1. Access

The 2022 Academic Year of the Italian Conducting Academy is divided as follows:



Musicians of all nationalities must meet the following requirements:

– maximum age for access to the Three-year High Training: 30 years by the 31st December 2021

– no age limit for access to the Two-Year Master Course

Admission is subject to passing a test, an interview with the Teacher and a rehearsal with the orchestra.  The youngest candidates without any previous conducting experience and who feel they are not suitable, may be exempted from the exam with the orchestra. They must still send the application and ask to sustain only the test and the interview with the Teacher. The result of the exam will be based on the test, the interview and the curriculum of studies presented. It should be noted that candidates for this type of examination must already be in possession of the minimum principles inherent to the basic conducting technique: natural gesture, ability to beat simple and complex rhythms, first sight-reading of simple orchestral scores. For this type of students there is a special “Juniores” section.

Test with the orchestra

BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 8 in F major, op. 93

MENDELSSOHN – Symphony No. 4 in A major, op.90

Test-Interview with the Teacher

A test and an interview with the Teacher are scheduled after the rehearsals with the orchestra. The interview cannot be held before the orchestra rehearsal.

  • Interview of a musical, general and motivational nature.
  • Only for the Two-Year Master Course: Test of inherent conducting technique: Stravinsky – Concerto in E flat “Dumbarton Oaks”. The candidate will have to conduct some extracts without the orchestra, singing the main parts of the score.
  • Knowledge of harmony, musical forms, repertoire and instrumental techniques. 

Date, place and time of the admission exam will subsequently be communicated to the admitted candidates.

Two-Year Master Course

A pre-selection will be made through the vision of one video that must be viewable on-line through a link indicated by the candidate. Recordings should consist of some excerpts, with contrasting repertoire demonstrating a variety of styles and tempos. The camera should be placed at the back of the orchestra with the framing directly in front of the conductor. A large orchestra is not required; an ensemble is sufficient. The candidate’s name, the link and the list of works with relative durations must be specified on the application form. If the candidate passes the pre-screening he/she will be invited to the audition with the orchestra.


At the Teacher’s discretion, Auditors are allowed (exclusively for orchestra rehearsals).

2Organization of meetings

The lessons will take place throughout the year with eight meetings from January to June and from September to December. Thirteen sessions will be with the orchestra, articulated in different organics: string orchestra, ensemble, chamber orchestra and symphony orchestra. The first meeting will be dedicated to theoretical lessons. Each session will take place over two or three days, depending on the number of students. The “ClassicaViva” Orchestra, engaged for the lessons, will be organized by the ClassicaViva Music Association with the highest criteria of professionalism and competence. The Teacher can avail himself of the collaboration of an Assistant. The number of days dedicated to orchestra rehearsals will be based on the number of registered students. The first theoretical lesson will take place on January, 15th 2022.

3. Application for admission

In the application for admission the candidate must expressly indicate which exam he wishes to attend. The application must be accompanied by the qualifications of studies and artistic documentation, a short biography (max 10 lines) and a color photograph of the face in high resolution digital format (1200 × 1600). Only the Two-Year Master Course application must be integrated by the video. By November 15th, 2021, it will be the candidate’s responsibility to communicate the link of the video required for admission to the Two-Year Master Course. A copy of the Identity Card or Passport and the PDF of the bank transfer, complete with the details of the payment, must be attached to the application. 

4. Terms for registration

The downloadable application form must be received at the following address: no later than November, 15th 2021. 

5. Registration fee for the admission examAnnual registration and attendance fees

By bank transfer the candidate must make the payment that will not be returned under any circumstances and that will allow to take the entrance examination. Should the candidate pass the admission examination he/she will have to pay the entire quota within seven working days to be able to follow the Course. On the contrary, the committee will invite the successive candidate in the classification list created during the examination.

It should be noted that applicants from non-EU countries must be in compliance with the visa and the residence permit to cover the periods of attendance at the lessons.

For details on how to pay, see the page FEES AND PAYMENTS. The general calendar of the lessons will be subsequently communicated.  

By registering for the course and signing the regulation, the student undertakes to pay the full amount for the annual attendance even if he/she suspends participation in the course for any reason.

6. Annual Student Absences

The percentage of annual absences must not exceed 10% of the total days. Special exceptions will be considered by agreement with the Teacher and the Academy Management. The Teacher will not be required to repeat lessons not attended by students. Attendance during the Theory lessons preceding the orchestra rehearsals is mandatory and the absence can cause exclusion from the orchestra rehearsals.

7. Teacher’s Absences

Regarding the sudden absence of the Teacher (illness or other valid motivation) the lessons will be postponed at a time chosen according to the students and the availability of the orchestra and may possibly be held by an Assistant.

8. Examinations

At the end of each academic year, during the last lesson with the orchestra, an internal audit will determine the transition to the following Course or the admission to the Diploma Examination. The candidates not admitted to the Diploma Examination can only obtain an attendance certificate.

All information and procedures for the ABRSM exam registration will be communicated later to the concerned candidates in accordance with ABRSM Regulations.

9. Diploma Examination

Admission to the final exam will be subject to the overall frequency of the three-year or two-year period and must not be less than 80% of the lessons attended. The admitted student must submit an application according to the procedures that will be communicated and make the payment required for the Diploma. The Diploma can also be held in the form of a public concert and the date will be set by the Milan Music Master School Management during a period that may be later than the end of the academic and solar year.

10. Performances

Students who participate in internal or public performances organized by the Milano Music Master School, whether exams or concerts, are not entitled to any compensation or reimbursement unless for special and discretionary exceptions. Any video footage, photographs and audio recordings made during the artistic and educational activities of the Academy will remain the exclusive property of the same and can be given to the students for personal use upon request.

11. Responsibility of Activities

The Milano Music Master School does not accept liability for damages and inconveniences that might arise from attendance or participation in the activities of the Italian Conducting Academy itself.

12. Acceptance of Regulation

With his/her signature the student agrees to unreservedly accept the Regulation of the Milano Music Master School and the Courses of the Italian Conducting Academy.

13. Disputes

The Italian text shall prevail for any dispute. Any lawsuit will fall under the jurisdiction of the Law Courts of Milano. The ICA management reserves the right to make changes to the regulation and the calendar due to emergencies, such as: natural disasters, wars, epidemics or other critical situations that involve restrictions on the movement and transport of things and people.


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