Conductor Development Program
Symphony Services International plays an important role in nourishing the talented pool of young conductors in Australia and supports graduates to build substantial careers both here and overseas.
Recognising that very few Australians had forged a career in this area in recent decades, in 1999 Symphony Australia created the Conductor Development program to train a new group of Australian conductors. Its key aim was to have at least one graduate capable of standing on the world stage within 10 years.
This goal was exceeded some years ago, with a number of talented conductors graduating from the program. Dane Lam is Principal Conductor of the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Nicholas Milton is Chief Conductor of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, and Matthew Wood was until recently Associate Conductor with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Benjamin Northey recently conducted the London Philharmonic Orchestra and in 2011 was announced the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s Associate Conductor. A number of graduates of the program regularly conduct the Australian symphony orchestras.
Several of our graduates have gone on to post-graduate programs of the highest order at schools such as Juilliard and the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester.
Under the directorship of Christopher Seaman, the three Conductor Development mastercourses are: Core Conductors, the Scholar Conductors program and The Beat Starts Here.