CAS in Contemporary Repertoire Conducting


The Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Contemporary Repertoire Conducting is a continuing education specialization (post-diploma degree) aimed at musicians who intend to study the conducting technique, theory and performance practice of the repertoire from the XX and XXI centuries. 

The course is held by Arturo Tamayo.


The duration is 1 year (2 semesters).


Applications are to be submitted by August 31.
The course has an application fee of CHF 150; copy of payment must be attached to the admissions dossier.
Audition examinations usually take place on the second half of September.


During the academic year 2019-2020 the following works will be studied (details may change):

Béla Bartók Divertimento 
Béla Bartók Der wunderbare Mandarin 
Luciano Berio Différences 
Pierre Boulez Le Marteau sans maître
Pierre Boulez Dérive 2
Bruno Maderna Serenata n.2 
Arnold Schönberg Ode to Napoleon 
Karlheinz Stockhausen Kreuzspiel 
Igor Stravinsky Le sacre du printemps 
Igor Stravinsky Petrushka
Edgar Varèse Amériques
Edgar Varèse Octandre
Anton Webern Symphonie op.21


  • Audition examination: 13 September 2019
  • 1st Session: 14,15 September 2019
  • 2nd Session: 25,27 October 2019
  • 3rd Session: 22,24 November 2019
  • 4th Session: 6,8 December 2019
  • 5th Session: 10,12 January 2020
  • 6th Session: 14,16 February 2020
  • 7th Session: 20,22 March 2020
  • 8th Session: 17,19 April 2020
  • 9th Session and Exam: 15,17 May 2020


The course is structured in 9 sessions that usually take place between September and June, from Friday afternoons to Sunday mornings. 
Each session includes rehearsal sessions with the ensemble and the theoretical and analytical study of the repertoire.

The course leads to the acquisition of 10 ECTS credits, divided as follows:
- Ensemble Conducting 5 ECTS
- Conducting Theory and Analysis 5 ECTS


Admissions criteria

Candidates may be admitted if they meet the following criteria:
- have finished a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree
- have submitted a complete application dossier
- have successfully passed their admissions conducting audition
- have successfully passed an admissions interview


The course costs CHF 5’250, that correspond to the following fees:
- Registration fee CHF 250
- Semester administrative fee CHF 250
- Semester fee CHF 2’125
- Final exam fee CHF 250



At the end of their studies, participants will receive a Certificate of Advanced Studies SUPSI in Contemporary Repertoire Conducting diploma, under the condition that they:
- have acquired all required ECTS credits;
- have successfully sit the final examination that consists in the concertation and conducting session;
- have paid the costs.

The University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI) and the titles that it awards are recognized by the Federal Government according to the law relating to Professional University Schools, 2 October 1995 and subsequent revisions.
This title is not a professional qualification and does not qualify holders to teach in public schools in Switzerland.


Participants must observe the Study Regulations of the University of Music. The University of Music reserves itself the right not to open the course in particular circumstances.

Suspending or terminating

During their studies, participants may suspend or terminate their studies.


Carlo Ciceri

Head of Continuing Education