Ithaca International Conducting Masterclass with Carl St. Clair DEADLINE is March 3, 2014

  • Five days of classes, April 28 – May 3, 2014. Participants should plan on committing to the entire duration of the class. Conductors should plan to arrive in Ithaca in the morning or afternoon of Monday, April 28 and depart on Sunday, May 4.


    The workshop will include score study sessions, conducting sessions with two pianos, conducting sessions with string quintet and piano, and conducting sessions with Ithaca College Symphony Orchestra and Cornell Symphony Orchestra. There will also be the opportunity to observe Maestro Carl St.Clair in rehearsal and performance with the Ithaca College Chamber Orchestra. All conducting sessions will be videotaped.


    Eight conductors will be chosen to be active conductors and up to eight additional conductors will be selected to be auditors.


    Active Participants will be given approximately 50 minutes of podium time with the two orchestras and 60 minutes of podium time in sessions with two pianos (2 sessions) and string quartet and piano (2 sessions).


    In addition, Active Participants will each conduct portions of the repertoire (Tchaikovsky only) chosen by the faculty in the final concert.

    MARCH 3,2014
    Receipt deadline for applications
    MARCH 7,2014
    Notification of acceptance
    MARCH 24, 2014
    Payment deadline
    Application procedure and fees:

    Ithaca conducting masterclasses online application form can be found below.


    The receipt deadline for the application (including application fee) is Monday, March 3, 2014.


    Application fee: $35


    Participant fee: $1250


    Auditor fee: $300


    The participant fee or auditor fee does NOT include travel, housing, or meals. Local transportation will be provided.


    Acceptance will be announced via email by Friday, March 7, and the deadline for payment will be Monday, March 24. No refunds will be given after this time.


    The workshop fees are due upon notice of acceptance to the workshop. The fee will act as a deposit to reserve each Participant/Auditor’s place in the workshop.


    Application Deadline: March 3, 2014 (Receipt Date)


    Notification of Acceptance: March 7, 2014


    Payment Deadline: March 24, 2014 (Receipt Date)


    Please note that all checks should be made payable to Cornell University (with a memo stating the payment is for IICM2014). Should a bank transfer be preferred, transfer information is posted on the online application form (above).


    Please send payment to:


    Chris Kim
    Department of Music
    101 Lincoln Hall
    Cornell University
    Ithaca, New York 14853


    LINK to the application form

  • Carl St. Clair
    In 2013-14, Music Director Carl St.Clair celebrates his 24th season with Pacific Symphony and the orchestra’s milestone 35th anniversary. St.Clair’s lengthy history with the Symphony solidifies the strong relationship he has forged with the musicians and the community. His continuing role also lends stability to the organization and continuity to his vision for the Symphony’s future. Few orchestras can claim such rapid artistic development as Pacific Symphony—the largest orchestra formed in the United States in the last 40 years—due in large part to St.Clair’s leadership.


    During his tenure, St.Clair has become widely recognized for his musically distinguished performances, his commitment to building outstanding educational programs and his innovative approaches to programming. Among his creative endeavors are: the vocal initiative, “Symphonic Voices,” inaugurated in 2011-12 with the concert-opera production of La Boheme, followed by Tosca in 2012-13 and La Traviata in 2013-14; the creation five years ago of a series of multimedia concerts featuring inventive formats called “Music Unwound”; and the highly acclaimed American Composers Festival, which celebrates its 14th anniversary in 2013-14 with “From Score to Screen”—exploring music by Hollywood composers. And in 2013-14, under his leadership, the Symphony launched the new music festival, Wavelength, blending contemporary music and Symphony musicians in unique collaborations.


    St.Clair’s commitment to the development and performance of new works by composers is evident in the wealth of commissions and recordings by the Symphony. The 2013-14 season continues a recent slate of recordings that began with two newly released CDs in 2012-13, featuring music by two of today’s leading composers: Philip Glass’ The Passion of Ramakrishna and Michael Daugherty’s Mount Rushmore and The Gospel According to Sister Aimee. Three more are due for release over the next few years, including William Bolcom’s Songs of Lorca and Prometheus; James Newton Howard’s I Would Plant a Tree; and Richard Danielpour’s Toward a Season of Peace.


    St.Clair has led the orchestra in other critically acclaimed albums including two piano concertos of Lukas Foss; Danielpour’s An American Requiem and Elliot Goldenthal’s Fire Water Paper: A Vietnam Oratorio with cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Other composers commissioned by the Symphony include earlier works by Bolcom, Zhou Long, Tobias Picker, Frank Ticheli and Chen Yi, Curt Cacioppo, Stephen Scott, Jim Self (Pacific Symphony’s principal tubist) and Christopher Theofandis.


    In 2006-07, St.Clair led the orchestra’s historic move into its home in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The move came on the heels of the landmark 2005-06 season that included St.Clair leading the Symphony on its first European tour—nine cities in three countries playing before capacity houses and receiving extraordinary responses and reviews.


    From 2008 to 2010, St.Clair was general music director for the Komische Oper in Berlin, where he led successful new productions such as La Traviata (directed by Hans Neuenfels). He also served as general music director and chief conductor of the German National Theater and Staatskapelle (GNTS) in Weimar, Germany, where he led Wagner’s Ring Cycle to critical acclaim. He was the first non-European to hold his position at the GNTS; the role also gave him the distinction of simultaneously leading one of the newest orchestras in America and one of the oldest in Europe.


    In 2014, St.Clair assumes the position as music director of the National Symphony Orchestra in Costa Rica. His international career also has him conducting abroad several months a year, and he has appeared with orchestras throughout the world. He was the principal guest conductor of the Radio Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart from 1998 to 2004, where he completed a three–year recording project of the Villa–Lobos symphonies. He has also appeared with orchestras in Israel, Hong Kong, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and South America, and summer festivals worldwide.


    In North America, St.Clair has led the Boston Symphony Orchestra, (where he served as assistant conductor for several years), New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic and the San Francisco, Seattle, Detroit, Atlanta, Houston, Indianapolis, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver symphonies, among many.


    A strong advocate of music education for all ages, St.Clair has been essential to the creation and implementation of the Symphony’s education programs including Pacific Symphony Youth Ensembles, Sunday Connections, OC Can You Play With Us, arts-X-press and Class Act.

    Carl St. Clair
    Day 1, Monday, 4/28
    19:00 – 21:00 Participants arrive for introductory meeting and score study session
    (Husa Gallery, IC)

    Day 2, Tuesday, 4/29
    10:00 – 11:55 2 piano session on Prokofiev (Presser at IC)
    4 conductors (30 minutes each)


    15:00 – 17:00 2 piano & string quintet session on Tchaikovsky (at IC) 
    4 conductors (30 minutes each)


    17:15 – 19:00 St. Clair conducts ICCO rehearsal (Ford Hall, IC) (Beethoven & Mozart)


    Day 3, Wednesday, 4/30
    10:30 – 12:30 2 piano session on Prokofiev (Barnes Hall is booked)
    4 conductors (30 minutes each)


    14:00 – 15:50 rehearsal with orchestra – ICSO/Tchakovsky (Ford Hall, IC)
    4 conductors (25 minutes each)


    16:00 – 16:30 travel time from IC to CU


    16:45 – 18:45 rehearsal with orchestra – CSO/Prokofiev (Bailey Hall, CU)
    8 conductors (15 minutes each)


    Day 4, Thursday, 5/1
    12:30 – 14:30 2 piano & string quintet session on Tchaikovsky (Barnes Hall, CU)
    4 conductors (30 minutes)


    16:15 – 18:00 St.Clair conducts ICCO rehearsal (Ford Hall, IC)


    19:00 – 20:00 Fireside chat with St.Clair at Alice Cook House


    Day 5, Friday, 5/2

    11:00 – 13:00 2 piano session on Prokofiev (Nabenhauer, IC)

    8 conductors (15 minutes each)


    14:00 – 15:50 rehearsal with orchestra – ICSO/Tchaikovsky (Presser Hall, IC)
    4 conductors (25 minutes each)


    20:15 ICCO performance with guest conductor Carl St.Clair (Ford Hall, IC)


    Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K.620 (The Magic Flute): Overture
    Alfred Schnittke: Concerto Grosso No. 3 (1985)
    Susan Waterbury and Nicholas DiEugenio, violin soloists;
    Jonathan Pasternack, conductor
    Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A major, op. 92


    Day 6, Saturday, 5/3
    12:00 – 14:00 Dress Rehearsal with ICSO/Tchaikovsky (Presser Hall, IC)


    16:00 Concert in Ford Hall with ICSO (Tchaikovsky only)

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