The Intensive

January 16 - 19, 2020

Hosted on the campuses of Bandrika Studios and Warner Brothers Studios, this LAFCI course is a four day workshop that focuses on the craft of conducting, designed specifically for media composers. This course covers topics ranging from baton technique, body movement, orchestration, working with clicks, using streamers, score and part preparation and much more, all to help you be a confident and effective leader on the podium. Not only will fellows have the opportunity to study and conduct great repertoire but each chosen fellow will prepare their own cue to conduct and record with full orchestra on the final day.


The workshop will have two sessions with musicians each day followed by private video review sessions.  Each session is designed for the participant to expand upon previous sessions and classes and to be able to apply learned knowledge to the culminating event of conducting their own composition. Each conductor will be allocated 15 minutes of podium time for each session and will have all sessions recorded.  Acceptance into the workshop will be determined primarily upon the quality of compositional skill as demonstrated through submission of notated score and audio mock-up. For score formatting recommendations, please review the LAFCI Part/Score Formatting Recommendations article in the Resource Center page. This workshop will be limited to 13 fellows and no more than 10 auditors


Repertoire for the workshop will include:


  • Overture to Prometheus by Ludwig van Beethoven 

  • In the Steppes of Central Asia by Alexander Borodin 

  • Pavane pour une Infante Defunte by Maurice Ravel

  • Elsa's Procession from Lohengrin by Richard Wagner

  • A Prayer for Peace (Avner's Theme) by John Williams

  • Tribute to the Film Composer, arranged by John Williams

  • YOUR composition

This workshop has two levels of participation:

1. Fellow


  • Participation in all discussions, sessions and classes

  • Work hands on with faculty members

    • Private video review sessions

    • Private conducting lesson

    • Private score and part review

  • 15 minutes of podium time during each session

    • ​first day with piano (two sessions)

    • second day with string quartet and chamber orchestra

    • third day with symphony orchestra (two sessions)

    • fourth day with studio orchestra

  • Work with Los Angeles' finest musicians

  • Conduct and record YOUR cue at the Eastwood Scoring Stage

  • Following completion, will be eligible to apply to Summer Session 

     (available to LAFCI alumni only)


Fee: $3,500




2. Auditor


  • Participation in all discussions, sessions and classes

  • No podium time

  • Following completion, will be eligible to apply to Summer Session 

     in Europe (available to LAFCI alumni only)


Fee: $500




All accepted fellows will receive a digital file of each conducting session along with a signed certificate of completion at the end of the workshop.









Sample Itinerary



8:00am - 8:45am    Body Awareness - Emilie Bernstein

9:00am - 9:50am    Class 3: Baton Technique - Jorge Mester

10:00am - 1:00pm  Session 3: String Quintet (Prayer for Peace)

                               -Conrad Pope, Angel Velez

                               Private video review session following - Jorge Mester

10:00am - 1:00pm  Class 4: Private Score/Part Review

                               -William Ross, Carl Rydlund

1:00pm - 2:30pm    --------------- Lunch Break ---------------

2:30pm - 5:30pm    Session 5: Chamber Orchestra (Participant cue read through)

                               -Jorge Mester, Conrad Pope


                               Private video review session following - Angel Velez

5:30pm - 7:30pm    --------------- Dinner Break ---------------

7:30pm - 9:00pm   Class 6: Conducting to Clicks - William Ross