Conductors Guild Mentoring and Consulting Program

The Conductors Guild Mentoring and Consulting Program is one of our most important organizational benefits, and assets.  And, let's face it, all of us, at some point in our career or lifetime, need to be able to talk with someone, confidentially, to answer, assist, or guide us on our path.  Guild Mentors and Consultants act as a confidential resource for member conductors who want to work with experienced mentors/colleagues for advice and guidance in their music careers. Guild Mentors and Consultants are a special group of conductors who bring a wealth of experience and knowledge, both on and off the podium, to the Mentoring and Consulting program.  All Guild Mentors and Consultants have worked with professional, academic, or community ensembles throughout the world, and are active performers and educators possessing a wide range of musical and professional expertise. So much of our professional and developmental training is acquired “on the job", and after formal schooling has ended.  Let our Guild Mentors and Consultants guide and assist you in your musical journey. 

Active members of the Conductors Guild are encouraged to complete this form and include as much information as possible regarding your mentor or consultant questions/issues.  The form will be available early next week. Conductors Guild Mentoring and Consulting Comittee Co-Chairs, Christopher Blair, or John Koshak, will be in touch with you to arrange for a mentor or consultant.  Below are a range of possible topics for Guild Mentors and Consultants to address, however all topics will be considered: 

  • conductor training - Guild workshops, graduate schools, who,what, where, and how
  • musical concerns or questions of a particular score or work
  • general career development (professional and academic)
  • psychology of conducting
  • interdisciplinary concerns (chorus/orchestra, opera, ballet, jazz, pops, etc)
  • board of directors issues
  • administration issues
  • repertoire and program building
  • ensemble building
  • preparing for auditions/interviews 

Guild Mentors and Consultants are available to Conductors Guild members via phone, letter, or e-mail consultation. The Conductors Guild Mentoring and Consulting Program is an educational service for active Guild members, and should not be seen as a job placement service, nor as a mechanism for specific career advancement.

Potential mentors or consultants may include:
Leonard Ahterton
Christopher Blair
Emily Freeman Brown
Michael Charry
JoAnn Falletta
Grant Gershon
Lawrence Golan
John Koshak
Harlan Parker
Kate Tamarkin
Diane Wittry

You may also contact us at [email protected] to learn more about the Conductors Guild Mentoring and Consultant Program.

If you are not an active Conductors Guild member, JOIN NOW!