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WHERE: Denver, Colorado, USA
WHEN: February 19 - 24, 2024
FACULTY: Maestri Lawrence Golan and Robert Spano
GUEST ARTIST: Peter Eom, Cello
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, career development and programming classes

  • 4 full orchestra sessions or 3 string ensemble sessions, depending on the level of participation

  • Video reviews with faculty

  • Appearance on final public performance for all 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 string performance.

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

Full Orchestra/Platinum Level Concert Repertoire:

Schumann: Symphony No. 1 “Spring”


Elgar: Cello Concerto


Jennifer Higdon: blue cathedral

String Orchestra/Gold Level Concert Repertoire:

Elgar: Serenade for Strings


Florence Price: “Andante moderato” from String Quartet in G Major


Boyer: Three Olympians


Bao: Going to the West Gate





Acclaimed for his imaginative programming, evocative command of distinctive styles and composers, and vibrant performances, American conductor Lawrence Golan holds posts in the United States and abroad. He serves as Principal Guest Conductor of the Bayerische Philharmonie in Munich, Germany, and as Music Director of Washington state’s Yakima Symphony Orchestra, Pennsylvania’s York Symphony Orchestra, and Colorado’s Denver Philharmonic.  In addition, he is conductor of the Lamont Symphony Orchestra and Opera Theatre at the University of Denver. A dynamic, charismatic communicator and popular collaborator, Golan has conducted throughout the United States and in Bulgaria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, El Salvador, England, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.

Following 2023 summer engagements with the State Symphony Orchestra of Kazakhstan (Astana), Spain’s Hotchkiss Music Festival, the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra of Columbia, Maestro Golan’s 2023-24 season includes several concerts of note: Yakima Symphony Orchestra’s opening night features all-Mexican works, including Marquez’s Conga del Fuego, Rodriguez’s Mosaico Mexicano, and Golan playing violin in Ponce Estellita, arranged by Heifetz and orchestrated by Golan; York Symphony Orchestra’s October screening of the 1925 classic silent horror film The Phantom of the Opera, with a new soundtrack by Craig Safan; Denver Philharmonic’s holiday concerts filled with traditional carols and festive holiday music featuring the Colorado Chorale; the Lamont Symphony Orchestra’s world premiere presentation of Golan’s own composition, Giovanna d’Arco (Joan of Arc); and a return to the Tucson Symphony and Ballet Tucson to lead performances of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. Other highlights include Maestro Golan sharing the stage with his mentor, Robert Spano, and the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra in a concert featuring works by Higdon, Elgar, and Schumann; a commercial recording for Albany Records of Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 2 “Lobgesang” and a newly commissioned work by Kenji Bunch with the Yakima Symphony Orchestra & Chorus; and a commercial recording for Centaur Records of works inspired by paintings, including Liszt’s Hunnenschlacht, Rachmaninoff’s The Isle of the Dead, and a brand new work called The Galleries by William Popp with the York Symphony Orchestra.

Highlights from recent seasons include leading the 2022 Finals of the Spanish Composers International Piano Competition in Madrid, Spain, serving on the jury panel of the María Herrero International Piano Competition in Granada, return engagements with Germany’s Bayerische Philharmonic, Italy's Orchestra Sinfonica Città di Grosseto, and the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. Debuts include 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.

As a recording artist, Mr. Golan has made numerous recordings, both as conductor and violinist. Recordings include two from the 2021-22 season: the Yakima Symphony Orchestra with the Villalobos Brothers and Centaur Records’ release of Lawrence Golan, Fantasia. His discography includes the 2018 Albany Records world premiere release of the Blu-ray disc and audio CD of composer Jiaojiao Zhou’s theatrical symphonic poem Ode to Nature with the Lamont Symphony Orchestra and producer Dennis Law and three CDs with the Moravian Philharmonic for Albany Records. As a violinist, Golan recorded Fantasia; a collection of works for solo violin and Indian Summer: The Music of George Perlman, which won two Global Music Awards.

A staunch advocate for music education, Lawrence Golan 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.

An accomplished violinist, Golan served as Principal Second Violinist of the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra (1989-1990) and then Concertmaster of the Portland Symphony Orchestra for eleven years (1990-2001), before focusing his career on the podium. He has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony under Daniel Barenboim, and continues to perform, primarily to benefit orchestras of which he is Music Director.

