Symposium: Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra – Beethoven’s Ninth


Joseph Meyerhoff Hall
November 18, 2016 

Beethoven Ninth, and more, with Marin Alsop
A note from Conductors Guild President, Dr. John Farrer:

One of the many benefits of membership in the Conductors Guild is having access to high profile master teachers and clinicians through workshops and symposia. I am writing to tell you about a special opportunity for Conductors Guild members coming in just a few weeks, on November 18, in Baltimore, MD.

Most of you know about the Conductors Guild’s long relationship with Marin Alsop and the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, combining the Festival with a fantastic Conductors Guild workshop led by Marin Alsop. We are thrilled Marin is available and excited to collaborate with us again via this excellent symposium. Twenty-two participants are on a first-come, first-serve basis, and will have the close-up opportunity to observe Marin and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in rehearsal at Meyerhoff Hall, followed by lunch, and a participant-only discussion group where you may bring all of your Beethoven Ninth, and other discussion questions/comments for an in-depth score study and conversation with Marin. Following the symposium, we will tour Meyerhoff Hall, have dinner on your own, and then attend the Friday evening Beethoven Ninth performance. In addition to the Ninth, Marin will also be conducting TJ Cole’s Double Play (BSO Centennial Celebration Commission and World Premiere) and John Adams’ Absolute Jest (BSO Premiere).

Marin Alsop is an inspiring and powerful voice in the international music scene, a Music Director of vision and distinction who passionately believes that “music has the power to change lives”. She is recognised across the world for her innovative approach to programming and for her deep commitment to education and to the development of audiences of all ages.

Her outstanding success as Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra since 2007 has been recognised by two extensions in her tenure, now confirmed until 2021. As part of her artistic leadership in Baltimore, Marin Alsop has created bold initiatives that have contributed to the wider community and reached new audiences. In 2008 she launched ‘OrchKids’, which provides music education, instruments, meals and mentorship of the city’s neediest young people. Engaging the local community, the BSO Academy and Rusty Musicians schemes also allow adult amateur musicians the chance to play alongside members of the orchestra under Alsop’s baton. Alsop and the orchestra celebrate their centenary in 2016.

This is an opportunity that is not to be missed! Whether you are a young conductor who has never performed the Ninth, a choral conductor prepping your chorus for a performance, or an experienced conductor with dozens of Beethoven Ninths under your belt. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to talk in-depth about this often complex and mysterious piece.  Best of all, a portion of your registration fee will allow the Conductors Guild to make a donation to BSO OrchKids .

Register to be a part of this highly anticipated event now!

Stay tuned for more workshops and symposia, and be sure to mark you calendar to attend the Conductors Guild National Conference in Philadelphia this coming January 11-15, 2017!

Best wishes to each of you for a successful new season! I hope to see you in Baltimore next month, and Philadelphia in the New Year!




Dr. John Farrer, President
Conductors Guild

REGISTER NOW!  Symposium open to Conductors Guild members, only. 


All activities will be held in Joseph Meyerhoff Hall located at 1212 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. Joseph Meyerhoff Hall

The registration fee includes the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra rehearsal, lunch and symposium with Ms. Alsop, backstage tour of Meyerhoff hall, and one admission for the November 18 performance.

There will not be a dedicated hotel for this event, however there are numerous reasonably priced hotels within walking distance to Meyerhoff hall. You must make your own travel and hotel arrangements. For information on parking, public transportation and sightseeing, visit the Meyerhoff Hall information page: Plan Your Stay – Meyerhoff



Register before midnight on Friday, November 4, 2016 and save $50 off the full symposium fee!

Registration is $500. Register now!


Friday, November 18, 2016
9:15am – 10:00am

Welcome, Meet and Greet with Marin Alsop.  Coffee and bagels, provided.

10:00am – 12:30pm

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and soloists, Beethoven Ninth Rehearsal.  Participants will be seated directly above the orchestra in the Grand Tier, left and right boxes.

1:15pm – 3:00pm

Lunch, and roundtable discussion with Marin Alsop and participating conductors.  Discussions may include Beethoven Ninth, TJ Cole’s Double Play, John Adams’ Absolute Jest, and other repertoire, rehearsal, and programming issues/challenges.  Ms. Alsop welcomes your discussion questions and topics.

3:30pm – 4:30pm

Tour of Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

5:00pm – 7:30pm

Dinner on your own – Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is a mecca for wonderful dining and short cab ride from the hall.


Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven Ninth Concert



9:15AM, Friday, November 18, 2016
Joseph Meyerhoff Hall

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