FMSO CONDUCTING SEMINAR with Christopher Zimmerman and Foster Beyers Sunday, November 15 through Tuesday, November 17, 2015 in Fargo, ND


with Christopher Zimmerman and Foster Beyers

Sunday, November 15 through Tuesday, November 17, 2015 in Fargo, ND

A collaboration between Fargo-Moorhead Symphony and Concordia College in Moorhead

Limited to seven participants, conductors will be ensured 95 minutes of podium time over three days (35 minutes with full orchestra and 60 minutes with string quartet and piano). Works to be conducted will be DvorakSymphony No. 9 “From the New World” and Gershwin Piano Concerto in F(both with the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra) and Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique (with the Concordia College Orchestra).

The workshop will include seminars on score study, conductor/soloist collaboration, and orchestral bowing. Organizational topics will also be offered, including building a college orchestra, programming and community engagement.

Maestro Christopher Zimmerman, now in his third season as Music Director of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony, is also director of the Fairfax (VA) Symphony and the American Youth Philharmonic, based in Washington DC. Winner of the American Conducting Prize in 2011, Zimmerman has conducted orchestras to critical acclaim throughout the US and abroad.

His career has also embraced teaching and working with student orchestras and conductors. In 1993 he joined the conducting faculty at the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati where he was Music Director of their concert orchestra, and in 1999 he was appointed as Fuller Professor of Orchestral Studies at the Hartt School as well as Music Director of the Hartt Symphony.  A much sought after clinician and pedagogue, Mr. Zimmerman continues to teach at workshops and festivals around the world.

Foster Beyers is the assistant conductor of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony and has served as Director of Orchestras at Concordia College since 2011. In addition to leading the Concordia Orchestra, he teaches instrumental conducting and special topics courses in music history.  Prior to coming to Concordia, Foster Beyers served as interim director of orchestra at the College of St. Benedict/St. John University for the 2010/2011 academic year.

From 2008-2011 he was a James Sample Fellow in conducting at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities where he led the Campus Orchestra and String Orchestra and studied with Mark Russell Smith. Mr. Beyers came to Minnesota from Chicago where he served as Music Director of the Ravenswood Community Orchestra, Assistant Director of Choirs at Kenilworth Union Church. Mr. Beyers other principal conductor teachers include Victor Yampolsky and Nobuyoshi Yasuda. He has participated in masterclasses with Osmo Vanksa, Kenneth Kiesler, Larry Rachleff.

The Conducting Seminar is limited to 7 Conductor Participants, in order to ensure each participant receives a total of 95 minutes of podium time. The Seminar is also open to Auditors, who may observe each session and workshop.

$1,100 – Conductor Participant – Registration deadline is Monday, August 31, 2015.

$150 – Auditor – Registration deadline is Friday, October 30, 2015.




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