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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 Symphony’s podium to be an unparalleled opportunity to sharpen their craft, develop their talent, and gain exposure in front of New York's discerning audiences. The Robert L. Poster Apprentice Conducting Program gives aspiring orchestral conductors the opportunity to study the art of conducting through rehearsal technique, stick technique, score analysis, podium time, and observation, under the guidance of the NYYS Music Director and Assistant Conductor.


Students will have the opportunity to conduct small ensembles throughout the year. The program culminates with the apprentice conductors working directly with a composer of the NYYS Composition Program to prepare, rehearse, and perform a newly composed piece at the Composition Date Concert.


The Apprentice Conducting classes are held Sundays from 12pm-1:30pm, approximately six sessions per concert cycle. Score discussion will largely focus on the repertoire currently being played by the Orchestra. In addition to classes, participants must attend a minimum of five Orchestra rehearsals and one Orchestra concert per cycle. Students will also attend at least one rehearsal with a professional orchestra in New York City during the year.


Auditions for the 2018/19 season are now closed. We invite you to apply for the 2019/20 season in June 2019. Please check our auditions page in June 2019 for eligibility and fee requirements, application information, and audition dates.

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