ICWF 2022 Katy

Larry and Ruth

Because of the war in Ukraine, we are relocating the summer workshop. As we did last summer, from July 12 through July 19, 2022 the International Conducting Workshop and Festival will again present a workshop in partnership with the Katy Independent School District and hosted by Seven Lakes High School, Katy, TX focusing on the Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, and Prokofiev and led again by two of the most internationally esteemed conducting teachers: Larry Rachleff (Rice University Shepherd School) and Donald Schleicher (University of Illinois, emeritus). They will be assisted by Benjamin Loeb (ICWF Artistic Director)Susan Dunn will lead Presence on Stage sessions and Russell Miller will be the workshop pianist.
All participants, faculty, and musicians must be vaccinated.

What we do

Whether you are highly trained conductor, a promising student, or an avid amateur, our workshops offer many opportunities to improve as a conductor. We believe the best learning comes from studying standard repertoire with world class faculty in an intensive and immersive, yet non-competitive, professional, and supportive atmosphere. 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 participants receive equal opportunity in a completely transparent organization.
Donald Schleicher and Sarah Klein


Date: July 12 through July 19, 2022
Location: Katy, TX
Host: Seven Lakes High School Performing Arts Center, 9251 S Fry Rd, Katy, TX 77494

Basic details:

  • Twelve Sextet (String Quintet and Piano) sessions (3 hours each)
  • Each conductor will get a minimum 72 minutes with the ensemble
  • Post-session discussions focusing on repertoire, career, score study, and more
  • Presence on Stage sessions led by Susan Dunn
  • Lunch (and some dinners as scheduled) included
  • Hotels and breakfast are not included in the tuition, but conductors may select a comfortale, affordable and convenient hotel option arranged by ICWF at reduced rates which includes breakfast.
  • Convenient and inexpensive destination
  • Modern, Air-conditioned, concert and rehearsal hall setting for all sessions
  • All sessions will be Digitally Recorded in High Definition and concert quality audio, 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 (1Tb USB 3.0 hard drive is most recommended).

Russell Miller

Levels of Participation

  • Full Conducting Participants (limited to 25)
  • Auditing - In Person or Online. Auditing 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. Auditing is available either for the full course or for individual sessions.
  • Each Conducting Participant will get at least 72 minutes with the the ensemble
  • Sessions will be equally divided among all conductors


We will present one Chamber Concert during the workshop featuring faculty and guest artists in a program designed to illuminate the workshop repertoire. Participants will not perform on these concerts.



  • Beethoven Symphony #6
  • Beethoven Symphony #7
  • Tchaikovsky Symphony #6
  • Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet Suites 1 and 2 (excerpts)
    (Repertoire subject to changes or additions)

    ICWF 2021 Katy group

Sextet Sessions

  • The sextet is made of a string quintet of professional Houston area musicians (Houston Symphony and Houston Ballet members) and pianist (Russell Miller) who will cover the woodwinds, brass, percussion, and string divisi.
  • During the Sextet sessions, we will cover all of the repertoire.
  • For the first sessions, we will work straight through all of the repertoire. Once we have covered everything, Conductors will be able to request specific sections to conduct.
  • Sextets are specifically designed to allow us to explore the challenges of the repertoire in great detail. There will be more stopping for feedback from the faculty.
  • Sextet time will be equally divided among the conductors.
  • All sessions will take place in the air-conditioned Seven Lakes High School Performing Arts Center.
    ICWF 2021 Sextet group

Discussion Sessions

  • Generally at the end of each day, the faculty will hold a half hour discussion session to recap the issues discovered in that day's sessions.
  • Conductors will have the opportunity to get one-on-one feedback from all the faculty during breaks and after each session.
  • Some discussion sessions will be scheduled around topics such as rehearsal technique, score study, career paths, and more.
  • Faculty are quite available for ad hoc individual and group discussions.

    Don Schleicher and Arman Keyvanian


One of the great benefits of the workshop is the opportunity to grow and develop a supportive network of conductor colleagues. These relationships can very often lead to professional and academic opportunities as well as lifelong friendships. While we can't claim credit for every success of our ICWF alumni, we are proud of their accomplishments and know that their experience at the workshops provided some positive learning that they used to further their career and love for music. 

Here is what some of our past participants have said about their ICWF experience.

Some of our past participants now hold or have held positions such as Fresno Symphony Music DirectorEl Paso Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia OrchestraCharleston Symphony Orchestra, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, London PhilharmonicDallas Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota OrchestraDetroit Symphony Orchestra, Knoxville SymphonyUtah Symphony Associate ConductorNorwalk Symphony Music Director, San Diego SymphonyAmarillo Symphony Music Director, National Symphony Assistant Conductor,  Santa Cruz Symphony Orchestra Music Director, Memphis Symphony Assistant ConductorBuffalo Philharmonic Associate Conductor, Kansas Symphony Assistant ConductorSymphony Orchestra Northwest Arkansas 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.
ICWF 2020 Conductors


For this workshop, accommodations are not provided, but ICWF will make arrangements with a few nearby hotels to get good group rates. 

