New York Conducting Workshop

2021 New York Conducting Workshop
May 27 – June 3, 2021

Maestros John Farrer, Dirk Brossé, Toshiyuki Shimada
Maestro Salvatore Di Vittorio, Artistic Director

All Participants Are Eligible for The Respighi Prize in Conducting
Winner Conducts at Carnegie Hall, Finalists Conduct at Adelphi University Performing Arts Center

Apply Online

Our one-of-a-kind program has been founded in collaboration with the prestigious London Conducting Workshop. We offer conductors of all ages and countries the opportunity to reflect, discuss, and refine their podium experiences with veteran mentor conductors.

The New York Conducting Workshop is a truly unique learning experience:

  • Four maestros providing instruction and feedback;
  • Work with a fully-professional orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of New York;
  • Candidacy in an international competition – The Respighi Prize;
  • Digital video recording of your conducting;
  • Opportunity to conduct in concert at Carnegie Hall or Adelphi University Performing Arts Center.

Workshop Staff
John Farrer: Music Director Laureate, Bakersfield Symphony; Director, London Conducting Workshop

Dirk Brossé: Music Director, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia; Professor of Conducting & Composition, Royal Conservatory of Music (Belgium)

Toshiyuki Shimada: Music Director, Yale University Symphony Orchestra

Salvatore Di Vittorio: Music Director, Chamber Orchestra of New York

The New York Conducting Workshop will be held at the Adelphi University Performing Arts Center (AUPAC) in Long Island on May 27 through June 3, 2021. AUPAC is located 13 miles/21 km from JFK Airport and 27 miles/43.4 km from Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Workshop Schedule
May 27-29: Workshop Sessions
May 30: Orchestral Rehearsal, also with Winning/Finalist Conductors
May 31: Dress Rehearsal and Concert at AUPAC
June 3: Dress Rehearsal and Concert at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall

Chamber Orchestra of New York


The workshop has a maximum of 20 participating conductors and additional auditors.

The first day begins with a morning Welcome Coffee Reception, followed by a session on baton technique. Each participating conductor will receive daily podium time and is required to attend every workshop session, rehearsal, and concerts which are part of the workshop program. Ensembles include string orchestra for the first two days, and chamber orchestra for the third day.

Session times will be shared via email with all confirmed candidates. Complimentary tickets for all conductors (participants and auditors) will be given for the two concerts.

All Participants automatically become candidates of THE RESPIGHI PRIZE IN CONDUCTING. The winner will conduct selected movement(s) of a work at Chamber Orchestra of New York’s season finale concert at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall on June 3, 2021. Finalists will conduct selected movement(s) at Adelphi University Performing Arts Center on May 31, 2021.

Orchestral Repertoire
Mozart, Divertimento for strings, K. 136, D Major
Boccherini, Minuet in A
Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 12
Copland, Appalachian Spring Suite

Participants and auditors must bring their own scores.

Application Fee: USD $100 (non-refundable)
Workshop Fee:

  1. Participant: USD $1,879
  2. Auditor: USD $485

Adelphi University Dormitories May 26 – June 4, 2021 (9 nights)

  1. Shared dorm room: USD $720
  2. Single dorm room: USD $900 (limited availability)


Application Deadline (updated): April 1, 2021
Candidacy Confirmations: April 15, 2021
Candidate Workshop Payment in Full Deadline: May 1, 2021
Arrival Date: May 26, 2021


You can complete the Workshop application in either of two ways:
a) Online, including payment: Apply Online
b) Email the completed attached Application, CV, photo, and video links to:

Make checks payable to: Chamber Orchestra of New York

Mailing address:
Chamber Orchestra of New York
450 Lexington Avenue, #1514
New York, NY 10163

For wire transfer information, please email

To apply by email, please use: New York Conducting Workshop Application & Guidelines

Poster: Guidelines:
All applicants will be confirmed via email. No refunds will be given under any circumstances should you later decide not to attend this year. Applicants not accepted as Participants will be offered Auditor status. If the workshop has full participation, applicants may be put on a waiting list and will receive first refusal for places that become available. Concert Artists and Workshop Conductors are subject to change. The Respighi Prize rules will apply to the selection of the winning conductor. Applicants hold harmless the Workshop Staff, Artistic Director and Board of the Chamber Orchestra from any damages, claims, liabilities, and costs, or losses of any kind or nature whatsoever, which may in any way arise from the workshop, rehearsals, and performance(s).

The workshop fee covers the following: administrative processing and tuition. The fee does not cover travel to New York, transport within New York, food and drink during the workshop or lodging (unless requested via the AUPAC offer above).

Limited Time Offer:
We will provide a 30% discount code for the new hard cover version of David Daniels’ indispensable conductor’s catalog ORCHESTRAL MUSIC – EDITION 2015.

Participant Comments:
“I loved this workshop! The staff conductors were devoted teachers, determined to see everyone improve and aspire to their highest potential. The orchestra was highly skilled, quick to respond, and generous in spirit throughout the process. I also enjoyed having a veteran artist agent share his thoughts on the profession. Thank you for the experience to learn and grow.” – Caleb Wenzel

“It was really helpful and rewarding. it’s very valuable for conductors and a great opportunity to learn from a fine orchestra and experienced mentors.” – Luis Segui

“Thank you for putting on a such beneficial and inspiring workshop. I have gained a lot and I am excited to keep working on bettering my conducting using everything I learned.” – Yudai Ueda

“Conducting the Chamber Orchestra of New York was a magical experience! Learning from Maestros Salvatore Di Vittorio, Dirk Brossé and John Farrer was priceless! This New York Conducting workshop is highly recommended, I am leaving with my pockets full of new ideas and sparks for conducting!” – Alana Chan


Adelphi University
Performing Arts Center, Concert Hall
1 South Avenue
Garden City, NY 11530
For Directions visit:

Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall
57th Street at 7th Avenue
New York, NY 10019
N, Q, R, or W to 57 Street/Seventh Avenue; A, B, C, D, or 1 to Columbus Circle
E to Seventh Avenue; Buses M5, M6, M7, M30, M57, or M104 stop nearby

For questions, please contact:

For more information about the Chamber Orchestra of New York, visit:

For more information about The Respighi Prize, visit: