This is an opportunity for two talented young musicians aged 18 to 35 with a passion for conducting to develop their conducting skills in a mentoring programme run by Crouch End Festival Chorus.
30 musicians applied to be part of the 2019-20 programme for 18 to 35 year olds. Seven were selected for auditions in July where they were asked to prepare three pieces of music to conduct – parts of the Mozart Requiem and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms as well as Bruckner’s Os Justi.
The young conductors selected for 2019-20 are 32 year old Mariana Rosas and 22 year old Matthew Quinn.
Mariana Rosas is from Argentina where she obtained a BA in Choir Conducting and a Diploma in Contemporary Music Ensemble conducting. She is currently studying for a Masters in Choral Conducting at the University of Birmingham with Simon Halsey, Simon Carrington, and Julian Wilkins
Matthew Quinn is from Belfast, and has recently been studying Choral and Orchestral conducting at the University of Manchester and the Royal College of Music with Robert Guy and Mark Heron respectively.
The two successful applicants will have monthly mentoring sessions with conductor David Temple and have the opportunity to attend choir rehearsals and management meetings to further their learning in three key areas:
1. To gain an understanding of the work of a choral music director, including
- Studying and preparing music before a rehearsal period
- Scheduling, planning and preparing for rehearsals
- Concert and season programming
- Working with orchestras, soloists and accompanists
2. To develop practical conducting skills by
- Study of the music at mentoring sessions and individually
- Attending rehearsals to observe and, as appropriate, to conduct sections of music
- Receiving performance feedback and reflecting constructively on that feedback
3. To gain an understanding of the governance and management of a symphonic chorus including
- How to work with volunteers in a charitable organisation
- Budget planning and strategy development
The mentees will be expected to produce a regular video blog to document their progress as conductors and to record the development of the scheme
David Temple and Crouch End Festival Chorus are based in Muswell Hill, London N10. The majority of mentorship opportunities will take place in this area. Individual mentoring sessions will be during weekdays, but choir rehearsals and meetings will often require attendance at evenings and weekends.