Negaunee Conducting Program

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Renowned composer and conductor and Colburn faculty member Esa-Pekka Salonen leads a conversation about the art of conducting. He is joined by Ross Jamie Collins, a student in Colburn’s Negaunee Conducting Program.


About the Negaunee Conducting Program

The Conservatory of Music’s conducting program, funded by the Negaunee Foundation, is led by the esteemed and highly-regarded composer and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen. Maestro Salonen has developed a course of study for a small and select group of aspiring young conductors. Known as Salonen Fellows, these students build their craft and nurture their talent through personal mentorship. In keeping with the Colburn Conservatory of Music model, Fellows receive full scholarship to cover tuition, room and board. At both the Colburn School and with the Philharmonia Orchestra, where Salonen serves as principal conductor and artistic advisor, the Salonen Fellows gain significant real-world podium experience in Los Angeles and throughout the world.

The Professional Orchestra Experience

For Fellows, a particular strength of the Colburn Conducting Program is the professional orchestra experience. Given Maestro Salonen’s far-reaching contacts in the international orchestra arena, this is a central part of the program. Starting with the 2020-21 season, Maestro Salonen will begin his tenure as Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony. It will be an exciting time for our Colburn Fellows to experience this momentous beginning first-hand, and to learn how their mentor will spark and nurture a lasting relationship with a new orchestra and its community. Thanks to your critical support of this program, we are able to offer rare opportunities like these for our young conductors at Colburn.