2009 Rose City International Conductor’s Workshop Discovery Program

Rose City International Conductor’s Workshop

Discovery Program

Welcoming Composers, Instrumentalists, Vocalists, Music Librarians, Undergraduate Conductors, Amateurs, Music Educators, Scholars


Priority Application Deadline June 7, 2009

We all know that the conducting world is very hard to break into- there are scarcely enough opportunities for current and would-be full-time conductors to get experience and feedback. However, it is not only full-time conductors who can benefit from a solid conducting technique, and understanding of rehearsal dynamics and a deep grounding in score study.

Composers, who often end up conducting their own music and that of their peers, music educators, who often find they want a bit of tune-up after a busy and draining year in the class room, and instrumentalists who may even just want to develop a better understanding of what they’re seeing on the podium in their orchestra are all among the broad cross-section of musicians who often find themselves looking for opportunities to increase their understanding of the art of conducting. Committed amateur conductors, who are often deeply frustrated trying to find an opportunity to develop their passion for conducting without a conservatory education have often spent many, many years studying scores and yet have never been able to find a workshop that would give them a chance to stand in front of professional players.

Unfortunately, when many new or part-time conductors start looking for training programs, they find that a first-class violinist or teacher or composer can only hope to get into a second class program.

When the Rose City International Conductor’s Workshop initiated the Discovery Program three years ago, our first goal was to create a program where composers, players, teachers and undergraduate conductors could get the same quality of training as their full-time counterparts in the Emerging Artist program, most of who are well into or have completed their graduate studies in conducting. Discovery Program students work with the same faculty as their EA counterparts, and are treated as equals in all seminars and discussions. The get to work with the professional musicians of the Rose City Chamber Orchestra on the same full-orchestra work as the EA students, and they get to work with concert pianist Rick Rowley. Most importantly, they get to work with all the members of our conducting faculty.

In recent summers, we have seen DP students progress on the EA program, and others have parlayed their experience into admission to grad school in conducting. All DP teaching sessions are professionally recorded in CD-quality audio. Others have taken their new insights into the classroom or the recording studio.

Conducting sessions include

·             Piano reduction session·             Chamber Ensemble session

·             Chamber Orchestra session


·             Classes in score preparation

·             Stick technique

·             Movement, breathing and posture

Debussy (arr. Schoenberg)-
Prelude a l’apres midi d’un faune

Haydn- Symphony no. 99(with full orchestra)

Beethoven- Symphony No.4, Mvt I (piano reduction with Ricky Rowley)

Tuition- $660 (2 payments of $330)

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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.

Learn about Kenneth at www.kennethwoods.net

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