Master Class in Conducting: Class Components

  • Nov 19, 2010

Conducting Repertoire 2014

At the heart of the Master Class experience is the preparation and presentation of repertoire for the Discovery Series lecture-concerts, in which class participants lead the performances with OBF artists. Master teachers Halls and Rilling provide instruction and feedback to conducting participants during rehearsals, and give further insights through their illuminating concert commentaries. Concerts led by Matthew Halls with the OBF period instrument ensemble:
  • Bach: Easter Oratorio (BWV 249)
  • Bach: Christ lag in Todesbanden (Cantata BWV 4)
Concerts led by Helmuth Rilling with the OBF Orchestra:
  • Bach: Ascension Oratorio (BWV 11)
  • Bach: Erschallet ihr Lieder (Cantata BWV 172)


Along with the daily schedule of rehearsals, Master Class conductors and auditors attend additional classes on topics critical to effective conducting:
  • Conducting technique
  • Style and interpretation
  • Baroque performance practice
  • Repertoire study
  • Diction and language
  • Recitative and continuo

Video review

Evaluate your progress in video recordings from all major rehearsals and performances.

Observe Concert Rehearsals and Performance

The Festival’s 2014 concert works include the Monteverdi and Rachmaninoff Vespers, the Requiems by Mozart and Verdi, and the World Premiere of a new reconstruction of Bach’s St. Mark Passion by Matthew Halls and Dominik Sackmann. Master Class participants sit on stage to observe rehearsals of the Festival repertoire. This format facilitates further discussion of techniques with Master Class faculty and the performers themselves. Class members get free admission to most OBF concerts, featuring a wide range of artists from around the globe. Read All