Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview

Applications now being accepted for the League of American Orchestras' 2018 Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview

Hosted by the Nashville Symphony
Giancarlo Guerrero, Music Director
April 3-4, 2018

Application Deadline: Monday, December 4, 2017 (midnight)

About the League's 2018 Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview 

Since 1995, The League's Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview has showcased 85 conductors, with more than 50 orchestras engaging participants in conductor/music director appointments as a direct result.

Selected conductors will rehearse a 20-minute program of contrasting musical selections, culminating in a free public concert at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, Tennessee. This concert performance will be streamed live, then promoted to industry professionals and the general public. It will be posted online for 45 days.

Participants will have the opportunity to network with industry professionals in attendance and to receive feedback and mentorship by Nashville Symphony musicians and Maestro Guerrero, an alumni of the 2001 Preview. Up to six conductors will be selected. 

Past participants include Carlos Miguel Prieto, music director of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and the YOA Orchestra of the Americas; Mei-Ann Chen, music director of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and Chicago Sinfonietta; and Laura Jackson, music director of the Reno Philharmonic.

Eligibility Requirements

  • All conductors with professional League memberships in good standing are welcome to apply. Not a member? Join now.
  • Applicants are beyond student/conservatory education, with a minimum of two years paid professional work with an orchestra.
  • Applicants are committed to a career in service to American orchestras.
  • Applicants are prepared for a staff conducting and/or music directorship position in a major American orchestra.
  • Without exception, applicants will be available to participate for the Preview’s entire duration. Selected conductors are required to arrive Monday, April 2, 2018.
  • Selected participants are responsible for their own travel and lodging.

Application Procedure

  • Complete the online application form
    • Resume
    • Conducting video samples
  • Pay $75 application fee 

To download a PDF copy of the application guidelines, click here.

Questions? Contact James Barry at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The 2018 Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview is made possible by a generous gift from Martha Rivers Ingram. Additional support is provided by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.