International Conference

Sidewalk Studio, Geffen Hall
New York, NY

January 4 - 6, 2024 


International Conductors Guild
Dr. Claire Fox Hillard, President
Dr. Carlos Brown
, Conference Chairperson
Ms. Jan Wilson, Executive Director

Special Guest Speaker
Jamie Bernstein

*Please note:  The International Conductors Guild reserves the right to change/modify session times and presenters.

Wednesday, January 3, 2024 - optional

Empire Hotel Rooftop**

Join your colleagues for a social get-together prior to the beginning of the conference sessions.  Arrive at your hotel, settle in, and gather with all conference delegates for an evening of laughter, stories, photos, and much more at the Rooftop Bar at the Empire Hotel - 44 West 63rd Street, 12th Floor
New York, NY 10023. **Reservations and payment are required. See the registration form.   


Thursday, January 4, 2024    All Daytime Sessions at -  Sidewalk Studio, Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center

7:30am - 8:30am                       

Breakfast on your own -

Mentoring Sessions - sign-up in advance or when you arrive for one-on-one mentoring sessions with highly experienced colleagues, ready to share their knowledge with you! Mentoring sessions will be scheduled individually and throughout each day.

Contact Mentorship Chairperson, Larry Isaacson, at:  [email protected] if you have not signed up in advance.

8:00am - 12:00pm

Conference Registration
Sidewalk Studio Lobby - enter through the Plaza Fountain entrance 
Geffen Hall - 10 Lincoln Center Plaza 

**Be sure to stop by the registration table -  everyone MUST have a name badge before entering the Sidewalk Studio. 

**Pick up your NY Phil Dress Rehearsal ticket at the registration desk. We are limited to 85 individuals so first come, first served.

**Sign up for Group Dinners at registration

9:15am - 12:30pm

New York Philharmonic
Dress Rehearsal - Geffen Hall, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza 
Jaap van Zweden, Conductor
Rudolf Buchbinder, Piano
Please meet in the lobby of Geffen Hall no later than 9:15am. We will be seated in the second tier and enter the hall as a group. 

**Tickets are required for this event and must be picked up at the registration table prior to 9:15am.

12:00pm - 2:00pm

Registration continues in the Geffen Hall Lobby

12:30pm - 1:30pm

Lunch on your own

2:00pm - 2:20pm

Welcome to the 2024 Conference!
Claire Fox Hillard, President, International Conductors Guild
Carlos Brown, Conference Chairperson
Gary Ginstling, CEO, New York Philharmonic
Simon Woods, President and CEO, League of American Orchestras

2:30pm - 3:00pm

Larry Isaacson - "Wow Your July 4th Audience!" 

3:10pm - 3:40pm Mark Bailey - Conductors on Early Sound Recordings and the Art of Romantic-Era Expression
3:50pm - 4:20pm Janna Sailor - The Orchestra Re-Imagined:  Community Engagement and Societal Change Through Music 
4:30pm - 5:00pm

Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim Turning the Ear on Listening

 5:10pm - 5:40pm

Marc-Andre Bougie - Working on a Symphonic Masterworks Program with a Guest Choir - A Road Map 

5:50pm - 6:20pm

Kevin Newberry - Creating Interdisciplinary Work in an Ever-Shifting Cultural Landscape


Dinner on your own


 Friday, January 5, 2024 - All Sessions at Sidewalk Studio, Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center

7:30am - 9:00am

Breakfast on your own

Remember to contact [email protected] and connect with Mentorship Chairperson, Larry Isaacson, if you would like to schedule a Mentoring Session during the conference. 

8:00am - 9:15am

International Conductors Guild - Board of Directors Meeting - offsite - location tba

8:30am - 12:00pm

Registration  - continued

**Be sure to stop by the registration table -  everyone MUST have a name badge before entering the Sidewalk Studio. 

**Sign up for Group Dinners at registration

9:25am - 10:10am

Geffen Hall Tour - Christopher Blair - AKUSTIKS 

10:30am - 11:15am

Ms. Jamie Bernstein welcomed by Charles Prince, ICG Board Member

Keynote Speaker - "Leonard Bernstein: Citizen Artist" with Jamie Bernstein 

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Lunch Break - check out the Gourmet Garage on 66th Street across from the Juilliard School Bookstore for a quick pick-up lunch. Great sandwiches and hot food, too.

1:10pm - 1:40pm

William Kinderman - Conducting Beethoven: 
       From Rain and Hail on /earth to the Starry Heavens Above  

1:50pm - 2:20pm

Noreen Green-Drew
The music of Eric Zeisl

2:30pm - 3:00pm

Sonia Marie De Leon De Vega
Inclusion of Latino Communities and Culturally Specific Communities

3:10pm - 3:40pm Francesco Attardi Anselmo - Ottorino Respighi and the United States "The masterpieces commissioned by the great American orchestras and their conductors: Koussevitsky, Reiner, Mengelberg, Toscanini
3:50pm - 4:20pm

Scott Woodard - To Relieve the Distressed: Benefit Concerts in the Age of the Cash Crunch

4:30pm - 5:00pm A conversation with Robert Whalen and Patrick Castillo - Vice President of Artistic Administration - New York Philharmonic

5:15pm - 7:00pm

Conductor Workshop with David LaMarche - ABT
 **Delegates are asked to move quickly to Good Shepherd Faith Church, 152 W. 66th St. to observe the workshop session



Saturday, January 6, 2024 - All Sessions at Sidewalk Studio, Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center

7:30am - 8:30am

Breakfast on your own

Mentoring Sessions - today is your last day to receive a one-on-one mentoring session with highly experienced colleagues while at conference. Mentoring sessions will be scheduled individually and throughout each day. Email Mentorship Chairperson, Larry Isaacson, if you would like a mentor:  [email protected]

9:15am - 9:45m

Liane Curtis - Symphonies by Women:  Exploring Three Centuries of Great Works

9:55am - 10:25am

Carlos Brown - "God, Give Us Men! A Conversation and Lecture on the Life and Four Contrasting Choral Works by Uzee Brown, Jr."

10:35am - 11:05am

Alexandra Zacharella - Exploring the Historical Landscape of Pioneer Women Conductors

11:15am - 11:45am

Robert Baldwin - The "C" Before Copland. Rediscovering the Neglected Orchestral Gems of American Composer, George Chadwick:  A Conductor's Resource


11:55am - 12:25pm

Rain Worthington - Creating Contemporary Concert Experiences: Actionable Ideas for Cultivating Audience Engagement

12:30pm - 1:30pm

Lunch Break

1:35pm - 1:45pm

2023 Max Rudolf Award Presentation
Presented by Dr. Claire Fox Hillard to Ms. JoAnn Falletta

1:55pm - 2:20pm

Richard Hickam - The AdventHealth Orchestra - Medical Expertise, Musical Passion

2:30pm - 3:00pm James Sinclair - Conducting Charles Ives    
3:10pm - 3:40pm

Philip Aguglia - The Artistry and Science of Making the Conductors Baton

3:50pm - 4:20pm John Mauceri - a conversation with Robert Whalen  
4:30pm - 5:00pm

Zarifa Adiba -Playing for Freedom

5:15pm - 5:30pm

International Conductors Guild Annual Membership Meeting
Election of Directors
Election of Officers
Other Business
**This session is for active members of the International Conductors Guild, only. 


 Dinner on your own


New York Philharmonic - Geffen Hall -
10 Lincoln Center Plaza

Jaap van Zweden, Conductor
Rudolf Buchbinder, Piano

Pre-ordered, discounted tickets will be available at the registration table in the Geffen Hall lobby.