The Queens College Conductors Workshop is accepting applications for Summer 2017.

Directed by Maestro Maurice Peress and in its 7th season, this workshop is being offered to aspiring and working conductors alike to help build upon their experience and sharpen their orchestral skills. Conductors will study with Maestros Maurice Peress, Donald Portnoy, Tong Chen and George Rothman along with guest composers.

Podium time is guaranteed every day, giving every participant the chance to work regularly with a professional-level, highly responsive orchestra (Total of 120 minutes of podium time). Conductors will conduct the Workshop Orchestra in the mornings, and receive critiques, coaching, and hands-on lessons from the faculty in the afternoons.

Bartok – Romanian Dances
Grieg – Holbrook suite
Tchaikovsky – Serenade
Debussy – Afternoon of a Faun
Schubert – Symphony No. 5
Saylor – Adagio for Violin and Orchestra (world premiere)
Bernstein – West Side Story Overture
Schuman – Symphony No. 4
Amram – Kokopelli

Aside 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.

There will also be two sessions on programming– one analyzing a season of the New York Philharmonic; the other in which conductors will create their own hypothetical four-concert season.

Dates: June 19- June 30, 2017 (June 18 Orientation & Check-In)
Tuition: $1800
On-campus housing is available upon request

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