Summer Conducting Programme 2015

Magdalen College, Oxford University

23 – 26 August 2015Magdalen College

Become part of Oxford’s rich, 600-year history of choral singing this summer in the Voces Academy Summer Conducting Programme. Taking place in the beautiful setting of Madgalen College, conducting students are offered the opportunity to work intensively on a variety of a cappella choral repertoire with respected international conductor, Peter Hanke. This practical-based programme will focus on conducting gesture and the exploration of the conductor’s role as an inspiring and effective leader. The ensemble will include experienced, professional singers who will offer practical advice on methods for supporting vocal needs.

Musical Leadership

The Voces Academy philosophy focuses on musical leadership just as much as on conducting techniques. Through mutual exploration of the conductor’s personal approach and inspirational abilities, an individualised map of how to develop great conducting emerges.

Peter’s teaching techniques emphasize that effective choral direction can communicate inspiration, express articulation and phrasing, and take a position on musical requirements in such a way that the ensemble members feel both free and in great demand. The methodology focuses on elements of leadership in rehearsal situations, conducting technique and on the conductor’s physical communication with the ensemble, where all movement can be musical expression.


Sun 23 Aug
15.00 – 19.00 Arrival and Masterclass Session 1

Mon 24 Aug
10.00 – 13.00 Masterclass Session 2
14.00 – 18.00 Masterclass Session 3

Tues 25 Aug
Free morning
13.00 – 15.30 Masterclass Session 4
16.00 – 18.00 Masterclass Session 5
Summer Programme Dinner

Wed 26 Aug
10.00 – 12.30 Masterclass Session 6
13.15 – 15.30 Rehearsal
16.00 – 17.00 Open session for public admittance


Brahms, Fünf Gesänge, Op. 104

Nielsen, Three Motets, Op. 55

Schütz, from Geistliche Chormusik, Op. 11
‘Die mit Tränen säen’ SWV 378
‘Selig sind die Toten’ SWV 391

Britten, Sacred and Profane, Op. 91

Howells, from Four Anthems for the Blessed Virgin Mary
iii. Regina Coeli
iv. Salve Regina

Participants are also invited to suggest their own repertoire in the application process.


Fully-active conductor (maximum podium time)
Full rate – £395 if apply before 12 June/£415 if apply after 12 June
Student rate – £370 if apply before 12 June/£390 if apply after 12 June

Partially-active conductor (limited podium time)
Full rate – £185
Student rate – £160

Prices include access to all masterclass sessions, conducting exercises and lunch on Mon 24 & Wed 26 Aug.


Accommodation for three nights (Sun 23 – Tues 25) is provided within the Magdalen College halls of residence and consists of a single room with shared bathroom facilities.

£120 per person (including breakfast).

Principles for Admission

Voces Academy Conducting Programmes are designed for conductors with some years’ experience, post-graduate level or similar.  Up to 10 Active Conductors will be accepted on the course.

Applicants are requested to provide links to a video sample of a recent performance or rehearsal.

Application by 10 July 2015

Please complete the online application form by July 10 2015

A £50 non-refundable deposit is payable upon acceptance on the programme.  Balance is due 17 July 2015.

For further information, please contact Victoria Ely, Assistant Conductor // Producer:

+4478966 35323


*Schedule may be subject to change.