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Have you ever imagined yourself leading a mesmerizing performance on a renowned stage, captivating the audience with a wave of your baton? Whether you’re a seasoned musician or simply an enthusiastic music fan, this is your chance to create a musical legacy. 



Place your bid today to take center stage and conduct “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the iconic Hollywood Bowl in summer 2025, and enjoy an extraordinary tour with the LA Phil.

Unleash Your Inner Maestro
The Ultimate Maestro Experience offers an exclusive chance to join the LA Phil as the John F. Hotchkis Banner Conductor at the Hollywood Bowl, conducting “The Star-Spangled Banner” before a 2025 classical concert. The experience includes a one-hour conducting lesson to prepare you for your Hollywood Bowl debut.

Take the Show on the Road
Accompany the LA Phil on a tour to some of the world’s most renowned cultural capitals. The winning bid will include accommodations and concert tickets for two to select LA Phil Tour performances in 2025 (stay tuned for exact dates and cities). Plus, enjoy exclusive access to LA Phil rehearsals and performances, curated tours of cultural gems, and intimate gatherings with fellow musicians and music aficionados.

Help Bring Music to Millions
The LA Phil and the Hollywood Bowl have always believed in “music for all!” With your donation to the nonprofit Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, you will help ensure that millions continue to enjoy the Bowl, as a Southern California treasure for generations to come and that thousands around the world get to experience the incredible orchestra we are lucky to call our own! 

Raise your baton. Set your compass.



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Auction terms and conditions

The John F. Hotchkis Banner Conductor at the Hollywood Bowl was established by a gift from Joan Hotchkis. Named in honor of John F. Hotchkis’ incredible service over his nearly 60-year tenure as a member of the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, the Hotchkis Banner Conductor celebrates John Hotchkis’ life achievements, including his experience as one of only a handful of donors ever to conduct the Los Angeles Philharmonic on the Bowl stage.

Gifts to the LA Phil are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law.

Proceeds from the Ultimate Maestro Experience Silent Auction benefit the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association and its Learning and community initiatives.