Expressive Conducting Workshop I

Insight, Interpretation, Expression & Leadership

"This workshop made me look at my conducting through a completely different lens. So often a conducting workshop will deal with technique and it'll touch on affect later on. It was great to completely spin this process around think about character of what the composer was trying to convey before getting stuck into the nitty gritty of 'how to' conduct. "

- Renee, The Yarra Voices, Melbourne VIC

What is it?

The Expressive Conducting Workshop is will challenge and extend your ability to communicate with your ensemble.

Recorded live in July 2020, the workshop includes activities in score analysis, interpretation, physical movement, rehearsal techniques and career planning. Throughout the workshop you will reflect on your own conducting strengths, challenges and goals to frame and guide your participation.

Who is it for?

This event is for conductors of professional, university, school and community ensembles who are seeking more expression in their music-making.

This workshop is for you, if you want:

  • to create more honest, engaging, emotive performances in front of ensembles and audiences
  • to take responsibility for your development as a conductor
  • to discover and address what is holding you back from being more expressive
  • to learn in a creative, playful, non-judgemental environment
  • to learn how to make ongoing, achievable improvements in your conducting
  • to meaningfully contribute to discussions and activities

Who is leading the course?

Conductors Ben Northey (Christchurch Symphony Orchestra / Melbourne Symphony Orchestra) and Ingrid Martin (Conducting Artistry) & music careers expert Susan Eldridge (Notable Values) lead 2 days of sessions to connect you to the music, your musicians and your audience. Read more about Ben, Susan & Ingrid below.

How do we get to the heart of the music?
How do we communicate this with our performers and audiences?
What do we need to keep expanding and developing our artistry - both on and off the podium?

We explore these questions and more, through sessions on:

Interpretation - Learn and experience creative approaches to analysis and score study to help you get to the expressive core of the music

Insight - Explore what is holding you back from creating more expressive performances. Reflect on what will move you forward.

Expression - Unlock your most expressive self and communicate openly with clarity and artistry

Ingrid Martin's work as a conductor, clinician and curator is united by her vision to transform lives through the emotive power of music. In demand internationally as a clinician, guest conductor and lecturer, she is renowned for her ability to lead ensembles to deeper, meaningful musical performances. Ingrid is the founder of, an online learning platform for conductors featuring online courses, resources and a podcast.

As conductors we need self-belief and courage to communicate our musical vision to our ensembles and audiences
How do we develop this elusive and seldom-discussed quality?
What does it mean to show up honestly on the podium?

Benjamin Northey is Chief Conductor of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and Principal Conductor in Residence of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. A graduate of the University of Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and Finland’s Sibelius Academy, he is a regular guest conductor with orchestras and opera companies in Australia and the Asia Pacific region.

What does it mean to create a sustainable conducting career?
What are the realities of professional conducting pathways?
How can you best position yourself to succeed when applying for school, community or professional conducting and teaching positions?

In demand as a career coach, Susan Eldridge has mentored over 1,000 performing artists across music, theatre and visual arts including at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (MCM), the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) and privately.

Prior to her work in the arts Susan founded a multi-million dollar technology consulting firm delivering solutions to Fortune 500 clients throughout Europe.

"What a fantastic way to spend PD. All sessions were informative with great ideas, I'm leaving with so much! Presented with an honest approach and it was such a supportive environment to learn in. Ingrid is a great educator and truly a generous soul."

- Heloise, Cranbrook School, Sydney NSW

What's in the Course?

  • Videos of all Zoom sessions including participant discussions
  • Activities for you to complete in interpretation, gesture & self-insight
  • Q&As with time-stamped topics so you can find what's most relevant to you
  • All resources used and mentioned including PDF scores, analysis templates, worksheets and recommended resources

EXCLUSIVE BONUS: More than 2.5 hours of audio Interviews with Conductor Tianyi Lu on Vulnerability, Preparation, Leadership & Rehearsal Approaches

Find the full curriculum below!

"This PD was really thoughtfully and intelligently developed for the online learning experience. "

- Gillian, Cascade Youth Symphony Orchestra, Seattle WA

Your Instructor

Ingrid Martin
Ingrid Martin

In demand internationally as a clinician, guest conductor and lecturer, Ingrid is renowned for her ability to lead ensembles to deeper, meaningful musical performances. She has spent the last 15 years leading transformative musical experiences for musicians in schools, universities and community ensembles.

Committed to conductor education, she has served as State President of the Australian Band & Orchestra Directors' Association (ABODA), taught conducting to graduate students at the University of Melbourne, and continues provides individual tuition to hundreds of teachers through private tuition, festivals and competitions across Australia.

"Ingrid is a fantastic educator who presents openly, honestly, and with a clear passion for her craft. It was so refeshing to learn from a presenter and peers who were willing to participate and be vulnerable themselves to make this an approachable and supportive learning environment for all."

- Cassie, St Peter's College, Adelaide SA

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

"This workshop was excellently presented and managed by Ingrid. Content and activities were really interesting and useful. Fantastic to have a prominent figure as guest speaker. It was pitched at many levels...I'd certainly consider other courses by Conducting Artistry and recommend to my colleagues. I am excited and inspired by this workshop and came away with references and practical things I can do to improve my craft immediately. Thank you!"

- Anne, Girton Grammar, Bendigo VIC

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