Program

Chorus America's 2023 Conducting Academy offers two program options – both are 7-day programs, running July 3-9.

Conducting Fellows, $1,300 

  • Repertoire:  Fellows will have an opportunity to conduct excerpts from three choral-orchestral works:
    • Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight – Florence Price
    • Dona Nobis Pacem – Ralph Vaughan Williams
    • Symphony No. 9, 4th Movement – Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Conducting in Final Performance:  The Academy will culminate in a final performance with orchestra in Meng Concert Hall. Each fellow will receive an assignment to conduct in the performance, which will be video recorded. 
  • Podium Time:  Each Fellow will have 20 minutes of podium time each day, consisting of sessions with piano, string quintet, and chorus as well as sessions with full orchestra and chorus. All sessions will be videotaped. 
  • Video Review Sessions and Lessons:  Video review sessions will be held each day and each Fellow will receive an individual conducting lesson. 
  • Faculty Forums:  The faculty will lead forums, dealing with issues such as performance practice, rehearsal technique, and the business of running a chorus. 

Conducting Scholars, $950 

  • Repertoire:  Scholars will have an opportunity to conduct three choral-orchestral works:
    • Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight – Florence Price
    • Dona Nobis Pacem – Ralph Vaughan Williams
    • Symphony No. 9, 4th Movement – Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Conducting a string quintet:  Each Scholar will receive an assignment to conduct in special Scholar podium sessions with string quintet and chorus, which will be video recorded.  
  • Conducting Classes and Lessons:  Faculty podium coaches will teach daily conducting classes specifically for Scholars during the week. These sessions will be accompanied by piano. Each Scholar will also receive one individual conducting lesson.
  • Observation of Podium Time:  Scholars will observe faculty instruction of the Fellows and can elect to sing in the Fellows final concert. 
  • Faculty Forums:  Scholars will have full access to the faculty forums.

 

For more information on applying to the 2023 Conducting Academy, see our Applications & Eligibility page.

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