Rose City International Conductor’s Workshop, application round 2, May 7 deadline

The musicians of the Rose City Chamber Orchestra are happy to announce a second selection round for the 2008 Rose City International Conductor’s Workshop, July 21-27 in Portland, Oregon. Interested conductors should submit their applications, including postmarking any materials that are being mailed, by May 7, 2008. Workshop faculty include David Hoose from Boston University, Christopher Zimmerman from the Hartt School and RCICW director, Kenneth Woods.

Four slots remain in each of the two programs. The Emerging Artist program offers advanced training at the highest level for conductors who have completed the bulk of their studies and are beginning to establish themselves in the professional arena. The Discovery Program is an intensive immersion in conducting and score study for young conductors beginning their studies, advanced instrumentalists with some previous conducting training, experienced amateurs and music educators.

The Emerging Artist program offers students the chance to work with full orchestra and professional soloists in repertoire including Beethoven’s String Quartet in F minor, op 95 as arranged by Mahler, Dvorak’s Wind Serenade, the 13 Instrument version of Copland’s Appalachian Spring, scenes from Puccini’s Madame Butterfly and the Brahms D minor Piano Concerto. All sessions are video-recorded to DVD in CD-quality audio. All Emerging Artist students also participate in a final concert.

Discovery Program repertoire includes Haydn’s Symphony no. 86, Stravinsky’s Octet for Winds and Beethoven’s Symphony no. 2 in D major, and all DP teaching sessions are also professionally videoed. Students in both programs will also participate jointly in seminars and discussion sections throughout the week.

This season’s soloists include pianist Rick Rowley, tenor Brennen Guillory and soprano Esther Mae Moses.

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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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1 comment on “Rose City International Conductor’s Workshop, application round 2, May 7 deadline”

  1. Rob Archibald

    I’m thinking about applying for the Rose City Workshop, but I’m not sure I can get the whole week off. What time of the day is the workshop held? All day? Is there anything in the evenings that I could audit?


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