Summer Conducting Seminar
June 9-19, 2017

Held on the campus of the Peabody Conservatory, the 11-day Summer Conducting Seminar offers 10 Fellows  the opportunity to conduct the internationally acclaimed Baltimore Chamber Orchestra in orchestral works by Dvořák, Brahms and Mendelssohn, and – with members of BCO – smaller works by Stravinsky, Mozart, Bach, Beethoven and Schubert.

In this intensive 11-day Seminar, Fellows will have 25 minutes of daily conducting time (including three sessions with the internationally acclaimed Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, two with the Stravinsky L’Histoire du Soldat ensemble, and nine with a one-per-part ensemble), plus daily individual video reviews and two daily technique sessions focused on gaining control of the muscles that generate the physical component of conducting. Each morning the breakfast conversations with Maestro Thakar cover topics musical and practical.

Henry Fogel, preeminent among American orchestra administrators, will be in residence. Mr. Fogel will oversee a Career Day, consisting of mock interviews for music director, assistant conductor, and academic conducting positions. Seminar conductors will participate on both sides of the interview process, as well as in reviewing the interviews. Mr. Fogel will also provide individual career counseling for all Seminar conductors.

The Seminar begins with five days of Boot Camp: building technical control from the bottom up, and exploring the fundamental issues of music making: how single lines, progressions, phrases, and ultimately whole movements can be unfolded in the most rewarding, most musical way; followed by hands-on experience with the building blocks of musical form: Theme and Variations, Fugues, and Sonata Form.

L’Histoire Day offers a focus on mixed meters, and the final Orchestra component offers three days of conducting the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra in music by Tchaikovsky, Schubert, and Beethoven.

Also accepted to the Seminar will be a number of Associates, who participate in all activities outside of conducting the ensembles.

Deadline for Fellow applications: April 1, 2017 
(Associate applications will continue to be accepted.)