The Conducting Fellowship Program at the Cortona Sessions for New Music is returning for the 2018 Sessions. Fellowships will be awarded to up to 4 conductors based on submitted audition materials. Conducting Fellows will receive a scholarship of $850, reducing tuition for the Sessions to $1,200. Opportunities for Conducting Fellows will include:

  • conduct at least one world premiere ensemble work with Sessions performers/faculty
  • conducting lessons/classes with Chris Younghoon Kim
  • conduct at least one work for small ensemble from the new music 'canon' featuring Sessions performers/faculty

All Conducting Fellows will have the opportunity to enjoy all other aspects of the Sessions, including the excursion to Florence (round-trip train provided), and all other concerts, classes, and events. More specifics about the Fellowship will be provided following the application process.


2018 Conducting Faculty

Chris Younghoon Kim


deadline:  December 1, 2018 (email)
eligibility:  all conductors age 18 and over
application fee:  $25 (paid online via PayPal)
tuition:  $1,200USD

paid online via PayPal - can be paid in installments w/authorization


tuition includes:

  • 14 nights in Hotel Oasi Neumann w/breakfast 
  • round-trip train to Florence
  • attendance/participation in all festival events


additional/supplemental cost  

single room:  $300 (for saxophone sessions, $210)
wine tour:  €150 (paid in Cortona - cash preferred)


application form

Please complete and submit the online application form.


supplemental materials

In addition to the application form, please submit the following:

  • a video or links to videos demonstrating your conducting ability - at least three contrasting pieces (one should be from the 20th/21st Century)

  • current CV

  • repertoire list

  • contact info for a recommendor who can comment on the applicant in both professional and social settings

email all supplemental materials to: