Opera NEO Apprentice conductor


Apprentice Conductor


Opera NEO is a summer opera festival and workshop in San Diego, CA held July 10-August 10, 2016.


Successful applicant will be provided a full tuition waiver, a small stipend and free housing.


Conduct selected staging rehearsals, sectional orchestra rehearsals, community events and outreach performances. Assist the conductors in the mainstage productions, assist the music director with score preparation and orchestra administration, act as a liaison between the company and the music staff.


July 10-August 10, 2016


December 15, 2015


All applications need to be submitted through YAPTracker.com​

Chicago, IL October 17, 2015 (Application deadline: October 6, 2015)
Boulder, CO October 24, 2015 (Application deadline: October 6, 2015)
Boston, MA December 5, 2015 (Application deadline: November 17, 2015)
Washington, DC December 12, 2015 (Application deadline: November 17, 2015)
Honolulu, HI January 9, 2016 (Application deadline: December 15, 2015)
Austin, TX TBA (Application deadline: December 15, 2015)
San Diego, CA TBA (Application deadline: December 15, 2015)

If you are unable to audition live, in special circumstances we allow online interviews via Skype. You must choose the “San Diego” auditions on your online application form and submit your materials no later than December 15, 2015.

Apprentice Conductor Applicants:
Please complete the YapTracker.com online application form.
Upload a current Resume
Upload a current Headshot
Include the email addresses of 2 references

Please upload two video recordings of

– You conducting an instrumental ensemble (12 people or more) or orchestra in a concert or rehearsal – up to 15 min.
– You conducting a vocal soloist or small ensemble of up to six singers with a piano or instrumental ensemble (orchestra) rehearsing or performing an aria or operatic ensemble – up to 15 min.

Applicants will also participate in a live or online interview.

For your interview please prepare to talk about the following repertoire:

– Don Giovanni by W. A. Mozart
– One of the following Handel operas: Serse, Agrippina, Faramondo, Rinaldo

The conversation might include questions about choices of tempi, ideas and personal opinions about characters and their development throughout the opera, as well as examples how these opinions are supported by the musical score.


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