Queens College Aaron Copland School of Music

Aaron Copland School of Music

Apply Now


Faculty Office Hours

All faculty can be reached via email, and individual appointments can arranged between students and faculty.

International Music Performance Program

中文 · 日本語 · Dansk

Hire Musicians


Hours and Location

Music Building
Room 203
Queens College, CUNY
65-30 Kissena Blvd.
Queens, NY 11367-1597
(Tel) 718-997-3800
(Fax) 718-997-3849

Office Hours
Monday - Thursday: 9:00 - 5:00
Friday - 9:00 - 5:00 (Remote)

Schedule an Appointment

Instagram   TikTok   Facebook   YouTube



Consider making a gift to the Aaron Copland School of Music


Summer 2017 Programs » Conductors Workshop


The 7th Annual

Conductors Workshop
at Queens College

June 18 - 30, 2017

Maurice Peress, Director


Apply at www.qcconductorsworkshop.com.


Directed by Maestro Maurice Peress, this workshop is being offered to aspiring and working conductors alike to help build upon their experience and sharpen their orchestral skills.

Student Conductors will study with Maestros Maurice Peress, Donald Portnoy, Tong Chen, and George Rothman along with three guest composers. Podium time is guaranteed every day, giving every participant the chance to work regularly with a professional-level, highly responsive orchestra. Student Conductors will conduct the Workshop Orchestra in the mornings, and receive critiques, coaching, and hands-on lessons from the faculty in the afternoons.

New works will be performed each session with the composers present, helping to give insight into what the composers expect to see as their scores come to life. All the sessions will be videotaped. David Amram and Bruce Saylor will again return this summer.

Aside from the invaluable podium time, there will be almost daily lectures dealing with the many issues that face conductors today. Among them, Maestro Portnoy will discuss working and building relationships with professional, college, and community orchestras and career development, as well as his insights into orchestral bowing choices. Maestro Peress will discuss "time" in all its aspects: time flow, rhythm, tempo, pulse, and the metronome, yea or nay. Guest composers will discuss their scores in detail. A field trip has been arranged to the New York Philharmonic Archives, where marked scores by former NYPhil music directors will be placed on view.



Maurice Peress - Director
Don Portnoy - Conductor
George Rothman - Conductor
Tong Chen - Conductor
Bruce Saylor - Composer
David Amram - Composer


Faculty Bio

Maurice Peress has served as Music Director of the Corpus Christi, Austin, Kansas City, and New Britain orchestras, and has been a guest conductor in China, Israel, Brazil, and many venues in Europe. His long association with Leonard Bernstein began in 1961 as an assistant conductor with the New York Philharmonic and led to his conducting the world premiere of Bernstein's Mass for the opening of the Kennedy Center (1971). He also worked closely with
Duke Ellington as arranger and editor of his symphonic scores. As President of the Conductors Guild (1980 - 1982) he helped establish the CG Journal, the first Conductor's Institute, and the Guild's Annual Conference. Maestro Peress has authored many articles and a book, Dvořák to Duke Ellington: A Conductor Explores America's Music and Its African American Roots (Oxford, 2004). In 1984 he joined the faculty of the Aaron Copland School of Music to lead its orchestra and establish an MA program for conductors. He is especially proud of his former students, many of whom hold posts with orchestras and universities in the U.S. and abroad.

Donald Portnoy holds the Ira McKissick Koger Endowed Chair for the Fine Arts at the University of South Carolina, and is also founder and director of the Conductors Institute at USC. In recent years the Institute has spread its wings, adding a week of opera training at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston and two weeks in Beijing. As a violinist, he performs regularly with the ensemble he founded, the American Arts Trio. A guest conductor of orchestras here and abroad, Dr. Portnoy is in his thirteenth year as Music Director of the Augusta Symphony Orchestra and for the past six seasons had been Principal Guest Conductor of the National Opera Orchestra in Beijing.

George Rothman is co-founder and Music Director of the Riverside Symphony since 1981. The ensemble has been praised for its award-winning recordings and unusual programming of over two-hundred premieres and unusual works by composers as diverse as Biber, Haydn, Sibelius, Prokofiev and Ravel. He has guest conducted throughout the Far East, Europe, South America, and the U.S. A native New Yorker, Maestro Rothman trained at the Manhattan School of Music, The Juilliard School, and at The Aaron Copland School under Maurice Peress; he also worked at Tanglewood under Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa. He has served on the faculty of Columbia and Yale Universities, and currently is Music Director and Conductor of Brooklyn College’s Conservatory Orchestra.



Check in and Orientation June 18

String orchestra June 19-22 MTWTh
Bartok Romanian Dances
Grieg Holbrook suite
Tchaikovsky serenade

Chamber orchestra June 23-27 FSMT
Debussy Afternoon of a faun
Schubert #5
Saylor Adagio for Violin and Orch (world premiere)

Full Orchesra June 28-30 WThFr* (*double sessions)
Westside Story Overture
Schumann #4
Amram (TBA)




Apply at www.qcconductorsworkshop.com by May 1, 2017.




Queens College Aaron Copland School of Music

Summer 2017 Festivals and Workshops

Baroque Opera Workshop · Conductors Workshop

New York International Music Festival and Competition

New York Big Apple Music Festival · Summer Vocal Institute