Fourth Annual Rose City International Conductor’s Workshop

2008 Rose City International Conductor’s Workshop (

As we prepare for our fourth summer of great music and good company in one of the most beautiful and dynamic cities in America, we’re very excited about this season’s repertoire and our guest artists.

David Hoose, Chris Zimmerman and I have worked hard to create a supportive, collegial atmosphere that stresses pragmatic and constructive approaches to teaching conducting with a strong emphasis on developing study skills. The musicians of the orchestra are deeply committed to the workshop and are intensely supportive of the students. We want our students to leave the workshop more competent and more confident. We were also one of the first workshops to put a huge emphasis on opera and concerto accompanying, and our students get the unique chance to work with professional soloists in the teaching sessions and concert.

We’ve always tried to be the greenest and most innovative workshop around- to the best of my knowledge we were the first conducting workshop to abandon tree killing bulk mailing of paper brochures and do all of our marketing via the internet, and we have also been the first workshop to accept applications, cvs and recommendations on line. This year we go one step further- conductors who have video of themselves on their webpages, YouTube or other video hosting services may use that as their audition video- you need never race to the post office to express mail another VHS taper or DVD again.

Please let our staff know if you have any questions at

Meanwhile, some genral information on this year’s symposium follows-




July 21- 27 2008

Members of the Rose City Chamber Orchestra (RCCO) announce the 4th annual workshop to take place on the beautiful campus of Warner Pacific College from July 21-27, 2008. Faculty will include RCICW Kenneth Woods (Oregon East Symphony), Christopher Zimmerman (Hartt School of Music), and David Hoose (Boston University, Collage New Music of Boston). All students will work with the faculty and members of the RCCO as well as guest soloists Rick Rowley (piano) and vocalists Alexis Hamilton, Brennen Guillory and Esther Mae Moses.

The “Emerging Artist (EA) Program” is designed for highly advanced students completing their formal studies and preparing for a professional career, and experienced conductors seeking advanced training at the highest level. Repertoire: Brahms: Piano Concerto #1; excerpts from Puccini: “Madame Butterfly” and Ponchielli: “La Gioconda”, both with full orchestra and professional soloists; Dvorak: Serenade for Winds; Copland: “Appalachian Spring” (version for 13 instruments); and Mahler’s orchestration of the Beethoven String Quartet in F minor, Op. 95, “Serioso”.

The EA program culminates with a Sunday Conductor Showcase, offering participants the opportunity to obtain a concert video.

The “Discovery Program” offers younger conductors, composers, arrangers, music educators and instrumentalists (who are serious about conducting) a chance to work with the full orchestra and faculty. Repertoire: Stravinsky: Octet for Winds; Beethoven: Symphony #2 (in a piano reduction by Mr. Rowley); and Haydn: Symphony #86 (with full orchestra).Seminars on score study and technique for students in both programs will also be offered.

All sessions are professionally video-taped with CD-quality audio. Tuition: EA Program: $790; Discovery Program: $560; tuition may be paid in instalments.

For full consideration, apply by Mar. 22, 2008; after that date applications may be considered on a space-available basis.Dormitory housing on campus is available.

Information and application materials are available on the workshop web-site: 


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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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