DCINY Workshops

  • Workshops Offered in 2020

    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, orchestral technique with the Concertmaster of the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra, discussing the language of the orchestra, working 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 or Lincoln Center 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 receive podium time with professional instrumentalists. The absence of the choir enables you to 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.

    Contact Us

    For questions about these workshops, please contact us at 212-707-8566 Ext. 320 or by email at Mentoring@DCINY.org


    Applications are now being accepted until all spaces are filled. Limited spaces are available at the Mentoring and Associate conducting levels. Please note, due to intense interest in this workshop, registration fees for all levels will increase by $100 for applications received after May 1, 2019.  Details of the three levels of participation, registration costs, and the formal application form are provided here:

  • PDF Application Form

  • If you wish to download a PDF and email it to us, please click the “PDF Application Form” button above.

    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.)

    Deadline to register for this workshop is October 31, 2019.

  • Faculty

  • Michael Adelson

    Assistant Artistic Director, DCINY
    Concductor-Clinician, New York Philharmonic

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  • 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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  • With Special Guest

  • What’s Been Said About the Workshop


    “I would highly recommend attending a DCINY Workshop! This was a transformative experience for me as an artist, and I’m so grateful to have forged relationship with such talented and generous mentors.”
    – Rose from Tennessee (2020 Class)

    “As a choral conductor, this program allows you to overcome your fear of the orchestra in a supportive and practical environment.”
    – Angelica from Arizona (2020 Class)

    “As a second-year Mentoring Workshop student, I could more deeply appreciate the entire weekend experience, without being as apprehensive as the first time… I wholeheartedly support the efforts of DCINY in furthering the education of singers, conductors, and instrumentalists, and I am immensely proud to be an alumni of such a fantastic organization!”
    – Rosemary from South Carolina (2019 Class)

    “It was everything I hoped it would be. The positive energy from the instructors and fellow conductors was outstanding.”
    – Richard from Kentucky (2019 Class)

    “Never have I ever had an experience like the Mentoring Workshop … to have such closely attentive teachers who genuinely love sharing what they know for the sake of the students in their care. It was a safe, supportive, and challenging weekend to be certain, but the opportunity to grow as a musician, as a conductor, and to then bring that knowledge back into my choir has already proven to be worth far more than the tuition. I simply cannot say enough good things about the weekend. Truly unforgettable!”
    – Rosemary from South Carolina (2018 Class)

    “The DCINY Mentoring Workshop is a valuable, hands-on experience that every choral conductor working with orchestra needs to participate in. It gives you confidence at the podium. You learn valuable tips and tricks to take back to your group from not only the guest Mentor, but your fellow conductors as well.”
    – Matt from Arizona (2018 Class)

    “If you want a practical and collegial experience without the competitive environment then choose DCINY.”
    – Jeremy from Louisiana (2017 Class)

    “Do attend! You will meet colleagues who are at all different conducting levels, and you will learn things about yourself and conducting that you might have never considered before!”
    – Lynn from Virginia (2016 Class)

    “I loved the flow and the format of the Mentoring Workshop. I particularly enjoyed the opportunity to converse with instrumentalists and hear what is and isn’t helpful to them from the podium. I truly think you are all doing a great job!! Thank you for your commitment to inspiring a new generation of conductors!!!”
    – Kerry from Virginia (2015 Class)

    “All very organized, much appreciated! I really liked to be able to sit in on the rehearsals and attend the concerts as well. It was putting what we were learning into action.”
    – Tammy-Jo from Canada (2015 Class)

    “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 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)

    “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)

    “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)

  • Sample Schedule

    (Detailed Schedule Provided upon Registration)

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

    FRIDAY, JANUARY 17, 2020
    9:00 am – 10:00 amCheck-in, introductions and discussion of goals for the workshop
    10:00 am – 12:30 pmIn depth score study and conducting lab session
    12:30 pm – 2:00 pmLunch Break
    2:00 pm – 7:00 pmPrivate lessons
    2:00 pm – 4:00 pmConducting lab session (when not in private lesson)
    SATURDAY, JANUARY 18, 2020
    9:00 am – 12:30 pmScore study and lab sessions with piano
    11:00 am – 2:00 pmPrivate lessons
    12:30 pm – 2:15 pmLunch Break
    2:30 pm – 4:15 pmQ&A and conducting lab session DCINY Concertmaster Jorge Avila and discussions about working with the orchestra players
    2:30 pm – 5:00 pmPrivate lessons
    SUNDAY, JANUARY 19, 2020
    9:00 am – 11:00 amConducting lab session with piano. Prep for Podium Session.
    11:00 am – 12:00 pmQ&A with composer featured on the weekend’s concert
    12:00 pm – 1:00 pmLunch Break
    1:00 pm – 6:00 pmPodium Session with string quartet
    6:00 pm – 10:00 pmOptional: Observe DCINY Orchestra rehearsal for weekend’s concert
    MONDAY, JANUARY 20, 2020
    8:00 am – 12:00 pmConducting lab session with chamber orchestra.
    12:00 pm – 1:30 pmLunch Break
    7:00 pm –Optional: Attend DCINY concert performance
    9:00 pm –

    Optional: Attend the post-concert reception
    TUESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2020
    Travel home or stay longer in the city

    *Sample workshop schedule, subject to change.

    Sample Photos

  • For questions about these workshops, please contact us at 212-707-8566 Ext. 320 or by email at Mentoring@dciny.org.