Third International Chicago Symphony Orchestra Sir Georg Solti Conducting Apprenticeship Riccardo Muti, Music Director

Third International Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Sir Georg Solti Conducting Apprenticeship
Riccardo Muti, Music Director

The CSO invites young conductors to apply for a two-year conducting apprenticeship. The winning candidate, chosen by a jury chaired by Music Director Riccardo Muti, will have unique access to the CSO and Maestro Muti.

Both Riccardo Muti and his predecessor Sir Georg Solti (CSO music director 1969–91) followed the same traditional path to their conducting careers through their work in the opera house. Maestro Muti remains passionate about the importance of a conductor’s ability to rehearse with an artist at the piano.


Live auditions will take place at Symphony Center on September 20, 2015, during which candidates will be asked to demonstrate their ability at the piano as well as on the podium. At the live audition, each candidate will be required to lead a piano coaching session, preparing and accompanying a singer from the vocal score, and to rehearse and conduct the Civic Orchestra of Chicago in both orchestral and operatic repertoire.

Application materials are due July 31, 2015. Candidates invited to the live audition will be notified by August 20, 2015. Successful candidate must be available to begin the Conducting Apprenticeship in February 2016.

Applicants are responsible for their own travel arrangements and expenses.


During the two-year conducting apprenticeship, which will run from February 2016 through January 2018, the winning candidate will spend at least ten weeks a year studying with and assisting Maestro Muti in Chicago. The apprenticeship also includes close work with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the CSO’s training orchestra for pre-professional musicians, including several rehearsals and a concert with Civic once each year.

The apprenticeship includes a $20,000 cash award each year as well as travel and expense allowance of up to $10,000 per year. The cash award is subject to all applicable income and withholding taxes.


Without exception, applicants must be under the age of 35 on September 20, 2015. Board members, employees, volunteers, and the relatives of those persons of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association are not eligible to enter.

Applicants must have:

• Demonstrated experience conducting professional orchestras
• Knowledge of operatic and vocal repertoire
• Ability to prepare and accompany singers from the piano
• Ability to guide and mentor young professional musicians
• Ability to communicate and engage with audiences of diverse ages and backgrounds


A: Orchestral
Bruckner Symphony No 7 in E Major – 1954 Nowak
i. Allegro moderato

Overture to I vespri siciliani – Ricordi

Tchaikovsky Manfred Symphony, Op. 58 – Breitkopf
i. Lento lugubre

Beethoven Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92 – Breitkopf
i. Poco sostenuto – Vivace
ii. Allegretto

Stravinsky Suite from The Firebird (1919) – ed. McAlister
(from Infernal Dance to the end)

B: Operatic
Operatic excerpts will be announced at a later date. Please check back for updates.


The Chicago Symphony Orchestra is consistently hailed as one of today’s leading orchestras. In collaboration with preeminent conductors and guest artists on the international music scene, the CSO performs well over 120 concerts each year at its downtown home, Symphony Center, and at the Ravinia Festival on Chicago’s North Shore, where it is in residence each summer.

Founded in 1891, the CSO has been led by such distinguished artists as Fritz Reiner, Daniel Barenboim and Sir Georg Solti, who served from 1969 until 1991. Riccardo Muti was appointed the CSO’s tenth music director, beginning in the 2010/11 season. During his first two seasons, he won two Grammy® Awards for the recording of Verdi’s Messa da Requiem on the Orchestra’s own CSO Resound label, has taken the Orchestra and Chorus to Carnegie Hall and has led the Orchestra on international tours to 12 cities including Vienna, Moscow and Rome. For more information about the CSO, visit


Founded by the CSO’s second Music Director Frederick Stock in 1919, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago is the only training orchestra of its kind affiliated with a major American orchestra. Civic Orchestra musicians have won permanent positions within the CSO and others have gone on to posts in world-class ensembles around the globe. A signature initiative of the CSO’s Negaunee Music Institute, the Civic Orchestra serves as a valued resource and community partner in Chicago by presenting high-quality, free orchestral and chamber concerts at Symphony Center as well as in community and school venues.

Funding for the Sir Georg Solti Conducting Apprenticeship is provided by a generous grant from The Claire Rosen & Samuel Edes Foundation. The Foundation’s deep commitment to education and the arts in America will provide a promising young artist the financial means to focus on their work with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Muti and the rare opportunities it provides.


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