Conducting Masterclass – Description

Conducting Masterclass
with Prof. Johannes Schlaefli

15.07.2016 – 29.07.2016
Application deadline: March 31, 2016.
Participants selected for the masterclass will be informed by April 05, 2016

The conducting masterclass is designed for professional conductors and advanced conducting students. The class will be taught by Prof. Johannes Schlaefli. In order to enrich and intensify the course, the conductor James Lowe is invited to assist and give additional feedback and lessons.

There will be a maximum of 16 active participants, each of whom will have podium time of approximately 190 minutes. In addition to the time with the full orchestra, there will be conducting lessons with two pianos and with a chamber ensemble comprising 15 wind and string players.

The individual needs of each participant will be addressed in video analysis sessions, class meetings and coaching in front of the orchestra. Conducting technique, presence in front of the orchestra, understanding of the score and rehearsal techniques will be explored both in individual lessons as well as in group meetings. Additionally there will be some time concentrated on work on accompaniments with soloists.

As part of the course, two public concerts are planned for the participants, at each of which eight of the students will conduct. The allocation of the pieces or movements to be conducted in concert will be made during the course, and therefore, the whole course repertoire should be completely prepared. An appeal against this decision is not possible.

The masterclass will be accompanied by similar masterclasses for clarinet, trumpet, guitar, piano and piano-duo. In the period between the 14-20th July, ISA-Allegra offers a Choral Conducting class as well and all participants in the Orchestral Conducting masterclass are welcome to attend its sessions free of charge.

The culmination of the ISA-Allegra concerts will be a Gala Concert on the 20th of July, conducted by Prof. Johannes Schlaefli.

Masterclass Fees:
The fee for the course is €2200 for active participants excluding travel, but including accommodation and breakfast.
Application fee: €60 (non-refundable)
Deposit: €1600 payable upon acceptance due April 15, 2016
Balance: €540 payable due July 1, 2016

Please note: Тhis workshop is limited to 16 conductors as active (full) participants. These 16 participants will be selected after the application deadline March 31, 2016 and will be informed by April 05, 2016.

How to apply
1. Please go to the Application menu to send your application form, CV and link to Video excerpts on your homepage, YouTube, Vimeo or in a similar format.
2. Pay the application fee of €60 (non-refundable) via bank wire transfer.
Account Information:
First Investment Bank Ltd
Stefan Karadja Street 10
1000 Sofia
Foundation Allegra
IBAN: BG50FINV91501016721701
Reason for payment: your name
We also accept PayPal payment. If you choose this option, please contact us.

All participants will find their accommodation in a centrally located 3*** hotel in single rooms. The cost of accommodation with breakfast and transfer from and to Bucharest airport is included in the course fee.
If you wish to come together with a friend, please contact us for details.

Check-in is 15.07.2016, and Check-out 29.07.2016

The applicants also have the chance to get a price reduction for the course in the form of a scholarship. This is limited to a maximum of three students who will participate for fee reduced between 25% and 50%. If you want to apply for a scholarship, or if only such a scholarship enables you to participate in the course, please mention this at the corresponding place on the application form.