• Who is this for?

    From the Beginners to Professionals


    Are you auditioning for music director/assistant conductor position? Are you new at conducting in the secondary school or university setting? Are you just starting to conduct opera or ballet? Perhaps you might be looking for a feedback while you are working in the professional field. We can tailer our one-on-one sessions to achieve your goals at your own pace.


    Are you preparing for orchestra auditions? How can you be one step ahead of other players? Wether this is your first time or you have taken auditions numerous times, it is always helpful to have second ear to hear what you are doing right and what you are doing wrong. You will hear an insight to what is being considered on the other side of the curtain. This may help your preparation to be effective and efficient.

  • Description

    Online Conducting Lessons with Shizuo Z Kuwahara

    We will have sessions using online communication programs such as Zoom, Skype, FaceTime, Facebook Messenger.


    Here is a list of possible topics and agendas:

    • Conducting Opera, Ballet, Orchestra, Wind Ensemble
    • Fundamental, Skills, Score Reading, Physical Coordination and Gestures
    • Video Recording Review & Feedback
    • Musical Analysis and Interpretation
    • Rehearsal Preparation
    • Performance Practice
    • Edition, Revision, Editing, Parts Preparations, Resources
    • Preparing for a College Audition
    • Preparation for a Conducting Competition
    • Applying for Positions: Music Director, Assistant Conductor, Academics
    • Job Application / Resume Feedback

    Audition Preparation and feedback for Instrumentalists

    This one-on-one session provides an opportunity for instrumentalists to receive a feedback from a conductor's perspective in preparation for your auditions. We will use online communication programs such as Zoom, Skype, FaceTime, Facebook Messenger. You may be asked to send pdf of your excerpts and prepared piece ahead of time.

  • Price


    For professional / university conductors, conducting majors and amateur conductors


    $100 / €85 per session (approx. 90 min.)


    For secondary school teachers


    $50 / €45 per session (approx. 60 min.)

    Audition Preparation for Musicians (instrumentalists)


    $70 / €60 per session (approx. 60 min.)

    Training Package


    10 sessions for the price of 9 sessions

    (paid in full before the second session, valid for 1 year)

  • Geting started

    Please leave the information below and a brief description of what you like to achieve.

  • Shizuo Z Kuwahara



    The Mariinsky Theatre, Principal Guest Conductor

    Sonic City, Artistic Partner of New Opera

    Augusta Symphony Orchestra, Music Director

    Philadelphia Orchestra, Conducting Fellow

    Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Associate / Assistant Conductor

    IPPO Philharmoniker, Principal Conductor

    Saito Kinen Festival, Assistant Conductor

    The Pacific Music Festival, Assistant Conductor

    College of William & Mary, Assistant Professor of Music

    American University, Assistant Professor of Music


    First Place, Georg Solti International Conducting Competition

    Second Place, Ionel Perlea International Conducting Competition

    Third Place, Malko International Conducting Competition

    Honorable Mention, Tokyo International Conducting Competition

    Honorable Mention, Prokofiev International Conducting Competition

    Honorable Mention, Fitelberg International Conducting Competition

    Semi- Finalist, Maazel-Vilar Conductor's Competition


    Yale University, New Haven, CT

    Master of Music: Orchestral Conducting

    • Charles Ives Conducting Fellowship Award (Full Scholarship)
    • The Eleazar de Carvalho Prize

    Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY

    Master of Music: Orchestral Conducting (1 semester)

    • Conducting Fellowship Award (Full Scholarship)

    Bachelor of Music: Music Education & Instrumental Performance

    • George Eastman Scholarship
    • Certificate from the Arts Leadership Program
    • Performer’s Certificate

    Other Participated Institutions

    European American Musical Alliance, Paris, France

    National Conducting Institute, Washington, D.C.

    Chautauqua Music Institute, Chautauqua, NY

    Aspen Music Festival - American Academy of Conducting, Aspen, CO

    The Pierre Monteux School for Conductors, Hancock, ME

    Le Domaine Forget, Quebec, Canada

    The Conductor’s Institute of Opera Conducting, Charleston, SC

    The Conductor’s Institute at South Carolina, Columbia, SC

    Recognition & Awards

    • Ambassador of Tourism City of Yokkaichi, Japan 
    • Georg Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award
    • Georgia Trend 40 Under 40 Georgia’s Best & Brightest
    • Augusta Region’s Top Ten in Ten Young Professionals
    • Processional Award Greater Augusta Arts Council Art
    • Washington Award S&R Foundation
    • Tanglewood Music Center Conducting Fellow Program (invitation 2003, finalist 2000 - 2002)
    • National Conductor Preview League of American Orchestras
    • American Academy of Conducting Scholarship Aspen Music Festival
    • David Effron Conducting Fellowship Chautauqua Music Institute
    • The Pierre Monteux School for Conductors Scholarship
    • The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
    • The Eleazar de Carvalho Prize, Yale University
    • Charles Ives Scholarship, Yale University (Full Scholarship)
    • Conducting Fellowship Award, Eastman School of Music (Full Scholarship)
    • George Eastman Scholarship, Eastman School of Music
    • Arts Leadership Program Certificate, Eastman School of Music
    • Performer’s Certificate of Saxophone Performance, Eastman School of Music

    Conducting Experience


    Danish National Symphony Orchestra

    Frankfurt Museum Symphony Orchestra, Germany

    Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Germany

    Ionel Perlea Orchestra, Rumania

    L’Orchestre Pasdeloup, France

    L’Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice, France

    The Mariinsky Theatre, Russia

    Nationalen Philharmonischen Gesellshaft

    der Uklaine Kiew, Ukraine

    Orchestra de Paris (covering)

    Philharmonia Slaska, Poland

    Polish Chamber Philharmonic, Poland

    Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchesters Saarbrücken, Germany

    St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Russia

    State Academic Symphony Orchestra “Evgeny Svetlanov”

    Wroclaw Philharmonic, Poland

    North & South America

    Augusta Symphony Orchestra

    Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

    Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra

    Boston Symphony Orchestra (covering)

    Buffalo Philharmonic

    Chattanooga Symphony

    Colorado Springs Symphony

    Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra

    Knoxville Symphony Orchestra

    Macon Symphony Orchestra

    Omaha Symphony Orchestra

    Orquesta Sinfonica de Salta, Argentina

    Philadelphia Orchestra

    Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra

    Seattle Symphony Orchestra

    Virginia Symphony Orchestra

    Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra


    Central Aichi Symphony Orchestra

    Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra

    IPPO Philharmoniker, Tokyo

    Japan Century Orchestra

    Japan Philharmonic, Tokyo

    Nagoya Philharmonic

    Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa

    Orchestra Ensemble Toshima

    Osaka Philharmonic Wind Orchestra

    Osaka Shion Wind Orchestra

    Osaka Symphony Orchestra

    Pacific Music Festival

    Saito Kinen Festival

    Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra

    Takarazuka Symphony Orchestra

    Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra

    Tokyo Symphony Orchestra

    Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra

    Visit www.shizuokuwahara.com for more information