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The Conductors Guild is devoted to promoting contemporary music and continues to provide new music resources for our members.

 

Conductor/Composer Training Workshops

The Conductors Guild collaborated with the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music to present a Conductor/Composer Training Workshop. This unique event brought together leading faculty, the award-winning Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, and early career conductors and composers for a professional training program which focused on the creation and performance of new music.

“Having the opportunity to work with the Conductors Guild and to bring promising young conductors face to face with early career composers to engage in interpreting and performing new works is a joy.  The Conductors Guild is providing essential professional training and giving conductors the skills they need to become champions of new music and leaders in interpreting, promoting and performing contemporary works. These conductors gain a true appreciation of serious American contemporary music which is then shared with musicians and audiences all over the world.” – Marin Alsop

The Conductors Guild often invites composers to join workshop faculty while featuring their works in the workshop repertoire.

New Music Project

One highlight on the annual Conductors Guild Conference is the New Music Project, where members present little-known recent works to their colleagues. Scores from each of these sessions, beginning with the January 2003 conference, have been assembled into a collection at the library of Old Dominion University. These scores are then available to the general public either at the library itself or via interlibrary loan. For more information, visit the Conductors Guild Collection online. (Note: the Conductors Guild is not directly responsible for maintaining this collection).

Annual Conference

In addition to the New Music Project, the Annual Conference for Conductors provides even more avenues for conductors to learn about new music and connect with composers. In addition to sessions and panels, conductors also network with composers who attend as exhibitors. Being an exhibitor at the Annual Conference allows composers a way to connect with hundreds of conductors from all over the world. There is nothing like sitting across the table from a composer, score in hand listening to their work.

Publications

The Journal of the Conductors Guild, a scholarly peer-reviewed publication contains a wealth of articles on topics pertaining to new music.

Composers at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music following a luncheon forum with conducting participants.

Composers at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music following a luncheon forum with conducting

participants.

Marin Alsop working with a workshop participant at the Conductor/Composer Training Workshop.

Marin Alsop working with a workshop participant at the Conductor/Composer Training Workshop.

Jennifer Higdon speaks to workshop participants at a Conductor Training Workshop with the Richmond Symphony. Her piece blue cathedral was featured in the workshop repertoire.

Jennifer Higdon speaks to workshop participants at a Conductor Training Workshop with the Richmond Symphony. Her piece blue cathedral was featured in the workshop repertoire.

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Chen Yi after her session titled “Bridging Eastern and Western Traditions” at the 2009 Annual Conference for Conductors.

Composer Mark Petering attending the Annual Conference as an exhibitor sharing his music with a member.