WHERE: Denver, Colorado, USA
WHEN: February 28 -  March 5, 2022
FACULTY: Maestri Lawrence Golan and Larry Rachleff
ENSEMBLE: The Denver Philharmonic Orchestra

Come to the "Mile High City" Denver, CO, to study the art of conducting and great  repertoire with two amazing faculty. This workshop includes:

  • score study and programming class

  • 5 orchestra rehearsals

  • video reviews

  • Final performance for participants



Only 14 active participants will be accepted, six PLP and eight GLP participants. One competition winner, at the discretion of the faculty, will be selected to return the following season to guest conduct a piece on a subscription concert.


• Platinum Level Participants (PLP): conduct one movement of a concert piece 

• Gold Level Participants(GLP): conduct one movement of the public pre-concert performance.

• One competition winner will be selected to return the following season to guest conduct a piece on another subscription concert.

  • Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor (Leonel Morales, Piano)
  • Symphony No. 9 in E Minor “From the New World”
  • Dvořák: Serenade for Strings
  • Cindy McTee: Circuits




Vibrant, inspired performances, imaginative programming and evocative command of different styles and composers are the hallmarks of American conductor Lawrence Golan. He has served as Music Director of the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra since 2013 and was newly appointed Principal Guest Conductor of Germany’s Bayerische Philharmonie in April 2021. Lawrence’s Music Directorship with the Yakima Symphony Orchestra in Washington state has been renewed for seven more years (through the 2028-29 season) and with Pennsylvania’s York Symphony Orchestra for five more years (through the 2024-25 season). 

A dynamic, charismatic communicator, he also continues as Music Director of the Lamont Symphony Orchestra and Opera Theatre at the University of Denver. Having conducted throughout the United States and in Bulgaria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, El Salvador, England, Georgia, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan, Lawrence continues to develop relationships with orchestras nationally and abroad.

Highlights from recent seasons include return engagements with Italy’s Orchestra Sinfonica Città di Grosseto, the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, the Portland Ballet Company and the Colorado Music Festival, as well as debuts with Italy’s Orchestra Sinfonica di Sanremo, Mexico’s Orquesta de Cámara de Bellas Artes, China’s Wuhan Philharmonic, the Maui Pops Orchestra, the Batumi Music Festival in Georgia, Eastern Europe, and a 14-city tour of China with the Denver Philharmonic.

A staunch advocate for music education, Lawrence has been Director of Orchestral Studies and head of the graduate conducting program at the University of Denver since 2001. There he has won eight ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music, three Downbeat Magazine Awards for “Best College Symphony Orchestra,” and The American Prize for Orchestral Performance – Collegiate Division. His latest honor is the 2021 Distinguished Scholar Award from the University of Denver.

A native of Chicago, Lawrence received his Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance and Master of Music in Violin Performance and Orchestral Conducting from the Indiana University School of Music and his D.M.A. in Violin Performance and Orchestral Conducting from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. In 1999 he was awarded Tanglewood Music Center’s Leonard Bernstein Conducting Fellowship, and in 2002, Aspen Music Festival’s Conducting Fellowship. 

His previous positions include Resident Conductor, Phoenix Symphony (2006-2010), Music Director, Phoenix Youth Symphony (2006-2009), Music Director, Colorado Youth Symphony Orchestras (2002-2006), founder and Artistic Director, Atlantic Chamber Orchestra (1998-2003), Music Director, Portland Ballet Company (1997-2013), and Music Director, Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra (1990-2001). Lawrence and his wife Cecilia, who is from Buenos Aires, Argentina, have two young children.

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Larry Rachleff is the Walter Kris Hubert Professor of Orchestral Conducting and Music Director of the Shepherd School Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. Larry served as Music Director of the Rhode Island Philharmonic for more than 23 years; he has also been Music Director of the San Antonio Symphony.

A take-charge maestro who invests everything he conducts with deep musical understanding” (Chicago Tribune), Larry is in constant demand as a guest conductor. Recent and upcoming engagements include the Utah Symphony, Houston Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic and Toledo Symphony among many others. Summer festival engagements include Tanglewood, Aspen, Interlochen, Chautauqua, Brevard Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, Opera Theatre of Lucca, Italy and the Grand Teton Music Festival. In 1993, he was selected as one of four American conductors to lead the Cleveland Orchestra at Carnegie Hall under the mentorship of Pierre Boulez.

Larry is especially noted for his rich and productive rapport with orchestra musicians. The Salt Lake Deseret News had this to say about him recently: “His interpretation (Prokofief’s Fifth Symphony) was charged with power and passion that never waned. His reading was compelling, yet he also managed to bring out the lyricism that lies hidden beneath the boldness of the themes. What was especially remarkable, he conducted the work from memory. The orchestra played marvelously. The musicians were at the top of their game, and their rapport with Larry was obvious. It was a fabulous collaboration between orchestra and conductor.”

A former faculty member of Oberlin Conservatory, where he was Music Director of Orchestras and Conductor of the Contemporary Ensemble, he also served as conductor of the Opera Theatre at the University of Southern California. He has conducted and presented masterclasses all over the world, including the Chopin Academy in Warsaw, the Zurich Hochschule, the Sydney and Queensland, Australia conservatories, the Juilliard School, the New England Conservatory, and Royal Northern College in the U.K.

Larry is an enthusiastic advocate of public school music education. He has conducted All-State orchestras and festivals in virtually every state in the United States as well as throughout Europe and Canada. He has also served as principal conducting teacher for the American Symphony Orchestra League, the Conductors’ Guild and the International Workshop for Conductors in the Czech Republic.

As a dedicated advocate of contemporary music, Larry has collaborated with leading composers including Samuel Adler, the late Luciano Berio, George Crumb, Michael Daugherty and John Harbison among others.

Larry lives in Houston with his wife, soprano Susan Lorette Dunn, and their young son, Sam.



  • Tuition, Platinum Level Participant $1190 (US)
  • Tuition, Gold Level Participant $700 (US)
  • Tuition Auditors: $250 (US)
  • Accomodations:  Arranged privately by attendees

  • Apply now. Highest priority to applications received by Dec 1, 2021.
  • $100 non-refundable application fee.
  • Tuition must be paid in full by January 1.