An incomparable shared cultural experience!
The International Institute for Conductors’ growing partnership with the Iasi Philharmonic Choir has produced an extraordinary new summer program for in-service conservatory and college choir directors and their students. Directors will spend a week conducting Romania’s premier professional choir in rehearsal and performance while their student vocalists will spend a week in residence as members of the Iasi choir, singing and performing side-by-side with accomplished professionals. The Conducting Fellowship and Singers Residency are designed to complement the Conducting Choral Masterpieces workshop and to provide choir directors with the opportunity to recommend their most promising student conductors and singers to join them in this one-of-a-kind musical collaboration.

The Bals House, Iasi Philharmonic

The Iasi Philharmonic Choir Home

Singers Residency
Upon acceptance to the program, Conducting Fellows will select between 4 and 8 of their best student vocalists for participation in the Singers Residency program. In addition to collaborating with their Directors in a professional setting, these students will have the extraordinary opportunity to sit in and participate with the Iasi Philharmonic Choir. Tuition for the Singers Residency is a modest $795 US. A double occupancy hotel room with breakfast is included. Private rooms are available for an additional cost.

Iasis Philharmonic Rehearsal Hall

Iasi Philharmonic Rehearsal Hall

A Capella Repertoire
Edward C. Bairstow: I Sat Down under His Shadow
Franz Biebl: Ave Maria
Brahms: O Heiland, reiss die Himmel auf
Bruckner: Christus factus est
Bruckner:: Locus iste
Bruckner: Os justi
Pablo Casals: O vos omnes
Pavel Chesnakov: Blazhen muzh (from Op. 44)
René Clausen: Tonight Eternity Alone
Ola Gjeilo: Sanctus
David C. Dickau: O vos omnes
Nikolay Kedrov: Otche Nash
Morten Lauridsen: O Magnum Mysterium
Mendelssohn: Beati Mortui (TTBB a cappella)
Mendelssohn: Denne Er hat Engeln befohlen über dir
Mendelssohn: Frohlocket, ihr Völker auf Eerden
Palestrina: Kyrie (from Miss Papae Marcelli)
Arvo Pärt: Magnificat
Rachmaninov: Bogoroditsye Dyevo
John Tavener: Song of Athene
Schütz: Ach Herr, du Schöpfer aller Ding
Schütz: Selig sind die Toten
C. V. Stanford: Beati Quorum Via
Z. Randall Stroope: We Beheld Once Again the Stars
Giuseppe Verdi Ave Maria (from Quattro pezzi sacri
Eric Whitacre: Lux Nova

Repertoire with Instruments
Brahms: Schicksalslied (piano)
Petr Fiala: Gratia Musa Tibi (a cappella & gong) [manuscript]
Ola Gjeilo: Dark Night of the Soul (piano & string quartet)
Ola Gjeilo: O Magnum Mysterium (a cappella with solo cello)
Morten Lauridsen: Sure on this Shinning Night (piano)
Z. Randall Stroope: Sure on this Shining Night
(A pianist is provided. Nominal fee required for additional musicians.)

Opera Choruses
Boito: Choruses of Angels and Penitents
Boito: Finale “Prologue in Heaven” from Mefistofele
Mussorgsky: Coronation Scene from Boris Godunov
Verdi: Anvil Chorus from Il trovatore
Verdi: Chorus of Hebrew Slaves from Nabucco
Wagner: Spinning Chorus from Der fliegende Holläder (SSAA)

A Cappella Folk Songs
arr. Jan Krenz: Wesola (Polish, ed. Will Kesling)
arr. A. Novikov: Barynya (Russian, ed. Will Kesling)
arr. F. Rubstsov: Veniki (Russian)

A Cappella Spiriutals
arr. S. Gibbs: Rockin’ Jerusalem
Moses Hogan: The Battel Of Jericho
Moses Hogan: Elijah Rock
Moses Hogan: My Soul’s Been Anchored In The Lord

Romanian Works
Conducting Fellows will have the opportunity to conduct a Romanian work the Iasi Choir. The list of repertoire will follow in March 2017. (no student singers)

This repertoire list was selected with the sound of this professional chorus in mind. Additional works proposed by Conducting Fellows are welcome. However, all selections must be approved by Dr. Kesling in consultation with Iasi Philharmonic Choir Music Director Doru Morariu.

Iasi Philharmonic Choir

Iasi Philharmonic Corul academic Gavriil Musicescu

Conducting Fellows
The Iasi Choir Conducting Fellowship is an exclusive opportunity for college choir directors to gain international exposure on the professional stage. The Institute will accept up to 5 conductors for a week of rehearsals and performance with Romania’s premier professional choir. Each Fellow receives approximately 240 minutes of rehearsal plus 25 to 30 minutes of the dress rehearsal and a 15 to 20-minute performance on the final concert. (See the repertoire list below.) Fellows will take home HD video recordings of all rehearsals and the final concert for their archives, promotion and tenure materials or future job hunts, and Fellows can qualify for a full tuition scholarship! (*).

The Romanian National Theatre, Iasi

The Romanian National Theatre, Iasi

Conducting Fellow Scholarships
All Conducting Fellows receive a financial aid package made possible through generous underwriting from the Iasi Philharmonic Choir. All applicants must be able to fulfill the requirements of one of the options below before they are fully accepted as Conducting Fellows. Scholarships are awarded when CCM participants referred by Conducting Fellows have fully paid their CCM tuition.

Option 1: Conducting Fellows who bring 4 to 8 accomplished student vocalists to participate in the Singers Residency program AND send 1 accepted and fully enrolled conductor to the Conducting Choral Masterpieces (“CCM”) workshop will receive a full scholarship of $1,000 US that covers program fees and private hotel room with breakfast.

Option 2: Conducting Fellows who send 2 accepted and fully enrolled conductors to the CCM workshop will receive a full scholarship of $1,000 US that covers program fees and private hotel room with breakfast.

Option 3: Conducting Fellows who either send 1 accepted and fully enrolled conductor to the CCM workshop OR bring 4-8 accomplished student vocalists to participate in the Singers Residency program will receive a partial scholarship of $500 US. Fellows that choose Option 3 are responsible for the remaining $500 US tuition.

Brian (USA) & Anna Maria (Romania) - 2015 Institute

Brian (USA) & Anna Maria (Romania) – 2015 Institute

Iasi Choir Director Doru Morariu & Lisa Foltz USA

Iasi Choir Director Doru Morariu & Lisa Foltz USA

Iasi Choir with Soloists

Iasi Philharmonic Choir with the Bacau Philharmonic

Special Audit Opportunity
All Iasi Choir Conducting Fellows & Singers Residency participants are invited to observe all Conducting Choral Masterpieces instructional rehearsals, seminars, general rehearsals and concerts at no additional cost.


The Iasi Philharmonic Choir and Bacau Philharmonic, Dr. Will Kesling, Conductor

Institute Alumni Comments

“The program with the most podium time out there for the price we pay!”
-2016 Institute conductor

“The administration was fantastic! I knew exactly what was going on or what was necessary, and it was quite helpful in terms of preparation.”
-2013 Institute conductor

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