WHERE: Denver, Colorado, USA
WHEN: February 28 -  March 5, 2022
FACULTY: Maestri Lawrence Golan and Gary Lewis
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.

  • Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor (Leonel Morales, Piano)
  • Dvořák: 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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Gary Lewis is the Director of Orchestral Studies and the Bob and Judy Charles Professor of Conducting in the College of Music at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he conducts the University Symphony Orchestra and oversees the entire orchestra program. He is also Music Director and Conductor of the Midland-Odessa (TX) Symphony Orchestra.

At CU Boulder Mr. Lewis also leads the graduate program in orchestral conducting including both the masters and doctoral level. His former students are currently enjoying success as conductors with professional orchestras and opera companies, university and school ensembles, and youth orchestras.

Prior to his appointment at Colorado, Lewis served on the faculties of Texas Tech University, The Ohio State University, The University of Michigan, and Abilene Christian University.  He is equally at home with professional, university, and youth ensembles.  He is the Principal Guest Conductor of the Boulder Philharmonic and has appeared with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, the Sichuan Philharmonic Orchestra (Chengdu, China), the Colorado Music Festival, Boulder Ballet, Midland Ballet Theater, Ballet Lubbock, the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, the Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra, the Quad Cities Symphony Orchestra, the New Symphony Orchestra (Sofia, Bulgaria), and the Western Plains Opera Theater.  His work with summer music festivals has also been noteworthy including the Interlochen Center for the Arts, Pine Mountain Music Festival (opera and symphonic) and Rocky Ridge Music Center.

Mr. Lewis is also a strong proponent of new music.  He has been instrumental in the development and production of contemporary music festivals and his interest in new music has led him to collaborations with composers such as Dan Kellogg, Carter Pann, George Crumb, William Bolcom, John Harbison, Chen Yi, Michael Daugherty, Stephen Paulus, and many others.


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

  • Highest priority to applications received by Dec 1, 2021.
  • $100 non-refundable application fee.
  • Tuition must be paid in full by January 1.
  • All applicants must adhere to the DPO Covid Policy.