Announcing the SOB Conducting Workshop!

Tito Munoz conducting the Cleveland Orchestra

The String Orchestra of Brooklyn (SOB) is excited to announce a weekend conducting workshop — January 10 & 11, 2015 — led by Tito Muñoz (Music Director of The Phoenix Symphony) and Eli Spindel (Artistic Director of the SOB).

The SOB conducting workshop offers participants conducting training in a non-competitive, supportive atmosphere with highly professional teaching and an accomplished and critically-acclaimed community orchestra. The workshop will be limited to 15 participants to ensure that each participant receives at least 45 minutes of podium time with the orchestra. The focus of the workshop will be on baton technique, leadership psychology, and orchestral pedagogy. A Q&A session with Tito Muñoz will be offered, and an orchestra rehearsal on January 9 led by Tito Muñoz will be open for participants to observe.

January 9, 7–9:30pm: Orchestra rehearsal led by Tito Muñoz
January 10 9:30am–12:30pm: Session 1
January 10 1:30–4:30pm: Session 2
January 10 4:45–5:45pm: Q&A with Tito Muñoz
January 11 9:30am–12:30pm: Session 3
January 11 1:30–4:30pm: Session 4

All sessions take place at South Oxford Space in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.

MAHLER Adagietto (Fourth Movement) from Symphony No. 5
MENDELSSOHN String Symphony No. 10 in B Minor
BARTOK Roumanian Folk Dances (string orchestra version)
DEBUSSY Danse sacrée et danse profane

Participants are responsible for all scores.

Each session will be videotaped and made available to participants. Participants may use their own video equipment if they prefer.

Please submit a resume and cover letter (email preferred) to program administrator Brian Thompson ( explaining your musical background, interest in the program, and personal goals in conducting. Applicants are strongly encouraged to include a sample conducting video if possible, but this is not a requirement for acceptance. Videos may be uploaded and shared via an online service such as YouTube or Dropbox, or DVDs and application materials may be mailed to:

The String Orchestra of Brooklyn
79 St. James Place, #2
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Applications due: November 1
Decisions announced: November 15
Tuition due: December 1

Participants are responsible for their own housing and meals.

There will be a small number of spaces available for highly capable string players to participate in the workshop as both conductors and orchestra members at reduced tuition. If you’re interested in this option, please include performance history in your resume and a recording or video that demonstrates your playing ability with your application.

A limited number of auditor spots will be available. Tuition for auditors will be $200.

Please contact  program administrator Brian Thompson ( with any questions or concerns.

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