British and American Conductors




July 30 - August 4, 2018
Glendale Community College
Glendale, California


Brahms Symphony No. 1
Mozart, Symphony No. 35, "Haffner"
Mendelssohn, Symphony No. 4, "Italian" (original/unrevised version)


The Los Angeles Conducting Institute, in collaboration with the Department of Music at Glendale Community College, is pleased to announce the 2018 Conducting Workshop. Maestro Neil Thomson, one of the most  widely-respected and versatile British conductors will lead the highly anticipated workshop alongside Dr. Scott Weiss, an internationally acclaimed American conductor and Distinguished Professor of Music.


Maestro Neil Thomson was Head of Conducting Program at the Royal College of Music (RCM) in London. He is the youngest-ever incumbent of this post in 1992 – 2006. He was made an Honorary Member of the RCM in 1994 for his excellent services to the institution and for his an enviable reputation as an orchestral conducting teacher and conductor.


Maestro Thomson is one of the best conducting mentors throughout Europe. He has served as Guest Professor at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Krakow Academy of Music, the Conservatoire "Arrigo Boito" in Parma and the Lithuanian Academy of Music. In 2002, he was invited by Lorin Maazel to be on the jury for the European rounds of the Maazel Conducting Competition in 2007. He was on the jury alongside with Gunther Schuller at the Eduardo Mata International Conducting Competition in Mexico City.


Neil Thomson currently serves as Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the Orquestra Filarmonica de Goias in Brazil since March 2014. He has conducted orchestras all over the world including the London Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia, London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra in Denmark and the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra. In May 2005, he was invited to conduct the 50th Anniversary Memorial Concert for George Enescu with the Romanian National Orchestra.


He has made successful débuts with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Israel Symphony Orchestra, the Orquestra Sinfonica do Porto, the WDR Rundfunkorchester, Koln, the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera, the Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra, the Northern Sinfonia, the Ulster Orchestra, the Orchestra of Opera North, the Britten Sinfonia, the Lahti Symphony orchestra and the Nordic Youth Orchestra.

He has performed with many distinguished soloists including Sir James Galway, Dame Moura Lympany, Sir Thomas Allen, Dame Felicity Lott, Philip Langridge, Sarah Chang, Antonio Meneses Steven Isserlis, Julian Lloyd Webber, David Geringas, Natalie Clein, Ittai Shapira, Gyorgy Pauk, Brett Dean, Jean-Philippe Collard, Stephen Hough, Peter Jablonski, and Sir Richard Rodney Bennett. Recent collaborations include a Schumann Cello Concerto with Steven Isserlis, an opera gala with Danielle de Niese, a tour in Brazil with Antonio Meneses, Liszt Second Piano Concerto and Brahms Second Piano Concerto with Stephen Hough, the premiere of Joseph Phibb’s new Percussion Concerto with Dame Evelyn Glennie and a rare performance of the complete Incidental Music from ‘Hassan’ by Delius at the Cheltenham Festival. Recordings include a disc of American contemporary music with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Tchaikovsky Second Piano Concerto with Alexander Gavrylyuk and the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra and a disc of orchestral music by Cesar Guerra-Peixe with the Orquestra Filarmonica de Goias.


Born in 1966, Neil Thomson studied with Norman Del Mar at the Royal College of Music in London and later at Tanglewood with Leonard Bernstein and Kurt Sanderling.


Dr. Scott Weiss is the Sarah Bolick Smith Distinguished Professor of Music and the Director of Orchestral  Activities at the University of South Carolina where he is the Music Director and Conductor of the USC Symphony Orchestra. He holds an undergraduate degree from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and both a master’s and a doctoral degree from the University of Illinois where he studied conducting with Donald Schleicher. Prior to his tenure at the University of South Carolina, Weiss held conducting posts at the
University of Kansas and the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.


Scott Weiss maintains an active international conducting schedule, including recent concerts in China with the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, the Hunan Symphony Orchestra, the Nanchang Philharmonic, the Shandong Symphony Orchestra, and the Inner Mongolia Symphony Orchestra. His 2018 schedule includes his debut with the Tianjin Opera Symphony Orchestra and return engagements with the Inner Mongolia Symphony Orchestra and the Nanchang Philharmonic.


Dr. Weiss’s graduate conducting studio at the University of South Carolina is an international draw for talented young conductors, and former conducting students of his hold major professional and academic positions throughout the world. He is frequently invited to conduct performances and teach masterclasses at leading music schools and conservatoires, including the Central Conservatory of Music (Beijing), the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and the University of Western Australia.


Weiss has recorded several critically-acclaimed CD’s on the Naxos and Summit Records labels. A passionate advocate of new music, he has commissioned and premiered dozens of works by many of today’s leading composers, including Jennifer Higdon, Nico Muhly, Mohammed Fairouz, Joseph Schwanter, and William Bolcom.


Conductors of all ages are welcome to apply for this opportunity to study with Maestro Thomson and Maestro Weiss, and conduct an all-professional orchestra in a weeklong workshop culminating in a final concert.


Fellows and Associates will work with full orchestra and string quintet.



  • Brahms - Symphony No. 1

  • Mozart - Symphony No. 35, “Haffner”

  • Mendelssohn – Symphony No. 4, “Italian” (original/unrevised version)



  • Fellows (12) - $2,500.

  • Associates (8) - $1,500.

  • Auditors - $750.

  • Application Fee - $50. Non-refundable

  • The 12 Fellow conductors will conduct in the final concert.


Application Procedure


Deadline for Application is June 30, 2018