In Collaboration with the League of American Orchestras:

Behind the Curtain, The Conductor Search Process

Each season, hundreds of conductors apply for open music director positions with American orchestras, large and small. Why do candidates advance? What happens behind the scenes? Join us for an in-depth look into the music director search process. The session will begin with a comprehensive overview, led by Henry Fogel, who will draw on his experience leading countless music director searches across the country. Dr. Julius P. Williams, president, Conductors Guild, and professor, Berklee College of Music, and Christopher Blair, president-elect, Conductors Guild and chief scientist and principal consultant, Akustiks, will provide the conductors’ perspective. We’ll also hear from three orchestra leaders who have just completed, or are in the final stages of a search, and what went into making a decision that not only affected their orchestra, but their community. The session will close with roundtable discussions, where participants can ask panelists questions in an intimate setting.   

Speakers: Christopher Blair, president-elect, Conductors Guild, Inc.; David Fisk, executive director, Richmond Symphony; Henry Fogel, dean emeritus, Roosevelt University Chicago College of Performing Arts; Brittany Hall, executive director, Binghamton Philharmonic; Russell Jones, president & CEO, Stamford Symphony; Julius Williams, president, Conductors Guild, Inc.

Cost: $255 including Conductors Guild members
$325 non-member

Conductors Guild members do not need to be a member of the League to attend this one-day pre-conference seminar.  You also do not need to register for the full conference in order to attend this seminar.  

For more information, please contact James Barry at the League:  [email protected]   or  (646) 822 4091  or read more via this link.

We look forward to seeing you there! 

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Made possible by generous grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.