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(This workshop took place May 21-24, 2019)

WHERE: New York City, USA
WHEN: May 21-24, 2019
FACULTY: Guest clinicians Charles Barker (American Ballet Theater, Pittsburgh Ballet), Diane Wittry (Allentown Symphony), Jorge Parodi (Manhattan School of Music, Williamsburg Opera), Jesse Rosen (President & CEO, League of American Orchestras), David Leibowitz (New York Repertory Orchestra), and more.
ENSEMBLE: Astoria Symphony Orchestra

The Astoria Symphony Orchestra (ASO) is a pre-professional training orchestra whose members have gone on to jobs in orchestras around the world. In it's 16th season, the ASO is comprised of the most talented freelance musicians and graduate students at Manhattan School of Music, Juilliard, Mannes, and beyond. More info at:



This unique professional development opportunity offers coached practice time conducting and rehearsing live musicians, career coaching, and clinics with industry leaders in New York City. This workshop includes:

  • 40+ minutes podium time, videotaped

  • visit to a New York Phil rehearsal

  • score study class

  • body movement classes

  • resume & interview coaching

  • business of conducting class

  • Brahms Academic Overture
  • Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherezade


Faculty: This workshop will be unique because we offer sessions with a variety of industry experts, rather than engaging only one distinguished faculty member.


CHARLES BARKER has conducted orchestras worldwide including the Royal Philharmonic, Paris Opéra Orchestra, Danish Radio Symphony, La Orquestra Filarmonica de Buenos Aires, Adelaide Symphony, Columbus Symphony and the Pacific Symphony. He is currently Principal Conductor of American Ballet Theatre (since 1987), Music Director for the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre (since 2007) and a regular guest conductor for San Francisco Ballet and Houston Ballet.

DIANE WITTRY maintains a dual career as an esteemed music director and guest conductor throughout the world. She specializes in conducting American music abroad, and is known in the United States for her innovative and creative programming. Recently named as one of the "Top 30 Professional Musicians" by Musical America (Dec 2015) and the "Outstanding Alumnus of the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California (2013), Diane Wittry brings a proven track record regarding her ability to inspire musicians and to build an orchestra artistically and organizationally.

JORGE PARODI is the Music Director of Opera in Williamsburg (Virginia) and Music Director of the Senior Opera Theatre at the Manhattan School of Music. He has conducted at Opera Tampa, New York City Opera, The Atlanta Opera, and Opera Grand Rapids, Castleton Festival, The Banff Centre (Canada), Opera Orlando, The Juilliard School at Lincoln Center, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Pittsburg Opera. Upcoming engagements include his return to Atlanta Opera and Opera Tampa, and his debut at Chautauqua Opera.

JESSE ROSEN, President and CEO of the League of American Orchestras, has been a leading voice for the League’s more than 2,000 member organizations and individuals, empowering them with knowledge and perspective to navigate a rapidly changing environment.

DAVID LEIBOWITZ is the Music Director/Conductor and founder of the award-winning New York Repertory Orchestra, and Vice-President of the Conductors Guild. From 2003-2013, Mr. Leibowitz held the post of Principal Conductor with the Massapequa Philharmonic Orchestra and has recently been guest conductor of the New York Opera Exchange. He has also been on the conducting faculty of the Westchester Summer Vocal Institute and the International Opera Institute at the Maud Powell Music Festival.



  • Tuition: $990 (US) for active participants, $290 (US) for auditors 
  • Hotel accommodations are the responsibility of the student



  • Applications being accepted now. 
  • $200 security deposit due immediately.
  • Tuition must be paid in full by April 1.
  • TO APPLY: email Send a resume/curriculum vitae, and links to video (YouTube or Vimeo).

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