Czech Conducting Workshop and Concert (August 1-11, 2018)

WHERE: Kroměříž, Czech Republic  – 170 miles (270km) east of Prague; 125 miles (200km) north of Vienna
WHEN: August 1-11, 2018
ENSEMBLE: Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic (Zlin, CZ)

Established in 1945 as the Symphony Orchestra of Bata National Enterprise, the Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Orchestra has worked with a number of distinguished conductors. The repertoire of the orchestra includes a wide range of symphonic works of different periods and a considerable number of contemporary compositions. Cooperation with radio and television stations, recording projects, and international tours have become a regular part of the orchestra’s work.


This 10-day intensive workshop features epic repertoire and outstanding faculty, It takes place in the charming UNESCO-preserved city of Kromeriz. The course includes:

  • Baton technique classes

  • Conducting exercises

  • Score previews

  • 100+ minutes of podium time

  • Video-recorded conducting sessions

  • Video reviews

  • Public concert in a castle

It is the best conducting workshop for the price – and it’s a lot of fun!

  • Mozart Overture to Don Giovanni
  • Elgar Enigma Variations
  • Dvořak Symphony No. 7
  • Beethoven Symphony No. 2
  • Copland Appalachian Spring (original)
  • Ravel Mother Goose Suite

Neil Varon’s conducting career spans 40 years and several continents. Born in New York in 1950, Varon studied piano, composition, and conducting at the Juilliard School. After early stations in Istanbul, Vienna and Nuernberg , he was named first Kapellmeister of the Deutsche Opera am Rhein in Düsseldorf in 1981, and in 1987 he became music director of the Südwestfälische Philharmonic. He kept this position until 1991, when he was appointed general music director of the City of Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Varon has conducted the Korean Symphony (Seoul), Yomiuri Nippon Symphony (Tokyo), Kyushu Philharmonic (Fukuoka), Tokyo Philharmonic, Daegu Symphony Orchestra (Korea), Chamber Orchestra of Kanazawa, the orchestra of the Toho Gakuen Academy (Toyama), Suwon Philharmonic, Korea, Frankfurter Chamber Orchestra, Gulbenkian Orchestra of Lisbon (Portugal), and Norddeutsche Philharmonie, and at the Chan Center for the Performing Arts in Vancouver, British Columbia.

A prolific opera conductor, Maestro Varon has conducted Sarasota Opera, Opera Ontario, (broadcast by the Canadian Broadcasting Company), Malmö Opera (Sweden), Staatsorchester Frankfurt-Oder, Opera of Vancouver, Staatstheater in Saarbrücken, Hamburg State Opera, Nürnberg Opera, Staatstheater Wiesbaden, Stuttgart Opera, Berlin Staatsoper, and New York City Opera, as well as the Haydn Orchester in Bolzano, Italy, among others.

Neil Varon was named Professor of Conducting and Music Director of the Eastman Philharmonia, Eastman School Symphony, and Chamber Orchestras in 2002 and has taught conducting master classes in Cologne, Siegen, and Nuremberg.

  • Tuition: $2,990 (US) for active participants
  • Tuition: $590 (US) for auditors
  • Hotel/Pension (private room), including breakfast: $550 (for 11 nights)
  • Students may bring guests for an additional fee
  • Private dormitory room, including breakfast: $400 (for 11 nights)
  • Shared dormitory room: $250/person (for 11 nights)

This summer, students have the option to choose their accommodations styles. Dormitories are clean and safe, and include breakfast. Hotels (called pensions), are equivalent of 3-star private hotels. All accommodations are walking distance from the rehearsal and classroom venues, and include breakfast.


Maestro Yeh Tsung, better known as Tsung Yeh, has been the music director of the Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO) since 2002, and is also the music director of the South Bend Symphony Orchestra (Indiana). Maestro Yeh is the world’s first conductor to hold music directorships of a Western symphony orchestra and a Chinese orchestra simultaneously. He is also the principal conductor of Beijing’s Hua Xia Chamber Ensemble and a founder of the Shanghai New Ensemble.

In 1984, Yeh won the Exxon/Arts Endowment Award, which marked the beginning of his career as an orchestra conductor. He held the post of principal conductor of the St. Louis Youth Orchestra and assistant conductor of the St Louis Symphony Orchestra for three years under the mentorship of Leonard Slatkin, and later served as the resident conductor of the Florida Orchestra in Tampa as well as the principal guest conductor of the Albany Symphony Orchestra in New York.

Under Maestro Yeh’s directorship, the South Bend Symphony Orchestra has become one of the best regional orchestras in central US. In 1995, Yeh and the orchestra were conferred the ASCAP Award for Excellence in Programming and Performing, and in 1991 Yeh won a mentorship program with celebrated conductor Daniel Barenboim. That same year, Maestro Yeh led the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in a program that featured world-renowned pianist Alfred Brendel. Mr. Yeh was also the music director of the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra and Hong Kong Sinfonietta, and has guest conducted orchestras in France, Poland, Russia and the Czech Republic, as well as China, Hong Kong and Taiwan in the East. A dedicated teacher, Maestro Yeh has taught conducting at workshops hosted by the Conductors Guild, and teaches regularly at conducting workshops in Europe and Asia. For his contributions to the local arts through his work with the SCO, Tsung Yeh was honored with the Cultural Medallion in 2013.


Tomáš Netopil is Music Director of the Aalto Theatre and Philharmonie Essen, Principal Guest Conductor of the Czech Philharmonic “Artist in Residence“ of the Dvorak Festival Prague. This season, Maestro Netopil will also conduct the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Vienna State Opera, and Vlaamse Opera.

Netopil made his debut at Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden in 2008 and has been a regular guest ever since, conducting productions of Clemenza di Tito, Rusalka, Cunning Little Vixen, La Juive, and Busoni’s Doktor Faust. Other recent opera highlights have included Katja Kabanova, Rusalka and Cunning Little Vixen at the Vienna State Opera, and Vec Makropulos at the Vlaamse Opera. On the concert platform he returned to the Orchestre de Paris and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo. Maestro Netopil held the position of Music Director of the Prague National Theatre and Estates Theatre, and has conducted the world’s finest orchestras and appeared in some of the most prestigious international theatres: Berliner Philharmoniker, Gewandhaus Orchester Leipzig, Dresdner Staatskapelle, Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, RSB Berlin, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra London, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest, Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, Orchestra dell´Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Orchestra Nazionale della RAI Torino, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bayerische Staatsoper München, Operá National de Paris, De Nederlandse Opera, Teatro La Fenice Venezia, Teatro Regio Torino, Salzburger Festspiele, and Zurich Opera.

Maestro Netopil has started to build a distinguished discography over the past years, including recordings for Supraphon such as Janácek’s Glagolitic Mass in its never-before-recorded original 1927 version, Dvorak’s complete cello works and Martinu’s Ariane and Double Concerto as well as Smetana’s Ma Vlast with the Prague Symphony Orchestra and Suk’s Asrael with Essener Philharmoniker.

Maestro Netopil studied violin and conducting in his native Czech Republic, as well as at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm under the guidance of Prof. Jorma Panula. In 2002, he won the 1st Sir Georg Solti Conductors Competition at the Alte Oper Frankfurt.

  • Application being accepted now. DEADLINE: March 23
  • Acceptance emails will be sent on March 31.
  • $500 security deposit due immediately.
  • Tuition must be paid in full by May 15.
  • TO APPLY: email Send a resume/curriculum vitae, and links to video (YouTube or Vimeo).
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