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The Curtis Conductors' Forum

In September 2006, Virginia began teaching a new course, the Conductors' Forum, which she developed for The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. The Conductors’ Forum is a year-long course that helps conducting majors develop various career and personal skills needed to become a successful conductor, including leadership, career management, orchestra administration and management, artistic planning and programming, and verbal communication. The course has included opportunities to meet the following guest conductors, speakers and artists in an informal settings:


David Amado, Music Director, Delaware Symphony Orchestra


John Axelrod, Music Director and Chief Conductor, Luzerner Sinfonie Orchester

 

Jason Bagdade, ICM Talent

 

Robert Beaser, Artistic Director, American Composers Orchestra; Professor and Chairman of the Composition Department, Juilliard

 

Al Blatter, Curtis faculty member

 

Bastiaan Blomhert, conductor and musicologist, Floricor Editions, The Netherlands

 

Thomas Cabaniss, Musical Animateur, Education and Community Partnerships, Philadelphia Orchestra

 

Ed Cumming, Music Director, Hartford Symphony

 

Alondra de la Parra, Music Director, Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas

 

David Devan, General Director, Opera Company of Philadelphia

 

Roberto Diaz, President, Curtis

 

David Effron, Chair, Orchestral Conducting, Indiana University

 

James Egelhofer, Artist Manager, IMG Artists

 

Mary Lou Falcone

 

Henry Fogel, President and CEO, American Symphony Orchestra League

 

Stewart Friedman, Practice Professor of Management; Director, Wharton Work/Life Integration Project; author of Total Leadership: Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life

 

Janice Galassi, Director of Organizing and Education, American Federation of Musicians

 

Gary Galván, Musicologist, Fleisher Collection of Orchestral Music, Free Library of Philadelphia

 

Peter Gistelinck, Executive Director, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia

 

Woody Goldberg, retired U.S. Army Colonel; Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army for the District of Columbia; former Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to General (Ret.) Alexander M. Haig, Jr.,59th U.S. Secretary of State

 

Ruth Golden, Director of Vocal Studies, C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University; faculty member, Academy of Vocal Arts; New York City Opera

 

Andy Grams, Guest conductor, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia

 

Richard Griscom, Head, Music Library, University of Pennsylvania

 

Robert Grossman, Philadelphia Orchestra Librarian

 

Israel Gursky, Assistant Conductor, Washington National Opera

 

Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Music Director, Fort Worth Symphony

 

Paul Hawkshaw, Yale faculty, Bruckner scholar

 

David Hayes, Music Director, The Philadelphia Singers; Director of Orchestral and Conducting Studies, Mannes College of Music; Conducting Staff, The Philadelphia Orchestra

 

Jennifer Higdon, Composer and Composition Faculty, Curtis

 

Sarah Ioannides, Music Director, El Paso Symphony and Spartanburg Symphony

 

James Jordan, Westminster Choir College

 

James Judd, Music Director Emeritus, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra

 

Katy Kammeyer, Personnel Manager, Philadelphia Orchestra

 

David Kim, Philadelphia Orchestra

 

Joe Kluger, Associate, AEA Consulting; Past President, Philadelphia Orchestra

 

Lynn S. Levy, Managing Director, Arts Entertainment & Media Management

 

Mary Loiselle, Director of Community Engagement and Career Development Services at Curtis

 

Stuart Malina, Music Director, Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra

 

George Manahan, Conductor, New York City Opera

 

Nicholas McGegan, Music Director, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, San Francisco; Artistic Director, International Handel-Festival Göttingen

 

Rossen Milanov, Associate Conductor, Philadelphia Orchestra

 

Alasdair Neale, Music Director, Sun Valley Summer Symphony and Marin Symphony; Principal Guest Conductor, New World Symphony and San Francisco Conservatory of Music

 

Garrick Ohlsson, pianist

 

Mark Olsen, Faculty member, Juilliard Drama Division, and Head of Graduate Acting at the Penn State School of Theatre

 

Larry Robbins, Retired faculty, University of Pennsylvania; Chairman of the Board, Ticket Philadelphia

 

Jesse Rosen, President & CEO, League of American Orchestras

 

Jeremy Rothman, Vice President, Artistic Planning, The Philadelphia Orchestra

 

Harvey Sachs, Curtis faculty member and Toscanini Scholar

 

Mischa Santora, Associate Conductor, Minnesota Orchestra; Music Director, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra

 

Louis Scaglione, Music Director, Philadelphia Youth Orchestra

 

Stu Serio, Assistant Curator, Fleisher Collection of Orchestral Music, Free Library of Philadelphia

 

Doug Sheldon, CAMI

 

Noam Sivan, Curtis faculty member

 

Kile Smith, Curator of the Fleisher Collection, Free Library of Philadelphia

 

 

Ignat Solzhenitsyn, Music Director, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia

 

Benjamin Sosland, Administrative Director, Juilliard Historical Performance; Faculty Member, Juilliard Evening Division; Pre-Concert Lecturer, Carnegie Hall

 

Robert Spano, Music Director, Atlanta Symhpony Orchestra

 

Michael Stern, Music Director, Kansas City Symphony

 

Daniel Wachs, Music Director and Director of Instrumental Studies, Chapman University Orchestras and Music Director, Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra

 

Elizabeth Warshawer, Executive Vice President, Curtis

 

Melinda Whiting, Vice President for Communications at Curtis

 

Diane Wittry, Music Director, Norwalk and Allentown Symphony Orchestras, author of Beyond the Baton

 

Elizabeth Wright, Vice President for Development, Curtis

 

Ed Yim, IMG


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