International Conducting Masterclass

    with Markand Thakar 

    Stony Point, NY

    This masterclass will focus on growing musical understanding and building technical control. 

    "We work on about empowering the orchestra to make the best possible music"-M. Thakar

    Master Teacher: Markand Thakar

    Co-Director: Michael Avagliano


       This week long intensive masterclass will allow conductors to focus on their craft in a beautiful, secluded setting in the bucolic Stony Point Center, located just 45 miles north of New York City. Conductors will work with renowned pedagogue and conductor Markand Thakar, including sessions with string quartet and piano, two full days of intensive interaction with the Stony Point Chamber Orchestra.


       The masterclass is designed to promote awareness of body motion and expressivity, exploring the fundamentals of music-making. Maestro Markand Thakar will guide each conductor through eight conducting sessions, including four with full orchestra. Fellows will receive at least  60 minutes podium time with orchestra and 60 minutes podium time with quartet. All sessions will be recorded on video. 

       Associates will participate in all activities outside of conducting the ensembles.​


    Repertoire and Schedule


    Schubert         String Quartet D. 810 "Death and the Maiden” 

    Beethoven       String Quartet Op. 74 "Harp” 

    Tchaikovsky   Serenade for Strings, Op. 48

    Beethoven       Symphony No. 7, Op. 92

    Mozart            Symphony No. 36, "Linz"



    August 18 – Arrival day, no classes

    Check-in after 4:00 pm

    Dinner 6-7

    Evening Conversation


    August 19 – Technique and Music-making

    8:00                    Breakfast conversation

    9:30-11:00          Technique and movement

    11:00-12:00        Music Making and Score Study

    12:00 -1:00         Lunch, free study time

    1:00-2:30            Free study time

    2:30-3:30            Technique and Movement

    4:00-5:00            Music-making and score study

    6:00                    Dinner

                               Evening free


    August 20 – Quartet day

    Schubert: Death and the Maiden -- Beethoven: Quartet op. 74, "Harp"

    8:00                    Breakfast 

    9:30-10:00         Technique and movement

    10:00-12:00        Conducting session with quartet

    12:00-1:00          Lunch Conversation

    1:00-4:00            Conducting session with quartet

    4:30-6:00            Video Review

    6:00                     Dinner

    7:00                     Video review (if needed), free study time


    August 21 – Quartet and Piano: Preparation for Orchestra

    Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Mozart

    8:00                  Breakfast 

    9:00-10:00       Technique and movement

    10:00-12:00     Conducting session with quartet

    12:00-1:00       Lunch conversation

    1:00-4:00         Conducting session with quartet

    4:30-6:00         Video Review, optional technique

    6:00                  Dinner

    7:30-9:00         Video review (if needed), free study time


    August 22 –  Orchestra: Tchaikovsky

    Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings

    8:00                 Breakfast 

    9:30-12:00       Conducting session with orchestra

    12:00-1:30       Lunch conversation

    1:30-4:00         Conducting session with orchestra

    4:30-6:00         Video Review, optional technique

    6:00                  Dinner

    7:30-9:00         Video review (if needed), free study time


    August 23 – Orchestra: Mozart and Beethoven

    Mozart: Symphony no. 36 -- Beethoven: Symphony no. 7

    8:00                 Breakfast 

    9:30-12:00       Conducting session with orchestra

    12:00-1:30       Lunch conversation

    1:30-4:00         Conducting session with orchestra

    End of masterclass

    (Exact Schedule subject to change)

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    About the Stony Point Center

         Stony Point Center is a retreat center located in the beautiful Hudson Valley, New York. Welcoming Across Boundaries by providing overnight and day-use accommodations and meeting spaces for individuals and groups. We offer delicious, locally-sourced food; simple, comfortable guestrooms; and a caring touch that honors the distinctive needs of each guest. 

         SPC has simple accommodations with outstanding hospitality, including farm-fresh chef-prepared menus.



    gluten free





    raw food















                                                                                                                          air conditioning

                                                                                                                          airport transfer

                                                                                                                         all meals included


                                                                                                                         wheelchair accessible

                                                                                                        The Stony Point Center is a smoke-free facility. 

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    “This is the best workshop I’ve been to… I really appreciated the friendly yet passionate attitude that everyone brought, and the teachers set a wonderful tone for the workshop.”


    “The balance of physical work, podium time, video reviews and evening conversations was really great!”

    “I loved the light but focused atmosphere… everyone became close and was very supportive. The setting was tranquil, and the food was phenomenal!”


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    Tuition and Fees:

    $1400 Fellow (full Participation)

    $500 Associate


    Room & Board 

    Sunday evening-Thursday Night

    (Workshop ends Friday at 4pm)

    $650 Double Room, $750 Single Room  (all meals included)

    $125 Commuter Rate (includes breakfast and lunch)


    Total cost

    $2150 Fellow, single room

    $2050 Fellow, double room

    $1250 Associate, single room

    $1150 Associate, double room

    $1525 Commuter (includes breakfast and lunch)


    A deposit of $500 is required by July 13 to reserve your place.

    The remainder of the fee is due by August 1. 

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