Barcelona International Masterclass for Choral Conducting (8) – Masterclass

  • Vacancy Data

  • Institution
    Palau de la Música Catalana
  • Full description
    Barcelona International Masterclass for Choral Conducting (8) – Masterclass
  • Number of positions
  • Type
  • Duration / Start
    July 11, 2020 - July 15, 2020
  • Application deadline
    April 26, 2020
  • Additional notes

    The Palau de la Música Catalana, one of the few concert halls across the world founded and built by a choir, continues its promotion of choral music by offering a new initiative addressed to choir conductors. The Choral Conducting masterclass is aimed at preparing choral conductors to work with professional level choirs and give them the opportunity to gain practical experience with a top-quality professional ensemble: the Cor de Cambra del Palau de la Música Catalana, our friendly and excellent in-house choir.

    The masterclass will take place from 11th of July to 15th of July at the Palau de la Música Catalana, including a concert for the students on the last day at its beautiful main concert hall, which was awarded the “World Heritage Site” by Unesco in 1997.


    The Barcelona International Masterclass for Choral Conducting will provide students with an opportunity to work with a professional choir and therefore gain awareness of what skills are needed at this level as well as training for them.

    The masterclass will focus on:

    -         working on a variety of styles

    -         how to learn scores and communicate your desires clearly and concisely

    -         learning technique that shows from your gesture exactly what you are hoping to hear

     What awaits you?

    The first two days are reserved for working the repertoire with piano. The following two days will be committed to working the same repertoire with the Cor de Cambra del Palau de la Música. The final day will see the active students go on stage to showcase their work in a concert.

    The classes will be hosted by Simon Halsey, Artistic Director of the choirs at Palau de la Música, and Maria Guinand, current Artistic Director of the Fundación Schola Cantorum in Venezuela and Adjunct Professor of Choral Conducting at the Florida International University.

    Date, time and place

    11 - 13 July

    10 – 13h morning session

    15 – 18h afternoon session

    14 july

    10 – 13h morning session

    15 – 18h afternoon session

    21.30 – 23.00h invitation to the dress rehearsal of a staged show featuring the Orfeó Català choir (founder of Palau de la Música Catalana) and Simon Halsey

    15 July

    Morning (time to be determined) CONCERT

    All the masterclass sessions and the concert on 15 July will be held at Palau de la Música Catalana ( )

    Travels and accommodation

    All students need to arrange their own travels, meals and accommodation.


    Young conductors in their final years of their studies, newly graduates and professional conductors with no age restriction. 


    Registration fee: 475

    Further payment details to be sent to all applicants upon acceptance for active participation. 


    Registration deadline is 26 April 2020 via MUVAC

    The 8 chosen active students will be announced on 3 May 2020

    Please bear in mind that participation in the masterclass implies the acceptance of the following terms and rules (link to the document)

  • Mandatory pieces

    Pau Casal, O vos omnes (Montserrat)

    Jonathan Dove, Who killed cock robin? (Faber Music)

    Gabriel Fauré, Introït et Kyrie from Requiem op. 48 (Bärenreiter)

    Gabriel Fauré, Agnus Dei from Requiem op. 48 (Bärenreiter)

    Manuel Oltra, Musclo from “Bestiari” (MF Clivis)

    Charles Parry, My soul there is a country (Carus)

    Francis Poulenc, Salve Regina (Salabert)

    Heinrich Schütz, Die Himmel erzählen, die Ehre Gottes (Bärenreiter)

    Josep Vila, Sanctus-Benedictus (La mà de Guido)


  • Short bio

    Candidates are required to write a short bio when confirming participation for use in programs or booklets, 1000 characters maximum.

    Short c.v. to be added to the concert programme

  • Required document(s)
    • Portrait photo: Picture to be added to the concert programme, in case the applicant is chosen
  • Video

    Video(s) are required (details below). No live audition.

    The video needs to meet the following requirements:

    • Max. 10 minutes 
    • Any a capella repertoire but ideally two varied pieces 
    • Showing a rehearsal and/or performance
    • Separately tracked
    • Camera on the conductor showing full body and face