• 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 [updated March 8, 2018]

    (Subject to change - please check upon arrival)


    Day 1, Monday, 4/30

    13:40 - 14:00 Introductions and information meeting for all participants, auditors and observers in Barnes Hall

    14:00 - 16:00 2 piano session for Tchaikovsky (Barnes Hall, CU) confirmed

    with pianists Ryan McCullough and Andrew Zhou

    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


    [van +car pool transport to Ithaca college]


    Attend ICSO concert 815 pm in Ford Hall


    Day 2, Tuesday, 5/1

    9:30 - 11:30 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

    09:50 - 11:50 piano + string quintet session on Beethoven (Presser at IC confirmed)

    4 conductors (30 minutes each)

    9:50 - 10:20 conductor 6 Active Participant

    10:20 - 10:50 conductor 7 Active Participant

    10:50 - 11:20 conductor 8 Active Participant

    11:20 - 11:50 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 [van+car pool transport to Cornell]


    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 8 Active Participant
    17:10 - 17:35 conductor 5 Active Participant

    17:35 - 17:45 break

    17:45 - 18:10 conductor 6 Active Participant

    18:10 - 18:35 conductor 7 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)

    12:30 - 13:00 conductor 4 Active Participant

    13:00 - 13:30 conductor 1 Active Participant

    13:30 - 14:00 conductor 2 Active Participant

    14:00 - 14:30 conductor 3 Active Participant


    4:45 - 6:30 open forum about the state of the conducting profession with Larry Rachleff in Barnes Hall


    Day 5, Friday, 5/4

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

    [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 1 Active Participant

    14:30 - 14:55 conductor 2 Active Participant

    15:00 - 15:25 conductor 3 Active Participant

    15:25 - 15:50 conductor 4 Active Participant


    15:50 - 16:10 faculty meeting [to decide concert conducting assignment]


    Day 6, Saturday, 5/5

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

    13:00 - 15:00 Dress Rehearsal for Tchaikovsky (Ford Hall, IC - confirmed) 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


  • Ithaca International Conducting Masterclass 2018

    Selected Active Participants

    in alphabetical order

    Etienne Abelin

    Appointed by him to be the principal second violin of the Orchestra Mozart Bologna and a founding member of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Etienne Abelin was a musical companion of Claudio Abbado for 18 years. Abelin’s passion for new ways in classical music and for social change through music have since led him to co-found and co-direct the Pan-European Sistema Europe Youth Orchestra and other initiatives. As a violinist, he records for labels Neue Meister and ECM and as a conductor, he has performed with the Basel Sinfonietta, the Orquestra Sinfonica Portuguesa, the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris and many others.

    Dajoung Choi

    Dajoung Choi, a South Korean conductor, made her professional debut with the Wonju Philharmonic in 2016. Ms. Choi continues to appear as a young conductor with Gyeonggi Philharmonic, Gangnam Symphony. She has had many concert with KNUA repertory Orchestra. She was a music director of Naver Philharmonic Orchestra. She studied Choir and Orchestra conducting at Korean National University of Arts and received Artist Diplomas. Further studies were gained through active participation in master classes with David Itkin, Tadaaki Otaka, Chiyong-Chung. Currently she is pursuing an M.M in Orchestral Conducting from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee with maestro Bruce Hangen.

    Benjamin Firer

    American conductor Benjamin Firer is the Orchestra Director and Professor of Conducting at Northeastern Illinois University. Benjamin is currently a Doctoral Fellow in Orchestral Conducting at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music, where he is the recipient of the Emma Peters Hooper Fund Endowed Scholarship Award. Equally at home with the operatic repertoire, he recently conducted Aaron Copland’s The Tender Land with the Northwestern University Opera Theatre. In the summer of 2016 Mr. Firer was was named as an “Emerging Conductor” at the Peninsula Music Festival and was the Conducting Fellow at the Atlantic Music Festival.

