Symphony conductors learn their trade at Pierre Monteux School in Hancock

When we hear about symphonic music, concerts and conductors, we all think of large cities with crowded streets. Few of us would expect to find these things in the tiny town of Hancock, Maine.

In fact, the town has been home to the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestra Musicians since 1943. It has grown from classes taught with the aid of a single piano to a full orchestra of about 60 musicians and conductors participating in the course each summer. French conductor Pierre Monteux and his wife, Doris Monteux, founded the school after they settled in her home town of Hancock.

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