Conducting - Full

From July 10 to 23, 2023

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Application Deadline

February 10, 2023

Applications received after the deadline will be accepted and processed if space allows.

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Kensho Watanabe

Guest Conductor - Conducting

July 11 to 18


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Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Guest Conductor- Conducting

Musical Director, Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal

Musical Director, Metropolitan Opera, New York

Musical Director, Philadelphia Orchestra

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Jennifer Bourdages

Collaborative Pianist - Conducting

July 11 to 22

Pianist, Orchestre Métropolitain

Collaborative Pianist, Orchestre Métropolitain Choir

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Sandra Murray

Collaborative Pianist - Conducting

July 11 to 22

Collaborative Pianist, Conservatoire de musique de Montréal

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This intensive two-week program offers university conductors and young professionals (minimum age 18) a personalized pedagogical approach in a collaborative context.

The conductors of the 21st Century are called upon to be versatile, to be citizens of the world: open, curious, respectful of works and traditions but also of the musicians who surround them. Thus, they will be able to find their own voice to inspire the groups of musicians with whom they work and their audiences.

Scores Analysis, style, technique and gestural approaches, body language, rehearsal techniques and communication are topics covered throughout the session.

To adequately train young conductors, works from the symphonic repertoire covering different styles and eras will be worked on, including Canadian works. The exact titles, opus and editions will be communicated to the students at the time of their admission.

The program consists of:

  • Masterclass*
    Guest artists: Kensho Watanabe, Yannick Nézet-Séguin
  • Pianists: Jennifer Bourdages, Sandra Murray
  • Collaborative quartet
  • Daily rehearsals with collaborating musicians of the ADFC
  • Rehearsals with Orchestre symphonique de Québec on July 13-14, 2023
  • Rehearsals with Orchestre Métropolitain on July 20-21, 2023
  • Conferences, classes, and themed workshops

A maximum of three (3) candidates who will stand out for the excellence of their record and their high level of preparation of the scores studied during the program will have the opportunity to conduct a work during the concert of the Orchestre symphonique de Québec, presented as part of the International Festival of Domaine Forget de Charlevoix on Saturday, July 15, 2023

A maximum of two (2) candidates who will stand out for the excellence of their record and their high level of preparation of the scores studied during the program will have the opportunity to conduct a work during the concert of the Orchestre Metropolitain, presented as part of the International Festival of Domaine Forget de Charlevoix on Saturday, July 22, 2023 and Sunday, July 23, 2023.


  • Access to all Academy classes and activities for the entire program
  • Free access to Domaine Forget International Festival concerts during the program. (Restrictions may apply for certain concerts)
  • Official attestation of participation to the program
  • Student evening activities such as bonfire, sports activities, tourist outings, movies, etc.
  • Individual practice huts and spaces situated on the enchanting site in the middle of nature
  • Three meals a day in the Joseph-Rouleau pavilion
  • Double or quadruple occupancy lodging


Complete all steps of the online application form, pay the registration fee (CAN $85), and provide the audition materiel by February 10, 2023.

All applications are automatically eligible for the scholarship program.

In the scholarship awarding process, the evaluation committee will consider the quality of the audition material, the excellent nature of the candidate’s file.

To submit a request for additional financial assistance, a justification letter must be included in your file.

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  • 2 works of contrasting character (minimum length: 15 minutes)
  • Current biography and résumé (CV) including all directing experience
  • Profile picture

Please upload two (2) separate videos for the two (2) individual works; public or unlisted YouTube, Vimeo or DropBox links or any other link directly accessible without a password and clearly labeled. Recordings should be recent (less than 12 months).


JOHANN STRAUSS - Die Fledermaus, Overture*
COLERIDGE TAYLOR - Ballade in A minor*
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN - Egmont, Overture*

SIBELIUS – Symphony No 
RICHARD WAGNER - Der fliegende Holländer, Overture*
LOUISE FARRENC - Symphony No 1

*Works conducted by a chosen candidate during the concerts on July 15, 22 and 23, 2023.


If you would like more information about the academy or the registration process, please contact Rachel Tremblay:


  • Arrival: Monday, July 10, 2023, as of 2PM (classes begin on Tuesday, July 11, 2023)
  • Departure: Sunday, July 23, 2022, after breakfast

All transportation is the student’s responsibility.

For all the details, go to Transport, the page will be updated regularly.


SESSION FROM JUly 10 TO 23, 2023

CAN $2,680


First installment
To confirm and reserve your place a first deposit, a non-refundable fee covering about half the cost of your session is required within seven (7) days following your acceptance letter and invoice.

Second installment
The second payment is due no later than May 1, 2023.



1st installment (50% of session fees) payable within 7 days of receipt of your invoice: non-refundable.
N.B.: This first payment is used to confirm and reserve your place in the program.
2nd installment (remaining balance): 50% refund of the amount paid if canceled at least 30 days before the start of the program.

If you cancel your participation in the session for any reason other than medical (doctor's note required) 30 days or less before the start of the program: no refund.

No refund as of May 2, 2023.

Le Domaine Forget de Charlevoix reserves the right to cancel any program if circumstances demand it. All fees already paid will then be reimbursed. Registration fees are non-refundable.



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