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For 2002, the two separate weeks of the conductors' program in past years
will be combined into one ten-day program. In this year's rich program,
conductors will receive extensive daily instruction and information on
virtually every aspect of Mendelssohn's Elijah as they observe this great
work being prepared for performance. In addition, there will be lectures on
the art of conducting and seven conducting master classes where selected
participants will conduct excerpts from Elijah and receive specific,
on-the-podium instruction from Maestro Keene. All conductors may attend all
rehearsals and the performance, all conductor meetings, lectures, and all
conducting master classes. Those conductors who wish to get up on the podium
at master classes should apply as Conducting Fellows. Conductors may sing in
the chorus if desired. This entire ten-day program will be led by Maestro
* Rehearsals and gala performance at the world-famous Caramoor Music
Festival. Conductors may sing in the Festival Chorus or observe.
* Conductor meetings with Dennis Keene. After most rehearsals
Maestro Keene will discuss the problems and solutions of the rehearsal,
choral techniques, conducting techniques, interpretations, and any topics the
conductors wish to discuss.
* Conductor lectures/classes. At the beginning of the week there
will be classes on Elijah just for conductors, covering such topics as score
study, editions, performance practice, interpretation choices, each
movement's rehearsal and conducting technique problems, the vocal and
orchestral forces needed, the layout of forces, marking orchestral parts,
bowings, and other topics.
* Conducting Master Classes. Throughout the week, Maestro Keene
will talk about the art of conducting and will give seven conducting master
classes where selected participants will conduct excerpts from Elijah and
receive specific, on-the-podium instruction.
* Repertory. The entire week will be devoted to Mendelssohn's Elijah (complete, in English).
Conductors may choose to participate in either of two categories:
- Conductors. Conductors may attend all rehearsals and
the performance, all conductor meetings, lectures and classes, and all the
conducting master classes. If so desired, they may opt to attend some vocal
classes in lieu of some of the conducting classes. (The classes run
simultaneously.) Conductors may sing in the chorus if desired.
- Conducting Fellows. This year, 25 Conducting Fellows will be
chosen from applicants to conduct in the seven master classes. Each Fellow
will be given two times on the podium, including once with a chamber
orchestra. All sessions will be videotaped. (Fellows may, of course, attend
all events listed above under "Conductors.") They may sing in the chorus if
* First-come-first-served applications this year. See details in
the Applications section of this brochure.