    Alexander Magalong

    Alexander Magalong is the associate conductor of the Frost Symphony Orchestra and the conductor of the Greater Miami Youth Symphony Concert Orchestra. According to the South Florida Classical Review, “Magalong was particularly adept at keeping the ensemble cohesive during the tricky twists of melodic phrasing.” He was a finalist for the Pikes Peak Philharmonic and has conducted for the Palm Beach
    Symphony, Alhambra Symphony, Broward Symphony, Peakharmonic Youth Orchestra, Broadmoor Pops Orchestra, the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, and the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs. He has received mentorship from Thomas
    Sleeper, Lawrence Golan, Neil Varon, Christopher Zimmerman, and Cristian Macelaru.

    Keehun Nam

    Keehun Nam, student of Octavio Más-Arocas at Ithaca College, is the Music Director of the Sinfonietta and the assistant conductor of the Symphony and Chamber orchestras. He has served as the principal conductor of the Ithaca College Contemporary Ensemble and Gamer Symphony in addition to being the Orchestra Director to Savoyards Ithaca for the past two seasons leading productions of Bernstein’s Candide and Rupert Holme’s The Mystery of Edwin Drood and the guest conductor for Orchestras at Cornell. Prior to Ithaca, I founded and led the Vanderbilt Commodore Orchestra, the first community orchestra at Vanderbilt University, for four years.


    Tani Ryan

    Ryan Tani currently serves as Associate Conductor of the Occasional Symphony, Assistant Conductor of both the Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra and the COSMIC Orchestra, and Conducting Fellow for the Montgomery Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2015, he was declared the winner of the ACDA Undergraduate Student Conducting Competition at their national conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. During his tenure as Co-Founder and Music Director of the Concerto Chamber Orchestra from 2012-2015, Ryan helped shape the orchestral scene in the Los Angeles area by providing a medium for high-level performance opportunities to student musicians of all majors. The orchestra thrives to this day.

    Duo Shen


    Shen Duo obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Violin Performance at University of Delaware. He is currently a D.M.A. Candidate in Violin at University of Maryland, College Park. His primary violin teachers are James Stern and Xiang Gao. Shen Duo has been studying conducting since 2014. His conducting teachers include: James Ross, Michael Jinbo, James Anderson, and Jorge Mester. He has also studied with Mark Gibson, Tito Muños, Samuel Jones, Donald Portnoy in conducting workshops. Since 2016, Shen Duo has been the guest conductor at Masters Players Festival at Delaware. Shen Duo is the co-founder of violins4ward, a group that promotes world peace, creates new musical concepts and concert experiences for concert-goers. He is also the founding member of TongYan, a Beijing-Based piano trio.

    Kin Szeto

    Pursuing a strong interest in classical orchestral music, Kin Szeto began his conducting training at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts as a student of Perry So, former Associate Conductor of The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. Szeto has coached different orchestras through many performances and won numerous awards, including “Golden Band” and the “Grand Prix” in the 6th Bratislava International Youth Music Festival. As a recipient of the Hong Kong Scholarship for Excellence Scheme and the Ithaca College Graduate Assistantship, Szeto is now pursuing his Master's in orchestral conducting, at Ithaca College under the mentorship of Professor Octavio Más-Arocas.

  • Ithaca International Conducting Masterclass 2018

    Selected Auditors

    in alphabetical order

    Daniel Bukin

    Daniel currently serves as the assistant conductor for the UNCSA Symphony Orchestra as well as the Triad Area Medical Orchestra. He was recently invited to guest conduct “A Copland Portrait” with the UNCSA Wind Ensemble. This past summer, Daniel was a participant in the International Institute for Conductors in Bacau, Romania. During the workshop, he collaborated with maestros Ovidiu Balan, Charles Gambetta, and the Filharmonica ‘Mihail Jora’ Bacau to conduct works by Puccini, Verdi, and Johann Strauss Jr. Daniel has served as assistant conductor for both the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute’s production of Florencia en el Amazonas and for UNCSA’s 50th-anniversary production of The Nutcracker.

