This unique and internationally well-publicized program includes hands-on conducting opportunities with the full Dallas Opera Orchestra; master classes with TDO's Principal Guest Conductor, Nicole Paiement and the renowned Italian maestro Carlo Montanaro; seminars on leadership and personal branding with General Director & CEO Keith Cerny and Alec Treuhaft, retired Senior Vice President of IMG Artists; as well as seminars and sessions with other prominent leaders in classical music and opera. The intensive working sessions include selecting the right artist manager, best practice in working with executive recruiters, opera management and fund-raising, and other topics. At the end of the program, each conductor will have access to high resolution video material of her conducting full-length overtures and arias / ensembles with The Dallas Opera Orchestra. This material will be hosted on the TDO website, and may be used with prospective artist managers, opera General Directors and symphony CEOs, Artistic Directors and Administrators, and the media.
Six conductors will be selected for the program, and all participants will conduct a cast of exceptional young singers and The Dallas Opera Orchestra in two public concerts on December 4th and 10th, 2016. In addition, four additional American citizens or legal residents’ observers will be invited to participate in the program, but will not have the opportunity to conduct.
Program participants are also eligible for an annual 2-day networking event in the summer of 2017, and potential invitations to serve as Assistant Conductors or Guest Conductors on future TDO productions and concerts. While The Dallas Opera is not able to make a firm commitment that program participants will be hired in the future, TDO's 2016-2017 season will welcome back several members of the inaugural class of the Hart Institute in a variety of Assistant Conductor and Guest Conductor roles. November 27th - December 11th, 2016 are the dates. Apply now!