Guests accompanying conductors will also be provided lunch and free access to all public ICWF events.

Detailed schedule

Tue., July 12, 2022 10:00-13:00 Orientation and Score Study
13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00-17:00 Sextet 1
Wed., July 13, 2022 10:00-13:00 Sextet 2
13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00-17:00 Sextet 3
17:15-17:45 Discussion
18:00-20:00 Stage Presence
Thu., July 14, 2022 10:00-13:00 Sextet 4
13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00-17:00 Sextet 5
17:15-17:45 Discussion
18:00-20:00 Stage Presence
Fri., July 15, 2022 10:00-13:00 Sextet 6
13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00-17:00 Sextet 7
17:15-17:45 Discussion
18:00-20:00 Stage Presence
Sat., July 16, 2022 10:00-13:00 Sextet 8
13:00-14:00 Lunch
Sun., July 17, 2022 10:00-13:00 Sextet 9
13:00-14:00 Lunch
19:00-20:00 Chamber Concert
20:30-22:00 Group Dinner
Mon., July 18, 2022 10:00-13:00 Sextet 10
13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00-17:00 Sextet 11
Tue., July 19, 2022 9:00-12:00 Sextet 12
12:00-14:00 Lunch and Discussion

Fees and deadlines

  • Application fee $50
  • ICWF 2022: Katy Sextet Tuition $2,295
  • ICWF 2022: Katy In Person Auditing Full Course $720
  • ICWF 2022: Katy Sextet In Person Auditing Individual sessions $60/session (includes lunch)
  • Hotel is not included but a list of nearby hotels will be made available to all participants.
  • Monday, April 18, 2022 First Application Deadline
  • Friday, April 22, 2022 Notifications for acceptance
  • Monday, April 25, 2022 Accepted applicants must confirm participation
  • After April 25, 2022 Applications will be reviewed and processed on a space-available basis.
  • Two weeks after notification Full tuition due. 
  • 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.

Fees must be paid according to schedule in $US.

To apply for full course participation or auditing, click here.

To apply to audit individual sessions, please click here.

All tuition fees paid by credit card will have a 3.5% service fee added.

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

Application fees and tuition deposits are non-refundable.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Arts Education and Performance Management Service

The International Conducting Workshop and Festival is a project of Arts Education and Performance Management Service (www.AEPMS.org). This means that the ICWF can accept grants, accept tax-deductible donations, and carry on other activities under the tax-exempt status of their sponsor. To help you raise money for yourself, AEPMS will create a "Project" which is your participation at ICWF. As a Project of AEPMS, we may accept donations that support the project which would help you cover your cost. This will allow you to offer your patrons (including parents or other family members) the opportunity to get a tax deduction for their support. In the last twenty years the ICWF granted over $150,000 in tuition scholarships through the generous help of the Joel Fan Foundation ArtMatch and now we will be doing essentiallt the same thing with Arts Education and Performance Management Service.

Technically, you can act as a fundraising agent for AEPMS and raise money from your own network of support for your tuition scholarship. Anyone you know who would like to help you would then send their support to Arts Education and Performance Management Service and direct it to the project we create for your participation. You would be responsilbe for covering whatever costs were not raised through donations (which might be everything or nothing depending on how much you raise.) 

AEPMS Process:

  1. Make all checks to "Arts Education and Performance Management Services" or "AEPMS" and in the memo line, write in the project name or the conductor's name.
  2. To enable the correct accounting of the donation, the sponsor should say exactly the following in a cover letter:
    To Arts Education and Performance Management Services:
    I am making this donation to the Arts Education and Performance Management Services in support of the International Conducting Workshop and Festival Project [CONDUCTOR NAME].
    [Name of Sponsor]
    [Address of Sponsor]
    [Email Address of Sponsor]
  3. Mail checks and letters to:
    Arts Education and Performance Management Services
    3513 Cabriolet Ct
    Plano TX 75023
  4. The receipt of the donation will be acknowledged by AEPMS and the amount of the donation will be applied toward the project of your participation.

The Arts Education and Performance Management Services is a registered 501(3)(c) non-profit corporation and qualifies for tax-deductible contributions.

Donald Schleicher


Regarding COVID-19, we will be required to adhere to all CDC, KISD, and Seven Lakes HS requirements. 

If the workshop must be canceled due to the continue pandemic, all tuition fees will be returned. However, we cannot reimburse for any travel expenses or to return the application fee. We strongly suggest that all participants purchase travel insurance that specifically covers COVID-related cancellations.


  • Dates July 12th thru July 19th
  • Location Katy, TX
  • Orchestra