ICWF 2017: Lviv Academy

Because of low enrollment, this workshop has been postponed until further notice.

ICWF 2017: Lviv Academy

From August 13-20, 2017 the International Conducting Workshop and Festival is proud to present a workshop in Lviv, Ukraine in partnership with the Lviv Philharmonic. ICWF 2017: Lviv Academy will be led by two internationally esteemed conducting teachers:  Carl Topilow (Cleveland Institute of Music) and Theodore Kuchar (Reno Philharmonic). They will be assisted by Benjamin Loeb (ICWF Artistic Director)

Colding-SmithAs in the past, we will offer conducting training and critique in a non-competitive, professional and supportive atmosphere. It is a great opportunity to immerse oneself deeply in important standard and challenging orchestral repertoire which will include:Dvorak Symphonies #8 and 9, Beethoven Symphony #1, and Mozart Overture to Magic Flute and Symphony #39. (Repertoire is subject to change).

Unique to this workshop all participants will perform on a public concert and will have 9 sessions with the orchestra: three sessions of free choice of Dvorak, two sessions of free choice of Mozart and Beethoven, two rehearsal sessions, one performance, and one recording session. There will be a total of 12 orchestra sessions, 2 concerts, and multiple extra sessions to discuss and work on topics such as Pops Programming, Opera Recitative, Orchestra String technicques and challenges, and the Conducting Career.

In addition to the concerts on which all participants will conduct, we will present a full Orchestra Concert conducted by the ICWF faculty and featuring special guest artists. Repertoire on the program will include Beethoven Ah! Perfido and Abscheulicher from Fidelio with Eleni Matos, mezzo soprano, and Piano Concerto #4 with pianist Jung Lin

In the Orchestra sessions, conducting slots are 11 to 16 minutes long. Each conductor will have individual choice of repertoire during orchestra sessions depending on the specific orchestra in that session (Dvorak or Mozart/Beethoven). In all sessions, podium time slots will be flexibly and transparently pre-assigned. 

Performance assignments will be made by the faculty, but will take into consideration the requests of each conductor. While not every conductor will get their first choice, following the public performance, every conductor will have an opportunity to make a professional quality video recording of any of the remaining repertoire. This special recording session, at which the faculty will not interrupt, is 19 minutes long. 

Levels of Participation

For this workshop we are offering only one level of participation which will include over 120 minutes with the full orchestra. All orchestra and sextet sessions will take place in the Lviv Philharmonic Concert Hall or the Lviv Hotel.

Tim FarrandAuditing is also available, but does not include any active podium time. The auditor level is designed for those either who have little experience and training, but show promise, or those with ample opportunity to conduct throughout the year, but want to use this workshop as a chance to observe master teaching. 

All tuition fees include hotel and two meals each day. Fees must be paid according to schedule in $US.

All sessions will be Digitally Recorded and ample opportunity will be provided to view session recordings. At the end of each conducting session or day, each conductor will receive a digital file of that session.  Participants must provide his or her own storage media (USB 3.0 hard drive is most recommended).


During this workshop, the International Conducting Workshop Festival will present three Orchestra Concerts, one featuring faculty and guest artists, and the other two featuring all conducting participants. All rehearsals and concerts are open to the participants.

The Lviv Philharmonic

Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra has already existed for more than two centuries and is associated with such famous names as Josef Elsner, Johann Mederich Gallus, Franz Xaver Mozart, Karol Lipinski, Joseph Bashni, Karol Mikula, Mieczyslaw and Adam Soltys, Ludwik Czelianski, Henryk Yarecki, Henryk Melcer-Szczawinski. In the early twentieth century the orchestra was led by such guest conductors as Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss, Ruggero Leoncavallo.

Lviv PhilharmonicIn 1933 the orchestra became incorporated as the Philharmonic Orchestra which it remains today and in December 1939 the new Soviet government "established" Symphony Orchestra.

The most famous musicians of the world have been performing on the Philharmonic stage, including S. Krushelnytska, O. Myshuga, R. Strauss, G. Mahler, B. Bartok, A. Rubinstein, F. Busoni, M. Long, W. Landowska, P. Kazals, and in the second part of XXth century – S. Richter, R. Kerer, L. Kogan, D. Oistrakh, L. Isakadze, B. Rudenko, V. Gornostayeva, N. Gutman, Yu. Bashmet and others. Their own concerts have represented here such outstanding composers as D. Shostakovich, B. Lyatoshynsky, A. Khachaturian, A. Schnittke, A. Pärt, P. Vasks, K. Penderecki, V. Silvestrov, M. Skoryk and Ye. Stankovych.

