The Australian Conducting Academy Summer School took place from January 25 to January 31, 2020. Under the leadership of Director and TSO Principal Guest Conductor Johannes Fritzsch, participants benefited from rehearsals with pianists as well as six orchestra calls with the TSO over the course of the school.

The Australian Conducting Academy (ACA) is open to Australian and New Zealand permanent residents and plays a vital role in nourishing talented emerging conductors, and supports graduates in building substantial careers both in Australia and internationally.

The Australian Conducting Academy Brisbane Spring Module scheduled for 8-10 September 2020 has had to be cancelled due to the Queensland Government’s COVID-19 border closures and restrictions. Academy Director Johannes Fritzsch and organisational partners Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University and Queensland Symphony Orchestra made this decision with much regret.

One of the Spring Module participants Stefanie Smith will assist Johannes Fritzsch in a QSO Maestro project in October 2020.

Learn more about the role of ACA pianists Karen Smithies & Jennifer Marten-Smith in this interview with Director Johannes Fritzsch and Karen Smithies

Left: Johannes Fritzsch Principal Guest Conductor. Top row,L to R: Andrew Gorch; Benjamin Crocker; Jen Winley; Daniel Cooper. Bottom row, L to R: Vivian Horn; Evan Lawson; Sam Weller; Patrick Brennan.

Australian Conducting Academy 2020 Summer School participants: Patrick Brennan (NSW), Daniel Cooper (New Zealand), Benjamin Crocker (NSW), Andrew Groch (SA), Vivian Horn (VIC), Evan Lawson (VIC), Sam Weller (NSW), and Jen Winley (WA).

Emilia Bertolini

Soprano Emilia Bertolini  joined participants and TSO musicians at the 2020 Summer School to sing arias by Mozart and Nicolai courtesy of the Melba Opera Trust. Emilia is the 2020 holder of Melba Opera Trust’s John & Elizabeth Wright-Smith Scholarship and the Paulette Bisley Opera Scholarship.