Fourth International Masterclass in
Orchestral Conducting 2012
with Alexander Polishchuk and Mark Stringer

2012 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, June 5 through June 9, 2012.

In order to maximize podium time, only 12 participants (and 8 observers) will be invited to work with Maestros Polishchuk and Stringer in 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 top conductors of the class will have the opportunity to conduct on the final concert as part of the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic's 2011-2012 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.


Stravinsky: Concerto in D
Schoenberg: Verklarte Nacht
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4, op. 90, A Major (Italian)

Conductors should plan to arrive on Monday, June 4 and depart on Sunday, June 10.


Tuition (including breakfast and a shared double room in hotel) for active participants: $2,450 USD. There will be an additional charge for single room accomodation, 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 apartments/hotel) will be $700 USD.


Deadline for receipt of all materials and non-refundable application fee is Friday, March 16, 2012.
Notification of acceptance will occur by April 2, and the tuition must be paid in full by April 16, 2012 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 paid through international bank draft or PayPal. 

 Please include a 3% processing fee: 
Application fee will be $31 USD and Tuition will be $2,525 USD. Tuition for observers will be $725 USD.

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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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