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Encountering Music: A Forum for Conductors

Monday, August 7 – Friday, August 11

Charles Peltz, Artistic Director
William Drury, Coordinator
Faculty: Frank Battisti, Charles Peltz

During an intensive five days, the chosen participants will encounter music with Frank Battisti, (former NEC Wind Ensemble director; founder, Massachusetts Youth Wind Ensemble and World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles), Charles Peltz (Music Director, NEC Wind Ensemble, Glens Falls Symphony; Director of Orchestras, Luzerne Summer Music Center) and other NEC faculty.

Morning seminars will involve discussion and study of scores, aesthetics and perspectives on music. Afternoon conducting sessions will include conducting a complete ensemble. The overall structure of the week will enable all participants to enjoy the educational benefits of intensive and highly personalized instruction and discussion.

2017 Repertoire: (subject to change)

Small Ensemble
Mozart - Serenade No. 12
Gounod - Petite Symphony

Large Ensemble
Persichetti - Divertimento
Grainger - Lincolnshire Posy
Stravinsky - Symphonies of Winds

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: $40

All fees above require an NEC $40 registration fee.


NEC's Summer Programs are pleased to be able to provide housing. Please bookmark this page for upcoming information on housing for Conductor's Forum.