The Mahler Conducting Fellowship

May 14-22, 2016

cropped-blocks_image_6_1.pngThe Colorado MahlerFest, Kenneth Woods- Artistic Director, is proud to announce the launch of the new Mahler Conducting Fellowship program for outstanding young professional conductors.

Beginning in 2016, MahlerFest will invite 2-3 fellows to participate in the festival as assistant conductors. Fellows will attend daily score study and seminar sessions with the Artistic Director, work with guest lecturers and speakers and conduct in a public masterclass.


Kenneth Woods- Artistic Director- Colorado MahlerFest, Principal Conductor- English Symphony Orchestra, Founder and Director- Rose City International Conductors’ Workshop. Woods is one of today’s most influential and prolific recording artists and a leading conducting pedagogue who as taught at conservatories, festivals and universities across the USA, Canada and UK. He will be working with the Fellows on a daily basis throughout the festival on score study, technique and career development.

Peter Davison– Symposium speaker. Artistic Consultant, The Bridgwater Hall. Peter Davison is a leading expert on Mahler’s music and programmed the Mahler in Manchester Festival in 2010, an event which won the Royal Philharmonic Society Award for UK Festival of the Year. He will be speaking at the MahlerFest symposium and leading a score study session on Mahler 7.

Kurt Schwertsik- Visiting Composer. Schwertsik is a founder of the “Third Viennese School.” He served as hornist of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra (from 1968) while teaching Composition at the Konservatorium Wien (from 1979). Between 1989 and 2004 he was Professor of Composition at the Vienna Musikhochschule . He received the Grand Austrian State Prize (1992), the Austrian Decoration for Science and Art (1997) and numerous other awards. He will be speaking about his music at the MahlerFest Symposium and speaking to the Fellows about conducting contemporary music.


As assistant conductors:

Gustav Mahler- Symphony no. 7 (critical edition ed. Reinhold Kubik)

Kurt Schwertsik- Nachtmusiken (published by Boosey and Hawkes)

For the public masterclass:

Gustav Mahler arr. Erwin Stein- Symphony no. 4 (published by Josef Weinberger, distributed in the USA by Boosey and Hawkes)


Please apply via email to

Include a CV, a brief cover letter, two recommendations and a link to a recent video of your conducting.


Applicants will be informed of their status by 15 March, 2016

Tuition and fees

Participation in the Mahler Fellowship Program is generously supported by Colorado MahlerFest and our educational concerts. All students accepted will receive a full scholarship worth $1,925.

Where possible, the Festival will arrange for Fellows to homestay with friends of the festival. Fellows are responsible for their own travel to and from Boulder, Colorado and their own daily expenses while at the Festival. Fellows are expected to provide their own scores using the editions specified above.