IAYO Orchestral Conducting Workshops

IAYO Orchestral Conducting Workshops

Course Director: Robert Houlihan

05 – 09 July 2021
Robert Houlihan

The Irish Association of Youth Orchestras annual Conducting Workshops will take place online again in 2021. This year, we intend to use the Jamkazam software for real-time conducting of piano over the internet. Details on what is required are below.

The course is suitable for beginner to intermediate level conductors working on a mixture of standard repertoire. Places are available for both participants and observers. Active participants will conduct the piano player live over the internet and participate in baton technique and score-preparation workshops. Observers will take part in baton technique and score preparation along with full participants.

Closing Date for Applications: Friday, 11 June 2021


  • The 2021 course takes place online using Zoom and Jamkazam.
  • The course is open to conductors of youth orchestras, amateur orchestras, bands, music teachers and music students from Ireland and internationally.
  • In 2021, we will limit participant places to 12 and will give preference to Irish youth orchestra conductors and Irish music students. Remaining places will be awarded to suitable applicants based on a first-come, first-serve policy.
  • Participants and observers will need to connect using a Windows or Apple computer.
    • Participants and observers will receive technical assistance in connecting to Jamkazam.
    • Phones and tablets will not work with the Jamkazam software.
    • Active participants will need a wired headset for connection to their computer.
    • Active participants will need a Jamkazam account (c.€10).
    • While participants in Ireland (and the UK) should be able to conduct in real time, those further afield may experience lag.
  • It is not required for participants to prepare all the repertoire for the course. Participants may choose a selection that is in keeping with their experience and standard.
  • However, participants and observers should have copies of scores of all the repertoire studied on the course. We hope to be able to provide bound copies as usual but Covid-19 restrictions may mean we can not. Most editions have been chosen from those available at imslp.org and costs will be minimal. Information on scores is available on the repertoire page.
  • The course fee is €150 for active participants and €75 for observers, payable on acceptance.
  • The closing date for applications is Friday, 11 June 2021.
  • Apply online here.