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Conducting Apprentice Initiative


Launch Your Conducting Career with Choral Arts Initiative

Are you an emerging or established conductor looking to refine your skills and add new experiences to your resume? Our Conducting Apprentice Initiative is tailored specifically for conductors to provide immersive and engaging learning. Dive into crucial topics such as effective listening, the impact of gesture on sound, rehearsal planning, and career development.

Work With Expert Faculty

Learn from CAI founder and Artistic and Executive Director, Dr. Brandon Elliott, a specialist in conducting complex music with impeccable tuning and accuracy. Recipient of multiple awards, including Chorus America's Louis Botto Award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the ASCAP/Chorus America Award for Adventurous Programming, participants benefit from his extensive experience and passion for teaching.

Grow with CAI's Assistant Conductor, Ali Sandweiss Hodges. Ali is currently finishing a DMA from University of Southern California. She previously earned her bachelor's in music education from the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor and her master's in choral conducting at Temple University, at which she was awarded the Elaine Brown Tribute Award and the Presser Graduate Music Award. Ali has expertise in expressivity and shaping tone through conducting.

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Choral Arts Initiative Rehearsals

Gain invaluable insights by observing our professional ensemble rehearsals. Experience first-hand the nuances of fine-tuning intervals, achieving precise accuracy, and maintaining a fast-paced professional rehearsal environment. Train your ear and develop a keen attention to detail essential for high-level conducting. Rather than the brick-and-mortar model of "sit and watch," participants may be engaged throughout the rehearsal to provide insights on what they hear, how they would address a particular musical scenario, and more.


One-on-One Mentorship

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Receive personalized guidance through one-on-one and group mentoring sessions. Focus on career-building strategies, conducting techniques, score-study resources, and gesture refinement to enhance your conducting prowess.

Free Concert Access

As a Conductor Apprentice, enjoy complimentary tickets to our final performance. This provides an opportunity to network with professional musicians and observe the culmination of the rehearsal process, from the first rehearsal downbeat to the final performance cutoff.


Apprenticeship Opportunities


Dates will be announced along with our Season 13 announcement. We are currently accepting applications for Fall 2024.

Fall 2024

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Winter 2025

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Early Spring 2025

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Spring 2025

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Affordable and Equitable Pricing

In an effort to provide accessible education, the cost is $100 per participant, and there is no application fee. Upon acceptance into our Conductor Apprentice program, an invoice will be sent to you. If you are experiencing financial hardship, please indicate so and you will be considered for a scholarship.
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