Conducting Academy

09 Jul 2017 - 15 Jul 2017

California State University, Fullerton

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Build choral-orchestral skills and advance your career in a supportive learning environment with master teachers.

Chorus America’s Conducting Academy gives choral conductors a unique opportunity to develop choral-orchestral skills and enhance their university training.

During this week-long program, all participants will focus on two complete choral-orchestral works: the Haydn Lord Nelson Mass and the Duruflé Requiem, with a special emphasis on conducting and rehearsing string orchestras. A professional orchestra and chorus will be in residence, and the Academy culminates with a final performance of both masterworks. 

The Conducting Academy is hosted by California State University, Fullerton. A world-class, accessible faculty offers podium coaching, daily video review sessions, individual instruction, and symposia on topics such as string techniques, classical period performance practice, score preparation, and orchestral rehearsal procedures. 

*The application period for Conducting Fellows and Conducting Scholars has closed, but you can still participate as a Daily Observer for $50 per day.

Register here!


The 2017 Conducting Academy is sponsored by California State University, Fullerton and the Pacific Chorale. Funding support provided by Chorus America's John Alexander Conducting Faculty Chair endowment and the National Endowment for the Arts.



From the Academy Dean

Robert Istad“Chorus America’s Conducting Academy will fuse the intensive podium coaching of the finest masterclasses with the personal, supportive attention of music’s most celebrated conductors and educators. Chorus America has assembled a faculty of international significance for this exciting event! Every faculty member is admired as much for their amazing performing career as for their superb teaching. The Conducting Academy will invigorate aspiring professional conductors to deepen their capacity for orchestral technique and connect their intuitive musicality to precision and style. Every fellow will study with our incredible faculty in front of a professional orchestra and chorus, connect with superb colleagues, and be inspired to forever change the way they engage with the ensembles they lead. Regardless of your experience or position, Chorus America’s Conducting Academy will move your career to the next level.” – Robert Istad