A respected author/composer/arranger, in 2021 Mr. Golan released a new composition, Fantasia for Orchestra, distributed by Notation Central, and his latest book, Score Study Passes, published by Globe Edit. Golan’s edition and reduced orchestration of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker is published by Spurwink River Publishing and is used by orchestras and ballet companies across North America and Europe. His scholarly-performing edition of the solo violin works of J. S. Bach, which includes a handbook on Baroque Performance Practice, and The Lawrence Golan Violin Scale System are both published by Mel Bay Publications. Golan’s Fantasia for Solo Violin is published by LudwigMasters and won the Global Music Award for composition in 2011. A recording of the piece appears on both the Ablaze Records disc Millennial Masters Vol. 9 and the Centaur Records CD Lawrence Golan, Fantasia.

A native of Chicago, Lawrence Golan comes from a musical family. His father, the late Joseph Golan, was a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for forty-nine years and Principal Second Violinist for thirty-five of those years. Lawrence Golan 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.

Mr. Golan’s previous positions include Resident Conductor, The 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.



Robert Spano, conductor, pianist, composer, and teacher, is known worldwide for the intensity of his artistry and distinctive communicative abilities, creating a sense of inclusion and warmth among musicians and audiences that is unique among American orchestras. After twenty seasons as Music Director, he will continue his association with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra as Music Director Laureate. An avid mentor to rising artists, he is responsible for nurturing the careers of numerous celebrated composers, conductors, and performers. As Music Director of the Aspen Music Festival and School since 2011, he oversees the programming of more than 300 events and educational programs for 630 students and young performers. Principal Guest C  onductor of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra since 2019, Spano became Music Director Designate on April 1, 2021, and begins an initial three-year term as Music Director in August 2022. He is the tenth Music Director in the orchestra’s history, which was founded in 1912.

Spano leads the Fort Worth Symphony in six symphonic programs, three chamber music programs, and a gala concert with Yo-Yo Ma, in addition to overseeing the orchestra and music staff and shaping the artistic direction of the orchestra and driving its continued growth. Additional engagements in the 2022-23 season include a return to Houston Grand Opera to conduct Werther.


Maestro Spano made his highly-acclaimed Metropolitan Opera debut in 2019, leading the US premiere of Marnie, the second opera by American composer Nico Muhly. Recent concert highlights have included several world premiere performances, including Voy a Dormir by Bryce Dessner at Carnegie Hall with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor; George Tsontakis’s Violin Concerto No. 3 with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra; Dimitrios Skyllas’s Kyrie eleison with the BBC Symphony Orchestra; the Tuba Concerto by Jennifer Higdon, performed by Craig Knox and the Pittsburgh Symphony; Melodia, For Piano and Orchestra, by Canadian composer Matthew Ricketts at the Aspen Music Festival; and Miserere, by ASO bassist Michael Kurth.

Spano recently returned to his early love of composing. His newest work is a song cycle on Rilke’s Sonnets to Orpheus that he wrote for mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor. In 2016, he premiered his Sonata: Four Elements for piano at the Aspen Music Festival, and a song cycle, Hölderlin-Lieder, for soprano Jessica Rivera.      


The Atlanta School of Composers reflects Spano’s commitment to American contemporary music. He has led ASO performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Ravinia, Ojai, and Savannah Music Festivals.  Guest engagements have included the Cleveland, Philadelphia, and Minnesota Orchestras, New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, and the San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, New World, San Diego, Oregon, Utah, and Kansas City Symphonies. Internationally, Maestro Spano has led the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, BBC Symphony, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfonica Brasileira, Orquestra Sinfonica Estado Sao Paulo, Wroclaw Philharmonic, the Melbourne and Sydney Symphonies in Australia, and the Saito Kinen Orchestra in Japan.  His opera performances include Covent Garden, Welsh National Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, and the 2005 and 2009 Seattle Opera productions of Wagner’s Ring cycles.

