Conducting

What do conductors gain from attending soundSCAPE?
The conducting institute is headed by Michael Lewanski, director of the award winning Ensemble Dal Niente. Participants in the institute will be assigned up to two commissioned pieces, for which they will conduct the world premiere at the festival in July. The commissioned pieces will be for small ensemble (4-6 players) and feature a variety of instrumentations. Conductors will also be assigned to prepare additional repertoire for performance at the festival. Accepted conductors are encouraged to submit ideas for pieces they would like to conduct for consideration in festival programming. Professor Lewanski will be present to mentor rehearsals for all performances.

How can soundSCAPE further my career aspirations?
More than just another festival, soundSCAPE is a place where musicians are encouraged to experiment, grow, and exceed what they thought possible. Participants forge relationships that have laid the groundwork for careers, which continue to inform their work as new music professionals. Life at the festival is experienced as a community; participants and faculty live, eat, and work together.

Who attends the festival?
Participants are selected from around the world. The new music community is close-knit, and you’re likely to find soundSCAPE alumni at centers of contemporary music making from Hong Kong to Australia, to Brazil and beyond. The composition and performance programs present musicians from a variety of backgrounds and aesthetics, with ample opportunities to learn about and from each other.

What other opportunities will I have to be involved?
We present workshops in improvisation, contemporary performance techniques, and career development. Conductors are invited to attend rehearsals of faculty ensembles and the FLUX quartet. All lectures and colloquia are open to participants as well.

What kinds of performance opportunites exist at the festival?
The soundSCAPE calendar is a busy one… In a typical festival we present the premieres of over 40 works. Most performances will be given at the Conservatorio Bruno Maderna; an intimate concert hall with seating for 90. Regional performances highlighting music composed for the festival may also be presented in nearby cities. All performances are recorded, and made available on the festival’s YouTube channel, and other media platforms.

How do I apply?
Conductors should fill out the online application form, including a listing of repertoire they have conducted. Applicants are also requested to submit video of two conducted performances; the pieces should be of contrasting styles, and one must feature a modern to contemporary work. Links to online video recordings are preferred (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.).

More questions?
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