Ithaca International conducting masterclass with Larry Rachleff 2015 is now accepting applications

  • Five days of classes, April 27 – Saturday, May 2, 2015. Participants should plan on committing to the entire duration of the class.  Conductors should plan to arrive in Ithaca either Sunday, April 26th or midday Monday, April 27 (sessions being at 4 PM) and depart on Sunday, May 3.

     

    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 Larry Rachleff in rehearsal with the Cornell 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 chosen by the faculty in the final concert.

    MARCH 2,2015
    Receipt deadline for applications
    MARCH 6,2015
    Notification of acceptance
    MARCH 23, 2015
    Payment deadline

    Application procedure and fees:


    Ithaca conducting masterclasses online application form can be found here:


    Application Form


    The receipt deadline for the application (including application fee) is Monday, March 2, 2015.


    Application fee: $35


    Participant fee: $1450


    Auditor fee: $350


    The participant fee or auditor fee does NOT include travel, housing, or meals.


    Acceptance will be announced via email by Friday, March 6, and the deadline for payment will be Monday, March 23.  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: Monday, March 2, 2015 (Receipt Date)


    Notification of Acceptance: Friday, March 6, 2015


    Payment Deadline: Monday, March 23, 2015 (Receipt Date)


    Please note that all checks should be made payable to Cornell University (with a memo stating the payment is for IICM2015).  Should a bank transfer be the only option, 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

  • Larry Rachleff

    Larry Rachleff is Walter Kris Hubert Professor of Music and Music Director of the Shepherd School Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. Mr. Rachleff also serves as Music Director of the Rhode Island Philharmonic; he has also been Music Director of the San Antonio Symphony.

    A take-charge maestro who invests everything he conducts with deep musical understanding” (Chicago Tribune), Mr. Rachleff is in constant demand as a guest conductor. Recent and upcoming engagements include the Utah Symphony, Houston Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic and Toledo Symphony among many others. Summer festival engagements include Tanglewood, Aspen, Interlochen, Chautauqua, Brevard Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, Opera Theatre of Lucca, Italy and the Grand Teton Music Festival. In 1993, he was selected as one of four American conductors to lead the Cleveland Orchestra at Carnegie Hall under the mentorship of Pierre Boulez.

    Mr. Rachleff is especially noted for his rich and productive rapport with orchestra musicians. The Salt Lake Deseret News had this to say about him recently: “His interpretation (Prokofief’s Fifth Symphony) was charged with power and passion that never waned. His reading was compelling, yet he also managed to bring out the lyricism that lies hidden beneath the boldness of the themes. What was especially remarkable, he conducted the work from memory. The orchestra played marvelously. The musicians were at the top of their game, and their rapport with Rachleff was obvious. It was a fabulous collaboration between orchestra and conductor.

    A former faculty member of Oberlin Conservatory, where he was Music Director of Orchestras and Conductor of the Contemporary Ensemble, he also served as conductor of the Opera Theatre at the University of Southern California. He has conducted and presented masterclasses all over the world, including the Chopin Academy in Warsaw, the Zurich Hochschule, the Sydney and Queensland, Australia conservatories, the Juilliard School, the New England Conservatory, and Royal Northern College in the U.K.

    Larry Rachleff is an enthusiastic advocate of public school music education. He has conducted All-State orchestras and festivals in virtually every state in the United States as well as throughout Europe and Canada. He has also served as principal conducting teacher for the American Symphony Orchestra League, the Conductors’ Guild and the International Workshop for Conductors in the Czech Republic.

    As a dedicated advocate of contemporary music, Mr. Rachleff has collaborated with leading composers including Samuel Adler, the late Luciano Berio, George Crumb, Michael Daugherty and John Harbison among others.

    Larry Rachleff lives in Houston with his wife, soprano Susan Lorette Dunn, and their young son, Sam.

