Lucia Matos, director of the NIU Philharmonic and music director of the Opera Workshop in the School of Music, was one of two women selected among 66 applicants for the 2011 Conducting Fellows in the Conductors Program of the National Arts Centre’s Summer Music Institute.
This is the first time two women have shared the podium among the conducting fellows in any one year. (There are also two conducting apprentices who are women.) There are 10 students in the Conductors Program this year.
Created in 1999 by visionary NAC Orchestra Music Director Pinchas Zukerman, the NAC Summer Music Institute has become a world‑renowned magnet for the best young Canadian and international classical artists, providing world‑class instruction for especially gifted young musicians, conductors and composers.
Over the years, the SMI has provided training to 761 participants from across Canada and 37 other countries around the world. The program is led by Kenneth Kiesler from the University of Michigan.
This summer, 77 young musicians (ages 12 to 32), 10 young conductors and 10 young composers are working with an exceptional faculty led by Zukerman; Co‑Artistic Director Patinka Kopec; Kiesler, director, Conductors Program; and NAC Award‑winning composer Gary Kulesha, director, Composers Program, in an array of challenging workshops, private instruction, chamber music coaching, masterclasses and performances.
From June 6 through June 29, more than three weeks of intense study and focus culminate in a series of three chamber concerts performed by students of the Young Artists Program in Tabaret Hall at the University of Ottawa as well as in the final concerts (in Southam Hall) of the Composers Program.
The NAC Summer Music Institute is made possible through the generosity of individual donors, corporations, and the NAC Foundation’s National Youth and Education Trust (Founding Partner TELUS), including major support from Astral Media, NAC Foundation Donors’ Circle and the University of Ottawa.