6th Rose City International Conductor’s Workshop

Rose City Chamber Orchestra announces

6th Annual Rose City International Conductor’s Workshop

July 5-11, 2010

Concordia University

Portland, Oregon

Priority Application Deadline- April 21, 2010

Emerging Artists Program

An intense professional workshop for conductors in the advanced stages of their studies, entering the field, or already active as professionals

Invited participants will have the opportunity to work intensively with all three mentors and the musicians of the Rose City Chamber Orchestra. Each participant will conduct in five teaching sessions and a final mock concert.

Teaching sessions include Opera Masterclass with full orchestra and professional singers, String Orchestra, Concerto accompanying, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Masterclass


Verdi- excerpts from Otello, with Brennen Guillory (Otello) and Esther Mae Moses (Desdemona)

Beethoven- Symphony no. 6,

Strauss- Metamorphosen,

Stravinsky- Symphonies of Wind Instruments,

Schumann- Piano Concerto in A minor, Neal Kurz, piano solo

Discovery Program-

A perfect opportunity for younger conductors to get started, for educators and teachers to refresh their technique, choral conductors to get time in orchestral repertoire, and for amateurs to test their mettle.

Invited participants will take part in all classes and discussions, will receive personal coaching on basic technique and score preparation and will have 3 opportunities to conduct.

Conducting sessions include Piano reduction session, String Ensemble session, Full Orchestra session, and Classes in score preparation, Stick technique, Movement, breathing and posture.


Beethoven- Symphony no. 6,

Strauss- Metamorphosen,

Mozart- Symphony no. 39 in E Flat (piano reduction)

Fees and tuition costs-

Application Fee- $65/US Video Fee- $85/US

Emerging Artist Program Tuition $960/US 2 Payments of $480/US

Discovery Program Tuition $580/US 2 Payments of $290


Kenneth Woods (director)-

Hailed by the Washington Post as an up-and-coming conductor and a true star of the podium, conductor and cellist Kenneth Woods is quickly becoming recognized as major talent on the international scene. He has worked with many orchestras of international distinction including the National Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Symphony, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Budapest Festival Orchestra and the State of Mexico Symphony Orchestra. He has also appeared on the stages of some of the worlds leading music festivals, including Aspen, Lucerne, Round Top and Scotia. His work on the concert platform and in the recording studio has led to numerous broadcasts on BBC Radio 3, National Public Radio, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. In 2010, Woods takes up the position of Principal Guest Conductor of the Stratford-upon-Avon based virtuoso ensemble, Orchestra of the Swan, with whom he will be active on stage and in recordings. As music director of the Oregon East Symphony from 2000-9, he transformed a tiny orchestra in a remote, rural area into possibly the most talked-about orchestra in the Pacific Northwest, winning universal praise for their nationally celebrated Redneck Mahler cycle, progressive programming and their innovative youth programs. Other affiliations include Conductor of the Contemporary Music Ensemble of Wales, and Principal Guest Conductor of the Rose City Chamber Orchestra in Portland, Oregon. In September of 2009, Kenneth Woods made his recording debut as a conductor in sessions for Avie Records with the Northern Sinfonia at the Sage Gateshead,

David Hoose

David Hoose is Music Director of two distinguished Boston musical institutions, the Cantata Singers & Ensemble, a organization whose repertoire reaches from Bach and Handel to the music of today, with all in between, and Collage New Music, a chamber ensemble devoted to music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and whose members include musicians from the Boston Symphony Orchestra. As well, Mr. Hoose has recently completed eleven years as Music Director of the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra. He is Professor of Music at the Boston University School of Music where he is Director of Orchestral Activities and Chairman of the Conducting Department. Mr. Hoose has just been awarded the 2005 Alice M. Ditson Conductors Award, given in recognition of his commitment to the performance of American Music. He has also received the Dmitri Mitropoloulos Award and, as a member of the Emmanuel Wind Quintet, the Walter W. Naumburg Award for Chamber Music. Mr. Hooses recordings appear on the New World, Koch, Nonesuch, Delos, CRI and GunMar labels. His recordings of John Harbisons Motteti di Montale with Collage New Music and Harbisons Four Psalms and Emerson with the Cantata Singers & Ensemble have been recently released by New World Records, and his recordings of Peter Childs chamber opera Embers and of the complete chamber music of Donald Sur are forthcoming. The recording of the Harbison Motteti di Montale has been nominated for a 2006 Grammy Award.

Christopher Zimmerman

From his professional debut, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, of which The Daily Telegraph of London observed Contact with the orchestra seemed immediate, the result a reading in which the playing responded keenly to gestures which themselves were expressive both of the symphonys fiery vigour and of its finer nuances. Christopher Zimmerman revealed a sharp interpretative profile and control of orchestral timbre…. a most auspicious London debut. to guest conducting in Cleveland with the Ohio Chamber Orchestra, where Donald Rosenberg of the Cleveland Plain Dealer described his performance as some of the finest conducting at Severance (Hall) in recent years, Zimmerman elicits enthusiasm and praise. Christopher Zimmerman graduated from Yale with a B.A. in Music, and received his Masters from the University of Michigan. He also studied with Seiji Ozawa and Gunther Schuller at Tanglewood, and at the Pierre Monteux School in Maine with Charles Bruck. Zimmerman served as an apprentice to Andrew Davis and the Toronto Symphony and in Prague, as assistant conductor to Vaclav Neumann and the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. Zimmermans debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra was followed by engagements with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. He has also conducted the Prague Symphony, the Slovak Philharmonic, the Seoul Philharmonic, the Mexico City Philharmonic, the Edmonton Symphony, the Hartford Symphony, the El Paso Symphony, the Ohio Chamber Orchestra and the Prague Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra among many other orchestras.

Application instructions and more information on our website- http://www.rosecityworkshop.org

All enquiries via email please- admin@rosecityworkshop.org

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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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