On the Philharmonic stage started their careers such famous Ukrainian musicians as Oleh Krysa, Oleksandr Slobodyanyk, Yuriy Lysychenko, Mariya Tchaikovska as well as younger generation - Ethella Chupryk, Josef Ermin, Oksana Rapita, Oleksandr Kozarenko and others.

Lviv Philharmonic is one of the leading concert institutions of Ukraine, which in various forms has been popularizing good music at the international festivals, monograph concerts, concerts of young musicians and thematic evenings for secondary school students.

Since 2006 the Director General of Lviv Philharmonic is Volodymyr Syvokhip, Honored Artist of Ukraine, winner of the State Prize named after M. Lysenko, a famous musical and social activist, musicologist, artistic director and conductor of the Gloria Chamber Choir.

The Lviv Philharmonics consists of Lviv Philharmonic Academic Symphony Orchestra, INSO-Lviv Academic Youth Symphony Orchestra, Lviv Virtuosos Academic Chamber Orchestra, different chamber ensembles, soloists, vocalists and instrumentalists.


Lviv Hotel lobbyAll participants will stay in single, air-conditioned rooms at the conveniently located and fashionable Lviv Hotel the same location where all of the meals and extra sessions will be held (subject to change). Breakfast and one additional meal (usually lunch) is included in the tuition fee. All rooms have free wireless Internet access. It is possible to arrange for spouses to stay at the hotel for a small additional cost. Spouses will also receive two meals each day and have access to all public ICWF events.


Dvorak Symphony #8
Dvorak Symphony #9
Dvorak Carnival Overture 

Beethoven Symphony #1
Mozart Symphony #39
Mozart Overture to Magic Flute

Date Time Session
Friday, August 11, 2017 9:00-13:00 Orchestra Concert, Rehearsal 1
  14:30-17:30 Orchestra Concert, Rehearsal 2
Saturday, August 12, 2017 9:00-13:00 Orchestra Concert, Dress Rehearsal
20:00 Orchestra Concert (faculty conduct)
Sunday, August 13, 2017   (Workshop begins this day) 
  9:00-12:00 Orientation/Score Study
  12:00-13:00 Lunch
  14:00-17:00 Sextet Session
Monday, August 14, 2017 9:00-13:00 O1 (free choice Dvorak)
  13:15-14:30 Lunch
  14:30-15:30 Orchestra String Techniques
17:30-20:30 O2 (free choice Mozart/Beethoven)
Tuesday, August 15, 2017 9:00-13:00 O3 (free choice Dvorak)
  13:15-14:30 Lunch
  14:30-16:00 Recitative (with sextet)
  17:30-20:30 O4 (free choie Mozart/Beethoven)
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 9:00-13:00 O5 (concert preparation Dvorak)
  13:15-14:30 Lunch
  14:30-16:00 Pops programming
17:30-20:30 O6 (concert preparation Mozart)
Thursday, August 17, 2017 9:00-13:00 O7 (concert preparation Dvorak)
  13:15-14:30 Lunch
  14:30-16:00 Conducting Career discussion
17:30-20:30 O8 (concert preparation Mozart)
Friday, August 18, 2017 9:00-13:00 Concert 1 Dress
  13:15-14:30 Lunch
  20:00 Concert 1: Mozart Overture to Magic Flute, Beethoven Symphony #1, Dvorak Symphony #8 (9 conductors)
Saturday, August 19, 2017 9:00-13:00 Concert 2 Dress
  13:15-14:30 Lunch
  20:00 Concert 2: Dvorak Carnival Overture, Mozart Symphony #39, Dvorak Symphony #9 (9 conductors)
Sunday, August 20, 2017 9:00-13:00 O9 (free choice all repertoire)
  13:15-14:30 Lunch
  17:30-20:30 O10 (free choice all repertoire)
21:00 Farewell Party


Applications are being accepted now and will be reviewed first on January 17.  
First notifications will be emailed by January 30
After February 15, applications will be reviewed and processed on a space-available basis

$500 non-refundable tuition deposit due within two weeks of acceptance. Generally, applications are processed within two weeks of receipt.
• Late payment of tuition deposit or tuition payment may result in loss of spot.
• If a conductor must cancel his or her spot, the tuition deposit and/or tuition will be refunded only if a suitable replacement is found to fill the spot.

To apply, click on the 2017 Application link on the right.

Application fee: $50
Participant Tuition (60 minutes with full orchestra, approximately 30 minutes with sextet): $3950
Auditor Tuition: $2500
Early tuition payment discount (if paid by February 15): $150
       All tuition fees paid by credit card will have a 3.5% service fee added.

Online payments preferred, but US checks and bank transfer ($45 fee added) will be accepted. The application is not complete and will not be processed until the payment is received. 

Application fees are non-refundable.