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Los Angeles Conducting Institute at Caltech - June 22-26, 2020

LACI at Caltech

2020 Registration
- Applications begin January 15, 2020 (attendance is limited)
More details coming soon!

2019 Brochure

Program Description

The Los Angeles Conducting Institute (LACI) at Caltech is a specially-designed program for advanced and developing conductors who seek to clarify their craft and deepen their artistry.  Participants receive individual attention through daily small group conducting, supplemented by chamber and large ensemble sessions.  Presentations and coachings from conducting faculty are enriched by special topics from a unique panel of performers and composers drawn from the LA Philharmonic, LA Chamber Orchestra, Hollywood studio orchestras, and leading conservatories, together offering insights on the art of conducting, musical interpretation, and leadership.

Teaching Faculty


H. Robert Reynolds
-      Principal Conductor of Wind Ensembles,
University of Southern California

Glenn D. Price
Director of Performing and Visual Arts, California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

Special Presenters include:

Gary Hill, Director of Bands Emeritus, Arizona State University
Arthur C. Bartner, Director - USC Trojan Band
Frank Ticheli, Professor of Composition, USC
TBA, Los Angeles Philharmonic

Content and Special Features

The core of the program will feature daily intensive small-group conducting sessions that will allow detailed, individualized instruction, during which time specific aspects of technique and interpretation will be examined and developed.  These daily “lab” sessions will be augmented by a large ensemble conducting opportunity for those in Tracks 1 and 2 (see Registration Options below), and chamber ensemble experience that is geared for all attendees, with podium time included for those in Track 1.

Selected List of Topics

Baton Technique
Score Study

Rehearsal Technique
Rehearsal Psychology

Career Development

Classical, Jazz, and Commercial Phrasing and Articulation

Our artist-faculty, drawn from the rich cultural resources of Los Angeles, will provide special presentations of value to conductors, from their perspectives as internationally-acclaimed composers and performers.


Full Ensemble
Bennett        Suite of Old American Dances (ed. Higgins)
Bernstein     Symphonic Dances from West Side Story (arr. Lavender)
Grainger       Irish Tune from County Derry (ed. Rogers)
Holst            Suite No. 1 in E-flat (ed. Matthews)
Lauridsen     O Magnum Mysterium  (arr. Reynolds)
Ticheli           Amazing Grace

Chamber Ensemble
Gounod          Petite Symphonie
Mozart           Serenade in E-flat (ed. Bärenreiter) - Octet version

Registration Options

Track 1  $1,090 - Designed for up to 12 advanced conductors.  Includes 2 podium sessions with professional chamber ensemble and one session with large student/community ensemble, plus individualized attention through daily small group conducting sessions.  Application includes video and resumé.

In our effort to improve access to qualified candidates, financial assistance is available, directed toward the areas of diversity and financial need.

Track 2  $680 - Designed for up to 12 experienced conductors (at least 1 year of full-time teaching or equivalent experience).  Includes one podium session with large student/community ensemble, plus individualized attention through daily small group conducting sessions.  Positions will be filled in order of application.

Track 3 (Auditor)  $400/week, $150/day - Intended for conductors and students of all levels.  Access to all sessions is offered.  No podium time is provided.  Prior experience highly recommended.

For more information, please click on this link to the PDF brochure.