With Music Director Valentina Peleggi

Richmond Symphony
Conducting Seminar

Dates: November 2 - 6, 2022

Location: Dominion Energy Center,
600 E Grace St, Richmond, VA 23219,
United States

Level/Ability: Graduate/Post Graduate/Early Career

Fee: $2,500.00

Fee Details & Scholarship Opportunities

Fee Details & Scholarship Opportunities

Fee $2,500.00

includes seminar events and accommodations at the Hilton Richmond Downtown (across the street from the Dominion Energy Center). Round-trip travel to/from Richmond and most meals are not included with the fee and will be the responsibility of the participant.

Accepted Participants in the seminar will be required to submit an initial non-refundable payment of $1250.00 USD by October 10, 2022 to reserve their place. The remaining $1250.00 USD will be due by Monday, October 31, 2022. Scholarship opportunities based on need are available.

For a need based scholarship request, a recent pay stub AND photocopy of the most recent Federal Tax Return OR official letter of proof from the coordinating agency for welfare, social security, unemployment, child support, maintenance and/or alimony compensation will be required.


Richmond Symphony, the largest performing arts organization in Central Virginia, will be hosting its first conducting seminar with Music Director Valentina Peleggi and an opportunity to conduct the Richmond Symphony in performance. This five day immersive masterclass will focus on several areas;  baton technique, individual body language, score study, rehearsal technique, and clear communication on the podium while always encouraging each participant to further develop their own personality.

The seminar offers conductors:

One score-studying group session

Two individual conducting sessions with piano

One individual session with a string quintet

Three days with the Richmond Symphony that includes 2.5 hours of orchestral podium time and a final conducting performance with the orchestra.

Recorded video of performance for personal use (e.g auditions)

Networking engagement opportunities with other conducting candidates, Symphony leadership, audience, board, donors, and musicians.


Beethoven, Symphony No. 5 in C minor, I. Allegro con brio

Schubert, Symphony No. 8 “Unfinished”

J. Montgomery, Overture for Orchestra

Beethoven, Symphony No. 2 in D Major

Walker, Lyric for Strings

Beethoven, Coriolan Overture

Mendelssohn, The Hebrides Overture, Op. 26 “Fingal’s Cave”



Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Travel to Richmond - Hotel Check-in
4:00pm Greetings - Orientation
4:30pm Score Study - Group Session
6:00pm Social Hour 



Thursday, November 3, 2022

10:00am - 12:30pm Rehearsal with Piano (approx 30 minutes per candidate)
Lunch on your own
2:00pm - 4:00pm Rehearsal with Piano (approx 25 minutes per candidate)
4.30pm - 5:30pm Review and Feedback
Dinner on your own
7.00pm - 9:30pm Rehearsal with String Quintet



Friday, November 4, 2022

10:00am - 12:30pm Orchestra Rehearsal (approx 30 minutes per candidate)
Lunch on your own
2:00pm - 4:00pm Orchestra Rehearsal (approx 25 minutes per candidate)
5.00pm - 6:30pm Review and Feedback
7:00pm Dinner with Music Director, Executive Director and/or Director of Artistic Planning



Saturday, November 5, 2022

10:00am - 12:30pm Orchestra Rehearsal (approx 30 minutes per candidate)
Lunch on your own
2:00pm - 4:00pm Open - Orchestra Rehearsal (approx 25 minutes per candidate)
4.00pm - 4:30pm Meet and Greet with Audience Members and Donors
5.00pm - 6:30pm Review and Feedback
Dinner on your own



Sunday, November 6, 2022

10:00am - 12:30pm Dress Rehearsal with Richmond Symphony
Lunch on your own
3:00pm Performance - Reception
5:30pm End of Seminar/Travel from Richmond


Conducting Participant

Application Form

Application Due: September 30, 2022 at 11:59pm EST.
Notification of Acceptance: October 7, 2022

If you have trouble with this form or have additional questions, please email the Richmond Symphony Artistic Department at artistic@richmondsymphony.com

Attention Auditors

Would you like to attend this seminar as an auditor? A select number of candidates will be permitted to attend all conducting rehearsals as an observer to audit the seminar. In addition, one session with a member of the Richmond Symphony artistic staff will be provided to discuss the many different aspects of conducting. The fee for auditing November 3 - 6, 2022 is $25. 

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Questions: education@richmondsymphony.com

Damien Geter photo

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