The Advanced Conducting Academy is an intensive two week course that offers emerging conductors, working professionals, music educators and advanced student conductors unequaled flexibility and diversity to craft
a program of study tailored to each student’s specific interests and goals. During the first week Advanced Academy conductors have three options:

1) they can focus on pieces from the Classical sized orchestral repertoire;
2) they can decide to concentrate solely on arias and duets from 18th and 19th century operas as participants in the Institute’s immensely successful Conducting Opera Arias program that focuses on the vital skills and techniques every conductor needs to be an effective opera conductor; or
3) they may decide to create a hybrid program of both orchestral and operatic repertoire.

The second week provides conductors with opportunities to conduct virtuoso repertoire selected from an impressive list of 19th and 20th century masterpieces for large orchestra.

Bacau Philharmonic Concertmaster Stefano

Bacau Philharmonic Concertmaster Stefano

Choose the Music You Want to Study

You will use repertoire preference sheet to select the repertoire you would like to study during the Advanced Academy. You will list up to 4 different repertoire selections for each week: 4 for Classical orchestra and 4 large Romantic orchestra. You may also decide to repeat one of your repertoire selections for 2 sessions. Those who choose the Conducting Opera Arias option for Week 1 will work with professional soloists on arias and/or duets they select from an impressive list of opera excerpts.

Ken  Yanagisawa (USA)

Ken (USA) – 2013 – 2016 Institutes

Advanced Academy Repertoire

The repertoire list is quite extensive. Consider it a cafeteria menu from which you are able to choose the selections that best suit your needs and study goals. We believe you are the best judge of what you need to study so we invite you to create your own personal program of study.

Week 1 – Classical Orchestra
Barber: Adagio for Strings
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68
Haydn: Symphony No. 104 in D major ‘London,’ Hob.I:104
Janáček: Idyll for string orchestra JW 6/3
Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture, Op. 26
Mozart: Der Schauspieldirektor Overture, K. 486
Mozart: Symphony No. 39 in Eb major, K. 543
Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin
Respighi: Gli ucelli
Rossini: La Cenerentola Overture
Schubert: Symphony No. 3 in D major, D. 200
Wagner: Siegfried Idyll

Week 1 – Opera Repertoire for Soprano and/or Baritone
Mozart: Cosi fan tutte “Come scoglio” (soprano)
Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro “E Susanna no vien!… Dove sono?” (soprano)
Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro “Giunse alfin il momento… Deh vieni” (soprano)
Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia “Una voce poco fa” (mezzo)
Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro “Hai gia vinta la causa” (baritone)
Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro “Aprite un po’quegli occhi” (baritone)
Mozart: Don Giovanni “Madamina, il catalogo è questo” (baritone)
Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia “Largo al factotum” (baritone)
Donizetti: Don Pasquale “E il Dottore non si vede” (soprano & baritone)
Verdi: La traviata “Madamigella Valery?” (soprano & baritone)

Week 2 – Romantic/Contemporary Orchestra
Berlioz: Benvenuto Cellini Overture H 76
Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b
Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98
Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56a
Debussy: Prélude à l’Après-midi d’un faune
Dvořák: Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88
Enescu: Romanian Rhapsody: No. 1, Op. 11
Respighi: Fontane di Roma
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op. 35
Stravinsky: Firebird Suite (1919)
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64
Verdi: I Vespri Siciliani: Overture

Rebecca (USA) - 2017 Institute

Rebecca (USA) – 2017 Institute

The Advanced Conducting Academy tuition of US $2,995 provides for approximately 210 minutes of podium time including:

  • 15 minutes with full orchestra for each of 6 instructional sessions,
  • 10 minutes of instruction with piano sextet before orchestra sessions,
  • a weekly 20-25 minute general (dress) rehearsal,
  • a weekly 10-15 minute concert performance

plus 40 minutes of video review with faculty and all lectures and masterclasses. The fee also covers the cost of a semi-private room with breakfast. Single rooms are available at additional cost.

Alberto (Mexico) with Maestro Gambetta - 2017 Institute

Alberto (Mexico) with Maestro Gambetta – 2017 Institute

Guest Conducting Award and Discounts

The Institute faculty may award a professional return engagement as guest conductor with the Bacau Philharmonic during the following season to one outstanding conductor. Travel expenses are not part of the award; hotel accommodations are provided by the Philharmonic.

Returning Institute alumni receive a US $200 scholarship. Conductors participating in both the Advanced Conducting Academy and Mastering the Concerto are entitled to a US $400 discount (US $200 for each course they attend). For alumni attending multiple courses, the $200 scholarship will be divided equally between the two programs.

Francis (Hong Kong) - 2017 Institute

Francis (Hong Kong) – 2017 Institute

Soprano Soloist Diana (Romania) – 2015 Institute

Soprano Soloist Diana (Romania) – 2015 Institute

Radu (Romania) with Maestro Balan - 2017 Institute

Radu (Romania) with Maestro Balan – 2017 Institute


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

Institute Alumni Comments

“The Institute is a fantastic value; so much podium time condensed into such a short period of time is immensely valuable.”
-2016 Institute conductor

“The Institute is a much better value than any paid course out there that I’ve come across.”
-2015 Institute conductor

“The Institute is a cut above other workshops and masterclasses because of the amount of time with the orchestra,
especially in concert.”
-2014 Institute conductor