Encountering Music: A Forum for Conductors

August 3-7, 2020

As part of NEC's evolving response to the COVID-19 outbreak, NEC's campus is closed for on-campus events through August 31. Therefore, Conductors' Forum will be moving online this summer. 

The Art of Rehearsing

If your New Year’s resolutions include rethinking, improving, and making more effective your rehearsal procedures, then this is the opportunity to make your resolution real. Join Frank Battisti, Charles Peltz, and William Drury and a select group of participants for five days of Encountering Music: A Forum for Conductors.

The morning will consist of two 80-minute online classes led by a faculty member and attended by all participants and auditors. The afternoon will include private online one-on-one lessons between participants and faculty members.

Past participants have come to the Forum 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.

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

  • Review of rehearsal and performance video with your home ensemble
    • Rehearsal strategies and comments
    • Performance decisions
    • Gestural issues determined from the video
  • Discussion of standard repertoire proposed by the student
    • Always wanted to study a classic? Now is the chance.
  • Discuss two pieces that of music you plan on conducting in the coming year
    • You will send to the faculty scans of scores that you have programmed and those will be discussed in depth.
  • Open discussion – what have you always wanted to ask an experienced teacher/conductor?  This is your chance to do so.


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: $495

Auditors: $175


Housing is not available for summer 2020.