Chaowen Ting, the conductor and director of the Georgia Tech Symphony Orchestra, enjoyed a rare opportunity this summer. She was chosen to participate in the prestigious Tanglewood Conducting Seminar, which is the Boston Symphony Orchestra's summer academy for advanced musical study. The Tanglewood Music Center, where legendary composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein taught and directed orchestra for over 40 years, offers an intensive schedule of study and performance for emerging professional instrumentalists, singers, conductors, and composers who have completed most of their formal study.
During her visit, Ting attended conducting classes taught by the TMC head of the conducting program, Stefan Asbury, and observed BSO rehearsals and other masterclasses. The opportunity to learn from world-famous musicians, as well as the chance to have conducting lessons in the same room where Bernstein used to teach himself, was not an opportunity Ting will ever forget. “Tanglewood was truly amazing and I was very honored to be selected as a member of the conducting seminar. The opportunity to observe great musicians including Andris Nelsons, Yo-Yo Ma, and John Williams work together was life-changing, and I am excited to share what I have learned this summer with all my ensemble musicians," says Ting.