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32nd Annual Czech Conducting Workshop & Concert, July 19-28, 2024

WHERE: ZLIN, Czech Republic  - 170 miles (270km) east of Prague; 125 miles (200km) north of Vienna
WHEN: Arrive July 19, depart July 28 (Concert on 27th)
  • Kirk Trevor
  • Diane Wittry
ENSEMBLE: Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic (Zlin, CZ)

Established in 1945 as the Symphony Orchestra of Bata National Enterprise, the Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Orchestra has worked with a number of distinguished conductors. The repertoire of the orchestra includes a wide range of symphonic works of different periods and a considerable number of contemporary compositions. Cooperation with radio and television stations, recording projects, and international tours have become a regular part of the orchestra’s work.


This 9-days/8-night intensive workshop features epic repertoire and outstanding faculty, takes place in the historic city of Zlin with the final concert at the famous Castle in the charming UNESCO-preserved city of Kromeriz. The course includes:

  • Baton technique classes

  • Conducting exercises

  • Score previews

  • 100+ minutes of podium time

  • Video-recorded conducting sessions

  • Video reviews

  • Public concert

  • The best conducting workshop for the price – and it’s a lot of fun!

  • Joseph Suk: Serenade for Strings
  • P. I. Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings
  • Carl Nielsen: Suite for Strings, Op. 1
  • Johann Strauss: Fledermaus Overture
  • Antonin Dvorak: Symphonic Variations
  • Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 4
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Internationally known conductor, recording artist, and educator Maestro Kirk Trevor is a regular guest conductor in the world’s most prestigious concert halls. He has been Music Director of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra since 1988, and the Missouri Symphony since 2000, and was Music Director of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra from 1985 until 2003. In 2000 Maestro Trevor forged a new relationship with the famed Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra in Bratislava, recording American music for a consortium of independent record companies, and in 2006 Maestro Trevor began a new collaboration with Naxos Records. With 112 CD releases since 1997, this makes Kirk Trevor one of the world’s most recorded conductors in the 21st century. As a guest conductor Maestro Trevor has appeared with over 40 orchestras in twelve countries. Recent appearances have included the Orchestra Sinfonica Sao Paolo, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Estonian National Symphony, the Warsaw Philharmonic, Orquesta Sinfonica de Castilla y Leon, the Virginia Symphony, the Savannah Symphony, the Sofia Philharmonic, and the Bern Chamber Orchestra. In 2003 he made his London Symphony Orchestra debut, and in 2007 his Carnegie Hall debut with the New York Chamber Orchestra.

Maestro Trevor has been widely recognized as one of the leading conducting teachers in the world. He has been Director of Orchestras at both the University of Tennessee – Knoxville and Ball State University, and has been a master teacher for the American Symphony Orchestra League as well as the Conductor’s Guild. In 1991 Maestro Trevor co-founded the International Workshop for Conductors (now International Conducting Institute) held in the Czech Republic each summer.



Music Director of the Allentown Symphony (PA) and Garden State Philharmonic (NJ), DIANE WITTRY has conducted orchestras in 11 countries throughout Europe and Asia, including China, Poland, Canada, Bosnia, Russia, Slovakia, Japan, Italy, as well as her regularly scheduled concerts with orchestras in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. In the United States, Diane Wittry has led performances by the Symphony Orchestras of Milwaukee, San Diego,  and Santa Barbara, as well as The Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Buffalo Philharmonic, Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, among others; while her international engagements include concerts with the Sarajevo Philharmonic in Bosnia, the Zabrze Philharmonic in Poland, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Russia’s Maikop and Sochi symphony orchestras, Slovakia’s State Orchestra-Kosice, Italy’s Sinfonia Dell’Arte di Firenze, Canada’s Niagara Symphony, and Japan’s Osaka Symphony Orchestra. She has also conducted at the music festivals of Ojai (CA), Penn’s Woods (PA), and I-Park (CT).

Other orchestras that Diane Wittry has been the Music Director and Conductor of include the Norwalk Symphony (CT), the Ridgewood Symphony (NJ), the Southern California Sinfonia (CA), the Lamar Chamber Orchestra, and the Symphony of Southeast Texas (TX), where her work garnered the League of American Orchestra’s Helen M Thompson Award.

As a conducting teacher, Diane Wittry, has been a guest lecturer at the Juilliard School, the Manhattan School of Music, the Curtis Institute of Music, New York University Steinhardt School of Music, as well as other Universities and Colleges. She has taught graduate level orchestral conducting at Rutgers University (NJ) and is sought after as a clinician and adjudicator.

An award winning author and scholar, her book Beyond the Baton (Oxford University Press) was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and has become a standard, both nationally and internationally, in the field. Her most recent book Baton Basics – Communicating Music Through Gestures (Oxford University Press) is being used by conducting classes across the country

​For her full bio click here.

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  • Tuition: $3,299 (US) for active participants
  • Tuition: $599 (US) for auditors
  • Hotel  (SHARED ROOM), including breakfast: $550 
  • Hotel (PRIVATE ROOM), including breakfast: $850 
  • Students may bring guests for an additional fee


You will be staying at the 4-star hotel Baltaci.

All accommodations are walking distance from the rehearsal and classroom venues, and include breakfast.

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Application fee is $50

Thanks for applying!

  • Application fee is non-refundable but goes towards tuition if accepted.
  • $500 security deposit due immediately upon acceptance.
  • Tuition must be paid in full by June 1.
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