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1 - 5 March 2017
Senzoku Gakuen College of Music
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World Music Contest International Conducting Master Class (Japan)

WMC Kerkrade International Conducting Master Class
with Douglas Bostock in cooperation with Yasuhide Ito and
Senzoku Gakuen College of Music Green Tie Wind Ensemble

Active participation is open to a maximum of 15 conductors of any nationality under the age of 39 on 20.8.2017. There is no age limit for auditors.

At the end of the Master Class two active participants will be selected by Maestro Bostock and Maestro Ito to attend the final WMC International Conducting Course and Contest (ICC) in Kerkrade, The Netherlands 14 – 19 July 2017, led by a panel of internationally renowned conductors. Travel and accommodation costs for the selected conductors will be paid by WMC. 

The Master Class will provide an extensive range of conducting opportunities and generous podium time for conductors to work with the ensembles and orchestra under expert guidance and tutelage.

The official language of the Master Class is English. In certain circumstances translations into Japanese may be available.

About WMC Lifelong Learning

In 2016 / 2017, the World Music Contest (WMC) in Kerkrade, The Netherlands is organizing 9 courses for conductors worldwide under the motto “Lifelong Learning”. They take place in Singapore, Columbia, China, Japan, the USA, Italy, The Netherlands, and Germany. 

All the intercontinental courses will include repertoire both for chamber ensemble and wind orchestra. The final WMC Conducting Course and Competition in Kerkrade will include repertoire for ensemble and wind orchestra. 


Chamber Ensemble

Symphonie No. 1 C major Op.21 / Ludwig van Beethoven
Transcription by Georg Schmitt – Öhringen 1817 
Publisher: Ut Orpheus Edizioni 

Petite Symphonie Op. 216 / Charles Gounod
Publisher: Kalmus

Robert Kurka Suite: The Good Soldier Schweik Op. 22
Publisher: G. Shirmer

Wind Orchestra

Lincolnshire Posy / Percy Grainger
Edited by Frederick Fennell
Publisher: Ludwig

La Vita, Symphony in 3 Scenes / Yasuhide Ito 
Publisher: Brain (Bravo Music) 

Emblems / Aaron Copland
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes

Suite Française / Darius Milhaud
Publisher: Hal Leonard

Note: Selected participants are expected to obtain their own conductor scores.

Fees & Application

The Master Class fee for active participant is ‎¥80,000 per person. Application will close on 7 January 2017 and results will be announced by 15 January 2017. All decision is final. To register, please complete the form here

For observers (auditors) for the Master Class from 1 - 5 March 2017, please sign up here.

Douglas Bostock

The British conductor Douglas Bostock is Music Director of the Argovia Philharmonic and the Hallwyl Opera Festival in Switzerland. He has held positions with the Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra (Principal Conductor), the Czech Chamber Philharmonic (Principal Guest Conductor), the Munich Symphony Orchestra (Principal Guest Conductor), The Southwest German Philharmonic (Conducor), and Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra (Principal Conductor & Princiapl Guest Conductor).


He has appeared extensively with leading orchestras in most countries on the European continent, as well as in Asia, and on the American Continent, e.g. the BBC orchestras, the London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Prague Symphony, New Japan Philharmonic, Sapporo Symphony, Nagoya Philharmonic, Kyoto Symphony, Japan Century, Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, Gunma Symphony, and Geidai Philharmonia.


Douglas Bostock has recorded around 100 CDs, including the complete orchestral music of Carl Nielsen, the symphonies of Robert Schumann, and the extensive British Symphonic Collection.


Douglas enjoys working with young musicians and is frequently invited to conduct at music colleges in Europe and Asia. He has been Guest Professor in the conducting and opera facilities at the Tokyo University of the Arts, and is Visiting Professor at Senzoku Gakuen College of Music in Japan. His conducting master classes in many countries enjoy great popularity.

Yasuhide Ito

As a child, Ito began to cultivate his interest in music by taking piano lessons. He continued to pursue a musical education and, by his third year of high school, had composed his first piece of music for band, titled “On the March”. TRN Music Publisher published this work in 1978.

After high school, Ito attended and graduated with a major in composition from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music (Class of 1986). During his time at Tokyo National University, Ito began to gain national and international acclaim for his work through his entrance in and winning of several musical competitions. Ito’s awards include first prize at the Shizuoka Music Competition in 1980 for piano, third prize at the Japan Music Competition in 1982 for piano, an award at the Competition for Saxophone Music in 1987, and the Academy prize from the Band Masters Academic Society of Japan in 1994.

Yasuhide Ito has earned much praise for his compositional endeavours. In all, Ito is credited for more than 130 musical works. This collection of musical works includes pieces for wind ensemble, orchestra, instrumental chamber ensembles, solo voice, various solo wind instruments, piano, solo percussion, solo string instruments, and various other instruments such as organ, cembalo, accordion, and harmonica.

As a conductor, Yasuhide Ito has performed with many bands, including the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra in their Asian Concert Tour in 2002, on behalf of Maestro Frederic Fennel. He was scheduled to perform with the Cal Poly Wind Orchestra (part of a music convention for gifted high school musicians) in April 2008.