Study conducting with Ken

I’m happy to let you know that we have finalized the arrangements for the 2007 Rose City International Conductor’s Workshop, to be held from the 24th-27th of July, 2007, at Warner Pacific College in Portland Oregon. Faculty this year will again be Christopher Zimmerman, David Hoose and myself.

This is the third year of the workshop, which gives a chance for emerging conductors to work in an intense and supportive environment with the musicians of the Rose City Chamber Orchestra, the Pacific Northwest’s player-run orchestra. 

We have a few exciting additions to the program this year, including a slightly expanded schedule. We have renamed the main program the “Emerging Artists” program. The goal of the Emergina Artists Program is to offer serious, advanced students of conducting and professionals in the early stages of their careers a chance to develop their skills to the highest possible level. This year for the E.A program is-

Beethoven- Symphony No. 7
Stravinsky- L’Histoire du Soldat Suite
Shostakovich- Piano Concerto No. 1, with trumpet and strings
Verdi- Excerpts from Il Trovatore (Part II)
Varese- Octandre for Winds

Brennen Guillory and Alexis Hamilton, who sang Don Jose and Carmen for us last year, will be returning to sing Manrico and Azucena  in Trovatore, and concert pianist Rick Rowley will be playing the Shostakovich.

We have also created a program for conductors who don’t fancy taking on so much repertoire, or who are maybe just beginning their studies. This is a great opportunity for very young conductors who have just caught the conducting bug, music educators who want a refresher course but don’t have time to learn a great deal of repertoire or instrumentalists and singers who are interested in conducting but aren’t yet studying or working full-time as conductors. This is the Discovery program, and the repertoire is-

Beethoven- Symphony no. 1 (piano reduction played by Rick Rowley)
Stravinsky- Soldier’s March from L’Histoire du Soldat (full ensemble)
Haydn- Symphony no. 92 “Oxford” (full orchestration)

We will also be having some technique and score study classes, a discussion of string techniques, bowings and styles and a session on opera coaching and conducting with our soloists and Rick.

We also welcome auditors.

Lots more information is available on our website, If you apply by February 22nd, you can save $30 bucks, otherwise, the deadline is March 22nd. You can make inquiries at the workshop office via email- .

I hope we’ll hear from a lot of you. Meanwhile, all very best wishes


Kenneth Woods, director
Rose City International Conductor’s Workshop

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American conductor, composer and cellist Kenneth Woods is Principal Conductor of the English Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Director of the Colorado MahlerFest and cellist of the string trio Ensemble Epomeo. He records for the Avie, Somm, Nimbus, Signum, MSR and Toccata labels.

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2 comments on “Study conducting with Ken”

  1. Lisa Hirsch

    I seem to be running across David Hoose’s name every other week these days. He conducted the brandeis orchestra when I was a student there, and I played in it for several years.

  2. Kenneth Woods

    Hi Lisa- Lovely to hear from you. What a small world…. David is officially in the “visiting” spot at the workshop, but everyone loved working with him so much that we decided to break our own rules and beg him to come back two years in a row. New visitors to the blog may be interested to know that he has contributed some fabulous comments to these pages, which you can find using the search bar.

    You’d have to look long and hard to find a better or more complete musician.


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