Conducting Mentorship Program
The Department of Music at Washington and Lee offers a unique and innovative opportunity for talented young musicians pursuing a career in conducting. It is four years of direct mentorship designed to prepare future conductors to succeed at virtually any level. The Conducting Mentorship Program, offered for both Choral (CCMP) and Instrumental (ICMP), gives aspiring conductors ample podium time in front of our major ensembles and the opportunity to work one-on-one with W&L's award winning music faculty. Graduates of the Conducting Mentorship Program manage some of the finest music programs in the country, with their experience at W&L providing real world experience unparalleled in undergraduate education.
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~Daniel Chandler '25
Key Program Features
- Multiple years of conducting and pedagogical training done in close, purposely small groups.
- Immediate work learning how to program W&L concerts and events under the guidance of W&L faculty.
- Immediate leadership positions with the W&L choirs, including assistant conductor and section leader.
- Podium time with the W&L ensembles beginning in the sophomore year, including the chance to conduct advanced works with the W&L Singers, Wind Ensemble, and University Orchestra, both on campus and during national and international tours.
- K-12 Choral and Instrumental Certification, if pursued.
Follow the link, The Columns: Finding Their Passions on the Podium, to read about members of the Choral Conducting Mentorship Program finding their passions on the podium.