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2022 Conducting School

The 2022 MTO Conducting Course, presented by More Than Opera, will be the second of its kind and is an opportunity for anyone who has considered a career in conducting or would like to develop some conducting skills for school and amateur ensembles.

This edition will focus on opera repertoire and will guide the student through the special skills required in the opera theatre and when working with singers.

Alan Cook, an internationally experienced conductor with over a decade of experience in opera, symphonic, and choral conducting will take you through baton technique, score study, and practical workshops with piano, orchestra and soloists to set you on course towards your conducting goals. It is difficult to get experience in front of an orchestra, and this course will give you the perfect opportunity to work with a live orchestra in a nurturing and encouraging environment.

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Programme to be announced soon which will include a public performance of selected opera excerpts.


  • No previous conducting experience necessary

  • Proficiency in at least one instrument, no age limit (must have proficient musicianship)

  • Send CV outlining musical education and experience

  • 4 sessions with piano, 4 sessions with orchestra

  • Final session will be an open rehearsal for friends and family of participants

  • 12 students

  • 60 mins orchestra time per student

  • Full video recording of orchestra time

  • Registration and deposit ($200) paid by TBA (remainder $650 to be paid by TBA)

  • A free Case Baton for every student


  • Entry to all sessions ($200)

Repertoire TBC

Instructor – Maestro Alan Cook M.Mus Grad.Dip.Opera

Register to participate by sending a short biography outlining your musical experience and goals in conducting to 

Successful participants will be notified by email with instructions for payment and course preparation


  • Deposit of $200 payable by (Date TBC) to secure place

  • Remaining amount payable before course commences

  • Maximum 12 places for participants and are guaranteed 60 mins of orchestra time. Auditors’ places unlimited

  • All participants receive a free baton sponsored by Case Batons Australia, handmade Australian premium batons for conductors

  • Registrations received over the limit will be put onto a waiting list in case of cancellations

  • All scores can be found online at IMSLP or purchased from your sheet music store

  • Cancellations before the TBA will be refundable. After TBA, the deposit of $200 will not be refundable

  • Students will receive a video recording of their orchestra time

  • In the case that the minimum number of students (10) is not reached and the course must be cancelled, all monies paid will be refunded

  • The event is fully covered by public liability insurance held by More Than Opera Ltd.

  • The teacher holds a current working with children card and students under 18 are welcome


As an additional bonus, each active student will receive a free handmade baton from Case Batons Australia

Conductor Alan Cook

Alan Cook has had a 15-year career as a conductor in Australia and Europe and studied with some of the best conductor trainers. He completed his study with Vladimir Vais of the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow, and Bruno Aprea in Rome of the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia. He has performed in Russia, Austria, Spain, Italy, and many other countries and is a specialist in Russian and Italian operatic repertoire.

Location: TBA

Dates: TBA 2022

Cost: $950 for active participants (limit 12), $200 for auditors

Schedule: AM – 10am-1pm, PM – 2pm-5pm

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