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Beginning in the 2007-08 season, the BSO with Music Director Marin Alsop and the Peabody Institute with Gustav Meier, in partnership with the League of American Orchestras, launched its Conducting Fellows Program, a collaborative endeavor modeled after the League’s American Conducting Fellows Program, established in 2002. This marked the first partnership of its kind in the country between a conservatory and a symphony orchestra. The Baltimore partnership is a unique one-year program designed to provide exceptionally talented conductors in the early stages of their careers an opportunity to hone their skills in an unpaid role before assuming a role with a professional orchestra. In conjunction with the initial partnership team, the BSO and the Peabody Institute, the League played an important guiding role in helping the two institutions develop a comprehensive program agenda and curriculum, and also assisted with evaluations of the program during the pilot period. Benefits of the conducting fellowship include continuous on-site training with the BSO and academic studies at Peabody and Johns Hopkins Krieger School of Arts and Sciences.

The BSO-Peabody Conducting Fellows: Where are they now?

Check in on where some of our fellows are now!

Ilyich Rivas (AD '11, Conducting)

• conducted the YouTube Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House in 2011
• made his official debut at the Royal Festival Hall with the LondonPhilharmonic Orchestra in 2014
• active career leading both symphonies and opera on many of Europe's most prestigious stages

Lee Mills (GPD '11, AD '12, Conducting)

• resident conductor of the Orquestra Sinfonica Brasileira
• winner of the Solti Foundation U.S. 2014 Career Assistance Award
• assistant conductor of the National Youth Orchestra of the United States in 2014

Alexandra Arrieche (AD '13, Conducting)

• first female music director of the Henderson (Nev.) Symphony Orchestra
• principal conductor of “Night of the Proms”

Michael Repper

• music director of the New York Youth Symphony at Carnegie Hall
• music director of the Northern Neck Orchestra in Virginia
• assistant conductor of the ConcertArtists of Baltimore
• managing director of the Chamber Music Society of Maryland
• music director of the Baltimore Basilica

Gonzalo Farias (GPD '18, Conducting)

• served as music director of the Joliet Symphony Orchestra in Illinois
• studied at the Jarvi Academy under the mentorship of Paavo and Neeme Jarvi
• attended the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors, where he was awarded the Osher Scholar Prize