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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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