The Omaha Symphony is proud to announce its upcoming Conductor Symposium, led by Music Director Thomas Wilkins and David Loebel (New England Conservatory.  The program is scheduled for May 1-3, 2014.  Offering emerging conductors the rare opportunity to study their craft with a full-time professional orchestra, the symposium is designed to provide vital learning experiences and to supply the tolls needed to succeed in conducting roles with American orchestras.  This event will facilitate mentoring relationships and will provide a framework to apply practical skills across a broad  spectrum of duties, both on and off the podium.  Participants will not only receive a full hour of podium time, but also take part in seminars that range in topic from score study and rehearsal technique to conversations with artistic and administrative staff about creating education concerts, engaging audiences, and understanding an organization’s needs in relation to their conducting staff.  Conducting time will include 30 minutes with chamber orchestra ensembles, 15 minutes with chamber orchestra with vocalists, and 15 minutes with chamber orchestra.  The Omaha Symphony will be the resident orchestra.  Repertoire information will be provided upon an invitation to conduct.  Deadline is Feb. 1, 2014.  Application fee is $25;  participant fee is $1,000, and auditor fee is $500 (auditors will participate in all aspects of the workshop but will not receive podium time.  Submit a cover letter indicating if you would consider admission as an  auditor, a resume including contact information, DVD, and the application fee (check to be payable to Omaha Symphony).  Send to:  Conductor Symposium, Omaha Symphony, 1605 Howard Street, Omaha, NE 68102.  Conductors will be notified by March 1.  Sixteen participants and 10 auditors will be selected to participate.  Please download the complete Conductor Symposium Packet for more details surrounding the event.  The web-site is (  For further questions, contact T. Adam Goos, Omaha Symphony Vice President of Education/Community Partnerships by e-mail: <> or by phone:  402-342-3836, ext. 107.

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