A Musical Feast (Spring Academy)
“Conducting is hard – it doesn’t get easier” 
– Sir Simon Rattle

Orchestra Conducting Masterclass
Prof. Sigmund Thorp of Norwegian Academy of Music
Karawaci, 2-4 April 2018

Organised as intensive conducting masterclass, Orchestra Conducting masterclass invites young conductors from Southeast Asia to come and participate in this 3-day masterclass. We strive to provide the resources necessary to facilitate young conductors for today to master the art of orchestra conducting.
This time we are collaborating with Prof. Sigmund Thorp from the Norwegian Academy of Music. Masterclass with Prof. Thorp is always special: informative and inspiring as he guides young and mature conductors in both technical and musical aspects of conducting music and leading an ensemble. Be prepared for an intense week of score studying and musical analysis, as well as conducting technique and tips in career building as a conductor. For this session, Prof. Thorp has chosen an interesting programme for the masterclass:
• Schubert’s Symphony no. 5
• Mozart’s Piano Concerto no. 12 K. 414
• Beethoven Romanze No.2 in F, Op.50
• Brahms’s Variations on a Theme by Haydn, op. 56

The Conducting masterclass will include individual tuition with conservatory symphony orchestra and duo piano session daily for each active participants (+/-50 minutes podium time daily). Sessions will start from 09:00 – 18:00 daily. Participants are expected to prepare all the programme pieces.
The masterclass is also a rare opportunity to study as it is supported by experienced soloists for the sessions, Michelle Bahari, M.Mus & Nathania Mihardjo, M.Mus (piano, UPH Conservatory of Music) and Simone Strohmeier, M.Mus (violin, Germany) which will thoroughly enhance the experience of the masterclass. The masterclass is also supported by the Universitas Pelita Harapan Conservatory of Music Symphony Orchestra which is also supported by exceptional students & lecturers active in Jakarta professional orchestra scenes.
The sessions will be delivered in English.


The masterclass will conclude with a final concert on the evening of April 4th, which talented participants are selected by Prof. Thorp to perform in the event. All participants will have the chance to perform in this final concert. Participants are welcomed to bring their own recording devices.
  Universitas Pelita Harapan - Conservatory of Music
  Karawaci, Tangerang, Banten - Indonesia

Candidates are expected to send the video link of your conducting an ensemble (choir, piano, ensemble of orchestra) of minimum of 7 minutes from behind the ensemble facing the conductor’s face and front body.

Tuition Fee

For more information, please contact feberina.charista@uph.edu or michael.budiman@uph.edu.
We are also able to assist you in finding accomodation in UPH proximity during the masterclass.

*By applying the applicant agrees with the teaching methods and the artistic decisions made by the teacher of the course. The teacher of the course, the masterclass organiser reserve the right to not allowing certain participants participate in the final concert. In a case that the teacher of a course will not be able to attend because of illness or other unexpected reason (Force Majeure), the organizer will come with an appropriate substitute teacher. The organizer reserves the right to change the repertoire when necessary. UPH Conservatory of Music is by no means responsible for any other expenses regarding the masterclass such as flight tickets, hotel bookings, etc, and will not reimburse them in any case.
Prof. Sigmund Thorp
Sigmund Thorp is one of Norway's leading conductors. In addition to having conducted all the Norwegian orchestras, he has held numerous concerts with orchestras in many European cities, including London, Paris, Berlin and St. Petersburg. His repertoire spans from the classical and romantic repertoire to opera and contemporary music. He is a specialist in the interpretation of contemporary music, having conducted more than 350 works by contemporary composers, of which a large number of national and international first performances.
Mr. Thorp studied orchestral conducting with Karsten Andersen (Oslo) and Normal Del Mar at Royal College of Music in London. During his studies at RCM, he won several prizes, including "The Tagore Gold Medal", as the best male student 1986. Mr. Thorp was the 1st. Prize Winner of Biel International Conducting Competition 1989, and he was 2nd Prize winner in the Austrian-Hungarian International Conducting Competition in Pecz, 1994.
Sigmund Thorp is professor of conducting at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, educating tomorrow's conductors in addition to teaching contemporary music. Based on the theories and practices of Dr. Walter Hügler (Trossingen) Thorp has developed "The Anatomy of Conducting" a method for improving communication skills and conducting technique. The method has proven to be highly effective for the musical projection and for the non-verbal communication between the conductor and the musicians.
Sigmund Thorp is Jury President of Jeunesses Musicales International Conducting Competition. The competition is held yearly in Bucharest and attracts a large number of conductors from the whole world. Mr. Thorp has given Masterclasses in numerous countries and has been Guest Professor at Trinity College of Music (London), the HAMU (Prague), Conservatorio Guiseppe Tartini (Trieste, Italy) and Kunstuniversität Graz (Austria).