(February 17-23, 2020)

WHERE: Denver, Colorado, USA
WHEN: February 17-23, 2020
FACULTY: Maestri Lawrence Golan and Donald Portnoy
ENSEMBLE: The Denver Philharmonic Orchestra

Come to the "Mile High City" Denver, CO, to study the art of conducting and great Russian 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 (see below). 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: conduct one movement on the final subscription concert

  • Gold Level Participants: conduct one movement of Tchaikovsky’s String Serenade in public pre-concert performance.

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

  • Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 "Pathetique"
  • Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings
  • Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition (Ravel orch.)




American conductor Lawrence Golan has 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 and continues to develop relationships with orchestras nationally and abroad. Golan has served as Music Director of Denver Philharmonic Orchestra since 2013, the Yakima Symphony Orchestra in Washington state since 2010 and Pennsylvania’s York Symphony Orchestra since 2014. He is also Music Director of Colorado’s Lamont Symphony Orchestra and Opera Theatre at the University of Denver.

Maestro Golan's 2019-20 season guesting includes engagements at Spain’s Collegium Musicum La Rioja in Logroño, Bulgaria’s Varna Summer International Music Festival, Pretoria, South Africa; the American Festival Orchestra tour of China, and the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. Highlights from recent seasons include return engagements with Italy’s Orchestra Sinfonica Città di Grosseto, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Portland Ballet Company, and 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.

As a recording artist, Mr. Golan has made several recordings, both as conductor and as a violinist. In 2018, Albany Records released the world premiere Blu-ray disc and audio CD of composer Jiaojiao Zhou’s theatrical symphonic poem Ode to Nature with the Lamont Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Golan and producer Dennis Law. Mr. Golan has recorded three CDs with the Moravian Philharmonic for Albany Records. The most recent, “Tchaikovsky 6 & Tchaikovsky 6.1” featuring the composer’s Symphony No. 6 and the recording premiere of Tchaikovsky 6.1 by Peter Boyer (a work commissioned by Golan), won two Prestige Music Awards. “Funky Little Crustaceans” features orchestral music by Colorado composer William Hill and “Visions, Dreams & Memories” is a collection of works for Native American flute and orchestra with James Pellerite, former Principal Flutist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Golan’s recording of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 & William Hill’s Beethoven 7.1 garnered two Global Music Awards. 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.


At the University of Denver, Maestro Golan 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. As a composer/arranger, Golan’s edition and reduced orchestration of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker is published by Spurwink River Publishing. It is used by orchestras and ballet companies across North America. 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 Ludwig Music and won the Global Music Award for composition in 2011. A recording of the piece appears on the new CD Millennial Masters Vol. 9.

Mr. Golan’s 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.



Donald Portnoy is universally recognized as one of America’s dynamic and inspiring symphony orchestra conductors. He brings to music a unique awareness and appreciation for the audience and a refreshing sensitivity toward the musicians with whom he works. He has earned fame as guest conductor with the major orchestras of Pittsburgh, Baltimore, and Buffalo, as well as other major regional orchestras throughout the United States, Argentina, Brazil, China, England, France, Germany, Poland, Russia, Taiwan, South Korea, Italy, Romania, Switzerland and Spain.

Dr. Portnoy has served as music director and conductor of the Pittsburgh Opera Theater and the Pittsburgh Civic Symphony. In March 2004, Dr. Portnoy received Columbia University’s 2004 Ditson Conductor’s Award for his commitment to the performance of works by American composers. In June 2004, he was awarded the Greater Augusta Arts Council’s “Artist of the Year” Award. From 1991 until 2009, Dr. Portnoy was music director and conductor of the Augusta Symphony in Georgia. In 2006, he was appointed music director and conductor of the Brevard Philharmonic in North Carolina. In 2016, Maestro Portnoy founded the Aiken Symphony Orchestra as its music director and conductor.

Dr. Portnoy held the Ira McKissick Koger Endowed Chair for the Fine Arts at the University of South Carolina, where he was Director of Orchestral Studies and Conductor of the USC Symphony and Chamber Orchestra and Professor of Violin. He is also Founder and Director of the renowned Conductors Institute, whose participants come from all parts of the United States and abroad to study orchestral conducting. This coming season, he will serve as part-time professor to teach both violin and conducting students.

In December 2012, Maestro Portnoy was guest conductor of the National Symphony in Beijing, China. He also held masterclasses in conducting and violin at the Central Conservatory in Beijing, the Conservatory in Wuhan, and Nanchang University. In October 2013, he conducted orchestras in Kunming and Shenzhen, China. In July 2014, he was guest conductor for two concerts in Kunming. In January 2015, he held conducting master classes in Istanbul, Turkey and the Conductors Institute in China.

In May 2015, Maestro Portnoy was awarded the Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Award for the Arts, South Carolina’s highest award in the arts. In May 2016, he was awarded the South Carolina Order of the Palmetto. This coming season, Maestro Portnoy will conduct and hold masterclasses in China, South Korea, Italy, and Argentina.



  • Tuition, Platinum Level Participant $1190 (US)
  • Tuition, Gold Level Participant $700 (US)
  • Tuition Auditors: $250 (US)
  • Hotel (optional): Holiday Inn Express Downtown Denver, $129 (US)/night.

Holiday Inn / Brown Palace

1715 Tremont Pl., Denver, CO 80202

Contact: Duncan Frasier

(303) 312-8935



  • THIS CLASS IS NOW FULL. To be put on the waiting, email
  • Apply now. Highest priority to applications received by Dec 1, 2019.
  • $100 application fee.
  • Tuition must be paid in full by January 1.
  • TO APPLY: email Send a resume/curriculum vitae, and links to video (YouTube or Vimeo).