2018 New York City Conducting Workshop

New York City, Manhattan

Aerial view of New York City
New York City taxis

March TBA, 2018



Donald Schleicher has served as Professor of Conducting and Director of Orchestral Studies at the University of Illinois since 1995. He was also on the faculty of the University of Michigan for nine years. Professional positions include eight years as Music Director and Conductor of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra and for nine summers, he was Music Director and Principal Opera Conductor for the Pine Mountain Music Festival. At the outset of his career, he spent seven years as a high school band director in Williamsville, New York.

Schleicher has conducted the Inchon (South Korea) Philharmonic, the Daegu (South Korea) Symphony Orchestra, the Orquesta Filarmonica de la UNAM of Mexico City, the South Dakota Symphony, and the orchestras of Bridgeport, Tallahassee, and Lansing. He has also appeared as a guest conductor at the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival in Detroit. In April of 2011, he will lead the production of “The Merry Widow” with the Missouri Opera Theater.

He is frequently invited to lead performances or provide conducting master classes at many of the countries major music schools such as the Oberlin Conservatory, Eastman School of Music, Baylor University, University of Minnesota, Ithaca College, Ohio State University, and Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. As an enthusiastic advocate of public school music education, Mr. Schleicher has conducted All-State orchestras, festivals, and youth orchestras in nearly every state of the United States. He is also active as a clinician for public school music educators.

As a conducting professor, Mr. Schleicher’s class is an international draw for talented young conductors. Many of his former conducting students have gone on to hold prestigious positions with organizations such as the San Francisco Symphony, the New York Metropolitan Opera, Richmond Philharmonic, the Philharmonia of Kansas City, and the Seattle Symphony. In the summer of 2010, he served as lead instructor for the International Conducting Workshop in the Czech Republic as well as faculty for the Omaha Symphony Conducting Workshop. In March of 2011, he will join Gustav Meier as a teacher for the ICW in Ann Arbor, MI.


The Astoria Symphony is New York City’s premiere pre-professional training orchestra. Comprised of young professionals and advanced students from Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music, and other great conservatoires, the Astoria Symphony is entering its 8th season under the direction of Maestro Silas Huff.

  • $1099 Active Participant (not including travel or hotel)
  • $349 Auditor
This course focuses on conducting (baton) technique and effective communication with the baton and body. The course includes:

  • 1 score study/baton technique class
  • 1 rehearsal techniques class
  • 1 programming, music director, job interview class
  • 1 body alignment & conducting class
  • 1 port de bras (arm movement) class
  • 4 video-taped conducting sessions (10+ minutes each)
  • 2 video reviews
  • 1 meeting with Jesse Rosen at League of American Orchestras
  • 1 “Profession of Conducting” Class (resume and audition info)
Send a resume (curriculum vitae) with links to videos to info@iciworkshops.com. Please indicate in your email which workshop(s) you are applying for. One application may apply for all workshops.

PAPER APPLICATION: Please mail a C.V. and demo DVD to:

International Conductors Institute
4641 10th Street
Boulder, CO 80304