Encountering Music: A Forum for Conductors

August 3-7, 2020

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 charles.peltz@necmusic.edu, 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. Participants will also take a day trip to the Tanglewood Music Center to observe rehearsals.

2020 Repertoire

Mozart C Minor Serenade K. 388

Gounod Petite Symphony

Stravinsky Octet

Schumann "Chester" and "When Jesus Wept" from New England Triptych

Persichetti Symphony for Band No. 6, Op. 69

Milhaud Suit Francaise Op. 248

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 video containing rehearsal and concert footage (school ensemble footage acceptable) along with a brief letter of application. Deadline for applications is June 1. Non-participating auditors are welcome to attend the afternoon sessions.  To apply, please email Charles Peltz your supporting materials and a link to the required video.

Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as they are able. Qualified applicants may be accepted as participants before the application deadline. As a result of this rolling admissions process, the class may reach capacity before June 1. 

Tuition & Registration

Participants: $890

Auditors: $200

Day pass: $120

All fees above require a $40 registration fee.


Affordable on-campus housing is available at New England Conservatory's new Student Life and Performance Center. View sample room layouts

Rates for 2020:

Double room - $85 per night

Single room - $105 per night

One extra day is available on either end of the program dates to allow for travel. The bathrooms are communal, but gender-specific. Some floors of the Residence Hall are co-ed, while some are single-gender. Linens and towels are provided. 

For any questions, please contact the Director of Residence Life and Housing Steven Sweat

The deadline to register for Housing is May 15. 

Register for Housing