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Conducting Masterclass

Hosted by the Association of California Symphony Orchestras and the San Francisco Philharmonic


Founder and Music Director Jessica Bejarano conducting the San Francisco Philharmonic. Photo by Spud Hilton.

Thursday, July 25, 2024 | 10am-12pm PT 
Hyatt Regency San Francisco Downtown SOMA 
50 3rd Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

Taught by Conductor Rei Hotoda (Music Director, Fresno Philharmonic) and hosted by the Association of California Symphony Orchestras (ACSO) and San Francisco Philharmonic (Music Director Jessica Bejarano), this 2-hour fee-based masterclass takes place in beautiful San Francisco in conjunction with the ACSO 2024 Annual Conference. 

The masterclass includes 15 minutes of hands-on podium time with a seasoned music director. Participants may record themselves but must bring their own camera.

Repertoire (subject to change):

  • Grieg, Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 & No. 2
    The Death of Ase
    Solveig's Song
  • Tchaikovsky, Serenade for Strings, All Movements

Applications are required and eight (8) participants will be accepted, with a waitlist. Conducting students and early or mid-career conductors from California and surrounding states are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be 21 years or older to apply.  

Applications are due by June 15 and must include a resume and a 3-5 minute video conducting of 2-3 contrasting movements.

Key Dates
April 25: Applications open 
June 15Applications due 
June 21: Applicants notified of results 
July 3: Deadline to book room at Hyatt under group rate 
July 11: Tuition payment dueto ACSO 
July 11: Final day to register for ACSO Annual Conference 
July 25: Masterclass date 

Masterclass Fees 
Application fee: $0 
Participant Tuition: $195 

*Travel and accommodations are the responsibility of the participants, but participants can take advantage of the discounted conference group rate ($249+tax) at the Hyatt SOMA, while inventory lastsReserve your room here before July 3 here.

**ACSO Conference Registration: If masterclass participants are students, they can register for the conference at the heavily discounted student rate of $150, with proof of student status. Otherwise, masterclass participants are eligible for a 10% discount off the individual member Early Bird registration rate ($450)Learn more about the conference and register here.

Questions: Contact ACSO at [email protected].  

About Maestro Rei Hotoda
Conductor Rei Hotoda has been hailed as an inexhaustible dynamo with a deep commitment to reimagining the 21st century concert experience. Her vision can be seen through her thought-provoking programming, passionate allyship to marginalized artists, advocacy for arts education, and an unwavering commitment to presenting many of today’s most notable American composers.

Rei has been the Music Director of the Fresno Philharmonic since 2017 and has worked tirelessly to build first-time and unique connections with the Fresno community with an eye toward reaching different audiences. Her programming continues to push through the preconceived notions of the classical concert going experience. She has successfully broken down the barriers that often exist between artist and listener and repositioned the Fresno Philharmonic as a leader in the community it serves.

Click here to read more about Rei Hotoda.