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Caroline Sharpen, CEO Tasmania Symphony Orchestra

“We’re so pleased to announce that the Australian Conducting Academy is growing!

The TSO is incredibly proud to house this program in partnership with our colleagues - the professional symphony orchestras of Australia. By coming together as a network, all orchestras are making a contribution to increasing podium contact hours and providing a broad experience of professional conducing. The program director is Johannes Fritzsch, Principal Conductor of the QSO, Principal Guest Conductor of the TSO, one of Australia’s busiest and most admired conductors.

 

The expansion of the Australian Conducting Academy has been made possible by the support of the Ian Potter Foundation who shares our collective vision of creating clear professional pathways for musicians aiming to conduct our professional companies. A measure of our success will be the number of Australian conductors standing on our podiums and those across the world in years to come.

We can’t wait to begin!”

ACA Easter Module

11-14 April 2022

Johannes Fritzsch

Six invited participants from across Australia will join ACA Course Director Johannes Fritzsch, cello soloist Jonathan Békés, pianists Jennifer Marten-Smith and Karen Smithies, and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra for four days of training in Hobart. Conductor participants will rehearse works by Haydn, Beethoven, Elgar and Harrison.

Following the Easter Module, participants may be invited to attend ACA modules presented by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) with Principal Conductor in Residence Benjamin Northey; the Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) with Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Johannes Fritzsch; and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (TSO) with Chief Conductor and Artistic Director Eivind Aadland.

An open application process will recommence during 2022. Successful applicants will be invited to take part in an expanded ACA program beginning in 2023. More details will be available in May 2022.

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

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