Mission, Vision and Values


Our mission is to train aspiring symphony conductors and orchestra musicians through an intensive summer program distinguished by a unique teaching legacy, a wide and varied repertoire, and public performances of symphonic, chamber and children’s concerts.


The Pierre Monteux School and Music Festival, founded as a conducting school in 1943 by renowned conductor Pierre Monteux, aspires to be the finest summer training program and festival of its kind. We provide an intensive, supportive environment based on Monteux’s belief that conductors should play in the orchestra while observing the lessons of their colleagues, thus learning from both sides of the podium. We actively recruit exceptional students through enduring relationships with a global network of distinguished conservatories, universities and alumni. Our goals are to reward the demonstrated talent, commitment and promise of our students by steadily increasing scholarship support, and to serve our local communities by offering a series of symphonic, chamber and children’s concerts each summer.


The core values of The Pierre Monteux School and Music Festival reflect the musical and humanitarian legacy of our founder, Pierre Monteux. Under the guidance of our music director, students approach a challenging repertoire with discipline and rigor, learning from faculty, guest artists and each other in a mutually respectful and supportive environment. We share the power of classical music with our festival audiences and promote goodwill throughout our host communities. In all our activities, we strive to foster and promote profound musical understanding and personal growth.


Approved by trustees of the
Pierre Monteux Memorial Foundation
Hancock, Maine
January 12, 2016