QueensCollege’s Sixth Annual Conductor’s workshop


 Directed by Maestro Maurice Peress, this workshop is being offered to aspiring and working conductors alike to help build upon their experience and sharpen their orchestral skills.

A note from Maestro Maurice Peress


Student Conductors will study with Maestros Maurice Peress, Donald Portnoy, Dorothy Savitch, and George Rothman along with three guest composers. Podium time is guaranteed every day, giving every participant the chance to work regularly with a professional-level, highly responsive orchestra. Student Conductors will conduct the Workshop Orchestra in the mornings, and receive critiques, coaching, and hands-on lessons from the faculty in the afternoons.

New works will be performed each session with the composers present, helping to give insight into what composers expect to see as their scores come to life. All the sessions will be videotaped. David Amram and Bruce Saylor will again return this summer.

ConductorAside from the invaluable podium time, there will be almost daily lectures dealing with the many issues that face conductors today. Among them, Maestro Portnoy will discuss working and building relationships with professional, college, and community orchestras and career development, as well as his insights into orchestral bowing choices. Maestro Peress will discuss “time” in all its aspects: time flow, rhythm, tempo, pulse, and the metronome, yea or nay. Guest composers will discuss their scores in detail. Field trips have been arranged to the Dvorak Room at the historic Czech Center to view original documents and artifacts that underscore the story of Dvorak’s time in America, and to the New York Philharmonic Archives, where marked scores by former NYPhil music directors will be placed on view.


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