Friday, February 1 - Sunday, February 3, 2019
Murchison Performing Arts Center, Denton, TX
Maestro David Itkin, Professor of Music and Director of Orchestral Studies
The Conductors Guild is pleased to host a conductor training workshop focused on Conducting Concerti with acclaimed conductor, Professor David Itkin at  the University of North Texas College of Music, featuring outstanding soloists, musicians, and works by Brahms, Dvorak, and Sibelius.  This workshop provides an excellent opportunity for you to get behind the soloist and learn the technique necessary to bring the works together.

The 2018-2019 season marks Maestro David Itkin’s 11th year serving as Professor of Music and Director of Orchestral Studies at the University of North Texas College of Music, his 13th season as Music Director and Conductor of the Abilene Philharmonic, and his and his 5th season as Artistic Director and Conductor of the McCall Summerfest in McCall, Idaho.  Following a distinguished 17-year tenure, Maestro Itkin was named Conductor Laureate of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra in July 2010, and he served as Music Director and Conductor of the Las Vegas Philharmonic from 2007 to 2012.

His book, Conducting Concerti, was released in August 2014 to considerable critical acclaim.  Leonard Slatkin called Conducting Concerti “a valuable 

  textbook for the aspiring Maestro” and “highly recommended”, and Samuel Adler wrote that it is “an invaluable addition to the world of       conducting textbooks.”  Mr. Itkin is now the principal faculty member for the Conductors Guild/UNT International Conducting Workshop,   and serves on the national board of directors of the Conductors Guild.





Friday, February 1, 2019  
5:00pm - 6:00pm Registration / Meet & Greet
6:00pm - 8:00pm Technique and repertoire class
  Technique exercises with a focus on the use and execution of passive and active gestures
8:00pm - 10:00pm Technique and repertoire class with Quintet
Saturday, February 2, 2019  
10:00am - 12:30pm Session with UNT Symphony Orchestra
2:30pm - 5:00pm Session with UNT Symphony Orchestra
5:00pm - 6:00pm Dinner Break
9:00pm Social gathering
Sunday February 3, 2019  
10:00am - 12:00 noon Technique and Repertoire class with Quintet
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch Break
1:00pm - 3:00pm Session with UNT Symphony Orchestra
3:15pm - 5:00pm Video review/instructor's comments

Conductors Guild reserves the right to modify/change the schedule, if required.

Ten active participant conductors each receive the following approximate personal instruction (podium) time:
35 minutes with Orchestra
20 minutes with Quintet
20 minutes class
Auditor conductors will receive a limited amount of podium time with the Quintet and in class sessions.


Jean Sibelius  - Violin Concerto -- 1st movement 

Antonin Dvorak - Cello Concerto -- 1st movement 

Johannes Brahms - Symphony No. 4 -- 4th movement 

Joseph Haydn - recitative (TBA)

Lodging and Accommodations:
Selected participants will be responsible for securing their own hotel or Airbnb accommodations.  There is a wide range of hotels near the University campus.  We will assist in arranging shared accommodation with the selected participants, if possible.Contact the Conductors Guild if you need advice on area hotels or bed and breakfasts.

Tuition and Fees:

Participant Conductor fee:  $600
Auditor Conductor:  $200
Should you be accepted to the workshop, your place will be guaranteed ONLY upon receipt of the $600 tuition payment ($200 for Auditors) by Saturday, January 10, 2019.  Selected participating conductors and auditors will be notified of acceptance the week of January 1, 2019.

Non-refundable application fee: $75
Application Deadline:  Friday, December 28, 2018
Participating and auditor conductors must be members of the Conductors Guild prior to participating in the workshop.  Membership information is available via the website HERE, or via the ONLINE PAYMENT FORM, listed below.

First, APPLY HERE using our online application portal.  Once applications are reviewed, participants will be notified during the week of January 1, 2019 and will then complete the ONLINE PAYMENT FORM, HERE

If you have any questions, please contact the
Conductors Guild at: 

[email protected]  or (202) 643-4791.

We look forward to your participation in this enlightening workshop!