With a discography of critically-acclaimed recordings for Telarc, Deutsche Grammophon, and ASO Media, Robert Spano has garnered four Grammy™ Awards and eight nominations with the Atlanta Symphony. Spano is on faculty at Oberlin Conservatory and has received honorary doctorates from Bowling Green State University, the Curtis Institute of Music, Emory University, and Oberlin. Maestro Spano is a recipient of the Georgia Governor's Award For The Arts And Humanities and is one of two classical musicians inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. He makes his home in Atlanta and Fort Worth.

“Mr. Spano drew a glowing, spacious performance of this Brahms masterwork from the orchestra, marking a great return visit for both him and this essential ensemble.” – The New York Times  

“The festival's music director, Robert Spano, caught both the broadest and finest strokes of tempo, dynamics and critical orchestral balances. He drew the best playing in the quiet, subtle moments of the score and long buildups to big climaxes.” – Aspen Times  

“The sonics of the CD are excellent, and the presence of both Rivera and Spano well-suited. It is a fine presentation of both Rivera’s voice and Spano’s collaborative capabilities at the piano, as well as his insight into his skills as a composer.” –  ArtsATL  



  • Tuition, Platinum Level Participant (6 only) $1345 (US)
  • Tuition, Gold Level Participant (8 only) $825 (US)
  • Tuition Auditors: $250 (US)
  • Accommodations:  are the responsibility of the attendees. There is a discount rate available at the Holiday Inn Express Downtown Denver (3 blocks from the workshop venue). Traditional Room - $129; Deluxe King - $149. Includes WiFi, breakfast buffet, IHG rewards.
  • NOTE: The $30 cost of the Florence Price score rental and shipping will be collected at the same time as the tuition fee from all participants.
  • Participants and Auditors who play in the preconcert string ensemble receive a $150 discount.

  • Highest priority to applications received by Dec 1, 2023.
  • Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2023 and will continue until all spots have been filled.
  • Tuition must be paid in full by January 1, 2024.
  • Cancelation Policy: If a canceling participant’s spot is filled by a new student, a tuition refund will be given. If a canceling participant’s spot is not filled, they get a credit for the following season’s DPO Conducting Workshop.
  • There is a $100 non-refundable application fee.

February 19-24, 2024

Denver, Colorado, USA


Abbreviations & Definitions

DPO = Denver Philharmonic Orchestra

CPC = Central Presbyterian Church; 1660 Sherman St, Denver, CO 80203

PLP = Platinum Level Participant; conducts full orchestra in rehearsals & concert

GLP = Gold Level Participant; conducts String Ensemble in rehearsals & performance

Auditor = Attends and participates in all sessions and activities except conducting

LSO = Lamont Symphony Orchestra

DU = University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music; Newman Center for the Performing Arts, 2344 E Iliff Ave, Denver, CO 80208, rm. 130



Monday February 19

Participants and faculty arrive to Denver by 5:00 pm

6:30 pm Welcome & Orientation Meeting (with soloist); CPC 2nd Floor

7:30-10:00 pm Full Orchestra Rehearsal; CPC Brico Stage


Tuesday February 20

            2:30-5:30 pm Seminar: Score Study & Programming; CPC 2nd Floor

7:30-10:00 pm String Ensemble Rehearsal; CPC Brico Stage


Wednesday February 21

2:15-4:50 pm Observe LSO Rehearsal conducted by Lawrence Golan at DU

            7:30-10:00 pm Full Orchestra Rehearsal; CPC Brico Stage


Thursday February 22

2:30-5:30 pm Seminar: Career Development, Off-Podium Duties, Open Q&A; CPC 2nd Floor

7:30-10:00 pm String Ensemble Rehearsal; CPC Brico Stage


Friday February 23

2:30-5:30 pm Video Review (GLP Videos from workshop or any others); CPC 2nd Floor

7:30-10:00 pm Full Orchestra Rehearsal; CPC Brico Stage


Saturday February 24

            1:00-4:00 pm Video Review (PLP Videos from workshop or any others); CPC 2nd Floor

            4:00-5:00 pm Pizza Party hosted by DPO; CPC 2nd Floor

6:00-6:45 pm String Ensemble Performance; CPC Brico Stage

            7:30-9:30 pm Full Orchestra Concert; CPC Brico Stage


Sunday February 25

            Participants and Faculty depart from Denver, any time

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