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The Beat Starts Here 2016

Sydney, 9 – 13 April with Luke Dollman

The Beat Starts Here has proven to be overwhelmingly popular, particularly among school teachers who conduct ensembles. Participants will work with professional pianists and instrumentalists concentrating on a variety of works to suit differing levels of experience. Places in this course are limited and it will be tailored to the needs of the selected participants. If you want to improve your skills as a conductor, and are currently working as a school teacher or conducting a community ensemble, this is the course for you.

LukeCourse Director: Luke Dollman

Luke Dollman is one of Australia’s leading conductors. He has worked throughout Europe and Australasia, conducting orchestras such as the London Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, National Orchestra of Belgium, Helsinki Philharmonic, Monte Carlo Philharmonic, Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, Halle Staatskapelle and all professional orchestras in Australia and New Zealand. Luke is a graduate of the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and a Fellow of the Aspen Festival of Music. He has taught conducting at the Sibelius Academy, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, for Symphony Services International and is Lecturer in Conducting at the Elder Conservatorium of Music.


Eligibility Guidelines

To be eligible to participate in The Beat Starts Here you must:

  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident (proof may be requested at any time)
  • be currently employed as a music teacher or conductor in a primary or secondary school in Australia; or
  • be a conductor currently working with a community group or ensemble

Selection Process

All applicants are asked to submit a curriculum vitae that outlines their musical history, with a particular focus on conducting experience. The panel will be particularly interested in any ensembles you currently conduct. There is no audition process for applicants to The Beat Starts Here. You will be assessed solely on your submitted curriculum vitae and notified in writing if you have been successful in gaining a position in the program.


There is no application fee for The Beat Starts Here but a course fee of $1000 will be charged should you be successful in gaining a place in the course. An invoice will be sent prior to the commencement of the course. Many participants find that their employer, if a school, is willing to pay this fee as professional development. If this is the case, the fee must still be received by the date specified on the invoice.

How To Apply

Applications are now closed.

For further information please contact Anna Howell, Artist Development Co-ordinator at howella@symphonyinternational.net or (02) 8622 9482, 0418626807.