Colburn Youth Orchestra conductor Maxim Eshkenazy takes students on a journey through the elements of conducting technique in order to begin to appreciate the relationship between gesture and sound.

To enroll in conducting lessons or classes, students must currently be an instrumentalist or vocalist at an intermediate to advanced level. Classes and lessons are ideal for students who have been enrolled in chamber music, orchestra, or vocal ensemble programs.

All group classes and lessons will take place online via Zoom, which requires a strong internet connection and computer/tablet.


Maxim Eshkenazy is the director of the Colburn Youth Orchestra, Colburn Sinfonietta, and Coburn Chamber Orchestra. He has been hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “charismatic and exciting.” Maestro Eshkenazy received two master’s degrees from USC’s Thornton School of Music in Violin Performance and Orchestral Conducting and was also awarded a fellowship from the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival.

Group Classes

Join a group of musical peers as you explore the intricacies of conducting with an experienced instructor. Classes are available in fall, spring, and summer sessions.

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Individual Lessons

For students looking for more focused instruction, individual conducting lessons are offered with Maestro Eshkenazy. Lessons may vary in duration based on the instructor’s determination.

If you’re interested in enrolling in private conducting lessons, please fill out our online inquiry form.