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By Sharon Grutzmacher / Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 09:37 am
2017 Karen Smuda Emerging Conductor Program

The Peninsula Music Festival is now accepting applications for its Karen Smuda Emerging Conductor Program. Now in its fifth year, the Peninsula Music Festival’s Karen Smuda Emerging Conductor Program provides training and exposure for aspiring conductors with a professional orchestra. The programs intention is to provide broad experience with all aspects of orchestra conducting and management to enhance their career goals.

The program was designed to provide the training needed for the growing demands on a conductor/music director in today’s modern world. A board of directors expects the music director to be more than a conductor. Interaction with patrons, speaking to groups, engaging new audiences and fundraising are just a few of the job duties that come with the position. Their schooling will teach them to conduct; this program helps to fill in the rest.

The Karen Smuda Emerging Conductor Program grew out of the education outreach committee of the Peninsula Music Festival, which at the time, was led by chair Karen Smuda. Karen spearheaded the program and brought it to the board of directors for approval. After her untimely death, the program was named for her to recognize and remember her enthusiasm and pride in the program. 

This is a competitive application process open to anyone who has the qualifications:

  • Professional Resume
  • Undergraduate degree in music performance
  • Masters in conducting
  • Currently enrolled or recently completed a Doctoral Program in Conducting
  • Flexibility, adaptability, able to work under pressure, self motivated
  • Good communication skills

All completed applications are forwarded to Maestro Victor Yampolsky, music director and conductor of the Peninsula Music Festival. The decision rests solely with him. Due to the high number of applications and the caliber of those applications, Maestro Yampolsky has usually selected three of the applicants, one for each week of the Festival. 

A full description of the Karen Smuda Emerging Conductor Program can be found on the Festival’s website: www.musicfestival.com. In the left navigation bar, click on Education & Community Engagement and then select The Karen Smuda Emerging Conductor Program. The application deadline is January 19, 2017.

The Peninsula Music Festival is a fully professional symphony orchestra comprised of musicians from all over the world who come to Door County for three weeks each August. The PMF will celebrate its 65 season August 1 – 19, 2017. Subscriptions and single tickets are on sale for all concerts. 

In addition to its nine concert symphony season, the PMF presents three chamber concerts each February as part of February Fest. Details on all the programs offered by the Festival are on the website: www.musicfestival.com or by calling the office at 920.854.4060. The office is located in the Green Gables Shops in North Ephraim and is open throughout the year.

10347 Water Street (Highway 42) Unit B in the Green Gables Shops, Ephraim, WI
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