Step-up your conducting career with the 9-month Artist Diploma for music directors.

Imagine elite-level instruction and mentorship from a range of the world’s leading conductors and podium icons. That’s The Carlos Miguel Prieto Conducting Fellowship, by OAcademy.

Open to 12 top emerging conductors from around the world.

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About the Fellowship

Informed by two decades on the world’s greatest stages from Carnegie Hall to ElbPhilharmonie, The Carlos Miguel Prieto Fellowship provides rising conductors with the formative tools needed to access world-class career opportunities. These include comprehensive technique, musicianship, and leadership training. Fellows study physical communication (gesture), thoroughly analyze core orchestra repertoire, and connect with world-class conductors and orchestra principals for enhanced professional guidance. 

The 9-month remote interactive experience introduces participants to all aspects of the conducting profession guided by one of today’s most sought after and respected international conductors, Carlos Miguel Prieto.

Lead and guest Faculty

Marin Alsop

Vienna Radio Symphony

Paolo Bortolameolli

Los Angeles Philharmonic

Martyn Brabbins

English National Opera

Daphne Burt

Manager of Artistic Planning | National Arts Center Canada

Nikki Chooi

Concertmaster (2016-2018) | Metropolitan Opera

Jessica Cottis

Canberra Symphony Orchestra

Roderick Cox

Minnesota Orchestra (2016-2018)

Juan Antonio Cuellar

CEO | National Symphony Orchestra, Colombia

Finnegan Downie Dear

Mahler Competition winner

Pedro Díaz

English Horn | Metropolitan Opera

Marta Gardolińska

Opéra national de Lorraine

Barbara Hannigan

Léonie Sonning Music Prize Winner

Eldbjørg Hemsing

Violin | International Soloist

Taras Krysa

Lviv National Philharmonic

Jonathan Lo

Royal Ballet

Yo-Yo Ma

Cello | Citizen Artist

Gergely Madaras

Liège Royal Philharmonique

Holly Mathieson

Symphony Nova Scotia

Gabriela Montero

Piano | International Soloist

Rafael Payare

Montréal Symphony

Jasper Parrot

HarrisonParrot Ltd.

Carlos Miguel Prieto

Musical America - Conductor of the Year

Elena Schwarz

1st Prize Winner Princess Astrid Competition

Michael Seal

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Doug Sheldon

Managing Partner | Sheldon Artists

Alexander Shelley

The National Arts Centre Orchestra

Leonard Slatkin

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Dalia Stasevska

Lahti Symphony Orchestra

Elisa Vegas

World Economic Forum – Young Global Leader

Bryan Wagorn

The Metropolitan Opera

Scott Wilson

Guildhall School of Music

Simone Young

Sydney Symphony

More to be announced.

Lead and guest Faculty

Marin Alsop

Vienna Radio Symphony

Paolo Bortolameolli

Los Angeles Philharmonic

Martyn Brabbins

English National Opera

Daphne Burt

Manager of Artistic Planning | National Arts Center Canada

Nikki Chooi

Concertmaster (2016-2018) | Metropolitan Opera

Jessica Cottis

Canberra Symphony Orchestra

Roderick Cox

Minnesota Orchestra (2016-2018)

Juan Antonio Cuellar

CEO | National Symphony Orchestra, Colombia

Finnegan Downie Dear

Mahler Competition winner

Pedro Díaz

English Horn | Metropolitan Opera

Marta Gardolińska

Opéra national de Lorraine

Barbara Hannigan

Léonie Sonning Music Prize Winner

Eldbjørg Hemsing

Violin | International Soloist

Taras Krysa

Lviv National Philharmonic

Jonathan Lo

Royal Ballet

Yo-Yo Ma

Cello | Citizen Artist

Gergely Madaras

Liège Royal Philharmonique

Holly Mathieson

Symphony Nova Scotia

Gabriela Montero

Piano | International Soloist

Rafael Payare

Montréal Symphony

Jasper Parrot

HarrisonParrot Ltd.

Carlos Miguel Prieto

Musical America - Conductor of the Year

Elena Schwarz

1st Prize Winner Princess Astrid Competition

Michael Seal

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Doug Sheldon

Managing Partner | Sheldon Artists

Alexander Shelley

The National Arts Centre Orchestra

Dalia Stasevska

Lahti Symphony Orchestra

Leonard Slatkin

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Elisa Vegas

World Economic Forum – Young Global Leader

Bryan Wagorn

The Metropolitan Opera

Scott Wilson

Guildhall School of Music

Simone Young

Sydney Symphony

More to be announced.

