UMass Conducting Institute

July 23-26, 2014

We are very excited to announce the fourth annual University of Massachusetts Amherst Conducting Institute! For four days this summer, join conductors Tony Thornton, Stephen Paparo, and Wayne Abercrombie, the Institute Chorus, and participants from across the country for masterclasses and seminars focused on the art of conducting. The Institute provides intensive training for early or mid-career conductors, significant podium time (ninety minutes plus!), private lessons, score study of accompanied and unaccompanied repertoire, and the opportunity to work with a resident string quartet and our outstanding Institute Chorus. Only 8 conducting fellows will be accepted into the program to ensure maximum podium time.

Those wishing to attend the Institute as an auditor (singing in the ensembles, but not conducting) may do so for a reduced fee. Preference will be given to those applicants who have completed conducting courses at the undergraduate or graduate level. Conductors leave inspired with new ideas and techniques to bring to their home ensembles.

Features of the 2014 Institute:

  • Generous podium time in front of the Institute Chorus (approximately 90 minutes!)
  • Conducting fellows will receive 2 private conducting lessons
  • Work with our resident string quartet
  • Improve and build your gestural vocabulary
  • Learn to apply musical analysis (historical, structural, and vocal) directly to your conducting technique
  • Explore effective rehearsal techniques and warm-ups
  • Learn group vocal techniques to develop a beautiful and stylistically appropriate ensemble sound
  • Feldenkrais for Conductors with Dr. Stephen Paparo
  • Network with colleagues

Music educators in Massachusetts may request Professional Development Points (PDPs) for their participation. Graduate credit is available ($145 for one credit; $245 for two credits) through UMass Continuing Education.

Would you like to sing in the Institute Chorus? Email Dr. Thornton at for more information.

Don’t miss the early registration deadline – May 31st, 2014!

Early registration until May 31st – $500
Late registration June 1-15th – $550

No applications will be accepted after June 15th.

CLICK HERE to Register Online

Coming from far away? Try flying into Bradley International Airport (closest option) or Boston Logan International Airport and take the Valley Transporter to campus!

UMass Conducting Institute Schedule is available HERE

Choral Repertoire 

Ave Verum Corpus – W. A. Mozart (Download)
Mass in G (Kyrie) – Franz Schubert (Download)
In Virtute Tua – Grzegorz Gorczycki (Hal Leonard – HL35010821; Mark Foster – MF2008)
My Spirit Sang All Day – Gerald Finzi (Boosey & Hawkes OCTB5814)
The Last Words of David – Randall Thompson (ECSPublishing 2294)
Beautiful Dreamer – Foster/arr. Parker-Shaw (Alfred Publishing LG00853)
Sicut cervus – Palestrina (Download)