Next Retreat:

June 30- July 18, 2021


Kenneth Kiesler

Founder and Director; Score-study and Conducting

Kenneth Kiesler, GRAMMY nominee, is one of the most prominent conductors of his generation, and one of the world’s most sought-after mentors to conductors. He has been Director of Orchestras and Professor of Conducting at the University of Michigan since 1995.  He has conducted many of the world’s leading ensembles, led many world premiere performances, and directed several acclaimed recordings. Kiesler’s complete recording of the L’Orestie, a stage work for large orchestra, chorus and soloists by Darius Milhaud, a 3 CD set released by Naxos in September of 2014, was nominated for a 2015 GRAMMY Award for Best Opera Recording. His recording of Evan Chambers’ orchestral song cycle The Old Burying Ground, was released on the Dorian Sono Luminus label in 2010. Donald Rosenberg, in Gramophone Magazine, said, "The performance is a luminous reflection of Chambers' sympathetic vision. Kenneth Kiesler shapes the score with a keen ear for balance, pacing and nuance."  Of his 2008 debut with The Chamber Orchestra of Paris, critic Roger Bouchard stated, “There do exist great American conductors, and Kiesler is one of them!  Standing on behalf of the music he serves, he conducts from memory with unaffected gestures both precise and passionate.  Nothing is unnecessary in his conducting; yet everything is there. Very beautiful work!"

Kiesler’s conducting students have won top prizes in many of the worlds’ major international competitions such as the Maazel/Vilar, Eduardo Mata, Donatella Flick, and Nicolai Malko Competitions, and hold positions with major orchestras, opera companies, and music schools worldwide. 

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William Marvin

Aural Skills

William Marvin is Associate Professor of Music Theory at the Eastman School of Music, where his teaching is devoted to undergraduate and graduate courses in aural musicianship and tonal analysis, with an emphasis on Schenkerian theory and analysis of nineteenth century opera. He has been awarded the University of Rochester’s Edward Peck Curtis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.  He is currently the editor of the Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy, reviews editor of Theory and Practice, and is past president of the Music Theory Society of New York State.

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Elinore Morin

Alexander Technique

Elinore Morin has been an internationally certified teacher of the Alexander Technique since 1986.   She is a senior teaching member of both the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique in London and the American Society for the Alexander Technique. 

In addition to her Alexander Technique teaching credentials, Elinore holds a BA degree in Philosophy and Viola from Oberlin (Ohio) College and Conservatory, as well as an MM degree in Viola Performance from Michigan State University. A professional orchestral violist and accomplished vocalist, Elinore applies particular insight to teaching the Alexander Technique to conductors. 

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Steven Whiting

History, Analysis, Expression

Steven M. Whiting is a professor of musicology at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, where he has taught courses in the history of European art music and the history of Broadway musical theater since 1991.  As our “resident musicologist" for many years, he has inspired and enlightened participants with his presentations on the historical and cultural contexts of our repertoire as well as analytical strategies and their expressive consequences.

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Adrian Slywotzky


Adrian Slywotzky is a recent prizewinner of the Atlantic Coast International Conducting Competition (Portugal, 2016) and the Audite International Conducting Competition (Poland, 2017).  He currently serves as Associate Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, as a teaching fellow for the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, and for the spring of 2019 as conductor of the Cornell Symphony Orchestra.  

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