Morten Wensberg is the dean of the Faculty of performing arts at the University of Stavanger.
Before he became dean, he was head of the conducting department 2010-2017, and under his innovative leadership this department had grown exponentially in both number of students and in recognition.
Wensberg is the creator of "Dirigentuka" meaning "Conductor's Week" in English - Norway's largest conducting course, with over 120 participating conductors, and which takes place at UiS each summer.
Wensberg is the inventor of the platform and concept of the UiS "Digital conducting studies" - a pioneering effort in combining new, digital and internet based teaching with the best of traditional teaching formats, resulting in a very flexible and effective form of continued education. The digital conducting program has been very well received among its students.
Morten Wensberg is also the creator of "Opptakt" - a national career development and career launching program for young, aspiring Norwegian conductors, which involves the majority of the professional symphony orchestras in Norway.
Morten Wensberg studied music performance at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo (cand. mag., 1997) and Duquesne University (Master of Music, 1999) in Pittsburgh, USA. In 2006 he finished a degree in orchestral conducting at the Norwegian Academy of Music, where he studied with professor Ole Kristian Ruud, and took master classes with Pierre Boulez, George Hurst, Jorma Panula and Leif Segerstam.
Since then he has been guest conductor with a number of orchestras and ensembles in Norway, Sweden and Finland, among them the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra.
In November 2006 Morten S Wensberg was a prizewinner in the 3rd International Jorma Panula Conducing Competition where he was awarded the special prize for his contemporary music interpretation.
His recordings with the Norwegian Brass Expo are critically acclaimed.
"Dirigentuka" - Conductor's Week in Stavanger
arranged in mid August each year
The Conductor's Week (in Norwegian "Dirigentuka") is Norway's largest and most popular conducting course. We host over 130 participants and a teaching staff of 15-20 acclaimed conductors. The course is available to international participants.
The course is aimed at a broad spectrum of conductors - both brass band, wind band and orchestra conductors. The participants range from beginners, through intermediate to experienced professionals. There are lectures, master classes, group- and individual lessons, technique classes and more... We start every morning at 09:00 and continue all day until 21:00. The Conductor's Week is held in the idyllic "Bjergsted Cultural Park" - the heart of Stavanger's cultural district, just a short walk from downtown.
The Conductor's Week is a result of a collaboration between the Norwegian Band Federation and the University of Stavanger's Department of music and dance. Stavanger Symphony Orchestra are partners, as well as a number of teh region's leading bands, among them the Stavanger Brass Band.
The Department of music and dance of Stavanger University offers bachelor's and master's degrees in conducting as well as a variety of extension studies, among them UiS' "Digital conducting studies" - an innovative distance learning course.
Morten Wensberg, who is the head of conducting studies at the University of Stavanger is the founder and host of the Conductor's Week in Stavanger.
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"Opptakt -for Norges nye dirigenter"
"Opptakt" is a national career development program for talented, young Norwegian conductors. Founded and lead by Morten Wensberg in collaboration with most of Norway's major professional orchestras and the Academy of Music in Oslo.
Digital conducting studies at UiS
The Digital conducting studies at the University of Stavanger are an innovative distance learning platform for teaching conducting. The concept, which was launched in 2015, has generated a spin off for school band directors; "Digitale skolekorpsstudier"
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