The Advanced Conducting Academy is an intensive two week course for emerging professional conductors, in service educators and advanced student conductors that offers unequalled 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 the opportunity to choose repertoire form a carefully crafted 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
Beethoven: Coriolan Overture, Op. 62
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 55
Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56
Haydn: Symphony No. 88 in G major Hob I:88
Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture, Op. 26
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 56 “Scottish”
Mozart: Symphony No. 39 in E flat major, K. 543
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 in D major “Classical” Op. 25
Ravel: Pavane pour une infante dèfunte
Schubert: Symphony No. 2 in B-flat major, D. 125
Stravinsky: L’Histoire du Soldat
Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings, Op. 48

Week 1 – Opera Repertoire for Bass and/or Soprano
Mozart: “Solche hergelauf’ne Laffen,” Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail (bass)
Mozart: “In diesen heil’gen Hallen,” Die Zauberflöte (bass)
Rossini: “La calunnia ė un venticello,” I barbiere di Seviglia (bass)
Verdi: “Ella giammai m’amo,” Don Carlo (bass)
Wagner: “Mogst du, mein Kind,” Der fliegende Hollander (bass)
Mozart: “E Susanna non vien…Dove sono,” Le nozze di Figaro (soprano)
Mozart: “In quali eccessi…Mi tradi quell’alma..,” Don Giovanni (soprano)
Puccini: “Si, mi chiamano Mimi,” La boheme (soprano)
Verdi: “Follie! Follie!… Sempre libera,” La traviata (soprano)
Verdi: “Vissi d’arte,” Tosca (soprano)
Soprano/Bass Duets
Donizetti: “Quanto amore! Ed io spietata,” L’elisir d’amore
Donizetti: “Io son ricco e tu sei bella,” L’elisir d’amore
Bellini: “O amato zio, o mio secondo padre,” I puritani

Week 2 – Romantic/Contemporary Orchestra
Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra
Berlioz: Rakoczy March, Dance of the Sylphs, Will–o’-the-Wisps
Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68
Dvořák: Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op. 70
Elgar: Enigma Variations
Kalinnikoff: Symphony No 1 in G minor
Schumann: Symphony No. 1 in B-flat major, Op. 38
Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D major
Strauss Jr., J.: Die Fledermaus Overture, Op.362
Strauss, R: Till Eulenspiegel’s lustige Streiche, Op. 28
Tchaikovsky: Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture
Wagner: Prelude to Tristan und Isolde

Yohan Kwon (USA)

Yohan Kwon (USA) – 2016 Institute

The Advanced Conducting Academy tuition of US $3,095 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 60 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.

Ian (USA), Maestro Gutter & Florentina

Ian (USA), Maestro Gutter & Florentina (Romania) 2016 Institute

Auditing Opportunities, Guest Conducting Award and Discounts

The Institute offers Advanced Conducting Academy participants an option to audit the second week of the Conducting Choral Masterpieces workshop for an additional fee of only $795. Auditors may attend all workshop sessions. The fee also covers the cost of 7 additional nights at the hotel.

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 Conducting Choral Masterpieces are given a US $400 discount. (The discount cannot be combined with the scholarship.)

JongBin (S. Korea) and Maestro Balan - 2016 Institute

JongBin (S. Korea) and Maestro Balan – 2016 Institute

Hyoungil (S. Korea) and Maestro Gambetta

Hyoungil (S. Korea) and Maestro Gambetta – 2015 Institute

Dawn (USA)

Dawn (USA) – 2016 Institute


Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Prelude and Liebestod excerpt, Maestro Gutter 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