Yannick Nézet-Séguin
(c) Alfonso Salgueiro

The Curtis Institute of Music announces that it will expand the scope of the school’s conducting program, creating a training program designed to provide the most promising young conductors with one-of-a-kind conducting mentorship in opera and symphonic repertoire. James Ross will join the faculty as Director of Orchestral Studies, starting in the 2024–25 school year.

As part of this appointment, conductor and current Curtis faculty member Yannick Nézet-Séguin will become the school’s Head of Conducting. Nézet-Séguin will oversee the full range of the school’s newly expanded conducting program and work individually with the conducting fellows in operatic and symphonic repertoire.

“The expansion of Curtis’s conducting program is exciting for the future of leadership in our field,” says Yannik Nézet-Séguin. “The idea that Curtis will help create conductors who are equally at home in the worlds of both operatic and orchestral conducting—as I am—is unique in this country. These two worlds, so different in format, are woven together by the common acts of singing, shaping, and reacting,” he continues.

Curtis also will increase the number of conducting fellows from two to three, and lengthen the duration of the program from two to three years. All of these changes will be in place at the start of the 2024-25 academic year.

  • Pizzicato

  • Archives