The Workshop Committee has worked hard in recent years to promote the highest standards of instruction at all Conductors Guild Workshops, and also to make available to the membership a broad range of opinions and approaches by offering a widely varied workshop faculty. The following statement of philosophy has been adopted by the Board of Directors, and is circulated to all potential workshop hosts and faculty members.
Application: Applicants to CG Conductor Training Workshops must fill out an application form for each particular workshop and submit it, along with the application fee, to the Conductors Guild office by the specified deadline. Whenever possible, applicants should also submit a recent video along with their application: in the case of a large number of applicants for a particular workshop, the video will weigh heavily in the selection process. Videos will be returned only if the applicant includes a self-addressed postage-paid mailer. Applicants should list appropriate references, including phone numbers and affiliations, or attach copies of recent letters of recommendation. The Guild does not guarantee that every reference will be consulted for every workshop application, but the review committee will indeed contact the listed references whenever possible and/or necessary.
Deadlines: Whenever possible, the Conductors Guild will announce all workshops four to five months before each event takes place. Application forms will be mailed at least 120 days in advance, and the application deadline will be set at approximately 90 days before a particular workshop. Applicants will be informed of their acceptance status approximately 60 days before each workshop, allowing sufficient time for study of the workshop repertoire. Registration confirmation and fees are due three weeks (21 days) before the workshop. If an applicant who has been accepted decides not to participate in a particular workshop, early notification to the Guild office will greatly be appreciated so that the vacated participant slot may be filled from the waiting list.
Review: All applications to each CG Conductor Training Workshop are reviewed by a committee of two or three experienced individuals, including at least one representative from the Conductors Guild Workshop Committee and one representative from the workshop faculty, whenever possible. Within each season, different members of the CG Workshop Committee review different sets of workshop applications, in order to ensure a healthy variety of opinion in the evaluation process. Applicants should take note that the number of applicants for the different CG workshops varies widely: thus placement on the waiting list or auditor status for one particular workshop does not indicate that the same individual will not be accepted as a full participant in a subsequent workshop.
Podium Time: All Conductors Guild Conductor Training Workshops are designed to offer a substantial amount of podium time to the limited number of participants. Generally five or six conducting sessions are incorporated into each three-day workshop, and each participant can expect to conduct at three different sessions. The Guild makes every effort to ensure equal podium time for each participant.
Video Recording: All podium sessions at Conductors Guild Workshops are videotaped. Two miniDV tapes are produced simultaneously: one for the CG archives and one for the participant.
Auditing: Applicants who are wait-listed or offered auditor status for a particular CG Conductor Training Workshop are strongly encouraged to attend as auditors. Workshop auditors may observe all podium sessions and may participate fully in all discussions, analysis sessions, and supplemental lectures. Auditors may also have some one-to-one contact with the workshop faculty, as the particular schedule permits. First-time applicants are particularly encouraged to attend as auditors in order to gain insight into the workshop experience.
October 6-8, 2014
Conductor Training Workshop
Richmond Symphony Orchestra
RSO Youth Orchestra, RSO Chorus
Faculty: Victor Yampolsky, Steven Smith, Erin Freeman