The first Transnational Meeting of the recently launched Global Conservatoire (GC) was hosted by the Royal Danish Academy of Music (RDAM) in Copenhagen, Denmark, on October 4 and 5, 2021. This two-day convening was the first live meeting of faculty, administration, and management from the GC’s four partner institutions: RDAM, Royal College of Music (London), Manhattan School of Music, and the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. Also included were representatives from the Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Académies de Musique et Musikhochschulen (AEC), a European cultural and educational network with approximately 300 member institutions for professional music training in 57 countries.
Participants met and exchanged thoughts on the current and future development of the Global Conservatoire through a combination of open discussions and specialized forums. One of the most important topics at the two-day meeting was course development, especially relevant as most Global Conservatoire faculty are currently refining and preparing their courses for delivery in spring 2022. The first course offering, however, launched in October 2021 for a cohort of 20 students; this pilot course is entitled ‘Music and Words’ and is taught by Dr. Christina Guillaumier from the Royal College of Music (London). The 20 participating students will include five each from the four GC partner institutions.
The Global Conservatoire Transnational Meetings will represent important milestones in the development of the GC, and will be held twice yearly. These meetings will be hosted by the program’s four partner institutions in turn.