OAcademy Artist Diploma

The OAcademy Artist Diploma is tailored to the busy lives of rising musicians on-the-go.

Offered by a select group of the world’s top music conservatories, the Artist Diploma is the universal standard of professional readiness for music performers.

The OAcademy Artist Diploma is a fast-track professional certificate that prepares rising conductors for the complex demands of an evolving performance industry.

Co-curated with Royal Academy of Music, the Fellowship lasts from January to October 2023. Each accepted Fellow engages in:

2022 Conducting Cohort

Soo Jin Chung

South Korea & Canada
Soo Jin Chung is a Korean-Canadian pianist and conductor from Vancouver, British Columbia. She is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Orchestral Conducting at the University of Michigan under the guidance of Kenneth Kiesler. Prior to this, Soo Jin studied with Jon Kimura Parker at Rice University where she received her Master's degree in Piano Performance.

Jolie Gonzalez Masmela

Colombia & United States
Ms. Jolie Gonzalez Masmela is a native of Ibague-Colombia. Jolie was invited to the International Conducting Workshop at Pittsburg State University, was assistant conductor of the Rapides Symphony Orchestra, worked as Music director Of GMS in Shanghai, China, and just finished an appointment as Music director at Universidad de Ibague, Colombia. Currently is a Doctoral Student at UNCO, Colorado, US

José Luis Gutiérrez

Mexico & Germany
José Luis Gutiérrez is a Mexican conductor who was born in 1995. At the age of 24 he was appointed first Kapellmeister at the Mittelsächsisches Theater in Freiberg, Germany after successfully jumping in to conduct many operatic productions. He has been guest conductor of the Vogtland Philharmonie in Germany. He has also has conducted in Austria, Greece, England, Italy and Mexico.

Ingrid Martin

Australia
Australian conductor Ingrid Martin is at the forefront of a new wave of multi-skilled musical leaders, making orchestral experiences relevant and responsive to our community. Originally trained in medicine, Ingrid is the Artistic Director of the Victorian Youth Symphony Orchestra and Crosswinds Ensemble. In 2019 she founded Conducting Artistry, a global community for conductor learning.

Jubitza Nawrath

Chile, Austria
Jubitza Nawrath, Chilean, started by studying piano in her hometown Valdivia. In 2017 she moved to Russia to start her studies in conducting, since 2018 she is studying orchestral conducting with Dorian Keilhack and composition with Franz Baur in Tiroler Landeskonservatorium Innsbruck, Austria. Jubitza has been invited to play in chamber music concerts in Europe, such as Germany, Austria and Chile

Sejoon Park

United States & Germany
Sejoon Park is a Korean American conductor and pianist, currently pursuing Master’s Degree for orchestral conducting at the Robert Schumann Musikhochschule in Germany. After his years at the PianoArts, Astral Artists, and recent participation in Cabrillo Festival, Sejoon is a versatile musician in a constant search for sharing and experiencing diverse cultures with audiences worldwide.

Tatiana Pérez

Colombia
Tatiana Pérez is a Colombian conductor and cellist, she studied two master degree, cello and conducting, at Eafit University under the guidance of the renowned conductor Alejandro Posada. She have been in tour around the world with several ensembles and now she is focus on playing as assistant of principal cello teaching at Iberacademy and conducting different ensembles in the region.

Leonardo Pineda

Venezuela
Venezuelan violinist and conductor, Leonardo Pineda, has been praised for his leadership, musical and educational entrepreneurship and versatility on the podium. Leonardo was recently appointed resident conductor for the Classical Music Institute. He currently works for Bard College and Orchestra Now as guest artist, Director of Youth Music Education and South American music curator.

José David Rodríguez Ramírez

Colombia
José David Rodriguez R. is a Colombian Percussionist and Conductor. As a Conductor his career has been focused on the diffusion of pieces of Latin American music. José David is the founder of the Orquesta "A la Colombiana" and he is a proud artist of Marimba One, Exclusive Ears and Cumbia Percussion brands.

Santiago Ossa-Alzate

Colombia & Cyprus
Santiago Ossa Alzate (Colombia) started playing trumpet at "La Red de Escuelas de Música de Medellín", he is graduated of the Universidad EAFIT where he studied Orchestra Conducting with Cecilia Espinosa. Since 2019 Santiago is the Artistic Director and Conductor of Sistema Cyprus. Santiago is currently member of the cohort 2022 of Programa Líderes Emprendedores - La Fundación Bolívar Davivienda.

