Conductor Development Program

Max McBride joins Summer School to share with participants his wealth of knowledge and approach to technique, score preparation, rehearsal and performance. Don’t miss out on a week of intensive training with one of Australia’s most highly respected conductors. 

Participants will develop their knowledge and skills in score preparation and study, rehearsal technique, participate and perform in the Chamber Orchestra, as well as have podium time with the ensemble. There will also be opportunities for orchestral, band and string ensemble observation at MYO Summer School 2018.

To ensure everyone benefits from the program, places are strictly limited and, due to high demand, we recommend you apply as early as possible.

Repertoire to include:

MOZART Symphony No. 39 in E flat major, K.543
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 2 in D major, op.36
COPLAND Appalachian Spring: Suite
STRAVINSKY Octet

 

APPLICANTS
STANDARD This program is not for beginners. Participants are expected to have the ability to read orchestral scores, have a basic understanding of conducting patterns and demonstrated experience conducting an ensemble.
AGE 20 – 30 years
PLACES 12
PROGRAM FEE $550
OTHER
Applicants will be contacted requesting a summary of their musical skills and previous conducting experience.

 

MAX MCBRIDE 
Conductor Development Mentor

Max McBride is a well-respected musician having found success on the concert stage and as an educator. He began his professional career in 1969, gaining recognition as a double bassist when he became the youngest full-time member of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. In 1973, he won the position of co-principal of the bass section.

After two study leaves in Austria where he studied double bass with world-renowned Ludwig Streicher and conducting with Otmar Suitner, he returned to Australia in 1979 to take up the position of Principal Double Bass with the Australian Chamber Orchestra. He toured extensively with them in Australia as well as in Europe, the United States and South East Asia. He also became the regular bass player of the Australia Ensemble and the Brandenburg Orchestra, performing most of the standard repertoire which includes bass as well as less familiar works. He currently plays double bass in the Australian World Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Ensemble Q, co-directed by Paul Dean and Trish O’Brien.

Other significant appearances were with Kathy Selby and Friends, Pinchas Zuckerman for Melbourne Summer Music, several solo performances with cellist David Pereira and viola player Irina Morozova, a concert for Sydney’s Mostly Mozart Festival in 1997 with the Korean cellist Young Chang Cho, and regular appearances at the Townsville International Chamber Music Festival between 1993 and 2012.

In 1992 Max took up a full-time teaching position at the Canberra School of Music. In 1994 he was appointed Lecturer in conducting. In 2001 he was promoted to Senior Lecturer in Double Bass. In 2009 Max left his full-time position but has continued to teach double bass on a part time basis.

Max’s students have held positions in the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Orchestra, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Ensemble Modern, and at Penn State University, as well as other teaching institutions.

Max was Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Sydney Youth Orchestra from 2008 to 2014, and continues to work with SYO as a guest conductor and tutor.

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