The International Institute for Conductors is pleased to announce the addition of the Prelude Academy to its catalog of summer conducting workshops and courses. The Institute faculty developed this very special program to serve four traditionally underserved groups of conductors:

  • novice conductors searching for an outstanding yet inexpensive first workshop,
  • music educators who wish to improve their conducting skills,
  • student conductors preparing for graduate conducting study,
  • advanced conductors preparing for competitions or professional auditions.

The program has room for up to 12 conductors who will join Maestro Charles Gambetta for 10 days of intensive study, practice and performance on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea in historic, scenic Kiato, Greece.

Seaside in Kiato Greece

Seaside in Kiato, Greece

The Apollo Temple

The Apollo Temple, Ancient Corinth


Maestro Gambetta has carefully selected repertoire for each of the three tracks. Novices are encouraged to choose pieces from the Prelude list. Conductors preparing for auditions or competitions are free to choose from any category.

Prelude List
Barber: Adagio for Strings
Beethoven: Symphony No. 1, Op. 21 (1st Mvts 1 & 4)
Beethoven: Coriolan Overture, Op. 62
Brahms: Hungarian Dances 1-5
Dvořák: Serenade for Strings, Op. 22 ( Mvts 1 & 2)
Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46
Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel Prelude
Mozart: Divertimenti, K. 136 & 138
Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik, K. 525
Mozart: Impresario Overture, K. 486
Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte
Saint-Saëns: Danse macabre, Op. 40
Schubert: Rosamunde Overture, D. 644
Strauss, J: Kaiser-Walzer, Op. 437
Tchaikovsky: Marche Slave, Op. 31
Wagner: Die Meistersinger Prelude
Verdi: Aida Triumphal March

Auditions List
Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 2 – 8
Beethoven: Egmont Overture, Op. 84
Beethoven: Leonore Overture No 3, Op. 72b
Brahms: symphonies Nos. 1 – 4
Britten: Simple Symphony, Op. 4
Dvořák: Symphonies Nos. 8 & 9
Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture, Op. 21
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90
Mozart: Die Zauberflöte Overture, K. 620
Mozart: Symphony No. 41 in C major, K. 551
Schumann: Symphony No. 1 in Bb major, Op. 38 (3rd Mvt)
Schumann: Manfred Overture, Op. 115
Schumann: Symphony No 4 in D minor, Op. 120
Stravinsky: Firebird Suite (1919)
Stravinsky: Petrouchka (1945)
Tchaikovsky: Symphonies No 4 & 5
Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture
Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings, Op. 48

Competitions List
Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra
Copland: Appalachian Spring (13 insts)
Debussy: La mer
Debussy: Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
Dvořák: Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op. 70
Mendelssohn: Midsummers Night Dream Overture
Mozart: Symphony No. 38 in D major, K. 504
Mozart: Symphony No. 39 in Eb major, K. 543
Strauss, R: Don Juan, Op. 20
Strauss, R: Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28
Stravinsky: Danse sacrale from Le sacre du printemps
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74

Roman Ruins at Ancient Coriinth, Greece

Roman Ruins at Ancient Coriinth, Greece

Ian Niederhoffer (USA)

Ian (USA) – 2016 Institute

Novice Conductor Track
Maybe you recently took a conducting class, or perhaps you’ve recently started private conducting lessons, and you feel ready to stand in front
of a professional ensemble for the first time. The Novice Track provides
you with a carefully selected repertoire list that will facilitate your technical development while thoughtful, supportive instruction from the faculty corrects physical problems, deepens your musicianship and builds your confidence.

Music Educator Track
After a few years of conducting band or orchestra, music educators often find deficiencies in their conducting that they would like to address. The Music Educator Track will fill those gaps while eliminating unproductive movement habits and refining their conducting practice in a safe, supportive learning environment.

Auditions Track
Are you considering graduate conducting study? Perhaps you feel ready
for your first conducting job. The Auditions Track will provide you with opportunities to study and conduct the pieces listed on many audition lists plus additional coaching from the faculty designed to help you successfully navigate the audition process.

Competitions Track
Are you considering an application for one or more conducting competitions? Maybe you have already applied. The Competitions Track will arm you with a competitive edge that will greatly increase your chances for success. Study and conduct repertoire you choose under the guidance of the Institute’s veteran faculty and get coaching and “intelligence” that will help you better prepare for the competition environment.

Assumption of Mary Orthodox Church, Kiato

Assumption of Mary Orthodox Church, Kiato

Dawn (USA), Adrian (Romania) & Maestro Gambetta

Dawn (USA), Adrian (Romania) & Maestro Gambetta

Relaxing at Water's Edge in Kiato

Relaxing at Water’s Edge in Kiato

The Prelude Academy tuition of $1,495 US provides for 150+ minutes of podium time with professional string quintet and piano composed of musicians from the Bacau Philharmonic and includes:

  • 6 fifteen-minute instructional sessions,
  • 6 10-minute instructional sessions,
  • 1 15 to 25-minute general rehearsal,
  • 1 10 to 15-minute public performance

plus 30 minutes of video review with faculty, an audition/competition prep masterclass, score study, musicianship, relaxation and daily Embodied Conducting™ instruction. The program fee also includes a semi-private hotel room with breakfast included from July 3 – 13. Private rooms are available for an additional charge.

Cultural Excursion
The Institute has plans for 1-day cultural excursion to Ancient Corinth and the world famous Great Theatre of Epidarius.

Discounts and Scholarships
Returning Institute alumni receive a US $200 scholarship. The Prelude Academy tuition is so low that the multiple course discount does not apply.

Institute Alumni Comments

“The maestros were all very supportive and insightful in their instructions whether it be analyzing the music, doing exercises
or instructing during podium time.”
-2016 Institute conductor

“I would say that, from my experience attending several workshops, the Institute’s organizing is by far the best.”
-2013 Institute conductor

“The Institute was amazing! The only course I had where everything is so organized that you really felt comfortable and safe.”
-2012 Institute conductor