New York Conducting Workshop

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May 31 – June 8, 2018

With celebrated Maestros John Farrer & Dirk Brossé

Maestro Salvatore Di Vittorio, Artistic Director

All Applicants become candidates of THE RESPIGHI PRIZE in Conducting.

Winner conducts at Carnegie Hall! Finalists conduct at AUPAC! (See guidelines below)

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

What makes our workshop unique is the combination of its various components: working with a fully-professional orchestra, its base in New York, candidacy in an international competition – The Respighi Prize – and the opportunity to conduct a work in concert at Carnegie Hall. Finalists get to conduct at the Adelphi University Performing Arts Center.

The workshop will include a maximum of 16 participating conductors, and an additional number of auditors. Each participating conductor will receive daily podium time, and is required to attend every workshop session, rehearsal and concert(s). Ensembles include string orchestra for the first two days, and the chamber orchestra for the third day. Candidates on the waiting list receive first refusal on any place that becomes available.

The New York Conducting Workshop will be held at the Adelphi University Performing Arts Center (AUPAC) in Long Island on May 31 – June 8, 2018, with concert at Carnegie Hall on June 7th and AUPAC on June 8th as follows:

  • Workshop Sessions, May 31 – June 2
  • Orchestral Rehearsals (involves Winner conductor), June 4-5
  • Dress Rehearsal & Concert, June 7th at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall
  • Concert, June 8th at AUPAC

All candidates, participants and auditors, are required to attend all events. Exact times of sessions will be shared via email with all confirmed candidates. Complimentary tickets for all conductors (both participants and auditors) will be given for both concerts above.

All Participants automatically become candidates of THE RESPIGHI PRIZE IN CONDUCTING. The winner will be able to conduct one or two selected movement(s) of a strings work at the orchestra’s season finale concert at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall on June 7, 2018. Finalists will conduct one or two selected movements at Adelphi University Performing Arts Center on June 8, 2018.

Orchestral Repertoire:

  • Grieg, Holberg Suite
  • Dvorak, Serenade for strings
  • Schubert, Symphony No. 5


Application Fee (for both Participants & Auditors): $100 non-refundable

Workshop General Fee for Participants: $1,879

Auditor Fee: $485

Lodging (extra): Check in, May 30 – Check out, June 9
$720 in total, for one shared AUPAC dorm x 9 nights
$900 in total, for one single AUPAC dorm x 9 nights, upon availability


Each candidacy will be confirmed by February 15. If the application is accepted, a non-refundable 50% deposit of the General Fee (including Lodging, if applicable) is payable in March 1. Once the deposit is paid you are committed to the course and no refunds will be given under any circumstances should you later decide not to attend this year. The balance is due March 15, 2018.

Applicants not accepted as Participants will be offered Auditor status. 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).

Checks should be made out to: Chamber Orchestra of New York

OR via Wire Transfer:
For bank wire information, please contact our office at

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).

Participants and auditors must bring their own scores.

New York Conducting Workshop Application & Guidelines

Email your completed application, including a bio or CV, and a photo in jpeg to our office. Include any links to your videos:

Special Offer ONLY to our participants and auditors:

We can offer a 30% discount code for the new hard cover version of David Daniels’ indispensable conductor’s catalog ORCHESTRAL MUSIC – EDITION 2015. The offer will be good to all conductors involved until the end of 2018.


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


Our esteemed Workshop Conductors:

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

For questions, please contact:

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

For more information about our affiliate, the London Conducting Workshop, visit: