Conductor PD

Next Program Starts:
Monday 11 - Friday 15 July
9am to 5pm
Santa Sabina College Strathfield

Join us for an exciting new Conducting Professional Development event run by the Sydney Youth Orchestras (SYO) in collaboration with ABODA NSW. The program will be facilitated by SYO Head of Orchestral Training James Pensini and presenters will include Stephen WilliamsElizabeth Scott and Jeremey Woolstenhulme (appears courtesy of Neil A Kjos Music Company).

 

Specifically targeted at Conductors working in a school and/or community situation, participants will:

  • Complete the ABODA Level 1 conducting accreditation
  • Shadow SYO conductors and their ensembles (String Orchestra, Wind Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra) 
  • Conduct a string ensemble of senior SYO players
  • Work with a leading piano accompanist to refine gestural communication
  • Observe the SYO HSC Winter School focused on HSC Performance (optional)
  • Experience first-hand “the SYO way” of Orchestral Training
  • Meet and network with likeminded colleagues

Cost:

$816* per participant

$663* Regional Conservatorium Staff or live more than 200 kilometres from the Sydney CBD

$663* Concession/Full Time Student 

*Price includes 2022/23 ABODA NSW membership and lunch each day and transaction fees 

Maximum 20 Participants.

About the ABODA NSW Level 1 accreditation:

This practical course is designed for musicians studying at a tertiary level or who are starting out on their instrumental conducting careers, looking to learn or fine-tune basic conducting and rehearsal techniques. Suitable for musicians who have never conducted before through to those who have found themselves conducting ensembles but have had little to no formal conducting training. Topics to be covered include conducting mechanics (simple and compound time signatures, pauses, tempo changes etc.), cueing, score preparation and rehearsal techniques.

Reserve Your Place

Have questions? Contact James Pensini  

One-Off Session

  • Cost:     $350
  • Number of Sessions:     1
  • Length of Sessions:    90 Minutes
  • Frequency of Sessions:      N/A
  • Number of Participants:    1-5 Participants (Extra participants $25 per person)
  • Online or Face-to-Face:     Either
  • Topics Covered:    Introduction/refinement of the mechanics of Conducting, The SYO approach to Ensemble Music Making
  • Ideal For:     Regional Conservatoriums, Music Departments, Conductors of Community Ensembles, Conductors of School Ensembles

Four Session Package

  • Cost:     $1,200
  • Number of Sessions:     4
  • Length of Sessions:  90 Minutes
  • Frequency of Sessions:    One per school term
  • Number of participants:     1-5 Participants (Extra participants $25 per person)
  • Online or Face-to-Face:    Either
  • Topics Covered:        Introduction/refinement of the mechanics of Conducting, The SYO approach to Ensemble Music Making, Score and Rehearsal Preparation, "Being the Music", Repertoire 101
  • Ideal For:    Regional Conservatoriums, Music Departments, Conductors of Community Ensembles, Conductors of School Ensembles

SYO Conductor Mentoring Program

  • Cost:    $3,500
  • Number of Sessions:    12
  • Length of Sessions:    90 Minutes
  • Frequency of Sessions:    One per month
  • Online or Face-to-Face: Either
  • Number of Participants:  For Individuals
  • Topics Covered:    Monthly sessions on any aspect of Conducting/Ensemble Music Making, Ongoing phone/video/email mentoring with SYO Head of Orchestral Training , Shadow SYO Conductor/s at SYO Rehearsals and Concerts,  1 hour of podium time with an SYO Orchestra/Wind Orchestra, Participant in Winter/Summer School Face to Face PD Program, Participant in Conduct an SYO Ensemble PD Day
  • Ideal For: Keen individuals seriously looking to improve their craft as a Conductor

Conduct an SYO Ensemble PD Day

  • Cost:    $400 (Participant) $300 (Observer)
  • Number of Sessions:     1
  • Length of Sessions:    5 hours
  • Frequency of Sessions:      N/A
  • Number of Participants:  For Individuals
  • Online or Face-to-Face:    Face-to-Face only
  • Topics Covered:    Introduction/refinement of the mechanics of Conducting, The SYO approach to Ensemble Music Making, Score and Rehearsal Preparation, "Being the Music", 15 minutes of podium time with an SYO Orchestra/Wind Orchestra followed by feedback

Presenters

Orchestral Musicianship Essentials

Orchestral Music 1900-2000

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