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Conducting Master Class: the St Matthew Passion with Helmuth Rilling

Location: Oregon, USA
Prepare and conduct performances of Bach's St. Matthew Passion under the direction of master teacher Helmuth Rilling at the Oregon Bach Festival Master Class in Conducting, June 28 - July 12, 2012 in Eugene.

Audition/applications are now being accepted for up to 12 conductors, who will work with class co-directors Thomas Davies, Timothy Sawyer, and the OBF orchestra, chorus and soloists in two weeks of rehearsals and seminars, culminating in four public lecture-concerts of Bach's masterwork.

As Helmuth Rilling nears his 2013 retirement, this may be the last opportunity for conducting students to learn from the acclaimed maestro's insights into such a monumental work as the St. Matthew, as well as gain conducting techniques to help advance the student's craft.

The class is also open to auditors, with a range of options to accommodate budget and schedules. All participants live and work alongside the resident chorus, orchestra, and artistic staff, creating further opportunities for collaboration, friendships, and artistic growth. And the class fees include tickets to attend concerts featuring such luminaries as Rilling, Tamara Wilson, Matthew Halls, and Anton Armstrong.

Applications require a video of the applicant in rehearsal and performance, among other materials. Financial aid is available for conducting participants; deadline for conducting applicants is February 15. For complete audition requirements and forms, see the conducting class video and website: