Conducting Masterclass

Due to unforseen circumstances, plans for the 2014 Conducting Masterclass are postponed until summer of 2015. Thank you for your interest in the Waterville Valley Music Center; Please visit again later in the year for information about our 2015 Conducting Masterclass.

The WVMC Conducting Masterclass, led by renowned conducting pedagogue Maestro Kenneth Kiesler, is a week-long program for advanced conductors wishing to solidify technique and learn how to better convey their musical ideas with a professional orchestra. With only 12 applicants selected on average, each individual has the opportunity to work closely with Maestro Kiesler and enjoys ample podium time. Participants will attend nine full 2.5 hour rehearsals and daily score study sessions. Repertoire is selected to be both technically and musically challenging, as well as practical and enjoyable.


*subject to change at Maestro's discretion

Past Repertoire includes works by Barber, Beethoven, Boccherini, Copland, Ginastera, Mozart, Prokofiev, Schubert, Shostakovich, and Stravinksy, among others.


The WVMC Orchestra is comprised of young professionals from around the United States. Many of the orchestra members perform as regular members of, or substitute with, major orchestras around the country, including the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke's, Boston Symphony, Albany Symphony, Virginia Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Seattle Symphony, and others.

Rehearsal Recording

All rehearsals and the concert will be recorded on SD card. These cards will be made available to take home at the conclusion of the Masterclass.


In addition to program courses, participants have access to all Waterville Valley has to offer, including a fitness center complete with gym, indoor and outdoor pools, whirlpool spas and steamrooms/saunas, great hiking and biking, an ice rink (open skate hours vary), a lake with sand beach, and local bars and restaurants.

Students wishing to audit the program may register to do so, the number of auditors accepted is decided by Maestro Kiesler. Auditors may observe rehearsals and score study sessions but do not receive any podium time. Housing and meals are included; the cost to auditors is $800.


The cost of $2500 includes tuition, double occupancy lodging at the NorthStar Inn, unlimited access to the White Mountain Athletic Club, and 3 fantastic buffet-style meals a day prepared by our chef Susan Brunvand.