orchestral conducting

The University of Colorado Boulder College of Music is pleased to offer our annual orchestral conducting symposium. Hosted on the beautiful CU Boulder campus, this symposium is designed for the aspiring conductor and will focus on conducting technique and movement, rehearsal strategies, professional development, artistic growth, score study and repertoire.

June 4-9, 2023


Guest clinician: Jeffrey Grogan
Director of Orchestral Activities, Oklahoma City University

CU Clinician: Gary Lewis
Director of Orchestral Studies, University of Colorado Boulder


Two levels of participation are available:

Conductor ($750): The conducting participant will conduct in the morning sessions and receive mentoring from the clinicians, as well as participate in the afternoon seminars and lectures. Conducting participants will have the opportunity to conduct works for chamber winds and full ensemble, with over an hour of podium time throughout the week. Only 20 conductors will be accepted, and the positions will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Cost includes instruction and clinician resource material. Housing, parking, transportation and tuition credit are not included. Prerequisite: Bachelor's degree in music and/or music education. All participants should bring their primary instrument and perform in the large ensemble sessions.

Auditor ($100 for one day, $400 for the whole week)
Auditors are welcome to register to attend on a prorated daily basis!
 Only able to drop by for a couple of days out of the week? This option is for you! The auditor will observe all morning and afternoon sessions. This level of participation is designed for the conducting student seeking to develop, refine, and hone their conducting technique. Undergraduate students are welcome as auditors. There are an unlimited number of spots available for auditors. Cost includes observation of all conducting sessions, lectures and seminars. Housing, parking, transportation and tuition credit are not included. Auditors are welcome to bring their primary instrument and perform in the large ensemble sessions.

Housing + meals

We are able to offer you a cost-effective solution for housing and meals this summer! Stay on the beautiful campus of the University of Colorado Boulder at a rate lower than you will find anywhere else in the region during peak tourist season. Your meal plan included in this package will give you access to a wide variety of food options, including diverse dietary accommodations at the Center for Community on campus. All of these accommodations are a short walk from Imig Music Building, making your on-campus stay the most convenient and the most cost-effective way to attend the symposium.


Approximately $465 per person includes 5 nights, 14 meals, and all applicable taxes.  You can also extend your stay by one night on either end of the main lodging & dining package for an additional cost.

Already got your lodging, but still looking for an on-campus meal plan? No problem!
You can purchase a lunch-and-dinner meal plan as well.  This meal package includes 9 meals for approximately $116.  

The link to reserve your on-campus lodging and meal plan will be included in your confirmation email once you’re registered for the symposium.

Questions regarding housing and dining? Contact Conference Services at conferences@colorado.edu or call 303-492-5151. On-campus housing and dining registration closes May 22.


Conductors will be asked to provide a brief conducting video as part of the registration process.

Registration will open January 20, 2022 at 11 a.m. MST. Click here to register!

A deposit of $200 (or full tuition amount, if less than $200) is required upon registration. This deposit is non-refundable, unless conductor is asked by CU faculty to defer participation.  Prior to May 31, refund is in full excluding the non-refundable $200 deposit. Payment in full is due by May 31. 

Refund policy

All refunds will be processed on the card used to make the payment through the registration portal. Prior to May 31, refund is in full excluding the non-refundable $200 deposit. Payment in full is due by May 31. No refunds will be issued for cancellations June 1 or thereafter. 

On-campus housing and dining has a separate refund policy; please see their website for details.

COVID-19 protocols

The CU Conducting Symposia adheres to all campus, county and state guidelines to ensure the safety of all participants. As we near the conference date, we will communicate timely specifics regarding COVID-19 policies and protocols applicable to the event. 

We strongly encourage conference attendees to be fully vaccinated.

Tuition credit

For an additional fee, Conductors may take the course for optional tuition credit through the University of Colorado Division of Continuing Education. The course will be offered as Independent Study Music, 5018. Information on how to register for course credit will be sent out by May 1.

2022 schedule TBD

2021 schedule:

Sunday, June 6
4:30-5:30 p.m. - Dinner (included in on-campus resident meal plans)
5:30-6 p.m. - Registration – CU Boulder College of Music (Southeast lobby)
6 p.m. - Opening Session in Grusin

Monday, June 7
9 a.m. - Conducting Session 1 (String Orchestra Repertoire)
10:30 a.m. - Break
Noon - Lunch
1:30-3 p.m. - Discussion
3 p.m. - Break
3:30 p.m. - Clinic

Tuesday, June 8
9 a.m. - Conducting Session 2 (String Orchestra Repertoire)
10:30 a.m. - Break
Noon - Lunch
1:30-4:30 p.m. - Conducting Session 3 (with piano)   
4:30 p.m. - Wrap up

Wednesday, June 9
9 a.m. - Conducting Session 4 (String Orchestra Repertoire)
10:30 a.m. - Break
Noon - Lunch
1:30-4:30 p.m. - Conducting Session 5 (String Orchestra Repertoire)
4:30 p.m. - Wrap up

Thursday, June 10
9 a.m. - Conducting Session 6 (String Orchestra Repertoire)
10:30 a.m. - Break
Noon - Lunch
1:30-4:30 p.m. - Conducting Session 7 (with piano)   
4:30 p.m. - Wrap up

Friday, June 11
9 a.m. - Conducting Session 8 (String Orchestra Repertoire) 
Noon - Workshop concludes

2022 Repertoire is TBD. 2021 Repertoire:

Please prepare at least two contrasting string works.

Grieg: Holberg Suite

  1. Prelude
  2. Sarabande
  3. Gavotte-Musette
  4. Air
  5. Rigaudon

Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings

  1. Beg-C
  2. Beg-C
  3. All

Dvořák: Serenade for Strings, Op. 22

     1. Moderato
     2. Tempo di Valse (beg. - G)
     4. Larghetto

Vaughan-Williams - Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis             

      Beginning - 4 after E
      N - 4 after T
      W - end

George Walker - Lyric for Strings


For inquiries regarding the Orchestral Conducting Symposium, please contact Ensembles Program Coordinator Rachelle Crowell at: