6th International Sasha Mäkilä Conducting Masterclass/East Texas International Conducting Masterclass

May 26 - 31, 2015

Persimmon Hill Chamber Orchestra 

Eight Conducting Fellows will get an intense masterclass experience May 26-31, 2015 in Marshall, Texas, working with maestros Sasha Mäkilä, Mark Crim and the Persimmon Hill Chamber Orchestra, made of top players from across Texas and Louisiana. The course consists of four rehearsals and a public concert in the beautiful Baker Auditorium on the East Texas Baptist University campus, as well as daily sessions where we will work with two pianists and have lively discussions on programming, career development and community relations, among other topics!

Each Conducting Fellow will enjoy 80 minutes total podium time with the orchestra, 48 minutes with the pianists, plus the concert on May 31. The repertoire consists of both Finnish and international string orchestra classics, and the focus of the masterclass will be conducting technique and communication skills with the orchestra. Participants are allowed to videotape all the sessions. All participants are encouraged to bring their instrument and join the orchestra during the rehearsals as well as in concert. The final concert will be professionally videotaped with HD video and sound. A DVD of your performance is included in the course fee.

The course tuition will be $975US total consisting of a $200US reservation fee and the remaining $775US to be paid by May 15.

We are also accepting four Conducting Associates (48 minutes with two pianists and all classroom sessions but no time with the orchestra) for a tuition of $400US/whole masterclass or $100US/day.

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