New York Conducting Workshop

The New York Conducting Workshop is now open!
May 18-20, 2023 (May 18-26 with Carnegie Hall dates)

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

All Participants are eligible for The Respighi Prize in Conducting.
Winners conduct a work during orchestra’s Carnegie Hall concerts.

Our one-of-a-kind program was founded in 2017 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 in New York.

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

  • Up to four maestros providing instruction and feedback;
  • Work with a fully-professional Manhattan based orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of New York;
  • Candidacy in The Respighi Prize (in Conducting) music competition;
  • Digital video recording of your conducting (in select years);
  • Opportunity for Winners to conduct a short work during one of the orchestra’s Carnegie Hall season concerts

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: Former Music Director, Yale University Symphony; Music Director, Eastern Connecticut Symphony

Salvatore Di Vittorio: Music Director, Chamber Orchestra of New York; Composer under Casa Ricordi (Universal Music) in Italy

The New York Conducting Workshop program will be held at The DiMenna Center in New York on May 18-20, 2023 (with rehearsals leading to our May 26 Carnegie concert). 

Workshop Schedule

May 18-20, 2023: Workshop Sessions
May 23-24, 2023: Orchestral Rehearsals
May 26, 2023: Dress Rehearsal/Concert at Carnegie Hall


The New York Conducting Workshop is held at The DiMenna Center in Manhattan. The workshop allows up to 22 participating conductors and additional auditors.

The first day begins with a morning Welcome Coffee Reception, followed by group sessions on baton technique. Often, the first day involves the principals of the orchestra based on the workshop program. Each participating conductor will receive daily podium time (typically 15-20 minutes) for three days and is required to attend every workshop session, rehearsals, and concert(s) offered, which are part of the workshop program. Session times will be shared via email with all confirmed candidates. Complimentary tickets for all conductors (participants and auditors) will be given for any scheduled concerts. 

All Participants automatically become candidates of THE RESPIGHI PRIZE IN CONDUCTING. The Winner will conduct a short work at the Chamber Orchestra of New York’s Spring concert on May 26, 2023 at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall. 

Orchestral Repertoire

Elgar, Serenade for strings
Britten, Simple Symphony, for strings
Barber, Adagio for strings
Wolf, Italian Serenade, for strings

Participants and auditors must bring their own scores.


Application Fee: USD $100 (non-refundable)
Tuition Fees:
1. Participant fee: USD $2,017
2. Auditor fee (for new and returning): USD $300
Returning participants must apply but are automatically accepted and receive a 15% tuition discount ($1,715)


Hotel lodging is available through our affiliate Margaritaville Resort Times Square, located nearby our workshop venue The DiMenna Center.


Application Deadline (Extended to): March 31, 2023

Candidacy Confirmations: April 8, 2023
Candidate Tuition Payment in Full Deadline: April 15, 2023
Arrival Date: May 17 or May 18, 2023 based on housing needs


You can complete the Workshop application in either of two ways:

a) Online, including payment: Apply Now
b) Email the completed attached Application, CV, photo, and video links to:

Make payments 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


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 hotel offer above).

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