Conducting Institute

Conductors Institute Apprentice Program

Four conducting participants (herein known as Apprentice Conductors) will be accepted to the 2022 Conductors institute, a 4-week program held concurrently with the Sewanee Summer Music Festival.  Audition to this program is based on submitted videos, resume, recommendation letters, and interview with the program coordinator. Specific audition information can be found on our audition page, and the application. 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. Podium time will include working with 4-hand piano, piano quintet, small ensemble, and full orchestra.

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

Program Coordinator
Dr. Gene Moon
Tentative Weekly Program

Each week includes group score study sessions, weekly private lessons, and roundtable discussions with guest conductors

Week 1
Technique and timing: Conductors will work with two-piano, string quartet ensembles focusing on repertoire selected prior to the start of the festival. Daily work on score study and podium time will be focused on conducting technique and score study retention.

Week 2
Chamber Ensemble: The repertoire from week one will be prepared by a chamber ensemble for performance at the end of week two.

Week 3
One-on-one conductor/composer collaborations. Prior to the beginning of the festival, conductors will be paired with composers for the preparation of a new work to be premiered at the end of the second week.

Week 4
Conductors’ World Premier Showcase. During this week composers will focus on the preparation, rehearsal and performance of new works in the final Conductor/Composer Showcase concert.

Note: ALL performances are professionally audio and video recorded.

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 (5 minutes of rehearsal video footage is recommended, as well). 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.

Participation Fees

Tuition: $2,600
This includes all lessons, masterclasses, coachings, and seminars for the four-week program.

Room & Board: $1,950
This includes all meals, a double occupancy room, and access to campus facilities including Fowler Athletic Center and duPont Library.

Single Room Fee: $350
Single rooms are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

Note: Students accepted into the Conducting Institute as apprentice conductors do not have to pay the Conducting Seminar fee.

Application Fees and Deadlines

Feb 18th, 2022 ( $35.00 app fee Oct. 15 — Feb. 18)

  • Priority application deadline
  • Scholarship available for all studios

March 25th, 2022 ($75.00 app fee Feb. 19— Mar. 25)

  • Final application deadline
  • Scholarship available for some studios

After March 25th, 2022

  • Applications after March 25th will be accepted on a case by case basis with limited scholarship availability. Some studios will be full.

For program questions, please contact -Dr. Gene Moon

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

Header Photo by David Andrews