    Larry Rachleff
  • schedule

    Conducting Workshop Schedule

    (Subject to change – please check upon arrival)

     

    Day 1, Monday, 4/27

    14:00 – 16:00 Two piano session for Respighi (Barnes Hall, CU)

    4  conductors (30 minutes each)

    14:00 – 14:30 conductor 1

    14:30 – 15:00 conductor 2

    15:00 – 15:30 conductor 3

    15:30 – 16:00 conductor 4

     

    16:45 – 18:25 Orchestra session on Respighi with CSO (Bailey Hall, CU)

    4 conductors (25 minutes each)

    16:45 – 17:10 conductor 2

    17:10 – 17:35 conductor 3

    17:35 – 18:00 conductor 4

    18:00 – 18:25 conductor 1

     

    Day 2, Tuesday, 4/28

    11 – 12:30 Score Study Tchaikovsky (316 seminar room at CU)

     

    13:30 – 15:30 2 piano session on Respighi (Barnes Hall at CU)
    4 conductors (30 minutes each)

    13:30 – 14:00 conductor 5

    14:00 – 14:30 conductor 6

    14:30 – 15:00 conductor 7

    15:00 – 15:30 conductor 8

     

    15:45 – 16:30 travel time to CU

     

    16:45 – 18:05 CCO rehearsal technique (Barnes Hall, CU) (Tchaikovsky)

    4 conductors (20 minutes each)

    16:45 – 17:05 conductor 6

    17:05 – 17:25 conductor 7

    17:25 – 17:45 conductor 8

    17:45 – 18:05 conductor 5

     

    Day 3, Wednesday, 4/29

    10:30 – 12:30 2 piano session on Sibelius (Location TBA, IC?)

    4  conductors (30 minutes each)

    10:30 – 11:00     conductor 3

    11:00 – 11:30     conductor 4

    11:30 – 12:00     conductor 1

    12:00 – 12:30     conductor 2

    14:00 – 15:50 rehearsal with orchestra – ICSO/Sibelius (Ford Hall, IC)

    4 conductors (25 minutes each)

    14:05 – 14:30     conductor 4

    14:30 – 14:55     conductor 1

    15:00 – 15:25     conductor 2

    15:25 – 15:50     conductor 3

     

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

     

    16:45 – 18:45 rehearsal with orchestra  – CSO/Respighi (B20 of Lincoln Hall, CU)

    4 conductors (25 minutes each)

    16:45 – 17:00 conductor 7
    17:00 – 17:15 conductor 8

    17:15 – 17:30 conductor 5

    17:30 – 17:45 conductor 6

     

    Day 4, Thursday, 4/30

    12:30 – 14:30 2 piano & string quintet session on Sibelius (Barnes Hall, CU)

    4 conductors (30 minutes)

    13:00 – 13:30       conductor 8

    13:30 – 14:00       conductor 5

    14:00 – 14:30       conductor 6

    14:30 – 15:00       conductor 7
    16:45 – 18:05 CCO rehearsal technique session (Barnes Hall, CU) (Tchaikovsky)

    4 conductors (20 minutes each)

    16:45 – 17:05 conductor 1

    17:05 – 17:25 conductor 2

    17:25 – 17:45 conductor 3

    17:45 – 18:05 conductor 4

     

    19:00 – 20:00   Fireside chat with Rachleff at Alice Cook House (TBC)

     

    Day 5, Friday, 5/1

    11:00 – 13:00 Session for auditors Respighi with two pianos (Presser Hall, IC)

     

    14:00 – 15:50 rehearsal with orchestra – ICSO/Sibelius (Presser Hall, IC)

    4 conductors (25 minutes each)

    14:05 – 14:30 conductor 5

    14:30 – 14:55 conductor 6

    15:00 – 15:25 conductor 7

    15:25 – 15:50 conductor 8

     

    Day 6, Saturday, 5/2

    13:00 – 15:00 Dress Rehearsal (Presser Hall, IC)

     

    16:00 Concert in Ford Hall (Respighi/Sibelius)

     

    19:00 Final Dinner

     

    Day 7, Sunday, 5/3

    Departure
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