St. PCP Seventh International Masterclass “Russian Masters and Musin Legacy” with Alexander Polishchuk and Sian Edwards September 8 – 12 2015

St. PCP Seventh International Masterclass
“Russian Masters and Musin Legacy”
with Alexander Polishchuk and Sian Edwards
September 8 – 12, 2015

Alexander Polishchuk

Alexander Polishchuk

The St. PCP welcomes Sian Edwards, Head of Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music, to its distinguished list of guest masterclass teachers, who will instruct alongside Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory’s Alexander Polishchuk. This class represents a rare opportunity for 8 young conductors from all over the world to study three musical pillars of the repertoire by Shostakovich and Stravinsky in the Cultural Capital of Russia. Students will learn in the Ilya Musin tradition with both Edwards and Polishchuk, two of Musin’s most important former students and assistants.

Sian Edwards

Sian Edwards

Four days of classes and a final concert, September 8 – 12, 2015. In order to maximize podium time, the class is limited to only 8 advanced participants (and up to 4 observers) who will be invited to work with Maestros Edwards and Polishchuk. This is the smallest class size in the history of the St. PCP workshops, and therefore affords the most podium time. The workshop will include score study sessions, conducting sessions with two pianos, conducting sessions with the orchestra, a special session for auditors and a final concert. The students of the class will be featured on the final concert as part of the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic’s 2015-2016 concert season. Each participant will receive significant podium time with two pianos and with the orchestra, as well as a certificate of participation.


Shostakovich: Chamber Symphony for Strings in C Minor, Op. 110a
Stravinsky: Dumbarton Oaks
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 9


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Tuition (including breakfast and a shared double room in hotel) for active participants: $2,480 USD. There will be an additional charge for single room accommodation, if available.

There will be room for up to 8 observers (non-conducting students) to be accepted. Although they will not conduct in the masterclasses, there will be a special 2-hour class with Polishchuk on the Musin School of Conducting provided for these conductors. Tuition for observers (including room in hotel) will be $750 USD.


Deadline for receipt of all materials and non-refundable application fee is July 6, 2015.

Notification of acceptance will occur by July 10, and the tuition must be paid in full by July 31, 2015 to ensure a place in the course.

APPLICATION FORM: Click here for Masterclass application.

Application fee: $30 USD, non-refundable.

Bank information for wire transfers will be sent to you when the online application is completed.
Application and Tuition may also be paid through international bank draft or PayPal.

PayPal: Please include a 3% processing fee: 
Application fee will be $35 USD and Tuition will be $2,575 USD. Tuition for observers will be $775 USD.

Application fees, tuition and other materials as necessary can be sent through post to:

Jeffery Meyer
Ithaca College School of Music
952 Danby Rd
Ithaca NY 14850

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