Founded in 2016 the Smoky Mountain International Conducting Institute and Competition was founded with the sole purpose of providing conductors, of all levels, with opportunities to help prepare them for their future as 21st century Maestros. 

The Smoky Mountain International Conducting Institute offers conductors the opportunity to study with one of America's most versatile maestros.  Maestro Dwight Oltman has over 45 years of experience teaching conducting.  His students have won places in top conservatoires across the globe, placed in competitions, currently teach at prestigious universities and have won conducting positions with important symphony orchestras worldwide.

Maestro Oltman's pedagogy is based on his work with two of the greatest conductors of the twentieth century--Pierre Monteux and Max Rudolf-- as well as the incredible wealth of knowledge and experience that he obtained over his career which has thus far spanned more than 50 years.  At Baldwin Wallace's Conservatory of Music, he was the Music Director and conductor of the Symphony Orchestra, the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the internationally renowned Baldwin Wallace Bach Festival.  In addition to his collegiate work he was Music Director and conductor of the Ohio Chamber Orchestra for 20 years, Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Cleveland Ballet for 24 years, and Music Director of Ballet San Jose for 12 years.  He has also conducted professional orchestras throughout North America, Europe, and Asia.

Our competition and institute was founded with the sole purpose of identifying and showcasing the best and brightest talents on both the national and international levels whilst also providing our conductors the opportunity to receive feedback from Maestro Oltman and the orchestral musicians of the fully professional SMICI Chamber Orchestra.

Maestro Oltman has a passion for sharing his knowledge with the next generation of conductors, whether they be at the beginning of their training or are already experienced professional conductors who want to be critiqued and guided to yet higher peaks.

This is why we offer three levels of participation: Fellowship, Associate, and Auditor. Please CLICK HERE for more information on the levels of participation.



Smoky Mountain International Conducting Institute