Conducting Apprenticeship

Second International Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Sir Georg Solti Conducting Apprenticeship
Riccardo Muti, Music Director


Attention all applicants: The application process for the 2013 Solti Conducting Apprenticeship is now closed.

If you have any questions please or call 312-294-3102.

The CSO invites young conductors to apply for a two-year conducting apprenticeship. The winning candidate, chosen by an international jury chaired by Maestro Riccardo Muti, will have unique access to the CSO’s music director and to key guest conductors of the CSO.

Both Riccardo Muti and his predecessor Sir Georg Solti (CSO music director 1969–91) followed the same traditional path to their conducting careers through their work in the opera house. Maestro Muti remains passionate about the importance of a conductor’s ability to rehearse with an artist at the piano.


Up to 10 applicants will be invited to Chicago for the semifinals and finals in June 2013, during which candidates will be asked to demonstrate their ability at the piano as well as on the podium. Semifinalists will be notified by March 5, 2013. Hotel accommodation will be provided. Applicants are responsible for their own travel arrangements and expenses, though in certain cases it may be possible to provide small travel stipends.

Semifinals: June 5–7, 2013  |  Finals: June 8, 2013

For both semifinal and final rounds, each candidate will be required to lead a piano coaching session, preparing and accompanying a singer from the vocal score, and to rehearse and conduct the Civic Orchestra of Chicago in both orchestral and operatic repertoire.


As the CSO’s Conducting Fellow, the winning candidate will have invaluable access to observe and study with preeminent musical leaders. The apprenticeship offers the opportunity, over two consecutive seasons, to spend at least four weeks a year in Chicago studying with CSO Music Director Riccardo Muti, Helen Regenstein Conductor Emeritus Pierre Boulez and other guest conductors of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.

The two-year apprenticeship includes a $20,000 cash award each year to the winning candidate. Travel, lodging and other expenses up to $10,000 per year will be reimbursed to the winning candidate. The cash award is subject to all applicable income and withholding taxes.


Without exception, applicants must be aged 35 or under on June 8, 2013. Board members, employees and volunteers of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association and The Claire Rosen & Samuel Edes Foundation and the relatives of those persons are not eligible to enter.



Bartók Concerto for Orchestra - Boosey
v. Finale
Beethoven Symphony No 5 in C Minor, Op 67 – Breitkopf
i. Allegro con brio
Brahms Symphony No 2 in D Major, Op 73 - Breitkopf
ii. Adagio non troppo
Bruckner Symphony No 7 in E Major - Nowak
i. Allegro moderato
ii. Adagio: Sehr feierlich und sehr langsam
Mahler Symphony No 1 in D Major - Ratz
i. Langsam, Schleppend, Immer sehr gemächlich
Mozart Symphony No 40 in G Minor, K550 - Barenreiter
iv. Allegro assai
Schubert Symphony No 4 in C Minor, D417 - Barenreiter
i. Adagio molto – Allegro vivace
Stravinsky The Firebird: Suite 1919 (ed. McAlister)
(from Infernal Dance to the end)
Tchaikovsky Symphony No 6 in B Minor, Op 74 (Pathétique) - Breitkopf
iv. Finale: Adagio lamentoso


Beethoven Fidelio - Breitkopf
Gott! welch’ Dunkel hier!... In des Lebens Frühlingstagen...
Und spür’ ich nicht linde, sanftsäuselnde Luft? (Florestan)
Bellini Norma - Ricordi
Io nei volumi arcani…Casta diva (Norma)
Mozart Così fan tutte - Barenreiter
Come scoglio (Fiordiligi)
Verdi Otello- Ricordi, revised Zedda
Era più calmo?… Mia madre aveva una povera ancella...
O Salce! Salce!... Ave Maria (Desdemona)


The Chicago Symphony Orchestra is consistently hailed as one of today’s leading orchestras. In collaboration with preeminent conductors and guest artists on the international music scene, the CSO performs well over 120 concerts each year at its downtown home, Symphony Center, and at the Ravinia Festival on Chicago’s North Shore, where it is in residence each summer.

Founded in 1891, the CSO has been led by such distinguished artists as Fritz Reiner, Daniel Barenboim and Sir Georg Solti, who served from 1969 until 1991. Riccardo Muti was appointed the CSO’s tenth music director, beginning in the 2010/11 season. During his first two seasons, he won two Grammy® Awards for the recording of Verdi’s Messa da Requiem on the Orchestra’s own CSO Resound label, has taken the Orchestra and Chorus to Carnegie Hall and has led the Orchestra on international tours to 12 cities including Vienna, Moscow and Rome. For more information about the CSO, visit


Founded by the CSO’s second Music Director Frederick Stock in 1919, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago is the only training orchestra of its kind affiliated with a major American orchestra. Civic Orchestra musicians have won permanent positions within the CSO and others have gone on to posts in world-class ensembles around the globe. A signature initiative of the CSO’s Negaunee Music Institute, the Civic Orchestra serves as a valued resource and community partner in Chicago by presenting high-quality, free orchestral and chamber concerts at Symphony Center as well as in community and school venues.


Funding for the Sir Georg Solti Conducting Apprenticeship is provided by a generous grant from The Claire Rosen & Samuel Edes Foundation. The Foundation’s deep commitment to education and the arts in America will provide a promising young artist the financial means to focus exclusively on their work with the CSO and Maestro Muti.



Selection Process

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To apply, download the application form below and follow the instructions.

Download Application (PDF)


• Completed application form
• Full resume including future plans
• A photocopy of the photo page from the applicant’s passport
• One or more letters of recommendation (original copies) from musicians or administrators who know the applicant’s work
• Two copies of DVD containing recent video recordings of the following:
1. Conducting an orchestra; two or more works of applicant’s choice, preferably to include a 20th or 21st century work
2. Coaching or accompanying a soloist (instrumentalist or vocalist) at the piano. (If possible, NTSC formatted DVDs are preferable; however, PAL DVDs will be accepted.)


Second International Chicago
Symphony Orchestra Sir Georg Solti
Conducting Apprenticeship
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
220 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60604, USA

Application form and supporting materials must be received in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra office on or before November 1, 2012. Courier/mail services with mail tracking are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Late entries will not be accepted. Application materials will not be returned.

If you have any questions,