Music Department Hosts International Conducting Workshop

Orchestra Director Heather Buchman will serve as coordinator.
Orchestra Director Heather Buchman will serve as coordinator.
The Hamilton music department is hosting the International Academy of Advanced Conducting after Ilya Musin, a conducting workshop with two renowned teachers who studied with the 20th century Russian pedagogue Ilya Musin, from Jan. 21 to Jan. 25.

The Hamilton Orchestra will act as the host ensemble playing for the workshop, with the college's orchestra director Heather Buchman as coordinator. The final performance for the workshop will take place at noon on Sunday, Jan. 25, in Wellin Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

The conducting faculty include Leonid Korchmar, the top staff conductor of the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg who also teaches conducting at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, and Oleg Proskurnya, who is on the faculty of Beloit College in Wisconsin. They have taught together for several years, and their workshops have attracted conducting students and professionals from around the world. Joining them will be Marianne Ploger, artist teacher in residence at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University, to work with the workshop participants on musicianship skills. Ploger will also lecture students in the Aural Skills class and the departmental ensembles (Orchestra, College Choir and Jazz Ensemble) on musical perception and ensemble skills. These lectures are free and open to the public.

This style of conducting, Conducting after Ilya Musin, is also known as the St. Petersburg style. Students of Musin include the Kirov Opera Music Director Valery Gergiev, who is one of the most widely performing conductors in the world, and Yuri Temirkanov, the artistic director of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic who also guest conducts widely.

This remarkable artistic undertaking offers an educational opportunity for the music department, students and the College community.
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