Third International Masterclass in
Orchestral Conducting 2011
with Alexander Polishchuk and Mark Stringer

2011 International Masterclass in Orchestral Conducting with Alexander Polishchuk (Professor of Conducting at the Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory and former assistant to Ilya Musin) and Mark Stringer (Professor of Orchestral Conducting at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna) with the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic. Five days of classes and a final concert, May 31 through June 4, 2011.

In order to maximize podium time, only 12 participants (and 8 observers) will be invited to work with Maestros Polishchuk and Stringer in May and June 2011 in St. Petersburg, Russia. Polishchuk is one of the Conservatory's most important teachers and an expert in the Musin technique. Stringer, a graduate of the Julliard School in New York City, counts Bernstein, Ozawa, Rattle and Tilson Thomas among his teachers. The workshop will include score study sessions, conducting sessions with two pianos, conducting sessions with the orchestra, and the possibility of video review. All sessions will be videotaped. The course will also likely include rehearsal observation at the Philharmonic or Mariinsky Theatre, depending on concert/rehearsal scheduling. The top conductors of the class will have the opportunity to conduct on the final concert as part of the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic’s 2010-2011 concert season.

Each active participant will receive significant podium time with two pianos and with the orchestra, as well as a certificate of participation: approximately 80 minutes of podium with two pianos and 70 minutes with orchestra for each conductor. The conductors chosen to conduct on the final concert will have additional time with two pianos and the orchestral dress rehearsal before the concert and will receive a prize winners' certificate. Conductors who are observers only will have a special 2-hour class with Polishchuk on the Musin School of Conducting. He will also be available for private consultation during the second part of the class.


Britten: Simple Symphony

Prokofiev: Classical Symphony

Debussy: Prelude to Afternoon of a Faun (arr. Schoenberg)
Mozart: Symphony No. 40, K. 550, G Minor (version without clarinets) 

Conductors should plan to arrive on Monday, May 30 and depart on Sunday, June 5.


Tuition (including room in apartments or hotels) for active participants: $2,500 USD.

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 apartments/hotel) will be $750 USD.

After notification of acceptance, the tuition must be paid in full by April 15, 2011 to ensure a place in the course.


The application period is over and the class is filled. There are still observer spots available. Please apply ASAP.

APPLICATION FORM: Click here for Masterclass application.
Application fee: $25 USD, non-refundable. 

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

 Please include a 3% processing fee - 
Application = $26 USD; Tuition = $2,575 USD; Tuition for observers = $775 USD.

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Jeffery Meyer
Ithaca College School of Music
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