Kay Meek Arts Centre

Orchestral Conducting Academy




About the Academy

Owing to a shared aspiration to create a supportive and professional environment to nourish young conductors, Kay Meek Arts Centre’s Executive Director Rob Gloor and Dr. Jonathan Govias from University of North Carolina, Charlotte are pleased to partner and announce the first KMAC Orchestral Conducting Academy. The Academy is intended for emerging conductors and music educators to refine existing skills, experiment with new conducting and rehearsal techniques, develop ensemble leadership skills in a supportive environment, and secure video footage in front of a responsive orchestra.  

Format and Availability

The Academy is structured to emphasize practical experience in a workshop setting. Each participant will receive a minimum of 30 minutes of podium time over three sessions, in front of a live orchestra, with direct feedback and coaching from academy faculty. Participants are welcome to video record all sessions on personal equipment for unrestricted use thereafter. 

Up to 13 active participants will be accepted for the academy.

About the Faculty

Dr. Jonathan Govias, Director of Orchestras, University of North Carolina, Charlotte

Clyde Mitchell, Music Director, Lions Gate Sinfonia



Saturday March 2, 2019

12:30-13:00 Welcome and introduction

13:00-16:00 Conducting Session 1

18:00-21:00 Conducting Session 2

Sunday March 3, 2019

14:00-17:00 Conducting Session 3


All sessions take place at Kay Meek Arts Centre, West Vancouver, BC.


Applicants to the Academy should normally have completed a post-secondary degree in music. There are no restrictions on age or nationality.


Bizet Carmen (Selections from Suites No. 1 & No. 2)

Chanson du Toreador
Danse Boheme
Les Toreadors

Preparation of all movements is recommended but not required.


To Apply

Active Participants must:

1) Complete the Online Application Form;

2) Submit a c.v. to faculty member Dr. Jonathan Govias by email to jonathan.govias@uncc.edu;

3) Proceed below to make full payment of tuition to complete application.

Applications will be accepted on full payment of tuition, until no further places remain. Tuition will be refunded in the event an application is declined.


Early Registration Pricing (if paid by 12:00 noon PST on December 15th, 2018):

Canadian Citizens: $550 CAD (proof of citizenship may be required)

International: $700 CAD

Regular Pricing (after 12:00 noon PST on December 15th, 2018):

Canadian Citizens: $650 CAD (proof of citizenship may be required)

International: $850 CAD

Auditors: $100 CAD

Terms and Conditions

  • Fees include orchestra sessions only.

  • All other expenses for scores, travel, accommodation and food are the responsibility of the participants.

  • Payment and receipt of fees in full is required before an application is considered received and a place reserved.

  • Fees are non-refundable except if an application is declined, or in the case of cancellation of workshop by the organizers.

  • The organizers can accept no responsibility for any, travel, accommodation or ancillary costs in the event of cancellation of event.