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Offering Two Unique Training Experiences for Conductors:

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Full-Time Masters Program

MFA in Classical, Studio, Contemporary Conducting & Related Recording Technologies. 54 credits.

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Conducting Summer Program

A 3-week fully immersive summer program for modern conductors. 7 hours of podium time. 6 credits.

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Three Conducting Institute faculty members selected to tour the United States with the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra for CAMI Music in 2024.


Master of Fine Arts in Classical, Studio, Contemporary Conducting and Related Recording Technologies

offering modern conductors what they need most:

  1. Regular Weekly Conducting Experience with a Professional Orchestra

  2. A Comprehensive One-Year Practical Experience: Classic Orchestral, Studio, Chamber, Live Orchestra to Film, Opera, Big Band

  3. Exposure to our world-renowned team of conductors. Why study with one conducting professor when you can study with ten?

  4. Graduate with a Master of Fine Arts degree, accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education in the United States

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Interested in more information?

Submit the form below to receive personalized answers to your questions and additional information about this program. Don't forget to check your Junk folder!

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Students from the United States can qualify for FAFSA funding for their studies on the MFA program at The Conducting Institute

The Ultimate One-Year Practical Experience for the Modern Conductor

Conservatories and Universities around the world notoriously offer their conducting candidates a limited conducting curriculum, sometimes including intermittent rehearsals with their student orchestras.

We take an entirely different approach.

We've teamed up with the Vratsa Symphony Orchestra and are providing all of our conducting candidates 30 minutes of podium time with a professional orchestra every week. Plus, we've created the most comprehensive MFA degree program for the modern conductor offered by any University in the world.

10 Reimagined Modules

Designed in consultation with our conductors, orchestrators, music supervisors and mix engineers from around the world, we've crafted the ultimate 54-credit Masters program for modern conductors.

Conducting Masters

Module 1

Fundamentals of Symphonic Conducting Technique

The universal language of gesture. Candidates pursue bespoke individual conducting studies at the Conservatory with distinguished resident and visiting conductors. With an emphasis on refining performance practice, artistry and technique, and developing and improving interpretive skills through consideration, reflection and the application of current practice styles across a broad range of symphonic conducting repertoire, from the Baroque through the 20th Century periods.

Our Conducting Professors

Conducting with Derek Gleeson, Music Director of the Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra, Program Direction by Malcolm Yuen, Big Band Direction with Andy Berryman, Concerto conducting with Christo Pavlov and Nayden Todorov,  Music Director of the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra.

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3 Scholarship Opportunities

Three merit-based scholarships offered to qualifying students as determined by the Admissions Board. No additional scholarship applications. All accepted students are automatically considered for scholarships.

Derek Gleeson

Derek Gleeson

The Admissions Board and Derek Gleeson will make a joint decision and name an annual "Derek Gleeson Scholarship" recipient.



Malcolm Yuen

Malcolm Yuen

The Admissions Board and Programme Director Malcolm Yuen will make a joint decision and name an annual "Malcolm Yuen Scholarship" recipient. 



Christo Pavlov

Christo Pavlov Scholarship

The Admissions Board and Christo Pavlov will make a joint decision and name an annual "Christo Pavlov Scholarship" recipient.



Admissions Open for Academic Year 2024-2025

Coming from a non-EU country? Apply ASAP to allow time for visa processing.

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Program Limited to 12 Conductors

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