Eight aspiring conductors will train with Maestro Johannes Fritzsch and conduct the TSO public performance concert, Feb 1

The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra will host the second Australian Conducting Academy Summer School January 24 to February 1, 2019 culminating in a free concert in Federation Concert Hall where participants will step up to the podium to conduct the TSO in a variety of repertoire.

Open to Australian and New Zealand permanent residents, The Australian Conducting Academy plays a vital role in nourishing talented emerging conductors, and supports graduates in building substantial careers both in Australia and internationally. Eight participants were chosen from a field of 49 applications. Under the leadership of Course Director and TSO Principal Guest Conductor Johannes Fritzsch, students will benefit from rehearsals with pianists as well as six orchestra calls with the TSO over the course of the school.

Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra CEO Caroline Sharpen said, ‘For talented young conductors aspiring to careers in the orchestral music profession, opportunities to hone their craft in front of a professional symphony orchestra are extremely rare. That’s why the TSO established the Australian Conducting Academy – a nationally unique program.’

Participants are from a range of backgrounds and experiences, including students currently enrolled in post-graduate study and professional orchestral musicians, and will work with guest violin soloist Harry Ward, a student at the Australian National Academy of music (ANAM). Additional training will include classes in mime and yoga, and well known soprano Jane Edwards will present a session on addressing an audience from the conductor’s podium.

The course concludes with a performance with the TSO on Friday 1 February at 5pm in Federation Concert Hall, open to the general public and free of charge (bookings required). Repertoire will include works by Brahms, Shostakovich and Sibelius.

Sharpen said, ‘Part of the TSO’s mission is to support the succession of the finest young conductors into the orchestral music profession. It is a privilege to see these dedicated young artists develop and grow under the mentorship of Johannes and the supportive environment created by the musicians of the TSO.’

The participants are: Nicholas Bochner (Melbourne), Benjamin Crocker (Sydney), Vivian Horn (Melbourne), Riley O’Doherty (Newcastle), Stefanie Smith (Brisbane), Leonard Weiss (Canberra), Sam Weller (Sydney), Scott Wilson (UK). Eight observers have been selected to attend.

Three are returning participants, Sam Weller (Sydney), Leonard Weiss (Canberra) and Riley O’Doherty (Hobart). Vivian Horn (Melbourne), was a participant in the 2018 Louise Crossley Conducting Workshop, another TSO conductor training opportunity, with a focus on female conductors.

The course, with support from University of Tasmania, will take place at the TSO and University of Tasmania Conservatorium of Music Thursday 24 January –Friday 1 February, 2019.

Australian Conducting Academy Summer School 

Conducting Showcase

Friday 1 February, 2019


Federation Concert Hall, Hobart

FREE tickets:                       www.tso.com.au | 1800 001 190

Samuel Cairnduff

Director Marketing and Communications