Rose City International Conductor’s Workshop in the Sunday Oregonian

Conducting schools are relatively scarce so four years ago, Kenneth Woods decided to start a workshop in Portland, where students could continue to acquire the technical and musical skill needed for a conducting career. Some aspects are easily learned, others not. Last week, student conductors came from around the world to Lewis & Clark College for the week-long workshop. Here’s a glimpse…

So begins a nice feature on the 2008 Rose City International Conductor’s Workshop in the Sunday Oregonian by senior music critic, David Stabler. The article can also be viewed in a slightly different format here.


 (Doug Bechtel, The Oregonian)

Accompanying the article on the web version is also this podcast by David Stabler, with clips of the Rose City Chamber Orchestra reading Appalachian Spring with a number of student conductors.

If you’ve been reading my insider’s view of the workshop here, you won’t want to miss Stabler’s piece.


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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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