11th International Sasha Mäkilä Conducting Masterclass in Mikkeli, Finland

January 9-14, 2017

St. Michel Strings 

Ten participants will get an intense masterclass experience over six days in Mikkeli, Finland, working with maestro Sasha Mäkilä and St Michel Strings chamber orchestra. The course consists of four rehearsals and two public concerts as well as sessions with piano every day after the rehearsal. Each participant will enjoy a minimum of 20 minutes daily podium time with the orchestra, plus the concert on January 13th and/or 14th. The repertoire consists of string orchestra core repertoire, and the focus of the masterclass will be conducting technique and communication skills with the orchestra. Participants are allowed to videotape all the sessions. The participants are encouraged to bring their instrument (especially if hey are string players) and join the orchestra during the rehearsals as well as in concert.

The course fee is 1240 EUR total, consisting of a 100 EUR reservation fee and the remaining 1140 EUR to be paid before or on the first day of the masterclass. Each participant will take care of their accommodation by themselves (more info under the Location link). There will be a limited number of places for passive participants who will be willing to play in the masterclass orchestra - ask!

Deadline for the applications is November 28, 2016.


Studying with Sasha Mäkilä is the best thing I could've done to help my development as a conductor. He has inspired me to think of the different colors of the orchestra, and how I can encourage the musicians, both through interaction and technique, to showcase the music. Sasha Mäkilä makes himself relatable to his students so that he creates an environment of good communication, creativity, and learning.
Dorian Neuendorf, USA