Conducting Institute

In-depth training for the orchestral conductor
What we are offering

Conducting Institute

The Vienna Summer Music Festival Conductors’ Institute provides in-depth training for the orchestral conductor – led by acclaimed conductor, Christian Schulz and assisted by the Conducting Faculty. Participants will be offered a comprehensive experience designed to address all aspects of the conductor’s skill set.

As part of the VSMF Conductors’ Institute, participants will receive opportunities to:

  • Experience ample podium time conducting live musicians in full orchestra and chamber ensembles
  • Receive direct feedback from Conducting Faculty, as well as recorded video critiques
  • Attend masterclasses on topics of core repertoire, score-study, gestural communication/body movement, rehearsal strategies, concert programming, and more
  • Attend private coaching sessions from Conducting Faculty
  • Each participant will conduct a professional orchestra on a concert at the end of the festival.

Participants will also have the opportunity to conduct with Vienna's Radio Orchestra.

Exceptional Education


Movement Training

Conducting Participants will study and practice improving gestural communication

Score Study Seminar

Conducting Participants will discuss works within the core repertoire from the role of the conductor (historical perspectives, theoretical perspectives, potential rehearsal considerations, etc).

Conducting Sessions with Orchestra and Chamber Ensemble

Conducting Participants will use this time in rehearsal with the Festival Orchestra and/or Chamber Ensembles.  When conductors are not on the podium, they will have the option to study scores or perform in the ensembles.  


Attend several masterclasses with acclaimed European conductors on topics ranging from concert programming to developing one’s professional conducting career.

A Day in the Life

Vienna Summer Music Festival Schedule


June 10th - Arrive in Vienna

June 11th - Orientation: Experience Vienna


Typical Daily Schedule

9:00am - 12:00pm - Morning session: Orchestra Rehearsal

12:00pm - 1:30pm - Lunch

1:30pm - 5:00 pm - Afternoon Session: Lectures/Masterclasses/Coachings

5:00pm - 6:30pm - Dinner

6:30pm - 10:00pm - Night Session: Rehearsals or free time


Performance Opportunities

At the end of the festival, there will be several orchestra concerts where each participant will conduct a movement or whole piece with a professional orchestra.



July 1st

What Do I Need?

Application Requirements

Applicants for the Conducting Institute are required submit one video recording of themselves conducting.


Applicants will provide their Name, Address, Phone number, Email Address, Date of Birth, Education, Current Applied Teacher, Previous Applied Teachers, Web Address, Resume, and Application Materials via the online form provided below.


All application materials must be submitted via a single link to an approved file sharing site such as Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, or iCloud. For questions regarding submitting via file sharing visit the application section of the FAQ page.


Resumes and links to video recordings should be submitting as PDF or Word Document files only, and should include the applicant’s first and last name, program of interest, and creation date of the materials. (Example: Emily Brown_Conducting Institutue_08/16.PDF)


All applicants should receive an initial response in 3-5 business days.


An application fee of $35 is required for submission.



Scholarships are available, and will be awarded up to $1,500 to select applicants. For those applicants that are interested in applying for scholarship, a brief scholarship application essay of no more than 500 words answering the question, “What are your career goals, and how would a scholarship to the Vienna Summer Music Festival help you achieve those goals?”, a letter of recommendation, and a copy of the applicant’s unofficial transcripts (if applicable), should be sent in addition to application materials. The subject line should contain the applicant’s first and last name, program of interest, and the text “Scholarship Essay.”


Interested applicants will receive scholarship funds based upon their submitted audition materials and essay.


Scholarship Application Requirements:


1) 500 word Scholarship Essay answering, “What are your career goals, and how would a scholarship to the Vienna Summer Music Festival help you achieve those goals?”

2) A letter of scholarship recommendation (separate from general application letter of recommendation)

3) A copy of unofficial transcripts (If applicable)


All scholarship application materials should be emailed to


Letters of recommendation can be emailed by the recommender to


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  • Conducting Institute
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