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The Robert L. Poster Apprentice Conducting Program


“The orchestra has been a training ground for conductors who have gone on to bigger things.”  -The New York Times 

The world’s finest emerging conductors have found the Robert L. Poster Apprentice Conducting Program to be an unparalleled opportunity to sharpen their craft, develop their talent, and gain exposure in front of New York's discerning audiences. Under the guidance of NYYS Music Director Michael Repper, this program gives aspiring orchestral conductors the opportunity to study the art of conducting through rehearsal technique, stick technique, score analysis, podium time, observation, and guided talkback sessions. The program also features guest speakers throughout the season to work with the students, and share insights from their careers.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

Students are required to be vaccinated and boosted with an FDA-authorized vaccine to participate in our programs.​​​​​​​

Schedule and performances

The Apprentice Conducting students will meet on Sundays. Students will observe the NYYS Orchestra rehearsals and participate in technique workshops that include live musicians as much as possible. Students will also have opportunities throughout the season to take the podium and lead the orchestra in readings of new works. NYYS Conducting Apprentices will also observe Carnegie Hall dress rehearsals and will be welcome at NYYS concerts at Carnegie hall.

Students will have the opportunity to conduct small ensembles throughout the year to develop rehearsal and stick technique. The program culminates with the Composition Date Concert in May 2023, where apprentice conductors work directly with a composer of the NYYS Composition Program to prepare, rehearse, and perform a newly composed piece at the Composition Date.


Please check the interview section of our website for eligibility and fee requirements, application information, and interview dates.

Conducting Staff