30th Annual Czech Conducting Workshop & Concert (July 14-24, 2020)

It's the 30th Anniversary!

WHERE: Kroměříž, Czech Republic  - 170 miles (270km) east of Prague; 125 miles (200km) north of Vienna
WHEN: July 14-24, 2020
  • 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 10-day intensive workshop features epic repertoire and outstanding faculty, It takes place 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 in a castle

  • Possibility of invitation to be Conducting Fellow for Allentown Symphony in the 2020-2021 season

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

  • Dvorak Symphony No. 9
  • Stravinsky Firebird Suite (1919)
  • Brahms Academic Overture
  • Berlioz Roman Carnival Overture
  • Beethoven Symphony No. 7
  • Strauss, Jr. Emperor Waltzes




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.

Diane Wittry


Named as one of the "Top 30 Music Influencers" by Musical America Worldwide, DIANE WITTRY is the Music Director and Conductor of the Allentown Symphony (PA) and the Garden State Philharmonic (NJ). Wittry is known for her innovative programming and her engaging audience rapport. She has led performances by the Milwaukee Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the San Diego Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the New Jersey Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Osaka Symphony (Japan), the Sarajevo Philharmonic (Bosnia), and Sias Symphony (China), among others. She has also conducted at the music festivals of Ojai (CA), Penn’s Woods (PA), and I-Park (CT).  During the past few seasons, she has conducted concerts in 11 countries as well as concerts in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York.

Ms. Wittry is sought after as a teacher of conducting. Her book Beyond the Baton, (Oxford University Press) about artistic leadership for conductors has become a standard text for the industry. Her second book, Baton Basics - Communicating Music through Gestures, is used at Universities for their conducting classes and for International Conducting Workshops in Bulgaria, Ukraine, and the United States.

Wittry has received many honors and awards, including the American Symphony Orchestra League’s Helen M. Thompson Award for outstanding artistic leadership of a regional orchestra. She is also only the third American to be named - in recognition of her leadership in the arts and humanities - the recipient of the prestigious Fiorino Doro Award from the City of Vinci, Italy.

​For her full bio click here.



  • Tuition: $3,290 (US) for active participants
  • Tuition: $590 (US) for auditors
  • Hotel/Pension (private room), including breakfast: $650 (for 10 nights)
  • Students may bring guests for an additional fee
  • Private dormitory room, including breakfast: $400 (for 10 nights)
  • Partial scholarship may be available to qualifying students who demonstrate a financial need. For further information, email info@iciworkshops.com


Dormitories are clean and safe, and include breakfast. Hotels (called pensions), are equivalent of 3-star private hotels. All accommodations are walking distance from the rehearsal and classroom venues, and include breakfast.

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Application fee is $50

  • Application fee is non-refundable.
  • Highest priority to applications received by March 1, 2020.
  • $200 security deposit due immediately upon acceptance.
  • Tuition must be paid in full by May 1.
International Conducting Institute
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