About Our Workshops

Holly ChoeJust anounced, this summer, ICWF will present two workshops: ICWF 2017: Beethoven, Brahms, and Debussy (July 25-August 4, 2017) led by Larry Rachleff and Don Schleicher and hosted by the New Symphony Orchestra of Sofia, Bulgaria and ICWF 2017: Lviv Academy (August 13-20, 2017) led by Carl Topilow and Theodore Kuchar and hosted by the Lviv Philharmonic (Ukraine). Applications are being accepted now.

In ICWF 2017: Beethoven, Brahms, and DebussySusan Dunn will offer her Stage Presence sessions. All conductors will have 6 10-minute sessions with full orchestra and approximately 5-7 sessions with sextet. There will be 12 orchestra sessions and 9 sextet sessions. ICWF will also present one full orchestra and one chamber music concert led by ICWF faculty and featuring guest artists. There will be no public concert for participants.Rachleff and Schleicher

In response to feedback from past participants, we are bringing back the Academy format with ICWF 2017: Lviv AcademyIn this workshop, all conductors will perform in a public performance with the Lviv Philharmonic. As with all workshops, there will be some sessions of free choice of repertoire, but halfway through, all participants will be assigned a movement for performance on one of two public performances. Also, all conductors will have the opportunity to record video of selections they are not chosen to conduct in performance. Conductors will have just over 120 minutes with the full orchestra. This workshop is limited to 18 participants.

All sessions in both workshops will be digitally video recorded in high definition and conductors will have full use of their video. Hotel, two meals each day, and airport transfers are included in the tuition price. 

Space is limited and workshops will fill up quickly, so apply now!

The International Conducting Workshop and Festival 

Grammenos and NSOSince 2002, ICWF has offered unparalleled conducting training and critique in an intensive, yet non-competitive, professional, and supportive atmosphere creating a superb opportunity to immerse oneself deeply in important standard orchestral repertoire studying with faculty of world class stature. 

For practical experience, all participants conduct both full orchestra and piano sextet. Subjects studied include conducting technique, interpretation, score study, analysis, rehearsal technique, stage deportment, and musician interaction. 

All sessions are videotaped with professional digital video/sound providing all participants an invaluable learning tool and exceptional conducting footage. There will be ample opportunity to view the video footage during the workshops. In order to provide the most enriching experience for all participants, enrollment is limited for all workshops. There are no concerts for participants.

Some of our past participants now hold or have held positions such as Berkeley Symphony Music Director,  El Paso Symphony OrchestraPhiladelphia OrchestraCharleston Symphony OrchestraDallas Symphony OrchestraMinnesota OrchestraDetroit Symphony OrchestraUtah Symphony Associate ConductorNorwalk Symphony Music DIrectorAmarillo Symphony Music DirectorNational Symphony Assistant Conductor,  Santa Cruz Symphony Orchestra Music DirectorBuffalo Symphony Associate ConductorKansas Symphony Assistant Conductor,  Arkansas Symphony Assistant Conductor, and many more.  Our past participants have also been accepted into the most prestigious conducting programs in the world including at The Juilliard School, the Curtis Institute of Music, the Peabody Institute, Rice University, University of Illinois, University of Michigan, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, New England Conservatory, and many more.

The International Conducting Workshop and Festival is supported by the REC Music Foundation, a recognized 501(c)3. To help ICWF, please consider making a donation.

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