Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS)

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.

Applications deadline: May 31

Structure

The course lasts 1 year (2 semesters) and takes place from October to May in 6 sessions from Friday to Sunday.

Each session includes both the theoretical and analytical study of the repertoire and the ensembles conducting. The ensemble consists of musicians specialized in contemporary music and the Ensemble900, a group formed by the best students of the University of Music. The Ensemble900 is the ensemble in residence of the contemporary music season 900presente, co-produced by the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana and the RSI, Radiotelevisione svizzera di lingua italiana.

The course leads to the acquisition of 10 ECTS, divided as follows:

  • Ensemble Conducting 6 ECTS
  • Conducting Theory 4 ECTS

Admissions criteria

Admission is conditional on:

  • successful completion of a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree;
  • the submission of a complete and suitable application dossier.

A maximum of 6 students per year are admitted to the course.

Costs

The course costs CHF 5’200, that correspond to the following fees:

  • One-off enrolment fee CHF 250
  • Semester fee CHF 2'100
  • Administrative semester fee CHF 250
  • Final exam fee CHF 250

Calendar 2021-22

Session I : 8 - 10 October 2021
Session II : 12 - 14 November2021
Session III : 10 - 12 December 2021
Session IV : 28 - 30 January 2022
Session V : 18 - 20 March 2022
Session VI and exam : 27 - 29 April 2022

Schedule

Fridays 12.00-21.00 (2 hours of Theory, 6 hours of Conducting)
Saturdays 9.00-21.00 (9 hours of Conducting)
Sundays 9.00-12.00 (3 hours of Conducting)

(details may change)

Repertoire

Each year a selection of the following pieces is studied, also taking into account the participants' requests.

B.Bartok Divertimento for strings (9 strings)
A.Berg Drei Orchesterstücke op.6 (4pf), Sieben frühe Lieder (arr. de Leeuw)
G.Benjamin Octet
L.Berio Chemins II, O King, Différences, Folk Songs
H.Birtwistle Songs by myself
P.Boulez Mémoriale, Dérive 1, Improvisation I/II sur Mallarmé, Le Marteau sans maître, Sur Incises
E.Carter Triple duo
N.Castiglioni Tropi
L.Dallapiccola Cinque canti, Piccola musica notturna
C.Debussy La mer (2pf), Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (arr. B.Sachs)
F.Donatoni Ash, Lumen, Spiri, Sincronie II
H.Eisler 14 Arten den Regen zu beschreiben
M.Feldman The viola in my life I/II, Three clarinets, cello and piano, Instruments II
G.Grisey Périodes, Vortex Temporum
T.Murail 13 couleurs du soleil couchant
G.Scelsi Kya, Pranam II
A.Schönberg Kammersymphonie op.9 (arr. A.Webern), Verklärte Nacht op.4 (6 strings), Pierrot lunaire op.21, Serenade op.24, Suite Op. 29, Ode an Napoleon op.41
K.Stockhausen Kontrapunkte, Kreuzspiel, Zeitmasze
R.Strauss Metamorphosen (arr. R.Leopold for septet)
S.Sciarrino Lo spazio inverso
I.Stravinsky Histoire du soldat, Le sacre du printemps (2pf), Octet, Petrouchka (2pf)
E.Varése Octandre, Amériques (4pf)
A.Webern Lieder op.14 and op.15, Symphonie Op. 21, Konzert Op. 24

Admission and enrolment procedures

1) Admission procedure - by Mai 31

a) Fill in the online application form by following this LINK

b) Upload the required documents to the applications portal:

1) Copy of ID or passport;
2) Copy of study qualifications;
3) Curriculum vitae;
4) Motivation letter;
5) Web-link (only Youtube or Vimeo) to 2 video recordings (good quality and possibly shot frontally) - at least one with a repertoire of the XX-XXI century - for a total duration of at least 15 minutes.

The University of Music reserves the right to invite candidates to audition live at the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana in Lugano. Late applications can only be exceptionally accepted if places are available. Incomplete dossiers will not be taken into consideration. The University of Music may ask for further documents (e.g. translations or certificates), should it find any of the documents in the application dossier to be lacking in clarity or comprehensibility, with particular attention to the diplomas.

Access to the applications portal is possible in one of the following ways:

  • As soon as you fill in the application form (automatic redirect)
  • By clicking the link received by email with the pre-registration data
  • By heading to applications.conservatorio.ch and login in with the access credentials provided via email

2) Enrolment

Candidates who are considered eligible will receive a letter of admission and a registration confirmation form by email. This form must be signed and returned both by email (to servizi.accademici@conservatorio.ch) and by post to the Segreteria didattica as instructed in the letter of admission.

Once the letter of confirmation of enrolment has been signed, the candidate is officially enrolled at the University of Music of the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana for the first semester. Withdrawal from studies will only be possible from the second semester on. Even in the case the student doesn’t attend any lesson at the Conservatorio, all fees for the first semester will have to be paid.

Qualification

At the end of their studies, participants will obtain the title on condition that they:

  • have acquired all required ECTS credits;
  • have successfully taken the final examination consisting of an ensemble conducting session;
  • have paid the fees. 

The University of Music of the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana is a state-recognised university school and is affiliated to the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI). The titles that it awards are recognised by the Federal Government according to the law (LPSU, 30 september 2011).

This title is not a professional qualification and does not qualify holders to teach in public schools in Switzerland.

 

Regulations

The course is subject to the current Regulations of Studies of the University of Music. The University of Music reserves the right not to activate the course if the necessary conditions are not met.

Extension of the duration of studies: if their main instrument teachers agree, students can submit to the Head of Continuing Education a request of extension of the duration of studies for a maximum of 2 semesters (no semester splits are allowed). If the request is accepted, the University of music will invoice students the respected administrative fees and semester fees. The final exam fee is in any case invoiced only once at the end of the second year. 

Repetition of the final exam: if students do not sit the final exam, or do not pass it successfully, they can ask to repeat it in a later session. Exam sessions are normally scheduled every six months. Students can request to postpone the final exam for one or a maximum of two consecutive semesters. For each postponed semester the University of Music will invoice students only the administrative fee.

Suspension of studies: in exceptional cases, and with the authorization of the Head of Continuing Education, students may request to temporarily suspend their studies for one or a maximum of two consecutive semesters. For each semester of suspension, the University of Music will invoice students only the administrative fee. The suspension request must be sent (by certified mail) to the Segreteria didattica, according to the deadlines listed below.

Withdrawal of studies: if students decide to withdraw from their studies, their request must be sent (by certified mail) the Segreteria didattica, according to the deadlines listed below.

Deadlines: suspension or withdrawal deadlines are:

  • 31 October for the second semester (February-August)
  • 31 March for the first semester of the following academic year (September – January) 

If the deadline is not respected, students will be invoiced for all fees of the following semester.

Contact

Head of Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Contemporary Repertoire Conducting
Arturo Tamayo

arturo.tamayo@conservatorio.ch

 

Head of Continuing Education
Carlo Ciceri

servizi.accademici@conservatorio.ch