• 9th Ithaca International Conducting Masterclass with Larry Rachleff

    April 30 - May 5, 2018

  • A collaboration between

    Ithaca College Orchestras &

    Cornell University Orchestras

  • Repertoire for Participants
     

    Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 with ICSO

     

    Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 with CSO

  • The Masterclass

    Six days of classes Monday, April 30 - Saturday, May 5, 2018. Participants should plan on committing to the entire duration of the class. Conductors should plan to arrive in Ithaca on Monday, April 30 (sessions begin at 2 PM) and depart on Sunday, May 6.

     

    The workshop will include:

    All conducting sessions will be video recorded. Conductors should bring USB flash drives for video storage and transfer.

     

    Eight conductors will be chosen to be active participants 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 orchestras (not including the concert dress rehearsal and concert podium time) and 60 minutes of podium time in piano and quintet sessions. There will be a special session with two pianos for auditors.


    Active Participants will each conduct portions of the repertoire in the final concert.

  • Schedule

    Conducting Workshop Schedule

    (Subject to change - please check upon arrival)

     

    Day 1, Monday, 4/30

    14:00 - 16:00 piano+string quintet session for Tchaikovsky (Barnes Hall, CU) confirmed

    8 conductors (15 minutes each)

    14:00 - 14:15 conductor 1 Active Participant

    14:15 - 14:30 conductor 2 Active Participant

    14:30 - 14:45 conductor 3 Active Participant

    14:45 - 15:00 conductor 4 Active Participant

    15:00 - 15:15 conductor 5 Active Participant

    15:15 - 15:30 conductor 6 Active Participant

    15:30 - 15:45 conductor 7 Active Participant

    15:45 - 16:00 conductor 8 Active Participant

     

    16:45 - 18:25 Orchestra session on Tchaikovsky with CSO (B20 of Lincoln Hall, CU)

    4 conductors (25 minutes each)

    16:45 - 17:10 conductor 2 Active Participant

    17:10 - 17:35 conductor 3 Active Participant

    17:35 - 18:00 conductor 4 Active Participant

    18:00 - 18:25 conductor 1 Active Participant

     

    Attend ICSO concert 815 pm

     

    Day 2, Tuesday, 5/1

    930-1130 am Score Study Tchaikovsky (316 seminar room at CU) room confirmed

     

    13:30 - 15:30 piano+string quintet session on Beethoven (Barnes Hall at CU) room confirmed 8 conductors (15 minutes each)

    13:30 - 13:45 conductor 5 Active Participant

    13:45 - 14:00 conductor 6 Active Participant

    14:00 - 14:15 conductor 7 Active Participant

    14:15 - 14:30 conductor 8 Active Participant

    14:30 - 14:45 conductor 1 Active Participant

    14:45 - 15:00 conductor 2 Active Participant

    15:00 - 15:15 conductor 3 Active Participant

    15:15 - 15:30 conductor 4 Active Participant

     

    16:45 - 18:15 CCO open rehearsal with Larry Rachleff (Barnes Hall, CU) room confirmed

    [Bartok Divertimento for Strings Mvt 2]

     

    Day 3, Wednesday, 5/2

    10:00 - 12:00 piano + string quintet session on Beethoven (Presser at IC) ? or Barnes Hall (hold)

    4 conductors (30 minutes each)

    10:00 - 10:30 conductor 6 Active Participant

    10:30 - 11:00 conductor 7 Active Participant

    11:00 - 11:30 conductor 8 Active Participant

    11:30 - 12:00 conductor 5 Active Participant

     

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

    4 conductors (25 minutes each)

    14:05 - 14:30 conductor 7 Active Participant

    14:30 - 14:55 conductor 8 Active Participant

    15:00 - 15:25 conductor 5 Active Participant

    15:25 - 15:50 conductor 6 Active Participant

     

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

     

    16:45 - 18:45 rehearsal with orchestra - CSO/Tchaikovsky (B20 of Lincoln Hall, CU) location confirmed

    4 conductors (25 minutes each)

    16:45 - 17:10 conductor 3 Active Participant
    17:10 - 17:35 conductor 4 Active Participant

    17:35 - 17:45 break

    17:45 - 18:10 conductor 1 Active Participant

    18:10 - 18:35 conductor 2 Active Participant

     

    Day 4, Thursday, 5/3

    12:30 - 14:30 piano + string quintet session on Tchaikovsky (Barnes Hall, CU) room confirmed

    4 conductors (30 minutes)

    13:00 - 13:30 conductor 4 Active Participant

    13:30 - 14:00 conductor 1 Active Participant

    14:00 - 14:30 conductor 2 Active Participant

    14:30 - 15:00 conductor 3 Active Participant

     

    19:30 - 20:30 Fireside chat with Rachleff at Alice Cook House (TBC)

     

    Day 5, Friday, 5/4

    10:00 - 12:00 piano + string quintet Session for Auditors/Fellows Tchaikovsky/Beethoven (Hockett, IC)

    [10 minutes each]

     

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

    4 conductors (25 minutes each)

    14:05 - 14:30 conductor 8 Active Participant

    14:30 - 14:55 conductor 5 Active Participant

    15:00 - 15:25 conductor 6 Active Participant

    15:25 - 15:50 conductor 7 Active Participant

     

    Day 6, Saturday, 5/5

    10:00 - 12:00 Dress Rehearsal For Beethoven(Ford Hall, IC) 4 Active Participant

    13:00 - 15:00 Dress Rehearsal for Tchaikovsky(Ford Hall, IC) 4 Active Participant

    16:00 Concert in Ford Hall (Tchaikovsky/Beethoven)


    19:30 J.S. Bach's St Matthew Passion performance by Cornell Glee Club and Chorus NY State Baroque in Bailey Hall

     

    Day 7, Sunday, 5/6

    Departure

  • Master Teacher Larry Rachleff

    Larry Rachleff is Walter Kris Hubert Professor of Orchestral Conducting 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.

  • How to apply

     

    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 5, 2018.

     

    Application fee: $25

     

    Participant fee: $1350

    8 maximum

     

    Auditor fee: $200

    8 maximum

     

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

     

    Acceptance will be announced via email by Friday, March 9, and the deadline for payment will be Monday, March 26. 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 5, 2018 (Receipt Date)

     

    Notification of Acceptance: Friday, March 9, 2018

     

    Payment Deadline: Monday, March 26, 2018 (Receipt Date)

     

     

     

     

    Please note that all checks should be made payable to Cornell University (with a memo stating the payment is for IICM2018). 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

     

     

    March 5, 2018

    Receipt deadline for applications

    March 9, 2018

    Notification of acceptance

    March 26, 2018

    Payment deadline
  • Orchestras

    Ford Hall at Ithaca College

    Watch an archived webcast of ICSO (click on photo)

    Bailey Hall

    Watch an archived webcast of CSO (click on photo)