Symphony conductors learn their trade at Pierre Monteux School in Hancock

Posted July 07, 2014, at 11:03 a.m.
Daniel Peterson, 28, a Dallas, Texas, resident, goes over the score before it was his turn to take the podium to conduct at the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestra Musicians. When not conducting, Peterson plays the piano, and this is his first year attending the six-week-long course in Hancock.
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Daniel Peterson, 28, a Dallas, Texas, resident, goes over the score before it was his turn to take the podium to conduct at the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestra Musicians. When not conducting, Peterson plays the piano, and this is his first year attending the six-week-long course in Hancock. Buy Photo
Music Director Michael Jinbo (left) goes over the score with second year conducting student Jonathan Moore, 25, of Dallas, Texas during a break in the rehearsal at the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestra Musicians.  Jinbo first came here as a student in 1983, and he became the third Music Director after Charles Bruke's death 19 years ago. The school was founded in 1943 by French conductor Pierre Monteux and his wife, Doris Monteux.
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Music Director Michael Jinbo (left) goes over the score with second year conducting student Jonathan Moore, 25, of Dallas, Texas during a break in the rehearsal at the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestra Musicians. Jinbo first came here as a student in 1983, and he became the third Music Director after Charles Bruke's death 19 years ago. The school was founded in 1943 by French conductor Pierre Monteux and his wife, Doris Monteux. Buy Photo
Harpist Grace Cross during rehearsal at the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestra Musicians. Cross is originally from San Francisco, California, now she attends the Cleveland Institute of Music and this is her first year of taking part in the Monteux School's six-week-long course.
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Harpist Grace Cross during rehearsal at the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestra Musicians. Cross is originally from San Francisco, California, now she attends the Cleveland Institute of Music and this is her first year of taking part in the Monteux School's six-week-long course. Buy Photo
Second-year student Jonathan Moore, 25, of Dallas, Texas, during a rehearsal at the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestra Musicians. Moore is also a french horn player and — just like all other conducting students — plays in the orchestra when not conducting during the course.
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Second-year student Jonathan Moore, 25, of Dallas, Texas, during a rehearsal at the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestra Musicians. Moore is also a french horn player and — just like all other conducting students — plays in the orchestra when not conducting during the course. Buy Photo
Students are busy participating in rehearsals, concerts and practice sessions, morning and evening, nearly every day through the six-week-long course at the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestra Musicians in Hancock.
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Students are busy participating in rehearsals, concerts and practice sessions, morning and evening, nearly every day through the six-week-long course at the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestra Musicians in Hancock. Buy Photo
Members of the orchestra enthusiastically participate when Music Director Michael Jinbo asks them to make noise during portion of the music during the rehearsal at the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestra Musicians in Hancock.
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Members of the orchestra enthusiastically participate when Music Director Michael Jinbo asks them to make noise during portion of the music during the rehearsal at the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestra Musicians in Hancock. Buy Photo
Jordan Alfredson, 22, of Atlanta, Georgia, goes over the score before his turn to take the podium to conduct at the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestra Musicians.  Alfredson is one of the 15 conducting students this year and when not on the podium, he plays bassoon in the orchestra.
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Jordan Alfredson, 22, of Atlanta, Georgia, goes over the score before his turn to take the podium to conduct at the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestra Musicians. Alfredson is one of the 15 conducting students this year and when not on the podium, he plays bassoon in the orchestra. Buy Photo
Kyle Ritenauer, 25, of New York conducts during rehearsal at the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestra Musicians in Hancock.  Ritenauer, a percussionist and conducting student, has been participating in the course each summer since he was 20 years old.
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Kyle Ritenauer, 25, of New York conducts during rehearsal at the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestra Musicians in Hancock. Ritenauer, a percussionist and conducting student, has been participating in the course each summer since he was 20 years old. Buy Photo
David Rahbee, Conducting Associate, sorts through scores in the music library of the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestra Musicians in Hancock. Rahbee, now the Music Director of the University of Washington Symphony, was a student at the Monteux school for several years starting in 1994. This year he returned as staff member and violinist, assisting Music Director Michael Jinbo.
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David Rahbee, Conducting Associate, sorts through scores in the music library of the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestra Musicians in Hancock. Rahbee, now the Music Director of the University of Washington Symphony, was a student at the Monteux school for several years starting in 1994. This year he returned as staff member and violinist, assisting Music Director Michael Jinbo. Buy Photo
Ron Schwizer, Executive Director of the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestra Musicians in Hancock.
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Ron Schwizer, Executive Director of the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestra Musicians in Hancock. Buy Photo
Nathaniel Chase of New York practices before the rehearsal at the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestra Musicians in Hancock. Chase plays the double bass and is also a conducting student. This is his first year at the school.
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Nathaniel Chase of New York practices before the rehearsal at the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestra Musicians in Hancock. Chase plays the double bass and is also a conducting student. This is his first year at the school. Buy Photo

When we hear about symphonic music, concerts and conductors, we all think of large cities with crowded streets. Few of us would expect to find these things in the tiny town of Hancock, Maine.

In fact, the town has been home to the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestra Musicians since 1943. It has grown from classes taught with the aid of a single piano to a full orchestra of about 60 musicians and conductors participating in the course each summer. French conductor Pierre Monteux and his wife, Doris Monteux, founded the school after they settled in her home town of Hancock.

In the Monteux school’s 71-year history, Michael Jinbo is the third music director, having taken over from his mentor, Charles Bruck, who was himself one of Pierre Monteux’s students in France.

The school draws students from all over the U.S. and abroad, and many of them return to the six-week-long course for several years. The school does not only hold classes; musicians and conductors also perform symphony concerts every Sunday while the school is in session.

For more information about the school and for concert schedules, visit www.monteuxschool.org.

 

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