New York Conducting Institute presents Conducting Workshop with Maestro Paul Nadler October 21st – 24th, 2016 New York City

New York Conducting Institute (NYCI) is proud to present a four-day conducting workshop with Maestro Paul Nadler, October 21st-24th, 2016. Auditors are welcome to apply.

We have received many applications and our class has reached its full capacity at the moment. We are currently considering auditor applications only.

As an auditor, you may observe all podium sessions and participate fully in all score studying sessions. You may also have some one-on-one contact with the workshop faculty as the schedule permits. Auditors enjoy the same privileges as the full-participants, except for conducting at the podium sessions. Auditing is an excellent way to study the scores and learn from the faculty and from your colleagues, without the pressure of actually conducting.

You may still apply for full-participant status. Once accepted, you will be placed in the current wait list. Should there be any openings, we will inform you accordingly.

Maestro Paul Nadler has distinguished himself as an exciting and highly respected symphonic and operatic conductor. Since his Metropolitan Opera debut in 1989, he has led the company in more than 60 performances.

To read more about Maestro Paul Nadler, please visit

BEETHOVEN Coriolan Overture, Op.62

MOZART Die Zauberflöte
Act 1: Finale (No.8), “Sprecher Scene”
Starting from Tamino’s recitative: “Die Weisheitslehre dieser Knaben…”
Ending with “…hier entsprang.”

MOZART Don Giovanni
Act 1: No.2 Recitative and Duet.
Donna Anna and Don Ottavio
Recitative: “Ma qual mai s’offre”
Duet: “Fuggi, crudele, fuggi”

DONIZETTI Lucia Di Lammermoor
Act 1, No.3 (Scene 2)
Recitative: “Ancor non giunse” (starting from Lucia’s entrance)
Cavatina: “Regnava nel silenzio”

DEBUSSY Prélude à «L’après-midi d’un faune»

Conductors are not required to prepare and/or conduct all pieces. However, each participant is highly encouraged to choose at least one of the Mozart recitatives.


September 21st, 2016
For Auditors and Full-participants: Tuition Balance due

All sessions are held in midtown in Manhattan, New York City.
The majority of the sessions will take place at:
The National Opera Center (Opera America)
330 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10001

A few sessions will be at:
Studios 353
353 W 48th Street, New York, NY 10036

Specific details will be sent to individual participants and auditors upon acceptance.

Friday, October 21, 2016
10:00am-1:00pm Welcome and Score Review
2:00pm-5:00pm Podium Session No. 1
6:30pm-9:30pm Podium Session No. 2

Saturday, October 22, 2016
10:00am-12:30pm Piano session with Singers*
2:00pm-4:30pm Piano Session with Singers*
6:30pm-9:30pm Podium Session No.3

Sunday, October 23, 2016
10:15am-1:15pm Podium Session No. 4
2:15pm-4:45pm Rehearsal Technique Session†
6:30pm-9:30pm Podium Session No. 5

Monday, October 24, 2016
10:30am-1:30pm Podium Session No. 6
1:30pm-3:00pm Conductor Lunch
3:00pm-5:00pm The Art of Conducting (Video discussion)‡

*The purpose of the piano sessions is to get attuned to the singers’ voices, their pacing and interpretations, and to get a little practice before leading the instrumental ensemble later on. These sessions will be taught by Maestro David Štech, artistic director of New York Conducting Institute, and will focus on getting each participant comfortable in accompanying the singers in the recitatives. If time allows, auditors may be invited to participate. Prior to this session, each conductor must know the translation and pronunciation of the singers’ texts. Also important is to know the plot of the opera and the function of the scene in context. Participants are highly encouraged to watch a video of the opera or of the scene to get a sense of the dramatic intent.

†Rehearsal technique is of near equal importance to gesture, but is rarely taught. Maestro Nadler will rehearse the ensemble and demonstrate rehearsal technique. Students will actively observe and take notes. He may choose to explain his methods during the session or after. A question-and-answer session will follow, along with any further explanation the Maestro deems important.

‡Maestro Nadler will also lead the class in a critical analysis of The Art of Conducting. Topics to be discussed will include:
– Style and Clarity: Analysis of gesture and presence.
– Demeanor and Personality: effect on the orchestra players.
– Continuing the traditions: which traditions and why?
– Rehearsal styles from the past and their implications for our era.
– What is useful to emulate in this video for today’s conductor?
– Orchestras of the past vs. today.

All fees stated below are in US currency.

Application fee: $35 (non-refundable, must pay online in order to complete your application)

Auditor Tuition: $250 for the entire course; $75 for a day-pass
All fees paid by PayPal will incur a 3.5% service fee.

Online payments are preferred, but US checks, certified checks or money orders will also be accepted. Cash will not be accepted. The application is not complete and will not be processed until the application fee is received. Late payment of tuition deposit or tuition payments may result in loss of spot. All checks should be payable to the New York Conducting Institute and sent to the following address:

Memo: October 2016
2360 Amsterdam Ave, Ste 6C
New York, NY 10033

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