H+H/NEC Conductor Apprentice Program


Established in 2010, this program for Master’s degree candidates in Orchestral Conducting at New England Conservatory offers hands-on experience in period performance and one-on-one mentoring with the world’s leading early music conductors. The aim of this inter-organizational program, unmatched anywhere in the United States, is to provide an extraordinary experience that complements standard conservatory curricula, thereby training the next generation of conductors in period performance and producing well-rounded musicians.

The program pairs students with H+H Artistic Director Harry Christophers and guest conductors for week-long apprenticeships culminating in H+H concert programs. Students learn about period performance technique, participate in the rehearsal process, and experience concerts with the perspective of a professional conductor.



H+H/NEC Conductor Apprentice Program Alumni


“So often we are asked to mimic period playing, and being with H&H allowed me to see it in action, at an up close and personal vantage point. I’m so appreciative and honored to have been able to take part in the experience!”

MM orchestral conducting, New England Conservatory, 2011
BM violin, New England Conservatory, 2009
H+H Apprentice with Bernard Labadie for Beethoven by Levin, Haydn by Labadie in 2010
Weilerstein is currently serving as the Assistant Conductor of the New York Philharmonic.



“When you study any career—whether it’s architecture or literature or music—it’s important to know how everything worked before. Working with period instruments and musicians is invaluable to me as a conductor to know the history, mechanics, and differences in sound.”

MM orchestral conducting, New England Conservatory, 2012
MM trombone performance, University of Texas, 2010
Orchestral Conducting and Trombone Performance, Universidad EAFIT (Medellin, Colombia), 20
H+H Apprentice with Richard Egarr for Beethoven’s Fifth in 2011 and with Jean-Marie Zeitouni for Beethoven Eroica in 2012
Lopera is currently serving as the Music Director of the Metropolitan Youth Symphony.



“Harry spent a great deal of time with me throughout the week, engaging me in conversations about the oratorio and music. I came away from my experience with Harry and H+H with a wealth of information on ways to present musical ideas to instrumentalists and singers that convey the spiritual essence of the music.”

MM orchestral conducting, New England Conservatory, 2011
BA music and government, Harvard University, 2008
H+H Apprentice with Harry Christophers for Handel’s Israel in Egypt in 2011.
Demirjian is currently serving as the Assistant Conductor of the Kansas City Philharmonic.