Diploma in Conducting
Aim of course
The aim of this course is to provide aspiring Conductors with practical and hands on experience of rehearsing and performing with Orchestras or Wind Ensemble. On completion of the course the successful student will be equipped to meet the demands of rehearsing/conducting various genres.
The course will examine all aspects of Conducting, Baton technique, rehearsal technique, score reading, analysis and interpretation and will continually provide opportunities for practical conducting experience. Participants will conduct and rehearse the RIAM Intermediate Orchestra for the duration of the course. These rehearsals will be supervised by the course tutor. Participants will also act as assistant to the Directors/conductors of the RIAM performing groups. These groups are as follows:
Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Junior Strings, Wind Ensemble.
It is also envisaged that course participants will be involved in RIAM Opera presentations.
The course will be enhanced with supporting studies which are directly related to the needs of the student conductor. In some instances and depending on the student’s previous studies, the student will be exempt from supporting studies or those elements as defined by the Head of Musicianship at the entrance interview
Works to be studied will include current repertoire of the RIAM Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Intermediate Orchestra and Junior Strings. Works will be agreed with the student’s Principal study (Conducting) and musicianship teachers in advance of commencement of the course. It is anticipated that works from each era, Classical, Romantic and 20th Century will be included.
Prospective applicants are required to fill out an application form and comply with the audition procedures. The completed form with the relevant application fee (non-refundable) should be submitted by the closing date, which is displayed on the application form. For details of fees and any other queries, please contact the General Office.
Course Duration: 1 Academic Year
Number of Weeks: 30
Contact Hours: Principal Studies [4 Hours per week] ; Supporting Studies [2 Hours per week]