Information to apply to our 2020 Festival will be available this October

2016 MMF Conducting Competition Winner Todd Craven conducts Reinecke's Harp Concerto with the MMF Orchestra at the New World Center. 


Past 2018-19 Season

Highlights of the Conducting Institute Program

Conducting Institute

  • All participants conduct the MMF Conducting Institute Orchestra in a public performance

  • Conduct orchestra rehearsals and reading sessions with guidance and instruction from resident and guest faculty

  • Daily conducting classes with Mark Gibson

  • Opportunity to serve as assistant conductor for select MMF Symphony Orchestra concerts


  • Participate in conducting classes with resident and guest faculty

  • Receive access to all MMF rehearsals and classes

Auditors do not receive orchestral podium time. 

Opera Conducting Institute

  • Serve as Cover Conductor for a MMF Opera Productions

Conducting Institute

June 26 – July 9, 2019

The MMF Conducting Institute is an intensive program for aspiring conductors who wish to gain experience in the symphonic and operatic fields. Past faculty have included David Effron, Bradley Moore, Yuriy Bekker and Michael Rossi. Conducting Institute participants receive daily conducting classes, orchestral readings and an orchestral concert. Accepted conductors have the option to join the MMF Conducting Institute as either a full participant or as an auditor. 

Opera Conducting Institute

Session 1
June 5 – June 30, 2019

Session 2
July 3 – July 28, 2019

MMF offers a unique opportunity for conductors wishing to expand their experience specifically in the opera field. The Opera Conducting Program is available to five conductors in 2019, each assigned to a single opera production as a cover conductor. Cover conductors work directly with the principal conductor and will be required to fill in when needed. 

The Opera Conducting Institute focuses on the complete opera production process, with emphasis on the art of conducting singers in music and staging rehearsals. Cover conductors gain valuable experience working through the entire opera production process and collaborating with singers, directors and stage managers. 

Distinct from the profile of the MMF Conducting Institute, the Opera Conducting Institute offers no guaranteed podium time before the orchestra, however participants are occasionally asked to conduct stagings, full piano tech rehearsals, and the orchestra while the principal conductor listens for balance. Please visit the MMF Opera Institute for 2019 opera repertoire. 

2019 Repertoire

TBD, based on the winners of the MMF Concerto Competitions *


Beethoven- Symphony No. 2
Debussy- L'apres-midi
Mendelssohn- Symphony No. 3
Ravel- Tombeau
Rossini- Scala di Seta, La, Overture
Weber- Freischutz, Der, Overture

2019 Faculty

Housing Fees

Conducting Institute

Per person/double occupancy $525.00
Per person/single occupancy $1,050.00

Opera Conducting Institute

Per person/double occupancy $945.00
Per person/single occupancy $1,890.00

Tuition and Fees

Conducing Institute $3,250.00
Opera Conducting Institute $1,750.00
Auditor $1,250.00
Registration Fee $250.00

Application Fee $35.00


Please complete our online application and submit a video recording.  Conducting Applications can only apply via a video application and are not required to audition live.


  • Videos must face the conductor and should include at least two contrasting works and not exceed 15 minutes.

  • Videos should include applicants conducting a full orchestra or chamber ensemble. Applicants may also submit videos with piano, but an ensemble of at least six musicians is preferred.


Received by March 1, 2019


Partial work-study scholarships are available for conducting participants.