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 workshops 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 workshops varies 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), as well as an immersive 5-day course presented in September 2018 in collaboration with the Royal Opera House and National Opera Studio on conducting for opera.

Following each workshop, 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 workshops

Who is eligible to apply?

Phase 2 workshops 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 workshop (see ‘Upcoming Workshops’ 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 workshop 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 workshops varies depending on the duration and setting. Please refer to the dedicated page for each workshop (see ‘Upcoming Workshops’ above).

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

Any further questions?

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


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