Postgraduate Program in Orchestral Conducting – PSDO

A program fitting the most demanding expectations

Master & Postgraduate

The CSKG and George Pehlivanian team together to contribute to Madrid’s high quality musical education. Advanced and graduate students are able to study with the great American conductor in a comprehensive training program, including both technical and practical subjects.

George Pehlivanian acts as academic coordinator and teaches all classes included in the program. The CSKG guarantees the quality of the program and coordinates the activities included, such as orchestral rehearsals and concerts.

With an international scope, the PSDO offers its students the opportunity to work with CSKG´s Conducting Academy Orchestra in orchestral workshops that culminate in concerts conducted by the enrolled students in several halls within the Madrid Area.

Study guide

Rehearsal Technique

  • Study and interpretation of vocal and instrumental repertoire. Technical development for the conducting of soloists with orchestra or ensemble.

Conducting techniques

  • Knowledge of the conducting technique and conducting practice. Development of communication skills through gesture. Treatment of the different elements that make up the musical language from the point of view of conducting, through analytical study, auditions, and practice of orchestral and choral repertoire.

Orchestra Practice

  • Practice with different types of orchestral, vocal or mixed ensembles. Development of the skills related to understanding and responding to the signs of the conductor, and integration into the ensemble, through an approach to the orchestral repertoire. Knowledge of the different situations that may occur when the director is "amateur" or a conducting student.


  • PSDO students are eligible for accessing the Master in Symphonic Instrumental and Vocal Conducting.

Calendario 2018-2019

Encuentro nº 1: Sergei Prokofiev

Peter and the Wolf

Johannes Brahms

Symphony nº 1, op. 68

Sesión técnica #1

2, 3 y 4 de noviembre de 2018

Sesión orquestal #1

29, 30 de noviembre y 1, 2 de diciembre de 2018


Encuentro nº 2: Claude Debussy

Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune

Alban Berg

Seven Early Songs

Gustav Mahler

Symphony nº 4

Sesión técnica # 2

1, 2 y 3 de marzo de 2019

Sesión orquestal # 2

22, 23, 24 y 25 de marzo de 2019



Encuentro nº 3: Igor Stravinsky

Le Sacre du printemps

Jean Sibelius

Symphony nº 2, op 43

Sesión técnica # 3

31 de mayo, 1 y 2 de junio de 2019

Sesión orquestal # 3

29 y 30 de junio, 1 y 2 de julio de 2019

General data

Postgraduate Program in Orchestral Conducting - PSDO

  • 120 hours in 6 technical and orchestral meetings
  • Language: Spanish and English
  • Conductor and Professor: George Pehlivanian
  • Complete Programs: 3.000€ // Technical meeting: 1.500€ // Orchestral meeting: 2.000€

Aimed at professionals and students of conducting who wish to expand their knowledge with Professor George Pehlivanian.

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