The Defiant Requiem Foundation is pleased to announce its first-ever conducting associate program for up to 5 conductors.  Program participants will attend a 4-day workshop in Washington, DC, where they will learn about the arts and humanities as practiced by the prisoners in the Theresienstadt (Terezín) concentration camp in general and receive training specific to the Foundation’s critically acclaimed concert-dramas Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín and Hours of Freedom: The Story of the Terezín Composer.

Training will include one-on-one instruction from Foundation president and creative director, Murry Sidlin, who co-founded the Aspen Music Festival’s American Academy of Conducting and taught conducting at Aspen for 33 summers, is currently professor of conducting at The Catholic University of America, and has held distinguished posts with the National, Baltimore, and Oregon Symphonies, among others.  Participants will also have individual coaching sessions with renowned director and acting coach, Jay Brock, in addition to group instruction.  The musical portions of the program will be accompanied by celebrated collaborative pianist, Arlene Shrut, who regularly performs the piano-only version of Defiant Requiem.  Each day will include historical background on the cultural life of Terezín and the backstory of the Foundation’s programs, repertoire study (Verdi Requiem and the chamber music performed in Hours of Freedom), and instruction and coaching of participants in the role of “conductor-narrator.”

Participants who successfully complete the program will be invited to plan and conduct presentations of Defiant Requiem and/or Hours of Freedom with their own ensembles in future seasons utilizing Foundation provided materials and supported by Foundation staff, and may also be asked to cover and assist with scheduled Foundation performances of these works.

Dates: Monday, June 10, through Thursday, June 13, 2019, 10am-4pm each day
Location: Sidwell Friends School, 3825 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20016
Stipend: Participants will be responsible for their own transportation and lodging for the workshop.  A stipend of $2500 will be provided to help defray these costs.
Application Deadline: The deadline to apply is April 15, 2019.  Accepted applicants will be notified by May 1, 2019.

Application Requirements
Candidates should have professional conducting experience, preferably as a staff member with a professional, regional, metropolitan, academic, or community orchestra; and experience speaking to audiences from the concert stage.  Preference will be given to candidates who currently hold titled posts and can program performances of Defiant Requiem and Hours of Freedom in the near future.

To apply, please send the requested application materials to:

Murry Sidlin, President and Creative Director
The Defiant Requiem Foundation
5506 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 24
Washington, DC 20015

Application materials:

  • A cover letter explaining why you are interested in this program. Additionally, please indicate in the letter if you have studied and/or conducted the Verdi Requiem.
  • A professional CV.
  • Contact information for two professional musical references.
  • Video (with audio) of you conducting at least two contrasting works/styles.
  • A recording of you narrating the required script excerpts which can be found here.

For other questions, or to submit your application materials electronically, please contact Mark Rulison, General Manager of The Defiant Requiem Foundation at mrulison@defiantrequiem.org or (617) 529-3037.