As a conductor seeking the experience of working and learning in a chamber ensemble setting, you will establish and develop meaningful and enduring artistic connections under the guidance of a renowned faculty.
Sixteen (8 intermediate and 8 advanced) applicants will be selected into the conducting track. The intermediate track is a wonderful opportunity for those who have studied conducting, but need to either “brush-up” on their skills or continue refining their skills following undergraduate choral conducting classes. The advanced track is most appropriate for those who have studied advanced conducting at the graduate level or those with equivalent experience. Tony Thornton will be the masterclass clinician for the intermediate track and Simon Carrington will be the masterclass clinician for the advanced track. Each conductor will receive approximately 3 hours of podium time during the workshop! Those at the beginning stages of conducting study are welcome to audit. However, please note that the intermediate and advanced tracks are intended for those who have already completed undergraduate conducting studies or for those with conducting/teaching experience.
To apply for a conducting position, applicants must submit a resume or CV and a sample of their work via YouTube link. The sample should contain both rehearsal footage and at least one piece conducted in concert (a non-stop performance of a rehearsal piece is also acceptable), showing the conductor as the focal point. The video should not exceed 15 minutes.
The conducting faculty will assign each conductor a piece to conduct in the workshop concert on August 5. The two workshop ensembles will include members of the UMass Chamber Choir, the sixteen selected conductors, and auditioned singers from around the world. Each ensemble will consist of 28-34 members who will prepare and perform unaccompanied choral music from the sixteenth to the twenty-first century. Workshop sessions will be held in the Società Filarmonica, and we will close with a performance in one of Sarteano’s beautiful churches.
Private conducting sessions with Simon will also be available to conductors for an additional fee. Please see Simon to arrange this after the Workshop has begun. All masterclass sessions and private conducting classes with Simon will be filmed. Conductors may also schedule a private voice lesson with Jamie-Rose Guarrine for an additional fee.
Simon Carrington will present a Mini-Intensive, A Personal Approach to Choral Score Preparation, on Wednesday, July 27. Details coming soon!