BCO Winter Conducting Workshop with Markand Thakar Baltimore, MD; December 18-22, 2016


Under the supervision of renowned pedagogue Markand Thakar, up to 10 Fellows will conduct the internationally acclaimed Baltimore Chamber Orchestra in works by Mozart, Elgar, Haydn, and Beethoven. A number of Associates will also be accepted. Associates participate in all activities outside of conducting the ensembles.

The Winter Conducting Workshop, held on the campus of the Peabody Conservatory, will focus on building musical understanding, with special attention to gaining technical control. Each Fellow will have over 90 minutes total conducting time, including three sessions with BCO and four with a 1-per-part ensemble. All sessions will be recorded on digital video, which participants can be used without conditions.

In addition to orchestra and small ensemble sessions, the program will include daily video review and twice daily technique development sessions. Additionally, all conductors participate in daily breakfast conversations with Maestro Thakar, covering topics from the practical to the profound.

Deadline for Fellow applications: November 1, 2016. (Associate applications will continue to be accepted.)

Acceptances will go out shortly after November 1, but sometimes openings occur post-deadline; do not hesitate to inquire post-deadline.

Fees: $50 non-refundable application fee; Fellows $1800; Associates $900

website: http://www.thebco.org/conducting

contact: conductingprograms@thebco.org


It was more than a musical approach to the conductor’s duty, more than a theoretical explanation of why do we exist as conductors, for me it was a philosophical moment to think on music as a lifestyle. Each day there was a new goal to achieve, and new issues to resolve, from our mind and from our bodies, everything together in order to ‘be the music’ and let the music be itself. It was absolutely an inspiring experience.
Santiago Piñeros-Serrano
Director de la Orquesta Sinfónica del Conservatorio del Huila
Neiva, Colombia


It opened my ears to a whole new world of sound and listening. It was hard, but worth it…this is a fantastic course with a world-class teacher.

Chelsea Tipton
Music Director, The Symphony of Southeast Texas
Principal Pops Conductor, New Haven Symphony


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