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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 NYYS 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 and Assistant Conductor Alan Buxbaum, this program gives aspiring orchestral conductors the opportunity to study the art of conducting through rehearsal technique, stick technique, score analysis, podium time, and observation.


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 at Symphony Space on May 13, 2021.


The Apprentice Conducting students will meet on Sundays from 12pm-1:30pm approximately six sessions per concert cycle. Due to COVID-19, fall conducting sessions will be held online via Zoom. Score discussion will largely focus on the repertoire currently being played by the Orchestra. In addition to its seminars, participants must attend a minimum of five Orchestra rehearsals and one Orchestra concert per cycle. Due to COVID-19, orchestra rehearsals in September will be online, and subsequent rehearsals will take place in person, in small groups. Conducting students will also attend at least one rehearsal of a professional orchestra in New York City during the year. 


Applications for the 2020/21 season are now closed. We invite you to apply for the 2021/2022 season - please check back in June 2021 for further information.

Conducting Staff