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 - 9:00am

Conference Registration
Sidewalk Studio
Geffen Hall - 10 Lincoln Center Plaza 

Sign up for Group Dinners

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. Names must be provided in advance. No last-minute attendance, please.

12:30pm - 1:45pm

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

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 
4:40pm - 5:10pm

ASCAP - Cia Toscanini (tba) Composer Panel

 5:20pm - 5:50pm

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


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

9:25am - 10:10am

Geffen Hall Tour - Christopher Blair - AKUSTIKS 
10:15am - 10:45am

Patrick Castillo - Vice President of Artistic Administration - New York Philharmonic

11:00am - 12:00pm

Keynote Speaker
itizen 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  (piano - tba)

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 - 4:30pm

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

4:40pm - 5:20pm Liane Curtis - Symphonies by Women:  Exploring Three Centuries of Great Works

5:30pm - 6:30pm

Conductor Roundtable!





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]

9:00am - 9:30am

Potential MET backstage tour - tba

9:40am - 10:10am Potential MET backstage tour - tba

10:20am - 10:50am

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

 11:00am - 11:30am

Alexandra Zacharella - Exploring the Historical Landscape of Pioneer Women Conductors


11:40am - 12:10am

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

12:15pm - 1:00pm

Lunch Break

1:10pm - 1:40pm

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

1:50pm - 2:20pm

James Sinclair - Conducting Charles Ives  

2:30pm - 3:00pm

Sixto Montesinos - Eduardo Mata: Harmony Across Borders - Celebrating the Legacy of a Mexican Maestro

3:10pm - 3:40pm Rain Worthington - Creating Contemporary Concert Experiences: Actionable Ideas for Cultivating Audience Engagement  
3:50pm - 4:20pm

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

4:30pm - 5:00pm Zarifa Adiba - Playing for Freedom  
5:10pm - 5:40pm

John MauceriA Conversation with Robert Whalen

6:00pm - 6:30pm

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

Discounted tickets may be ordered only for this evening's performance on the conference registration form.