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Workshops Offered in 2015

Orchestral Conducting for the Choral Director

January 16-19, 2015
Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend

Deadline to register for this workshop is October 1, 2014

 

Intensive workshop providing hands-on experience for established and emerging conductors:

  • Podium Time - Videotaped podium time 
  • Private Lesson - Individual private lesson providing feedback and personal attention
  • Orchestra Language - Learn from our faculty and players how to speak the language of the orchestra and chorus
  • Observation and Discussion - Q & A with visiting composers/conductors who will be featured during the weekend
  • Attend Performances - Attend the DCINY concert performances at Carnegie Hall/Lincoln Center and take advantage of world-class attractions in NYC

Unique Goals for Workshop

January 2015 - Orchestral Conducting for the Choral Director removes the singers from the equation so conductors are forced to focus just on the instrumentalists. This session is ideal for those wishing to gain more experience working with orchestral musicians and professional players. Deadline to register for this workshop is October 1, 2014.

 

Contact Us

For questions about these workshops, please contact James Meaders at 212-707-8566 x326 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 


Faculty

   
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Craig Jessop

Former conductor of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Dean for the Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University. (January 2015 session)

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"DCINY offers an intense four day workshop and masterclasses in orchestral conducting techniques with specific emphasis on the choral conductor. In addition to group and individual instruction, each student receives an opportunity to work with some of NYC’s top free lance instrumentalists, providing one of the most unique and valuable experiences that I know of in the preparation and training of conductors. It is a first class experience for everyone at every level!"
- Dr. Craig Jessop

 

Jonathan Griffith

Co-founder of Distinguished Concerts International New York and Music Director of the DCINY Orchestra. Active conductor, educator, lecturer, and consultant.

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Jorge Avila

Concertmaster of the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra.

*Additional faculty to be announced upon their confirmation

 

What's Been Said About the Workshop:

"This workshop is a safe and encouraging environment where you will learn more than you have ever imagined."
– Lauren from Tennessee (2014 Class)

"The environment is supportive, professional, and well-run. The podium time and interaction with colleagues is invaluable."
– Austen from New Jersey (2014 Class)

“The best way to learn to conduct is to stand up and see what works and what doesn't."
– John from Iowa (2012 Class)

"To have the opportunity to learn alongside my colleagues was the most valuable experience. I loved the one-on-one conducting lesson and gained so much from the time I spent."
– Dana from Missouri (2012 Class)

“The whole process is brilliant. Working directly with a fine orchestra is a very practical and invaluable experience.”
– Robin from California (2013 Class)

“The shape of the workshop from beginning to end was well designed. It started with simple things and got more complex.
We were able to grow within the scope of the time together.”

– Cort from California (2013 Class)

“The opportunity to work on key repertoire with a small ensemble was of great value.”
– David from Australia (2013 Class)

“It is a very worthwhile experience no matter what level you are at. It pushes your limits and facilitates
growth within a supportive environment.

– Kate from New Jersey (2013 Class)

"The workshop is a unique opportunity for choral conductors to work with seasoned professionals, deepening their
understanding of the issues involved in orchestral conducting, and strengthening that understanding with
hands-on practical experience. In a mutually supportive atmosphere, conductors gain vital insight into their own
work and that of their colleagues."

- Michael Adelson, former member of the New York Philharmonic Conducting Staff (2012 and 2013 Faculty)

Program Overview:

This program is designed with a progression of increasing exposure and experience. The process starts by working in a conducting lab setting, moves forward with a private lesson and culminates with podium time. We work together in a nurturing and collaborative environment. Conductors receive feedback from the faculty, musicians, staff and their peers. Podium time is videotaped for later study and review.

Group sessions include score study, working with the Concertmaster of the DCINY Orchestra, discussing the language of the orchestra, Q & A with visiting composers/conductors who will be featured during weekend, and observing choral and orchestral rehearsals for the DCINY performances at Carnegie Hall or Lincoln Center. The residency ends with everyone attending the DCINY performance at Carnegie Hall followed by joining the Post-Concert Artist Gala and Dinner.

During the Orchestral Conducting for the Choral Conductor workshop, you will work in lessons with a pianist and on the podium just with instrumentalists. We remove the choir to help you focus on the orchestral players and your orchestral conducting. During group sessions, the other conductors may act as a lab choir to provide the choral sound.

During the Conducting for a Major Choral Work workshop, you will have the opportunity to work with professional level singers in preparing a chorus, as well as, the opportunity to work with singers and players together.

 

Schedule:

Travel to NYC during the day before the workshop or earlier. Evening prior – no-host welcome dinner

Day 1

9:00 am – 10:00 am – Check-in, introductions and discussion of goals for the workshop
10:00 am – 12:30 pm – In depth score study and conducting lab session
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm – Lunch Break
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Private lessons
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Conducting lab session (when not in private lesson)
6:00 pm – 9:20 pm – Optional: Observe DCINY Orchestra rehearsal for weekend’s concert

Day 2

10:00 am – 12:30 pm – Q&A and conducting lab session DCINY Concertmaster Jorge Avila and discussions about working with the orchestra players
10:00 am – 12:30 pm – Private lessons
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm – Lunch Break
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm – Observe choral rehearsal for weekend’s concert
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm – Private lessons
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Q&A with composer featured on the weekend’s concert
4:15 pm – 6:00 pm – Conducting lab session with piano. Prep for podium session 1.
6:00 pm – 9:20 pm – Optional: Observe DCINY Orchestra rehearsal for weekend’s concert

Day 3

9:00 am – 11:00 am – Conducting lab session with piano. Prep for podium session 1.
11:00 am – 12:00 pm – Q&A with composer featured on the weekend’s concert
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – Lunch Break
1:00 pm- 6:00 pm – Podium Session 1
8:00 pm – Optional: Attend DCINY concert performance

Day 4

8:00 am – 12:00 pm – Podium Session 2 for Mentoring Conductors
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Lunch break (or travel home in the afternoon/evening today)
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Optional: Observe DCINY concert dress rehearsal
8:00 pm – Optional: Attend DCINY concert performance
10:00 pm – Optional: Attend the post concert reception

Day 5

Travel home or stay longer in the city

*Sample workshop schedule, subject to change.

 

Conducting Repertoire:

January Session: Selections from Handel's Messiah

 

Photos from previous workshops

"There is nothing offered like this at the university level. The faculty was able to help and reach all the participants."
-Robin from California (2012 Class)

"All the parts worked together for a total package that surpassed expectations."
– DonnaLynn from, Ohio (2012 Class)

 
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Conversations with Jorge Avila,
DCINY Concertmaster
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Private lesson and personalized instruction with faculty member

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Lots of podium time throughout the residency

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Group discussion, score study, analysis and practical training

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Work with string quartet of professional orchestra musicians from DCINY orchestra

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Work with professional string quartet from the DCINY Chamber Orchestra


Application

Applications are now being accepted and until all spaces are filled. Limited spaces are available at the Mentoring and Associate conducting levels. Details about the three levels of participation, registration costs and the formal application form. Deadline to register for this workshop is October 1, 2014.

Click here to download the application as a Word doc

Click here to download the application as a PDF

Not included in registration: travel to/from New York, accommodations, meals or other expenses. If you need assistance with travel or housing, please phone Artist Travel Consultants at 212-707-8170. (Please do not make any non-refundable or non-transferable arrangements until you receive written confirmation and acceptance from DCINY.)

 

Contact Us

For questions about these workshops, please contact James Meaders at 212-707-8566 x326 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
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