Beyond the Baton Conducting Workshop

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Diane Wittry Conducting Faculty


The goal of the “Conducting Gestures Workshop" is to give conductors a larger vocabulary of gestures to draw from and to help them refine their conducting technique, without the pressure of repertoire. Time will be spent on overall body alignment and the centering of your personal energy. The workshop will also focus on exercises that will develop the muscles and understanding needed for clear conducting technique. All of the sessions will be videotaped and conductors are also encouraged to bring their own video cameras for the smaller groups sessions. A quartet of musicians will be utilized to help participants better understand the impact of their gestures on the musicians. Many new ideas and exercises will be introduced from Diane Wittry's new book which focuses on conducting gestures.


 This seminar will focus on conducting gestures, not repertoire, however, some musical examples may be drawn from Brahms: Variations of a Theme of Joseph Haydn. All of the participants should bring a copy of this score and be prepared to conduct sections of it with piano or a quartet of instruments. There are no full orchestra sessions in this workshop.


All applicants must fill out an application form and submit two examples of their conducting on line through the Beyond the Baton website ( There is no application fee. The priority deadline is October 31. Applications will be accepted after that date if there are still openings. Review of applications received early will begin October 15th. Payment of the fee in full will be required to hold a person’s space in the seminar.


Conductors will be selected to participate based upon their experience level and their openness to incorporating new techniques into their current style of conducting. This is a course for intermediate to advanced conductors who have musical ideas and want to explore new ways to communicate these ideas to their player.



Participation Fee: $395  

Seminar fees are due upon acceptance to the workshop. The payment of fee is required to hold your place. If the payment is not made within 14 days of acceptance, the position may be offered to someone on the waiting list. Seminar fees can be refunded (minus a $50 processing fee) up to four weeks before the first day of the seminar. If it is closer than four weeks, the fees will be refunded only if the withdrawing applicant’s place in the seminar is filled by another Participant. Questions about the seminar and fees should be directed to: (973) 731-3031.
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For a downloadable version of the schedule, go to: Seminars/Gesture Workshop and click on “Schedule.”


The Holiday Inn, Center City Allentown, is located downtown about 6 block from Allentown Symphony Hall. The address is: 904 Hamilton Street, Allentown, PA 18101. Phone: 610-433-2221. They have reserved a rate of $79.00+tax per night for all of the seminar participants. All reservations must be made by December 20th to ensure this special rate. Click on this link to book your room on line: Holiday Inn Reservations. The group code is: CGW/Corporate. Pizazz Music can help to coordinate between participants who are interested in sharing a room during the seminar. The Holiday Inn has a full service restaurant and a bar. More information is available at:


The City of Allentown, PA is located just 2 hours west of New York City, and about 1 hour north of Philadelphia. The ABE International Airport (Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton) has convenient flights from all over the United States. The hotel has a van that can take people from the airport to the hotel and back. Unfortunately, there are no trains that go to Allentown, PA. There is a bus however that goes every hour from Port Authority in New York City.

     – Conductor/Author

Diane WittryDiane Wittry is currently the Music Director and Conductor for the Allentown Symphony, PA. She is in demand as a guest conductor nationally and internationally, and has conducted orchestras in Italy, Japan, Russia, Slovakia, and Ukraine. American orchestras she has worked with include: The Los Angeles Philharmonic, The San Diego Symphony, The Buffalo Philharmonic, The New Jersey Symphony, The Houston Symphony, The Florida Philharmonic, and The Ojai Festivals Chamber Orchestra, among others.

Over the years, Diane Wittry has received many honors and awards including being named the "Outstanding Alumnus for 2013" from the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California where she graduated with honors. She has been featured in articles in Newsweek magazine (Sept. 1994) and the New York Times (2001). She has also received an “Arts Ovation Award” from the City of Allentown, Pennsylvania; the “Women of Excellence” Award in Beaumont, Texas; the national “Helen M. Thompson” Award from the American Symphony Orchestra League for outstanding artistic leadership; and the prestigious Fiorino Doro Award from the city of Vinci, Italy.

Her book, “Beyond the Baton” was released by Oxford University Press in November 2007. The new Conducting Gestures book should be out summer 2014.

For more information on Diane Wittry’s work, please visit her website:


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