Two Fellows are chosen each year to conduct both orchestra and smaller ensembles. Fellows interact with BSO guest conductors, soloists, and musicians in a variety of formats, including rehearsal observation, classes, score study sessions, and informal discussions. Conducting Fellows work closely with other TMC faculty on special projects, including classes on concerto accompanying with such artists as Emanuel Ax and Garrick Ohlsson, and in concerts that involve Vocal Arts Program Fellows and faculty, under the leadership of Dawn Upshaw. Conducting Fellows have significant involvement in the Festival of Contemporary Music, often giving the world premieres of TMC-commissioned works.
As part of the Boston Symphony's new alliance with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, 2022 applicants accepted to the TMC Conducting Program will be considered to participate in a residency of up to eight weeks in Leipzig, during which they will work closely with Andris Nelsons, conduct a program with the Mendelssohn-Orchesterakademie of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, and work with other major musical organizations such as St. Thomas' Church and Opera Leipzig.
Each summer, a small group of student conductors is selected from finalists for the Fellowship and invited to attend Tanglewood for a period of up to two weeks, so that they can become familiar with all that Tanglewood has to offer. During their time on campus, Seminarians attend conducting classes with reading ensemble, observe the full working process of TMCO and BSO concert sequences, and live in the manner of regular TMC Fellows, with room and board provided.