Conductor Mentoring

This program is intended to provide conductors with the opportunity to consult with experienced colleagues who will serve as a confidential resource for advice and guidance concerning the craft of conducting, and career-related issues. Our roster of participating mentors is comprised of veteran conductors who have a wealth of experience, on and off the podium. They are active performers and educators who possess a wide range of musical and professional expertise. 

Mentoring topics include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • conductor training
  • musical concerns in a particular score
  • general career development (professional and academic)
  • psychology of conducting
  • issues with boards of directors or management
  • repertoire and programming
  • preparing for an audition or interview
  • rehearsing effectively
  • general questions about being a music director


Interested in participating?

Email a resume/CV and a short video (5 mins or less) of a recent video of your conducting to

Participating Mentors include:

Emanuele Andrizzi, Associate Teaching Professor of Conducting and Head of Orchestral Programs at CCPA, Roosevelt University 

Ben Firer, Director of Orchestra and Operat at Northern Illinois University 

Michael Mishra, Director of Orchestral Studies at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville 

Allen Tinkham, Music Director of Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras