Conducting Workshop with Maestro Donald Schleicher June 2-6, 2017 New York City

Maestro Donald Schleicher (from our April 2016 Workshop)
New York Conducting Institute (NYCI) is proud to present a conducting workshop with Maestro Donald Schleicher on June 2-6, 2017. Participants will receive at least 48 minutes of podium time (three 16-minute podium sessions) over the course of the five days with a professional string quintet and piano, taught by Maestro Donald Schleicher.  All podium sessions will be digitally recorded.

Special Features this year:
Maestro Schleicher will be leading two sessions of intensive score review and discussion sessions
Lectures will be given by Maestro Schleicher on the following specific topics:

  • Creating a Positive Rehearsal Environment
  • Techniques and Tips on Score Study and Analysis
  • Interview Questions for Music Director Candidates
  • Programming
  • DOs and DON’Ts of making your conducting videos
  • Opera Conducting 101
  • Conducting:  From Band to Orchestra to Choir, from 5th graders to the pros

A brief review and discussion with individual conducting participants will be offered by Maestro Schleicher, right after each podium session

About Maestro Donald Schleicher

Click here for more information about Maestro Donald Schleicher.


BRAHMS The Tragic Overture, Op.81
BEETHOVEN Symphony No.8 in F major, Op.93
ELGAR Enigma, Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36
TCHAIKOVSKY Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy
BRITTEN The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra

Conductors are not required to prepare and/or conduct all pieces.


All sessions are held in midtown in Manhattan, New York City.
These sessions will take place at:
The National Opera Center (Opera America)
330 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10001

Friday, June 2nd, 2017
10:30-11:45am Brief Introduction and Score Review
2:00-5:00pm Podium Session 1
5:00-5:30pm Brief Review and Discussion

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017
10:00-11:30am Lecture #1
Creating a Positive Rehearsal Environment
Techniques and Tips on Score Study and Analysis
11:30am-12:30pm In-Depth Score Review and Discussion
Afternoon Free
6:30-9:30pm Podium Session 2
9:30-10:00pm Brief Review and Discussion

Sunday, June 4th, 2017
10:30am-1:30pm Podium Session 3
1:30-2:00pm Brief Review and Discussion
3:30-6:30pm Podium Session 4
6:30-7:00pm Brief Review and Discussion
Evening free

Monday, June 5th, 2017
12:00-1:30pm  Lecture #2
Interview Questions for Music Director Candidates
DOs and DON’Ts of making your conducting videos
3:00-6:00pm    Podium Session 5
6:00-6:30pm Brief Review and Discussion
7:30pm Conductor Dinner

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017
10:00-11:00am Lecture #3
Opera Conducting 101
Conducting: From Band to Orchestra to Choir, from 5th graders to the pros
11:00-11:30am Open Forum
1:00-4:00pm Podium Session 6
4:00-4:30pm Brief Review and Discussion
End of Workshop

How to apply

We are currently accepting full-participants and auditors.
In order to complete the application form, the following are required:

  • Video Clips of your own conducting. (for full-participant applications only)
  • List links to online video clips including title of the piece, length of the excerpt, ensemble name, and any additional information needed in order to access (at least 10 minutes, but not more than 30 minutes in total)
  • Résumé: We accept the following formats: pdf, doc, docx, txt, rtf, html.
  • Application fee $35 until April 5th, 2017. After this date, $50. (non-refundable, must pay online via your application form in order to complete your application)


Dates and Deadlines

April 5th, 2017
Applications are being accepted now and will be reviewed starting on April 5th, 2017. Applications received after April 5th will be reviewed and processed on a space-available basis. If the class is full, applications will be considered for Auditor status only.

If accepted as an Auditor, he or she may be added to the waiting list for Full Participant status, with the discretion of Maestro Schleicher and NYCI. If a Full-Participant must later cancel, tuition will be refunded (minus non-refundable fees) only if a suitable replacement is found.

April 10th, 2017
Admission decisions sent by email.
Decisions for applications received after April 5th, 2017, will be sent within 5 business days.

$350 non-refundable deposit due within 10 days upon acceptance for full participants

April 20th, 2017
For Auditors and Full-Participants, an early tuition payment discount of $35 is offered if entire tuition is paid in full by this date

May 1st, 2017
For Auditors and Full-participants: Tuition Balance due


All fees stated below are in US currency.

Application fee: $35 before April 5th, 2017.  After April 5th, $50. (non-refundable, must pay online in order to complete your application)
Full-Participant Tuition: $950 (see Dates and Deadlines for early-bird discount)
Auditor Tuition: $250 for the entire course; $75 for a day-pass (N.B. early-bird discount does not apply to day-pass auditors)

All fees paid by PayPal will incur a 3.5% service fee.

Online payments are preferred, but US checks, certified checks or money orders will also be accepted. Cash will not be accepted. The application is not complete and will not be processed until the application fee is received. Late payment of tuition deposit or tuition payments may result in loss of spot. All checks should be payable to the New York Conducting Institute and sent to the following address:

New York Conducting Institute
2360 Amsterdam Ave #6C
New York, NY 10033

Memo: June 2017 Workshop


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