FMSO 2nd ANNUAL CONDUCTING SEMINAR with Christopher Zimmerman and Foster Beyers Friday, September 23 through Monday, September 26, 2016 in Fargo, ND


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

Limited to seven participants, conductors will be ensured 80 minutes of podium time over three days (40 minutes with full orchestra/string ensemble and 40 minutes with string quartet and piano).

Works to be conducted will be Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2, Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme (with 2007 Tchaikovsky Gold Medal winner cellist Sergey Antonov) with the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra, and Shostakovich Chamber Symphony, Op. 110a and Mozart “Adagio” from Adagio and Fugue K. 546 (with the Concordia College “Sonitus” string ensemble).

The workshop will include seminars on score study, conductor/soloist collaboration, orchestral bowing, duties of the concertmaster, bodymapping for conductors and more. Organizational topics will also be offered, including building a college orchestra, programming and community engagement.

Maestro Christopher Zimmerman, now in his fourth 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.

Maestro Foster Beyers is Director of Orchestral Activities at James Madison University at Harrisonberg VA. He formerly served as Director of Orchestras at Concordia College from 2011-2016, and as Assistant Conductor of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony. 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 100 minutes of podium time. In addition to the podium time and seven seminar options on various topics, participants are also videotaped and have two separate one-on-one video critique sessions with Maestro Zimmerman and Maestro Beyers.

“Of greatest value to me was the significant podium time, excellent conducting video critiques, and just the right balance of interaction with the instructors. I have attended four conducting seminars — this was unquestionably among the best of which I’m aware.” — 2015 Conducting Seminar participant

“The few seminars I’ve been to only touch upon the idea of bowing. This Bowing seminar session was great for everyone to learn about the differences and difficulties of different bowing. The seminar on Building a College Orchestra Program was also especially interesting and valuable. At every workshop there is some sort of session on building a professional career, but never something about building a career at the College level. I found it very insightful. Overall, I would rate this seminar much higher than the rest I have attended.” — 2015 Conducting Seminar participant

“All the seminar sessions, conducting experiences and critiques were excellent. I particularly enjoyed all the personal hospitality – the in-home dinners by the Board members and volunteer drivers were really nice and much appreciated. Everyone went the extra mile – we certainly got our money’s worth!” — 2015 Conducting Seminar participant

$1,300 – Conductor Participant – Registration deadline is Monday, August 12, 2016. Participants will be notified by August 15, 2016.

$150 – Auditor – Registration deadline is Monday, September 12, 2016.




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