Fifth Annual Conductors Workshop at Queens College New York City June 22 – July 3, 2015

Fifth Annual Conductors Workshop at Queens College New York City June 22 – July 3, 2015

Fifth Annual Conductors Workshop at Queens College
New York City
June 22 – July 3, 2015

Directed by Maestro Maurice Peress, this workshop is being offered to aspiring and working conductors alike to help build upon their experience and sharpen their orchestral skills.
Student Conductors will study with Maestros Maurice Peress, Donald Portnoy, Dorothy Savitch, and George Rothman along with three guest composers. Podium time is guaranteed every day, giving every participant the chance to work regularly with a professional-level, highly responsive orchestra. Student Conductors will conduct the Workshop Orchestra in the mornings, and receive critiques, coaching, and hands-on lessons from the faculty in the afternoons.

New works will be performed each session with the composers present, helping to give insight into what the composers expect to see as their scores come to life. All the sessions will be videotaped. David Amram and Bruce Saylor will again return this summer, along with composer-conductor Victoria Bond.

Aside from the invaluable podium time, there will be almost daily lectures dealing with the many issues that face conductors today. Among them, Maestro Portnoy will discuss working and building relationships with professional, college, and community orchestras and career development, as well as his insights into orchestral bowing choices. Maestro Peress will discuss “time” in all its aspects: time flow, rhythm, tempo, pulse, and the metronome, yea or nay. Guest composers will discuss their scores in detail. Field trips have been arranged to the Dvořák Room at the historic Czech Center to view original documents and artifacts that underscore the story of Dvořák’s time in America, and to the New York Philharmonic Archives, where marked scores by former NYPhil music directors will be placed on view.


String Orchestra
GOULD – Spirituals
MOZART – Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
ELGAR – Serenade
BOND – Dreams of Flying

Chamber Orchestra
TCHAIKOVSKY – Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33
MOZART – Symphony No. 35 “Haffner”
BERNSTEIN – Overture to Candide
SAYLOR – Double Concerto for Clarinet and Bass Clarinet

Full Orchestra
BRAHMS – Symphony No. 3
STRAVINSKY – Petrouchka
BEETHOVEN – Leonore Overture No. 3
AMRAM – Symphonic Variations On Woody Guthrie

9:00-12:00: Conducting session
1:30 – 3:00: Review and lessons
3:00 – 4:00: Discussion topics, seminars

Conductors – $1650
Auditors – $1000

Online applications accepted until May 25, 2015 or until the class of 20 conductors is complete.
Submit application, resume, letter of recommendation, and videos by mail or electronically. Please visit our website for requirements and more information.


Alex Wen, manager


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