Summer Wind Conducting Institute

UPDATE: As of May 2, all conductor and auditor positions have been filled. Contact the Summer@Eastman office if you would like to be added to the wait list.

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Summer Wind Conducting Institute
July 11-15, 2022 / Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Room: Ray Wright Room (ESM 120) / Kilbourn Hall

Mark Scatterday, director
Guest faculty: Donald Hunsberger, Professor Emeritus of Conducting and Ensembles, Eastman School of Music
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 to attend as an auditor; anyone can audit this institute.

Enrollment limited to 10 conductors and 5 auditors.

Planning your arrival and departure:
First scheduled activity: Orientation and introduction, Monday, July 11 at 9 a.m. (Ray Wright Room, ESM 120)
Last scheduled activity: Post-performance discussion with RPO musicians, Friday, July 15, 4-5 p.m.  (Ray Wright Room, ESM 120)

Professional Development Hours: 36
$950 / conductors     
$424 / auditors     

“I like the fact that we have a lot more podium time than other workshops. And such a great experience to work with professional musicians, which pushes me to elevate my musical imagination.”
— 2018 participant



  • A current copy of your music résumé
  • Video recordings: YouTube links (public or unlisted videos only) – two performances of your choice, or one performance and one rehearsal. Please send video links together in one Word document as shown in this template (do not forward individual videos to the Summer@Eastman office). Links should be “active” so that videos can be viewed directly from your document; you may wish to test this before submitting your audition.
  • No application fee

Audition deadline: Please send your résumé and recordings by April 1, 2022.

Registration for this institute is now closed.

Read our blog: Summer Harmonie at Eastman: Introducing the Summer Wind Conducting Institute