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In Collaboration with the Conductors Guild: Behind the Curtain: The Music Director Search

Location: Music Row 2, Level Two

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.; Henry Fogel, dean emeritus, Roosevelt University Chicago College of Performing Arts; Brittany Hall, executive director, Binghamton Philharmonic; Russell Jones, president & CEO, Stamford Symphony; Marc Thayer, executive director, Symphony New Hampshire; Julius Williams, president, Conductors Guild, Inc.

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

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

 
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