Santiago Ossa-Alzate

Colombia & Cyprus
Santiago Ossa Alzate (Colombia) started playing trumpet at "La Red de Escuelas de Música de Medellín", he is graduated of the Universidad EAFIT where he studied Orchestra Conducting with Cecilia Espinosa. Since 2019 Santiago is the Artistic Director and Conductor of Sistema Cyprus. Santiago is currently member of the cohort 2022 of Programa Líderes Emprendedores - La Fundación Bolívar Davivienda.

Hannah von Wiehler

Russia & United States
Hannah von Wiehler is a Russian-raised, American-born conductor based in the UK. In 2016, she founded Oxford Alternative Orchestra, an ensemble dedicated to the intersection of classical music and social impact. She guest conducts frequently in Russia, the Ukraine, UK, and USA. She holds a doctorate from the University of Oxford in Soviet Opera, where she was a Rhodes Scholar.

2021 Fellows

Juan Ignacio Berracochea

Conducting Fellow at Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía

Raúl Gómez-Rojas

Music Director of Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra

Glass Marcano

Laureate of La Maestra Competition 2020

Alejandra Urrutia

Music Director of the Chamber Orchestra of the National Opera of Chile

Elisa Vegas

WEF Young Global Leader

Cost

The value of the Fellowship is assessed at $10,000 USD per participant. All accepted musicians participate on full scholarships raised by The Orchestra of the Americas Group, and accordingly are not required to pay the $10,000 USD participation value.

To join the program, 2023 OAcademy Fellows must pay a one-time enrolment of $2,650 USD, payable upon acceptance.

Timeline

Who is the Conducting Fellowship for?

The Carlos Miguel Prieto Conducting Fellowship is a nine-month, immersive journey leading up to an Artist Diploma, designed for twelve emerging conductors of any nationality. Applicants are likely to have undertaken some prior conducting study and/or to be conducting student or community ensembles and orchestras.

As a 2022 Conducting Fellow, I have learnt so much at OAcademy and appreciate the preparation and kindness I experienced in class.

— Leonardo Pineda | Venezuela

Through OAcademy I enhanced my knowledge as an orchestra conductor, and made contacts with some of the world's greatest musicians.

— Tatiana Pérez | Colombia

Thank you for the beautiful opportunity. All my admiration to OAcademy.

— Jolie Gonzalez Masmela | Colombia & Unitetd States

FAQ

No, participants will receive most scores via online links. That being said, conductors are encouraged to purchase scores wherever possible. Advice regarding which scores to purchase (which edition / publisher etc) will be available throughout the course).

All OAcademy Fellows who complete mandatory modules and projects will graduate with an accelerated Artist Diploma.

  • Internet
     Having access to reliable Internet access and a functioning device is essential to participate successfully in the Conducting Fellowship.
  • Device
    While it is possible to connect using smartphones for extra workshops and lectures, any activities involving instrument playing require access to either tablet or computer.
  • Auxiliary audio equipment
    All accepted Fellows must have access to headphones. External microphones are highly recommended.
  • Software

  • OAcademy and Conducting Fellowship sessions are accessible via Zoom. Other software might be required, but will be communicated in due course. Fellows are not required to purchase any licenses to use software required for participation.

English.

  • Audition concept / design:

    The panel has designed the audition procedure in the hope that applicants don’t need to spend a long time preparing / recording / formatting videos. Video 1 and Video 2 are designed to be short tasks. Video 3 and Video 4 may be any current video you have of yourself conducting. The panel is happy to view Videos 3 and 4 from any time position: please just indicate the time from which you’d like the panel to view your video.


  • Why is Video 1 (Mozart: Symphony no. 41, 1st movement) required to be in silence, without an orchestra / ensemble / piano / recording / singing?

    The audition panel feels that it is important that every applicant undertakes an identical task so that the best possible decisions can be made. Furthermore, this video presents an opportunity for a conductor to show how compelling they are: if you cannot be compelling in silence, it is unlikely you will be able to effectively compel an ensemble to follow your lead.


  • Why are ‘silent’ conducting videos accepted for Video 3 and Video 4?

    Whilst it is important that applicants regularly undertake opportunities to conduct ensembles and orchestras, the panel understands that logistical considerations may prevent some applicants from achieving this within the audition time-frame. Therefore, in the hope of ensuring that these auditions are open to all, we are permitting ‘silent’ videos. (Please note that the audition panel recognises that your application is likely to be stronger if you do include videos of yourself conducting an ensemble / orchestra.)


  • Must I submit a recently recorded video?

     
    No. Your videos may have been recorded at any time.

Other questions? Write to us: apply@oacademy.live
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