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NYU Summer Intensive in Musical Theatre Conducting

Ted Sperling, renowned Broadway musical director, will lead a select group of students in an intensive training seminar devoted to the art of musical direction for theatre. High priority will be devoted to conducting technique through daily masterclasses, both with the baton and without, to instill confidence leading an orchestra and cast. The art of collaboration will be explored with guest artists including directors, choreographers, arrangers, actors, copyists, and programmers. Opportunities to conduct a Broadway-style orchestra will be provided in the second week. The class will meet on weekdays between the hours of 10:30 am and 4:30 pm.


Program Dates

July 18-29, 2022

Application Deadline

Priority Deadline: April 1, 2022
Final Deadline: May 1, 2022

Costs and Fees

Non-Refundable Application Fee: $55
$2,400 (Tuition)
$1,168 (On-Campus Housing $808, Required Meal Plan $360)
$50 (Evening/Weekend Activity Fee)

Intended For

High school through adult

Audition Requirements

  • Resume that includes your experience working as conductor/music director, as well as any other pertinent musical qualifications. 
  • Video recording: Conducting video no longer than 10 minutes. We appreciate that some may not have a conducting video from a live performance. This will not impact your acceptance. Videos of you conducting to a recording are acceptable. Material can be from a show or from a classical work.
  • Optional recording of you as an instrumentalist or singer. Can be video or audio.


Guest Faculty

Rob Berman:  Music Director of "Encores" series, Bright Star, Finian's Rainbow, Wonderful Town

Kelli O'Hara: Tony Award-winning star of The King and I, Kiss Me Kate, South Pacific, Bridges of Madison County, The Light in the Piazza

Christopher Gattelli: Tony Award-winning choreographer and director of My Fair Lady, SpongeBob SquarePantsThe Cher Show, Newsies, South Pacific

Bartlett Sher: Tony Award-winning director of To Kill a MockingbirdMy Fair Lady, Fiddler on the Roof, Oslo, The King and I, South Pacific, The Light in the Piazza

Jonathan Tunick: Tony Award-winning orchestrator of Sweeney Todd, Company, Follies, Titanic, A Chorus Line

Belinda Whitney: Concertmaster, My Fair Lady, The King and I, South Pacific, Beauty and the Beast, City of Angels

Wayne du Maine: Trumpet and conductor, My Fair Lady, The King and I, The Scottsboro Boys, Titanic

John Miller: Music coordinator, 100+ Broadway shows including Hairspray, The Producers, Ain't Too Proud, Waitress, Natasha and Pierre

Summer 2022 Application

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