    Hyeyoun Jang

    South Korea-born conductor HyeYoun Jang currently serves as an assistant conductor at the University of North Texas. Ms. Jang has performed with the Music Sharing Project Ensemble, NOVA Contemporary Ensemble, KM Chamber Orchestra, the University of Iowa Chamber Orchestra, and worked as an apprentice conductor at the Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra. Ms. Jang has studied with famous conducting ​tutors such as Gerard Schwarz, Kenneth Kiesler, Andrew Constantine, and Steven Smith at various festivals and workshops throughout the U.S. Her conducting is influenced by the great mentors, David Itkin, Ki-sun Sung, and William LaRue Jones.

    Shohei Kobayashi


    At the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Shohei Kobayashi serves as guest conductor of the University Choir, director of the Residential College Singers, and assistant conductor of UMS Choral Union. Shohei was an MCP Conducting Fellow at National Collegiate Choral Organization’s 2017 conference, assistant conductor at Hot Springs Music Festival with Peter Bay in 2017, and the recipient of Berkshire Choral International’s Robert Page Conducting Fellowship in 2016. Shohei currently studies with Jerry Blackstone and has previously worked with Simon Carrington, Ann Howard Jones, Jan Harrington, Kathy Romey, Kenneth Kiesler, Katherine FitzGibbon, and Gary Thor Wedow.

    Grant Harville

    Grant Harville was recently selected from an international pool of 115 candidates to become the Music Director of the Great Falls Symphony. Previously he ‘made it grandly apparent why he was selected to be’ the Director of the Idaho State Civic Symphony and served as Associate Conductor of the Georgia Symphony, Director of the Georgia Youth Symphony, Orchestra Director at Ripon College, and Music Director for the Madison Savoyards.

    Evan Mecarrello

    Evan Meccarello is known for fostering new classical music initiatives and serving communities in the Northeast with great music. As Founder and Director of the Hochstein Alumni Orchestra (Rochester, NY), he has led the group in world-premiere performances of Rochester composers and showcased talented musicians in a concert tour. Meccarello’s performances with the orchestra have been selected for public radio broadcast on WXXI-FM. He is a conductor of the Thames Valley Youth Symphony, based at Connecticut College, and directs a youth chamber music program. This season he appeared as a guest conductor with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.

    Jacob Niemann


    Serving as Assistant Conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestra, Jacob Niemann is a conductor and trombonist who frequently performs in the Mid-Atlantic area. Jacob has led ensembles such as the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, and Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic. In the summer of 2018, Jacob will be a conducting fellow at the Aspen Music Festival and School. Currently, Jacob is a BM student at Peabody Conservatory, where he studies conducting with Dr. Harlan D. Parker and trombone with Randall Campora. Jacob additionally holds a Diploma from The Juilliard School, Pre-College Division in trombone performance with Demian Austin.

    Matthew Straw

    Matthew Straw is the youngest conductor ever invited to compete in the International Bucharest Conducting competition. He is the apprentice conductor of the Missouri Symphony Orchestra (where he made his professional conducting debut at age 19), assistant conductor of the Northern Ohio Youth Orchestras, and assistant conductor to Tim Weiss and Raphael Jimenez at Oberlin Conservatory. Matthew will graduate in 2020 from the Double Degree Program at Oberlin, where he holds the distinction of being accepted with scholarship to the conducting, piano, and voice studios. His principal teachers include Kirk Trevor, Raphael Jimenez, Tim Weiss, Salvatore Champagne, and Stanislav Ioudenitch.

    Shun Yao

    Rising from a new generation of conductors, Shun Yao has worked with
    orchestras across the States, Europe, and Asia. Last summer he was selected to be one of the conducting fellows at Eastern Music Festival, leading concerts with the Faculty orchestra as well as the student ensembles. He has also led the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Hear and Now Contemporary Music Ensemble, Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic, London Classical Soloists, among others. His mentors include Gerard Schwarz, Jorma Panula, and Larry Rachleff. Mr. Yao holds degrees from Rice
    University and Manhattan School of Music.

  • 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


    Deposit of $200 due by Participants and Auditors to confirm participation in the masterclass: Friday, March 16, 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)