The History of the Queens College Conductors Workshop
The Queens College Conductors Workshop was established by Maestro Maurice Peress in 2010 and modeled after the Conductors Institute of South Carolina. It began as an investment for conductors to refine their technique and develop their music making and exposing conductors to the unique challenges of contemporary repertoire and living composers. In particular, Maestro Peress shared his knowledge amassed over 50 years as an active conductor who crossed musical boundaries of jazz and world music, and who worked with Leonard Bernstein, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, and more.
The QCCW continues on with his protege Tong Chen, long-time faculty member of the QCCW, and interim director of the Queens College Orchestra. The QCCW and its faculty maintain the dedication to artistry, intense score study, as well as the practical sides of conducting including working and building relationships with professional, college, and community orchestras, and career development.