ICWF 2010: Stravinsky/Tchaikovsky/Brahms -- Rachleff/Schleicher

ICWF 2010: Brahms/Tchaikovsky/Stravinsky

From July 19-29, 2010 the International Conducting Workshop and Festival is again proud to hold a workshop in Zlin, Czech Republic hosted by the Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic, led by three of the most internationally esteemed conducting teachers: Larry Rachleff (Rice University) and Donald Schleicher(University of Illinois). They will be assisted by Benjamin Loeb (ICWF Artistic Director). Gustav Meier and Matt Aubin

As in the past we will offer conducting training and critique in a non-competitive, professional and supportive atmosphere and a great opportunity to immerse oneself deeply in important standard orchestral repertoire which will include Brahms Symphonies #1 and 4Tchaikovsky Symphony #5, Romeo and Juliet Overture, and Violin Concerto, mvt. 1, Stravinsky Petroushka (1947) and Firebird Suite (1919).

The schedule currently includes 10 Orchestra sessions, 8 Sextet sessions, at least 4 Score study and special subject sessions, and 2 Chamber Music Concerts. 

In the Orchestra sessions, participants will have approximately 10 minutes on the podium. In the Sextet sessions, participants will conduct a string quintet plus piano, which covers woodwinds and brass parts. Parts of some quintet sessions will be devoted to difficult excerpts that are pre-selected from the workshop repertoire. Don SchleicherAll participants will receive the list in May and will be strongly encouraged to study this list of excerpts in preparation for the workshop. In the remainder of the sextet sessions, passages are to be selected by the participant. Each conductor will have individual choice of repertoire during sextet and score study sessions. In all sessions, podium time slots will be flexibly pre-assigned. 

In addition, all participants (both full and auditors) will receive a copy of Gustav Meier's "The Score, the Orchestra and the Conductor" which will be mailed to them in advance of the workshop.

Levels of Participation

For this workshop we are offering only one level of participation, 6-session, which represents the number of times with the full orchestra.  Sextet sessions will be relatively equally divided among all conductors, but may be slightly unequal due to the focus on excerpts, rather than individual conductors. 

Rachleff DiscussionAuditing
 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 may be paid in either Euros or US Dollars at the rate of 1.5 US Dollars per Euro.  If the rate of exchange moves above 1.5 US$/Euro, we may require all payments to be in Euros.

All sessions will be Digitally Recorded and ample opportunity will be provided to view session recordings. At the end of each conducting session, each conductor will receive a DVD, provided by ICWF, of that individual session. 


Concurrent with the workshop, the International Conducting Workshop Festival will present 2 Chamber Music Concerts led by faculty and guest artists. Participants will not perform on these concerts. The repertoire on these concerts will be devoted to music of the three composers and their contemporaries. All rehearsals and concerts are open to the participants.

Filharmonie Bohuslav Martinů

The Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Orchestra is named after one of the great Czech composers. The orchestra has made many radio recordings and CDs of his works since it was founded in the 1960's. 

The repertoire of the The Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Orchestra consists of nearly all symphonic works of different periods including a considerable number of contemporary compositions. BMP TrombonesThe members of the orchestra have formed several chamber groups whose performances supplement the concert season. Cooperation with radio and television stations together with recording activities have become a regular part of the orchestra's work. Some activities in recent years included recordings for the label Vienna Modern Masters, which concentrates on contemporary music recordings; Sergei Rachmaninov's complete symphonic works recorded for Bayer Records (Germany); and music of Antonín DvoÅ™ak for Albany Records (USA). Orchestra has recorded also movie music for Hollywood and new works of the contemporary american composers. 

The home of the The Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Orchestra is Zlín, a town in the east of the Czech Republic. With a population approaching one hundred thousand, it is a modern industrial center, owing its development to the BATA company, the founder of which Tomaš Batá succeeded in successfully combining his entrepreneurship and his philosophy of life.


Czech FoodAll participants will stay in single rooms at a hotel located within easy walking distance to the rehearsal and performance facilities.Breakfast and one additional meal 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.




  • Dates July 19th thru July 28th
  • Location Zlin, Czech
  • Orchestra Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic