Springfield Symphony/SDCO Conducting Workshop

Hosted by the Springfield (MO) Symphony Orchestra, Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra, and Drury University, this workshop will provide aspiring conductors the opportunity to work with a professional chamber ensemble of Springfield Symphony musicians in a nurturing environment. Each participant will receive 25-30 minutes of podium time as well as a preparatory session with the workshop clinicians.



Kyle Wiley Pickett

In the first decade of his career, Kyle Wiley Pickett has established himself as a true triple-threat music director: a talented and visionary musician who has earned the respect of players, soloists, boards, and audiences, an ambitious fund-raiser with an impressive track record of orchestra building, and a charismatic cultural leader in the communities he serves. (Read more...)

Christopher Koch

Christopher Koch is currently associate professor of music and Director of Orchestras and Wind Symphony at Drury University, Music Director of the Springfield Regional Opera, and Music Director of the Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra. Under his direction, Drury ensembles have toured regionally and performed at the Missouri and Arkansas Music Educator’s Association conventions. (Read more...)


  • Dumbarton Oaks.......Igor Stravinsky
  • Siegfried Idyll......Richard Wagner


  • Friday, February 23 (Drury Clara Thompson Hall)
    7 - 8:30 p.m. - Opening Session

  • Saturday, February 24 (Drury Clara Thompson Hall)
    Orchestra Session 1: 9 a.m. - Noon
    Orchestra Session 2: 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.


Workshop tuition is $450, payable upon acceptance.

Hotel Recommendations

Accommodation is at the discretion of each participant--there are many options within a 5 minute drive of the workshop site.  Please email Christopher Koch ( if you would like recommendations.

Application Procedure

Please complete the online form below also including:

  1. Your CV
  2. An online link to 8-10 minutes of conducting footage (may be any type of ensemble)
  3. $25 Application Fee (non-refundable but will apply to tuition for attendees)


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