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Rehearsal Techniques Symposium Recap

On Saturday and Sunday, November 14 and 15 the Conductors Guild, with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, offered a Rehearsal Techniques Symposium. There were twelve conductors in attendance plus several young musicians from the Civic Orchestra. The seminars and rehearsals were held in Symphony Center, home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The clinician was Cliff […]

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Book Review: Conducting Concerti: A Technical and Interpretive Guide

Book Review: Conducting Concerti: A Technical and Interpretive Guide David Itkin University of North Texas Press, Denton TX ISBN 978-1-57441-570 403 p. $29.95 Review by Gordon J. Johnson Conducting Concerti examines 43 great concerti and discusses, in detail, the technical, aural, rehearsal and intra-personal skills required for excellent performances. The author wrote this book for […]

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Book Review: On Conducting: Anton Seidl

ON CONDUCTING Anton Seidl (1850-1898) ISBN: 9780987155627 (hbk.) Dewey Number 781.45 Parrot Press 2012 Australia Reviewed by Gordon Johnson Anton Seidl was a musical assistant of Richard Wagner from 1872 to 1877.  He was intimately involved in the first production of the Ring of the Nibelungen in 1876.  With Wagner’s support Seidl went to become […]

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Book Review: Before the Singing: Structuring Children’s Choirs for Success

Barbara Tagg, “Before the Singing: Structuring Children’s Choirs for Success” Oxford University Press, 2013, paperback, 273pp., including repertoire, notes, bibliography, and index. Reviewed by Florence Jowers, Director, Lenoir-Rhyne Youth Chorus and Associate Professor of Music, Lenoir-Rhyne University. Barbara Tagg, director emeritus of the Syracuse Children’s Chorus, and a member of the music education faculty of […]

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Book Review: Julius Rudel “First and Lasting Impressions: Julius Rudel Looks Back on a Life in Music”

Julius Rudel and Rebecca Paller, First and Lasting Impressions: Julius Rudel Looks Back on a Life in Music  University of Rochester Press, 2013 Reviewed by Michael Charry Julius Rudel’s memoir recounts his career as conductor and arts administrator, whose highlight was his distinguished 22-year tenure as artistic director and conductor of the much loved New York […]

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Verdi Symposium 2013 in Chicago Recap

by Gordon J. Johnson – President, Conductors Guild The Conductors Guild held a Verdi Symposium in conjunction with the 200th anniversary of the composer’s birth. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Lyric Opera of Chicago hosted members of the Conductors Guild from October 9 through 11, 2013. The focal point of the Symposium was centered around a […]

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Have You Heard About Our Mentoring/Consulting Program?

As a Conductors Guild member, you have access to a wealth of knowledge and advice through our Mentoring/Consulting Program. In just the past four months, our mentors/consultants have covered the following topics with members:   Career advancement (including guest conducting opportunities / resume formats / social media connections)   Marshalling community resources and support for one’s […]

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Book Review: The Real Toscanini: Musicians Reveal the Maestro

Cesare Civetta, The Real Toscanini: Musicians Reveal the Maestro Published 2012 by Amadeus Press, An imprint of Hal Leonard Corporation 7777 West Bluemound Road Milwaukee, WI 53213 Twelve Chapters plus Preface, Acknowledgments, Biographical Sketch of Arturo Toscanini, Appendix of Names, Notes, Bibliography, Index, About the Author Reviewed by John Boyd Legendary conductor Auturo Toscanini raised the […]

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