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Maestro David Dworkin who, as the New York Times said "sparkles with high-spirited virtuosity" has led orchestras across the globe, and performed as clarinetist with ensembles internationally. He served as conductor and Artistic Consultant of three PBS Television documentaries in the series Grow Old With Me, including The Poetry of Aging, featuring Richard Kiley, Julie Harris, and James Earl Jones, and devoted much of his career to working with young people. In his 80’s, he has become a sought-after role model for all, demonstrating how exercise, music, joy and a positive outlook can create a healthy journey through life.

Maestro David Dworkin

Mr. Dworkin began his career as a clarinetist, serving as Principal Clarinetist of the American Symphony Orchestra under its legendary founding Music Director, Leopold Stokowski. He later performed for many years with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, working with Herbert Von Karajan, Karl Boehm, Zubin Mehta, James Levine, Sir Colin Davis, Erich Leinsdorf, and many other illustrious conductors. An avid chamber musician, he has performed throughout the world, including four Carnegie Recital Hall recitals, and was a member of Musicisti Americani, based at the Sulmona, Italy summer festival. He served for fifteen years on the faculty of the University of Vermont Summer Music Session, conducting its orchestra and coaching hundreds of gifted instrumental students. His tenure as Music Director of the Vermont Youth Orchestra was highlighted by a much-acclaimed tour of Russia. For over ten years he was conductor of the Pre-College Division Orchestra of the Manhattan School of Music, where he also taught chamber music and clarinet. Mr. Dworkin conducted the Philharmonic on the Hudson for fifteen years, overseeing its transition from a college orchestra to professional status, and leading the orchestra in its enthusiastically-received Carnegie Hall debut. He has also conducted the New Jersey, Vermont, and Manhattan Symphony Orchestras in subscription, family, and young people's concerts, and led Kurt Weill's Three Penny Opera on CBS Television.

Upon his “retirement,” the energetic and inspiring Dworkin launched his exhilarating new “fitness fusion,” CONDUCTORCISE®, a sound workout for mind, body and soul, as a natural outgrowth of his lifelong passion for conducting, performing, educating, and physical fitness. An avid runner, hiker and tennis player for much of his life, his award winning program has earned a stellar reputation with participants, and the medical profession, and proven effective with Alzheimer and Parkinson patients.

Named one of North America's most Innovative Active Aging programs by the International Council on Active Aging, he has taken CONDUCTORCISE® to a wide range of venues throughout the globe, including in Central Park for New York City’s Healthy Halloween and as a warm-up for the American Heart Association’s annual walk-a-thons, at the Burgess Center for Diabetic Care, American Society on Aging Conference in Washington DC, American College of Cardiology, Canada’s Creative Aging Symposium, National Alzheimer's Association, various cardiac centers and hospitals, and on tour throughout the US, Holland and Singapore for pre-school children and teenagers, healthy seniors and those in assisted-living facilities. The program has been featured on LivingLive! Television with Florence Henderson on Retirement Living TV and on NBC‘s Today show, and on the pages of the New York Times, Symphony Magazine, Town & Country, Caring Today, Huffington Post, Australia's New Idea, Baltimore Sun, and Chicago Tribune, among many others.

Maestro David Dworkin is a graduate of The Juilliard School and Columbia University Teachers
College. He is a member American Senior Fitness Association, American Society of Aging, holds a Certificate of Professional Recognition from IDEA Fitness, and is an advocate on the President’s Physical Fitness Challenge. He is a Master Champion selected by the International Council on Active Aging to put fourth its initiative on "Changing the Way We Age."

See Maestro Dworkin's recommended Listening Library.