Summer Programs 2016

The Conductors Institute, an affiliate of The Bard College Conservatory of Music, offers a variety of study combinations that allow students to tailor their own programs. Students may enroll in the four-week program or one two-week segment of the Conducting Program for Fellows and Colleagues; in two-week programs, including the Discovery Program and the Composer-Conductor Program; or in the one-week program in Visual Score Study/Baton Placement and Body Movement Technique. For more information about individual programs, including application procedures and tuition, please see below.

Prelude: Visual Score Study/Baton Placement and Body Movement Technique

June 20 - 24
This program unites the study of Institute repertoire, using visual score study/baton placement techniques, with instruction in the Alexander Technique as it relates directly to the enhancement of performance skills and expression. Maestro Farberman teaches score study and baton placement. Alexander Farkas teaches the Alexander Technique.

Discovery Program

July 4 - 15
Directed by Eduardo Navega, the Discovery Program is designed for conductors who wish to improve their basic skills. It runs concurrently with the Conducting Program. Participants work with a string quartet in afternoon sessions five days a week for two weeks and attend all morning and evening sessions of the Conducting Program.

Postlude: Composer-Conductor Program

July 18–July 29
Composers who want to learn the fundamentals of conducting technique are encouraged to apply for this program. During the first week, composers attend all morning and evening sessions of the Institute and work in the afternoon on basic techniques, conducting a string quartet.

Conducting Program for Fellows and Colleagues

June 27–July 22
Available as a two-week session or as a full four-week session.

Fellows and Colleagues study with Maestro Farberman and guest conductors and composers in all Institute sessions.

Important Information

  • Text
    All students are expected to obtain and study The Art of Conducting Technique: A New Perspective, available from Alfred Publishing Co., Inc.
  • Conducting Faculty 
    Maestro Farberman anchors the faculty of visiting guest conductors. New visiting faculty and new repertoire each week assure all Institute participants of exposure to a variety of expert opinions.
  • Evening Lectures 
    Scholars, composers, and conductors present regularly scheduled evening lectures.
  • Public Concerts 
    Fellows and Colleagues conduct the Institute Orchestra in weekly "pass the baton" concerts.
  • Videotaping 
    All conducting sessions are videotaped, in VHS format, for self-assessment and evaluation. Participants are expected to provide blank videotapes; those who prefer digital recording may bring their own equipment.
  • Scholarships 
    A limited number of merit-based scholarships are available.
  • Scores 
    Participants are expected to bring their own scores for Institute repertoire.
  • Housing 
    On-campus housing is provided at the following rates: $200 per week for a single room; $150 per person per week for a double room.
  • Dining 
    Dining and kitchen facilities are available on campus.
  • Refunds 
    No refunds will be issued after the start of the Institute.


Institute repertoire will include:
  • Beethoven — Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21
  • Bernstein — West Side Story Suite (Orchestral Dances)
  • Brahms — Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80
  • Mahler — Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp Minor
  • Mozart — Symphony No. 35 in D Major, K.385, "Haffner"
  • Prokofiev — Classical Symphony, Op. 25 (mvmts. 1 and 2)
  • Rachmaninoff — Symphony No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 27
  • Sibelius — Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43
  • Stravinsky — Firebird Suite
  • Richard Wilson — Silhouette in Revelry