Phase 2

"It's impossible to put to words the immensity of the learning experience, the highest level of mentoring and the profound impact it had, and will continue to have on us." Lada Valesova, participant

Phase 2 courses each focus on a different genre of conducting and are led by a prominent female conductor in that field. Participants are female music professionals who likely already conduct to a moderate level or for whom expertise in a particular genre of conducting could transform what they are able to achieve in their current line of work.

The duration and format of Phase 2 courses vary depending on the genre it involves. So far, this has included 2-day sessions focusing on contemporary music (with Jessica Cottis) and choral music (with Sarah Tennant-Flowers), 2-day sessions specialising in ballet in partnership with the Royal Ballet, as well as immersive 5-day courses presented in collaboration with the Royal Opera House and National Opera Studio on conducting for opera.

Following each course, participants are sent footage of themselves in action to review at home, and are invited to join the RPS’ social network for all our course participants and leaders where they can seek encouragement, ask questions and establish helpful contacts for the future.

Upcoming courses

There are currently no upcoming Phase 2 courses.

    Who is eligible to apply?

    Phase 2 courses are for female music professionals (performers, educators or composers), aged at least 18 years old. Candidates should have some experience of conducting: for some it may be their primary vocation, for others part of a varied musical career. If you have relatively little conducting experience, you should make the case in your application for why learning more about this genre of conducting could transform your prospects, such as if you are a composer and the genre is conducting contemporary music so you can more ably conduct your own music, or if you are a repetiteur and the genre is conducting opera, given your integral role preparing singers for the stage.

    All applicants must be able to read full scores. Those granted places will be asked to familiarise themselves with several short pieces or musical extracts prior to attending.

    How can I apply?

    Applicants must complete an online application by the closing date. You will find these on the dedicated page for each course (see ‘Upcoming Courses’ above). Places are subject to availability and applications are assessed before your place is confirmed.

    A limited number of places are available for people with dedicated musical interests to observe part of the course rather than fully participate in it. This may interest you if you are contemplating a course like this in future but aren’t sure if it’s right for you now, or would like to learn more generally about the principles of conducting, or if the course was oversubscribed and we could not grant you a place as a participant.

    How much does it cost

    The cost of Phase 2 courses varies depending on the duration and setting. Please refer to the dedicated page for each course (see ‘Upcoming Courses' above).

    Observer tickets will likely be available for some sessions: please also refer to each course’s dedicated page for more information.

    Any further questions?

    If you have any queries about Phase 2 courses or are not sure whether they are right for you, please do not hesitate to contact us.


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