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Join us for Conductors Forum 2018
July 30 - August 3, 2018

Encountering Music: A Forum for Conductors

July 30 - August 3, 2018

The Art of Rehearsing - If your New Year’s resolutions include rethinking, improving and making more effective your rehearsal procedures, then this is the symposium to make your resolution real. Join Frank Battisti, Charles Peltz, and William Drury and a select group of seven participants for five days of Encountering Music: A symposium for conductors. Morning classes are devoted to score study and understanding music in order to better prepare for rehearsing. Each participant then spends the afternoon working with a professional level ensemble and in real time employing the ideas, techniques, and application of the best rehearsal approaches. Past participants have come to the Symposium with experiences ranging from leading school ensembles to conservatory DMA students to professional conductors. More information can be found by emailing, or by calling 617-585-1394. Scholarships available.

The overall structure of the week will enable all participants to enjoy the educational benefits of intensive and highly personalized instruction and discussion.

2018 Repertoire: (subject to change)

Small Ensemble
Bernard Divertissement                                             
Bird Serenade                                               
Gounod Petite Symphonie                                                                                        
Jacob Old Wine in New Bottles
Milhaud Dixtour                               
Mozart Serenade 11   
Stravinsky Octet            

Large Ensemble
Hartley Concerto for 23 Winds
Ives Variations on "America"                                   
Jacob William Byrd Suite
Massenet Music from Le Cid
Persichetti Psalm for Band

Daily Schedule

8:30 a.m. Morning gathering

9:00 a.m. Seminar discussion I

10:45 a.m. Seminar discussion II

12:00 noon Lunch together

1:30 p.m. Conducting*

4:00 p.m. Break

6:00 p.m. Dinner together (optional)

(*auditors welcome)


Those wishing to participate are asked to submit a resume, repertoire list of conducted works, repertoire list of studied works and a 20 minute videotape/DVD containing rehearsal and concert footage (school ensemble footage acceptable) should accompany a brief letter of application. Deadline for applications is June 1. Non-participating auditors are welcome to attend the afternoon sessions.

Materials should be mailed to:

New England Conservatory
Attn: Conductor's Forum (JH121)
290 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115

Tuition & Registration

Participants: $950

Auditors: $200

Day pass: $120

All fees above require a $40 registration fee.


Starting this year, we are happy to offer an affordable on-campus housing option at New England Conservatory’s brand new Residence Hall!  You can learn more about it and view sample room layouts on NEC’s website.

Rates for 2018:

Double Room – $280
Single Room – $320
There is no linen service, so participants will need to bring sheets (twin XL) and towels. The bathrooms are communal, but gender-specific. Some floors of the Residence Hall are co-ed, while some are single-gender. For any questions, please contact Grace Allendorf.

Required form for summer housing.

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