ICWF 2023 Avaloch

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The International Conducting Workshop and Festival is thrilled to announce a new partnership with the Avaloch Farm Music Institute in Boscawan, New Hampshire to present a workshop from June 11 through June 18, 2023 focusing on the Beethoven, Sibelius, Schubert and Schumann and led again by Donald Schleicher (Northwestern University Bienen School of Music) and Farkhad Khudyev (University of Texas Austin Butler School of Music). They will be assisted by Benjamin Loeb (ICWF Artistic Director). Susan Dunn will lead Presence on Stage sessions, and Michael Sheppard will be the workshop pianist.

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 experienced, world class faculty in an intensive and immersive, yet non-competitive, professional, and supportive atmosphere. For practical experience in this workshop, all participants conduct only piano sextet. Subjects studied include conducting technique, interpretation, score study, analysis, rehearsal technique, presence on stage, and musician interaction. All participants receive equal opportunity in a completely transparent organization.
Donald Schleicher and Sarah Klein


Date: June 11 through June 18, 2023
Location: Boxcasen, NH
Host: Avaloch Farm Music Institute, 16 Hardy Ln, Boscawen, NH 03303

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 prepared by an on site chef is included in the tuition.
  • All participants, faculty and staff may stay on site in single, private, sufficiently sound-proofed rooms.
  • Multiple practice rooms with piano available for all participants
  • Lake available for water activities
  • Convenient and inexpensive US destination (closest international airport is Boston)
  • 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).

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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 Khudyev and Jared


We will present one or two one-hour Chamber Concerts 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 #1 and 5
  • Schubert Symphony #8 "Unfinished" and Rosamunde Overture
  • Schumann Symphony #2
  • Sibelius Symphony #2 and Finlandia
    (Repertoire subject to changes or additions)

    ICWF 2021 Katy group

Sextet Sessions

  • The sextet is made of a string quintet of professional Boston and New York area musicians and pianist (Michael Sheppard) 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 Avaloch Farm Music InstituteAlden and Mary

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

Stage Presence

  • All participants will work with Susan Dunn Rachleff to learn techniques to improve and strengthen their stage presence.
  • Conductors will work in large and small groups and even get opportunities for one-on-one sessions.
  • Some topics include interviewing, speaking from the stage, and general conducting presence for the orchestra, the audience, and others.
  • Susan will also give advice based on session conducting.

    Susan Dunn class


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 2022 Katy group

Accommodations at Avaloch Farms

Avaloch rocking chairs  For a very affordable fee we are able to offer accommodations and meals at Avaloch Farm Music Institute. The on site chefs will work to accommodate all dietary requirements. While participants are not obligated to stay at Avaloch Farm, it is highly encouraged for the convenience, beauty, and cameraderie. All lunches are included in the tuition for all participants. 

Avaloch Farm is located in Boscawen, NH, a small agricultural community 75 miles north of Boston. The campus is down a dirt country road surrounded by acres of woods, cornfields and apple orchards. You will have access to meadows and forests for hiking and a beautiful lake for swimming and boating. Although you will be provided with everything you will need on the campus, there is a home-made ice cream shop located on a local farm within walking distance. You will also be within 20 minutes driving from a multitude of restaurants, shops and attractions. Concord, the state capital is 10 miles away. If you are an avid hiker, NH presents many hiking opportunities in the area.

Avaloch Farm provides private bedrooms for 34 residents. The bedrooms are charming and sufficiently sound-proofed to make them suitable for private practice. The living areas are set up in two person suites with bathroom facilities within each suite.

Three delicious, healthy, creative meals a day are served in the dining room, prepared by our chef and his staff. There are always snacks, fruit, and beverages available, and each suite has a small refrigerator for personal use. There is a laundry room, fitness room and ping-pong and pool tables for use by all residents.

The elegant residential facility, comfortable studios, pleasant dining area and Common Room, all enhanced by the beautiful, bucolic surroundings make a residency at Avaloch a fulfilling and treasured opportunity.

Getting to Avaloch is not hard, but it does involve some planning. Read how to do it here: GETTING TO AVALOCH FARMS

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Detailed schedule

Saturday, June 10, 2023   Conductors and Faculty  arrive
Sunday, June 11, 2023 9:00-12:00 Orientation
  12:00-13:00 Lunch
  13:00-16:00 S1
  18:00-20:00 Stage Presence
Monday, June 12, 2023 9:00-12:00 S2
  12:00-13:00 Lunch
  13:00-15:00 Stage Presence
  15:30-17:30 S3
Tuesday, June 13, 2023 9:00-12:00 S4
  12:00-13:00 Lunch
  13:00-15:00 Stage Presence
  14:00-17:00 S5
Wednesday, June 14, 2023 9:00-12:00 S6
  12:00-13:00 Lunch
  13:00-16:00 S7
  17:00-20:00 Stage Presence - Small groups
Thursday, June 15, 2023 9:00-12:00 S8
  12:00-13:00 Lunch
  13:00-15:00 Stage Presence
  18:00-19:00 Chamber Concert
Friday, June 16, 2023 9:00-12:00 S9
  12:00-13:00 Lunch
  13:00-15:00 Admin/Assistant Conductor Discussion
  18:00-19:00 Chamber Concert
Saturday, June 17, 2023 9:00-12:00 S10
  12:00-13:00 Lunch
  13:00-16:00 S11
Sunday, June 18, 2023 9:00-12:00 S12
  12:00-13:00 Lunch and Discussion

Fees and deadlines

  • Application fee $50
  • ICWF 2022: Avaloch Tuition $2,845  NOW~$2295 ($550 price drop)
  • Lunch is included in the tuition fee.
  • Accommodations at Avaloch Farm including breakfast and dinner for nine nights (June 10-18) $800
  • Monday, February 6, 2023 First Application Deadline
  • Wednesday, February 15, 2023 Notifications for acceptance
  • Wednesday, March 1, 2023 Accepted applicants must confirm participation
  • After February 15, 2023 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.

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.
Khudyev and Soovin

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:

  • 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.
  • 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]
  • Mail checks and letters to:
    Arts Education and Performance Management Services
    3513 Cabriolet Ct
    Plano TX 75023
  • 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 and AFMI rules and 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 June 11th thru June 18th
  • Location Avaloch Farms
  • Orchestra