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Open the door to the next level of choral conducting

Choral Conductors Professional Development Course – Budapest and Bratislava 1-10 July 2020

The Choral Conductors Professional Development provides study in Kodaly technique along with hands-on conducting experience, all this under the direction of professors of the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest. The Academy is renowned worldwide as a centre of excellence for choral training, for choirs and conductors alike. 

And the experience is designed to be much deeper, as the group of participants will form a choir. They will rehearse together in Budapest and then perform at an international choir festival in Bratislava, where there will be opportunities to listen to choirs from many countries, mix with them and their conductors, and discover new horizons for your own choirs. 

Participants may choose to participate in conducting masterclasses either as conductors or as observers. Music will be sent to participants for individual preparation, so that rehearsals in Budapest can focus on shaping the music, not just learning the notes. There will also be seminars on choral repertoire and the possibilities available to perform in Europe and at international choral festivals.

As a very special extra, Gullivers is offering a very limited number of low cost extensions in Vienna for the 5 nights following the course and festival (10-14 July 2020). During this time you will experience the opening and closing ceremonies, competitions, concerts and workshops which form Europe’s most prestigious festival for young choirs and orchestras – the Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival.  Several hundred young musicians from Australia and New Zealand participate every year, along with up to 2000 from many other countries. Those who take up this special offer will gain insights into the exciting possibilities open to their own choir. 

Throughout the tour, including the extension, 4-star hotel accommodation in twin rooms with full breakfast, guided sight-seeing, local transport, entrances and some dinners are all included. 

This will be of especially high value to young conductors and teachers, but also to the more experienced who will benefit from refreshing their knowledge and skills. For all it will be a totally inspiring experience. Fully tax-deductable and suitable to include in teacher portfolios, this is an invaluable opportunity not to be missed. As places are capped at 25, it is important to register your interest as early as possible, especially if you would like to apply for the limited low-cost opportunity to extend for 5 days in Vienna.

Get in touch now for more information or to book.

What’s in the Gullivers’ Choral Conductors Professsional Development course?

Kodály Method Hand Signs

Lectures in Kodaly Method

Professors at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music will take the group through aspects of Kodaly’s technique, reinforcing existing knowledge and skills and developing them to a new level of confidence.

Masterclasses in Conducting Technique

You will have the opportunity either to conduct or to observe a session with a choir. Faculty members and international conductors will guide you through aspects of conducting technique, making constructive suggestions on technical and expressive aspects of the art. 

Seminar on Choral Repertoire

Australia’s representative to the World Choir Council will present seminars on choral repertoire he has encountered in the past few months while working in Europe. He will also provide ideas about repertoire selection, especially for concert programs on a choir tour and repertoire appropriate for international competitions.

Session on International Choral Festivals

You will be introduced to some the many international choral festivals which are held every year all across Europe, discovering different levels of participation from high level competitions to non-competitive events, festivals with opportunities to learn as well as perform, and others where your group can join a combined choir to perform a major work with orchestra.

Sing Together as a Choir*

During the week participants will form a choir and sing together conducted by 3 participants chosen from those who apply for this opportunity. Three works will be learned, each with a different conductor. Music will be sent to participants immediately after registration closes.

Participate in an International Choral Festival

At the end of the week the group will travel to Bratislava to participate in the Slovakia Cantat International Choral Festival. Together you will perform the program prepared in Budapest*, observe competitions and concerts, meet conductors and choirs from many countries and be immersed in choral music in this delightful old city.

* Subject to sufficient voices to create a balanced choral ensemble

  • Certificates for each completed area of the course
  • Accommodation: 4-star hotels in twin rooms with breakfast daily and 3 dinners
  • Transport in Budapest and private coach transfer to Bratislava (airport transfers excluded)
  • Fully tax deductible and suitable for teacher registration portfolios
  • $3,200 (Flights not included. Single room supplement $266)

*Interest in conducting can be indicated on application.
*Music will be chosen based on the voices of the final group and sent to all participants immediately after booking. Performance at the festival may be in a festival competition and/or concerts

Places strictly limited so book now Email now for more information or to book: david@gullivers.com.au


  • 4-star hotel accommodation in twin rooms for 6 nights in Budapest and 3 nights in Bratislava
  • Unlimited local transport in Budapest with 7-day pass
  • Specialist host with you throughout your time in Hungary and Slovakia
  • Daily full buffet breakfast
  • Four 3-course dinners with first glass of beer or wine
  • All course and festival fees
  • All music and course materials
  • Diplomas for each completed area of the course
  • Guided walking tours in Budapest and Bratislava
  • Guided tour of the Hungarian National Parliament
  • Tickets to a concert or opera in Budapest, depending on 2020 programs once released.


  • Flights, Flight upgrades
  • Single room supplement
  • Pre- or post-course extensions to Vienna and/or Prague

Places strictly limited to a maximum of 25 participants

Register for more information

We are looking forward to creating this journey with you. For more information on the Gullivers Choral Conductors Professional Development Course, please contact us:

Daily Schedule

April or July or October 2020

*Concert date depending on programs for April 2020