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Applications were being accepted for this unique program that will allow a select number of talented local high school students the opportunity to conduct the Burbank Philharmonic in rehearsal and performance, while gaining valuable experience in many aspects of the Music Director’s job, including conducting, score study, rehearsal technique, and more.  Participants will receive one-on-one instruction and coaching from the orchestra’s Music Director, Michael Stanley, and Conductor Laureate Steven Kerstein.  Deadline for submission was 12/15/23.  Check back in late 2024 when applications will reopen for 2025.

The 2024 Discovery Conductor is Elise Fukuda, a junior at Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts in downtown Los Angeles, where she plays viola in the orchestra and sings in the Vocal Jazz choir.  She conducted the Theme to Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake with the Burbank Philharmonic on March 16, 2024.

Discovery Conductor Project


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