty. Each conductor has 10 minutes with the sextet to prepare for the next full orchestra session Sunday through Tuesday. Two Classical orchestra concerts are presented at the end of the first week, and two Romantic sized orchestra concerts conclude the second week of the Advanced Academy.

Bryan (USA), Maestros Balan and Gutter - 2015 Institute

Bryan (USA), Maestros Balan and Gutter – 2015 Institute

The Institute schedule includes one free day with no rehearsal or concert. Optional side trips are available to explore the Romanian countryside, monasteries and historical and cultural sites.

Students depart for Bucharest on the night of June 30 for early morning departures from Otopeni Airport on Saturday July 1.

Ken Yanagisawa

Ken (USA) – 2013 – 2016 Institutes

The schedule is very rigorous so plan to arrive fully prepared to conduct all of your repertoire selections. Following morning sessions on Celibidache and Ferrara’s approach to conducting, participants conduct the full orchestra on each of 6 rehearsal days (Monday through Wednesday each week). Podium time for the full orchestra instructional sessions is 15 minutes for each participant. Conductors also receive 10 minutes of video review with a faculty member Monday through Wednesday.

Andy Sheng

Andy (USA) – 2016 Institute

Maestro Balan leads morning warm-ups and technical exercises, and Maestro Gambetta presents afternoon Embodied Conducting™ sessions designed to help conductors improve connections between their movement choices and musical intentions. Maestro Gutter leads weekly score study and musicianship sessions as well as Hindemith based hand independence exercises. Each instructional day ends with a evening wrap up gathering with Institute faculty and staff.

Jason (USA) - 2015 Institute

Jason (USA) & Piano Soloists (Romania) – 2015 Institute

Typical Instructional Day Schedule

  • 08:30 Morning Rehearsal Prep
  • 09:30 Full Orchestra Session
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 15:30 Embodied Conducting
  • 16:30 String Sextet Session Prep
  • 17:30 String Sextet Session
  • 20:00 Evening Wrap-up

Typical Concert Day Schedule

  • 08:30 General Rehearsal Prep
  • 09:30 General Rehearsal
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 16:30 Embodied Conducting
  • 17:30 Concert Prep
  • 18:30 Concert
  • 20:00 Post Concert Dinner


Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 – Allegro marcato, Maestro Gambetta with the Bacau Philharmonic

Institute Alumni Comments

“I loved the program and will definitely consider returning..”
-2016 Institute conductor

“The combined amount of experience that all three faculty members share was remarkable. I am so glad that I got to have
equal time with each teacher.”
-2015 Institute conductor

“I thoroughly enjoyed the institute and would definitely consider attending again. Overall, it was a wonderful experience
offering a lot of opportunity for growth.”
-2014 Institute conductor