Orchestral Conducting Fundamentals

INS 424
Orchestral Conducting Fundamentals

July 15-19, 2019 / Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Room: ESM 120 (Ray Wright Room)
Neil Varon, director

This course is based on the technical, musical and psychological fundamentals that lead to a deeper level of communication between conductor and orchestra. The course is designed to approach general conducting skills/issues that are applicable to all musicians who wish to develop conducting skills. New conducting students will acquire and develop a strong set of basic fundamentals and musical values, upon which they can then build. Topics to be covered will include:

-Clarity of beat and gesture
-How do we convey music with our hands and the baton?—linking the musical mind and baton
-Freedom of movement—the language of movement types and artistic intent
-Changing of tempo—how do we learn to control the tempo in speeding up and slowing down?
-Building musical leadership from the podium—how does one study, and how does one then apply that study to actual orchestral music making?

Planning your arrival and departure:
First scheduled activity: Class begins Monday, July 15 at 10:00 a.m. in ESM 120 (Ray Wright Room)
Last scheduled activity: Class ends Friday, July 19 at 5:00 p.m.

Professional Development Hours: 30
$1,670 / 1 credit             CRN  22115
$755 / noncredit             CRN 22107

“Exceptional course. Professor Varon is a master teacher. Extremely knowledgeable and helpful to the development of the students.” – 2017 Summer Conducting Institute participant

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