Peninsula Music Festival’s Emerging Conductor Program

Emerging Conductor Program

Mission Statement:

The Peninsula Music Festival’s Emerging Conductor Program will provide training and exposure for aspiring conductors with a professional orchestra. The programs intention is to provide broad experience with all aspects of orchestra conducting and management to enhance their career goals.


  • Professional Resume
  • Undergraduate degree in music performance
  • Masters in conducting
  • Currently enrolled or recently completed a Doctoral Program in Conducting
  • Flexibility, adaptability, able to work under pressure, self motivated
  • Good communication skills

Other Considerations:

  • Current/Valid drivers license
  • Dependable car
  • Housing and small stipend provided

Job Description: Supervised by the Music Director

  • Artistic Responsibilities:

    • Be available to the Music Director
      • Observe all rehearsals and give input as requested
      • Attend all concerts
      • Assist with pre concert talks
      • Collaborate on the season previews (talking program notes)
    • Be available to the Music Librarian
      • Assist with distribution and collection of parts
      • Assist with bowings
    • Be available to work with community and youth music programs dependent on summer schedule
  • Administrative Skills Exposure:

    • Shadow administrative staff for Exposure to:
      • Business Operation
      • Fundraising
      • Marketing and Public Relations
      • Community Relations
      • Box Office
      • Crisis Management

There will be a written follow up on the program from both the participants and the PMF. Verbal interviews will be conducted if necessary.

Application Procedure

A small stipend, plus housing is provided for those selected for the program. Those interested in the August 2015 season, the application procedure is as follows:

Please read the criteria for the Emerging Conductor Program before applying. Only applications that meet the criteria will be reviewed. Applications will only be accepted by email to the email address provided.

Send an email to with the following information and attachments:

Full contact information including full name, current physical address, email and cell phone number. Include in the email the YouTube URL for the Conductor Excertp Video.


1. Cover letter that addresses the qualifications outlined above

2. Resume that includes, where applicable, principal/other current conducting positions, previous conducting positions, guest conductor engagements, education background and current level and enrollment, principal performance instrument, conducting teachers, conducting workshops or seminars, conducting awards.

3. Three letters of recommendation from those who are familiar with your conducting including phone and email contacts for each

Save all of these items as either a DOC, DOCX or PDF using this naming convention for the file names:

Conductor Excerpt Video Submission Guidelines:

Please upload video excerpts online to Youtube. If you don’t already have online excerpts, we recommend setting up an account with YouTube. Video excerpts should be clearly titled with applicant’s name, composer name, work, and movement. The video may  be unlisted and the URL submitted in the letter as described above.

Applicants should present 2 excerpts of contrasting standard repertoire demonstrating a variety of styles and tempi. Complete movements are preferred. Videos submissions should be no less than ten minutes and should not exceed twenty minutes in length. Filming should be done from the back of the orchestra with the focus on the front of the conductor with clear baton/body visibility. Think about microphone placement so as to record the best sound. Concert performance footage is preferred rather than rehearsal. No audiovisual displays before the segment begins – no promotional video please.

Application Deadline: December 12, 2014. Successful applicants will be notified by January 31, 2015 about their acceptance into the program.

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