Conductors Institute

Dr. Gene Moon

Program Coordinator

The Conducting Institute at SSMF offers two tracks for program participation:
Conductors Institute Apprentice Program

Sewanee Summer Music Festival Apprentice Conductors Institute 

8 conducting participants (herein known as Apprentice Conductors) will be accepted to the 2020 Conductors institute, held concurrently with the Sewanee Summer Music Festival.  Audition to this program is based on submitted audition videos, resume and recommendation letters. Specific audition information can be found on our audition page, and on (get accepted page). Apprentice Conductors will meet daily with program director Dr. Gene Moon and have regular classes and seminars with festival faculty and guest conductors. Seminar topics will range from repertoire introduction, conducting technique, score study technique, rehearsal technique, concert programming, community relations, marketing, publicity, educational outreach and more. Regular podium time with 4-hand piano, piano quintet, small ensemble, and full orchestra is included in the experience of Apprentice Conductors. 

This program is designed for instrumentalists who are thinking about a conducting career, or early-stage conductors in undergraduate or graduate programs. 

Audition requirements 

Videos must be in the orchestra’s POV and give focus upon the conductor. The video must include at least two contrasting works and not exceed 15 minutes.

Videos should show applicants conducting a full orchestra, wind ensemble or chamber ensemble. Applicants may also submit videos with piano, but an ensemble of at least six musicians is preferred.

Tuition: $3275

Room and Board: $1850

Single room fee: $350

Scholarship funding opportunities are available for apprentice conductors to work in the library or perform in one of our orchestras

Supplemental Study in Conducting

Conducting seminar (class) 

Open to any festival participant, regardless of prior conducting experience.  The conducting seminar will focus on the fundamentals of conducting, including baton technique and score study.  Seminar participants will attend Q&A sessions with festival conductors, and listening/study sessions in the Ralston Listening Library. 

Seminar participants will have limited podium that will focus primarily on fundamental techniques. The conducting seminar will meet twice weekly during the 4 weeks of The Sewanee Summer Music Festival. There is no audition requirement for the conducting seminar 

Fee for conducting seminar $450

Note – Students accepted into the Conducting Institute as apprentice conductors do not have to pay the conducting class fee.

For program questions, please contact -Dr. Gene Moon gmoon@calbaptist.edu

For all other program questions, please contact the Festival office.

Conducting Institute Sample Schedule 

Week 1
Tuesday: Seminar
Wednesday: conducting demonstrations
Thursday: Seminar
Friday: conducting technique
Saturday: Review class (video review of podium time to carefully observe technique, gesture, etc.)

Week 2
Tuesday: Seminar
Wednesday: Conducting demonstrations
Thursday: Seminar
Friday: Conducting demonstrations
Saturday: Review class (video review of podium time to carefully observe technique, gesture, etc.)

Week 3
Tuesday: Seminar
Wednesday: Conducting demonstrations
Thursday: Seminar
Friday: Conducting demonstrations
Saturday: Review class (video review of podium time to carefully observe technique, gesture, etc.)

Week 4
Tuesday: Seminar
Wednesday: Conducting demonstrations
Thursday: Seminar
Friday: Conducting demonstrations
Saturday: Review class (video review of podium time to carefully observe technique, gesture, etc.)