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Bishop Gadsden hosts Charleston Symphony Orchestra’s Conducting Workshop

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Many understand the time and patience it takes to learn to play an instrument, but many are not aware of the work that goes into the art of conducting. Becoming a conductor takes time and patience, but, in addition, requires a concise skill set to lead a symphony orchestra. Conductors must not only know how to play an instrument, but must have a trained ear, the ability to interpret the music, as well as extensive training and education.

For the second year, Bishop Gadsden had the opportunity to host the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Conducting Workshop. This intensive workshop provided an opportunity for young conductors to gain hands-on training and learn from the conductors at the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. Bishop Gadsden was delighted to welcome nine participants from all over the world, eight auditors and nine CSO staff members to lead the event.

Set up for success

The workshop is specifically set up for the nine pre-professional conductors and eight auditors looking to improve their conducting skills in a supportive yet intensive setting. Each conductor had over 120 minutes of podium time, as well as group and individual coaching with faculty, Charleston Symphony Orchestra musicians and staff. The workshop weekend ended with a concert led by all active participants.

“Music brings so much to our lives at every age, and is highly valued at Bishop Gadsden,” says President/CEO Sarah Tipton. “We are proud to be able to provide a superb venue for these young conductors to gain training and experience while they share their talents with our Community. Bishop Gadsden is thrilled to be able to host the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Conducting Workshop, once again.”

Community impacts

In addition to the unique one-on-one time with CSO faculty and talented musicians, Bishop Gadsden residents – allowing for an even more personalized experience – hosted the participants of the workshop in their homes.

Workshop sessions and events take place in Bishop Gadsden’s award-winning Chapel – nationally recognized for its superior acoustics and exceptional Steinway piano. Bishop Gadsden Chapel is excited to be a stop for Charleston musicians, now and in the future. With the installation of a state-of-the-art Schoenstein pipe organ in fall of 2020, the Chapel at Bishop Gadsden will become an even greater musical destination.

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