Beyond the Baton Conducting Workshop

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Schedule of Events

  Diane Wittry
Seminar Book   
  "Beyond the Baton"



Sunday, June 15 – Sunday, June 29, 2014

Diane Wittry, Conducting Faculty
Music Director & Conductor
The Allentown Symphony, PA

Author - "Beyond the Baton"


The Beyond the Baton, Ukraine - Conducting Workshop is an advanced workshop for conductors who want both rehearsal time and concert experience with a professional orchestra. The seminar is two weeks long and there will be two concerts. Twelve "Conducting Fellows" will be accepted. The Conducting Fellows will conduct on one or two concerts depending upon their experience level. Auditors and Conducting Participants for piano sessions may also be accepted. The workshop includes individual meetings, career mentoring, press packet evaluation, sessions on programming, and discussions of topics in the book "Beyond the Baton" by Diane Wittry. All conducting sessions and concerts will be video tapes and a remote microphone will be used. All participants will be considered for Conducting Fellow positions with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, PA for the 2013-2014 season.


Concert #1

Egmont Overture                                                                                       Beethoven                            

Enigma Variations                                                                                     Elgar                                           

Symphony No. 9                                                                    Dvorak   


Concert #2

The Barber of Seville Overture                                                           Rossini                     

Adagio                                                                                                            Barber

Pulcinella Suite                                                                                          Stravinsky

Symphony No. 5                                                                   Tchaikovsky


Conducting Time:

Conducting Fellows will have approximately 2 hours and 10 minutes of conducting time with the orchestra! You will also have 30-45 minutes with two pianos. Conducting Fellows will conduct one movement or a shorter piece on one or both concerts. Pieces or movements will be assigned in advance according to your interests and experience level. All of the Conductors will be encouraged to learn all of the repertoire.


Conducting Fellows Fee (conduct on two concerts) $1795  
Conducting Fellow Fee (conduct on one concert) $1475  
Conducting Participant Fee (piano sessions only) $595  
Auditor Fee $395  
Application Fee $40  

Seminar fees are due upon acceptance into the workshop. Applications will be processed on March 30th with the Priority DeadlinePayment of the seminar fee is required to hold your position in the workshop. Seminar fees can be refunded up to four weeks before the first day of the seminar (minus any PayPal fees and a $50 processing fee). 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 should be directed to: (973) 731-3031. Email: Further information can be found at the Beyond the Baton website:


Application forms are available at: Click on "Seminars", then "Ukraine Conducting Workshop". The application form can be filled out on-line, or you can print it and mail with your press packet, resume, and sample conducting video. Conducting samples can also be posted on-line for viewing. A non-refundable $40 application fee must accompany all applications. No application will be processed without this fee. This fee can be paid on line at through Paypal or with a credit card. Checks can be made payable to: Pizazz Music.

"Beyond the Baton" Ukraine
PO Box 1281
Maplewood, NJ 07040

Email: info@BeyondThe

You can also apply on line by filing out the on-line application form and submitting your materials through email links. Payment can be done through paypal on the payment page.


Priority Deadline is March 30st.  All applications received will be reviewed on that date and the conductors will be notified of their status.  Applications will be accepted after that date until the course is filled with priority of equally qualified candidates going according to the postmark date. We anticipate that the Conducting Fellows positions will fill up quickly. No applications will be processed without payment of the application fee.


The workshop has 2 concerts, 8 full orchestra rehearsals, 2 dress rehearsals, 7 piano rehearsals, 5 discussion sessions, a group dinner, and a closing reception with the orchestra. For a downloadable version, click here.


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     – Music Director/Conductor/Author

Internationally respected conductor Diane 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, Bosnia, Canada, and Ukraine. American orchestras she has worked with include: The Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Milwaukee Symphony, 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.

Diane Wittry is also the Artistic Director (USA) of the International Cultural Exchange Program with the Sarajevo Philharmonic in Bosnia, and the Artistic Director of Pizazz Music, a performing ensemble that brings classical music to people in new and different ways.  

Over the years, Diane Wittry has received many honors and awards including feature articles in Newsweek magazine and the New York Times; 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 January 2007 and was reprinted in the new paperback edition in 2011.

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

SEMINAR BOOK:   BEYOND THE BATON – What Every Conductor Needs to Know

                                       By Diane Wittry

Regular Price:                                    Reduced Price for Seminar:

    $29.00                                                         $25.00


Seasoned conductor Diane Wittry draws a comprehensive roadmap to a successful career in Beyond the Baton. With first-hand understanding of how the role of the conductor has changed across the years, she expertly examines the new set of duties--both on and off of the podium--that now fall upon the shoulders of the music director.

From getting a job to fundraising and educational outreach, Wittry's comprehensive tips and strategies guide students and professional conductors alike through the leadership and organizational skills necessary for success. Numerous real-life examples illustrate vital skills for artistic leadership such as programming subscription, pops, and educational concerts; understanding the budget and the music director's role in funding the artistic vision; and presenting speeches, and radio and televised interviews. In informative conversations with the author, successful conductors Leonard Slatkin, Robert Spano, and JoAnn Falletta offer tips from personal experience on how music directors can work successfully with orchestras, and what their roles are with the board and the community.


"There is much more to a successful conducting career than merely standing on the podium and making music. Diane Wittry has provided a remarkably thorough and thoughtful guide to this unique profession, one that will be of immense value to every aspiring conductor who hopes to work and flourish in American orchestras."

                  – Henry Fogel, President and CEO, American Symphony Orchestra League


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