masterclass with Donald Schleicher in Chicago January 2014

CMWS: Chicago 2014

When: Friday, January 10, 2014 – Monday, January 13, 2014

In this workshop, conductors will have the chance to learn from Maestro and Professor Donald Schleicher. This workshop will feature various masterclass and discussion components, in addition to many conducting opportunities and podium time. 

The workshop will be based at the Hyatt Regency Chicago and all sessions will take place at this location. Participants can apply for rooming if they need to. The 12 (3-hour) sessions will include conducting, discussion sessions, and previews, in addition to guest faculty members Russell Miller and guest lecturer/soloist TBA.

Conductors will have at least 40 minutes of podium time over the course of the 4 days with a sextet (string quintet plus piano). Don’t miss out on this tremendous opportunity to work on great repertoire with great teachers!


Days 1 & 2: “Standards”
Beethoven, Symphony No. 4
Shostakovich, Symphony No. 5

Day 3: “Focus on Youth Orchestra Favorites”
Bizet, Suite No. 1 from Carmen
Elgar, Nimrod from Enigma Variations
Glinka, Russlan And Ludmilla
Verdi, Overture to Nabucco

Day 4: “Accompanying”
Violin Concerto TBA

Tentative Schedule: 

Friday, January 10, 2014

Welcome/Introduction/Continental Breakfast


Sextet 1 (Beethoven and Shostakovich)

Sextet 2 (Beethoven and Shostakovich)

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Sextet 3 (Beethoven and Shostakovich)

Sextet 4 (Beethoven and Shostakovich)

Evening free in Chicago

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Sextet 5 (Youth Orchestra Favorites)

Sextet 6 (Youth Orchestra Favorites)

Guest Speaker

Concerto Preview

Monday, January 13, 2014

9:30-12:30 Sextet 7 (Concerto)

2:00-5:00 Sextet 8 (Concerto)

6:30 End of Workshop Dinner

Rooms can be arranged at the workshop hotel for the group rate of $120/night (not including taxes). Participants will have the option of rooming with someone to reduce costs.

Applications will be accepted until Friday, November 1, 2013. Spaces are limited so in the event that we do reach maximum capacity, you will be placed on a waiting list. 

$775 – EARLY REGISTRATION – Full Participant (if paid by November 1, 2013)

$875 – Full Participant (if paid between November 2, 2013 and December 6, 2013)

$400 – Auditor (register until December 6, 2013)

If you refer someone to our workshop, we believe that you should also benefit!

$700 – EARLY REGISTRATION – Full Participant (if you and someone you refer both register/pay by November 1, 2013)

$800 – Full Participant (if you and someone you refer both register/pay between November 2, 2013 and December 6, 2013) 

Please note that only the referrer will receive the discount. This only applies to full participants, not auditors AND those who are new to CMWS.

Tuition will be billed after acceptance and may be paid by check or through Paypal for additional 3.75% processing fee.

Hotel rooms will be arranged through CMWS for a group rate of $120/night (not including taxes) for as many nights as necessary and may be shared for $60/night (not including taxes). Payments for hotel rooms will be made directly through the hotel portal approximately 6 weeks before the workshop.

You can access the application in the “Chicago Application” section of this website. In the event that you are unable to complete the application, I have included a pdf version of the application that you can download, fill out, and email to:

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