Choral Conducting Apprentice Program


The Green Lake Festival of Music (GLFM) is pleased to announce a Choral Conducting Apprentice Program for the 2023 season. This new initiative will select one Apprentice and is designed for career-track singers, choral conductors, composers, and music educators enrolled in undergraduate or master’s degree level programs. Doctoral students or very recently graduated students may also be considered. The Green Lake Festival of Music is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive experience for choral singers. Black, Latinx, Asian/Pacific Islander, Indigenous, and LGBTQ+ emerging professionals are strongly encouraged to apply. 

The GLFM offers two choral programs: the Choral Institute and Composer Residency. Both programs are led by the GLFM Director of Choral Programs, Dr. John C. Hughes. In 2023, the Choral Institute will perform Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, and the Composer Residency will feature the music of Reena Esmail with the composer present. Both programs will run concurrently from June 20 to 25, 2023. The selected Apprentice is expected to sing in the chorus for all rehearsals and performances.

The Apprentice will have the opportunity to study and rehearse this diverse repertoire with the GLFM’s dynamic artistic staff, professional instrumentalists, and dedicated singers—all within a warm, supportive community. The apprentice will also have the opportunity to:

  • conduct the full chorus for 20 minutes.
  • lead sectional rehearsals.
  • take a complimentary private conducting lesson with Dr. Hughes.
  • join the GLFM artistic staff for a round-table discussion.


The selected Apprentice will receive tuition, sheet music, private conducting lesson, housing, and a $1,000 stipend.

Application Process

Apprentice Program applicants should submit:

  • a one-page cover letter addressing how participation in the Apprentice Program furthers the applicant’s specific professional goals.
  • a current résumé or CV that includes the applicant’s musical and educational accomplishments.
  • a letter of recommendation from a teacher or music professional.
  • a video recording of the applicant singing an art song or aria.
  • a 20-minute video recording of a rehearsal led by the applicant. 
  • A performance recording may be included but is not required.


The selected Apprentice will be required to provide proof of full vaccination and to comply with GLFM’s COVID protocols.

Applications should be sent to Please merge the documents into a single .pdf and include links to the videos.

Questions about the apprentice program may be directed to John C. Hughes, Director of Choral Programs:

All applications are due by March 15, 2023.

About the Director

John C. Hughes

Director of Choral Programs & Conductor