Summer Wind Conducting Institute

This institute is now closed. We are no longer accepting applications.

NOTE: Eastman’s Student Living Center will be completely closed for renovations during Summer 2024; on-campus housing and dining will not be available. All participants will need to make their own arrangements for housing and meals.

INS 426
Summer Wind Conducting Institute
July 15-19, 2024 / Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Rooms: EEW 415 / Kilbourn Hall

Mark Scatterday, director
Ensemble: Harmonie from the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra

The Summer Wind Conducting Institute (SWCI) capitalizes on the relationship between the Eastman School of Music and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, providing talented apprentice conductors the opportunity to conduct and rehearse highly skilled professional wind orchestral musicians. The course focuses on the relationship between conductor and ensemble, exploring how conductors can achieve their artistic intentions. Repertory for each conductor’s appearance with the RPO will be chosen in consultation with Mark Scatterday, SWCI Music Director. Each conductor will have the opportunity to conduct the RPO for one 22-minute rehearsal and a run-through of approximately 7 minutes in length, and will receive a DVD recording of both. (The run-through recording will include a random cut, per RPO copyright contract.)

No audition is required for this institute; admission is by résumé review only. To apply (as conductor or auditor), contact Dr. Scatterday at; include your music résumé with your message. Registration deadline: April 15, 2024.

Students wishing to take this course for credit must email Dr. Sylvie Beaudette at to register as independent study.

Enrollment limited to 10 conductors and 5 auditors.

Professional Development Hours: 36
$990 / conductors
$456 / auditors

“The program was very life-changing. I was on the verge of quitting music / switching careers, but this re-ignited a passion. I enjoyed the rep and working with RPO.” — 2022 Wind Conducting participant

Read our blog: Summer@Eastman Spotlight: Summer Wind Conducting Institute