Summer 2019 Workshop – Santa Fe

Summer Chamber Music Workshop 2019

Our 24th Year!

Monday July 29th to Saturday August 3rd

Offering a week of intensive coaching and playing for wind, string and keyboard chamber musicians

When and where?

The 2019 Kammermusik Summer Workshop will be held at The Lodge at Santa Fe on the north side of the city, with breathtaking views and brilliant sunrises and sunsets. It is a compact campus-type resort, with great facilities, a convenient shuttle to downtown locations, and easy access to the Santa Fe Opera. The workshop dates are from Monday July 29th to Saturday August 3rd. Travelers should plan to arrive Sunday July 28 as we begin with registration at 8 am on Monday. The workshop officially ends after the final dinner on Sat Aug 3rd. For travelers, the group room rates are available several days before and after the workshop.

Who should attend?

We welcome players of flutes, oboes, clarinets, bassoons, horns, violins, violas, cellos, double basses and keyboard players.

We form ensembles depending on the registrations received. Our program keeps groups together for just one or two days, holding mini-recitals each evening. This allows people to experience a variety of different ensembles and players over the week. We plan to give everyone at least one experience of playing mixed wind and string music as well as wind and string ensembles and some same-instrument ensembles. Sizes of groups will range from duets up to chamber orchestras.

While we have some flexibility in the number of players in each instrument, it is important to keep a balance of instrumentation in the workshop, so once we have passed a maximum of about six of one instrument, we shall place players on a waiting list until we are sure we can form another satisfactory ensemble. However, we can usually accommodate more bass instruments and more clarinets than the minimum, because of the available literature. This will enable us to tackle the large mixed ensembles for wind and strings, as well as the separate literature for wind and string ensembles with and without piano.

We also occasionally try new programming innovations as our planning committee determines may be advantageous, largely based on recommendations and feedback via our participant surveys from previous workshops.

Is this workshop right for me?

The workshop is intended for adult musicians of intermediate to advanced standards and all ages 18+. The workshop is not suitable for beginners. We ask those who have not attended a Kammermusik Workshop to take the ACMP self-rating guide, which helps us in coordinating groups. It is helpful if new members wish to send a recording of their playing or a reference from a teacher or coach, but this is not a requirement. We do not circulate music in advance in most cases so good sight-reading skills are important (especially counting accurately!).

To help you decide if the workshop is right for you, here are some comments from previous participants. There is also a Facebook group (Kammermusik of Santa Fe) – ask to join and ask questions!

Applicants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis provided they meet the qualifications and places are available. Clarinet and flute places, especially, usually fill up very quickly.

What coaching do we get?

There are professional coaches for wind instruments and for strings, resident throughout the week. In addition, we engage part-time coaches from visiting musicians in the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and the Santa Fe Opera, for ensemble classes and master classes, giving a varied experience throughout the week. Current booked coaches bios are available here – we will continue to add excellent coaching talent in line with registrations.

What is the accommodation like?

There are various room types at The Lodge at Santa Fe hotel, and our ability to keep prices down is contingent on meeting minimum nights’ stay thresholds at the Lodge. Your assistance in accessing the group rate (the lowest available rate!) and booking your reservation via this link to ensure it counts towards our minimums is much appreciated by all attendees! You may also contact the Lodge by phone at 505-992-5858 or 1-888-563-4373. Please be sure to reference group code B05J18 Kammermusik Workshops.

What will happen each day?

In addition to playing all day, two sessions in the morning with a break in between, followed by lunch, followed by one session later in the afternoon, there are lots of opportunities for social activities and hanging out with people who love music. The hotel will accommodate dietary restrictions such as gluten free/celiac, food allergies, vegetarian, vegan. Be sure to note these where requested with your registration.


Please note: Breakfast is an option this year – the wonderful caterer from our winter workshops, Piñon Catering, will be making available breakfast, lunch as well as a Welcome Dinner on the Monday evening, and a Celebration Dinner on Saturday, the final day of the workshop.

Can I bring a guest?

Yes. Guests and family frequently comment on the friendly atmosphere. Guests pay the same rates for accommodation and meals, and do not pay any fees.

I’m a keyboard player …

We need keyboard players to enable the many fabulous chamber works with piano, and many players like to have the chance of working through solo or duet works with piano during the week. You will receive ensemble coaching and (if there is demand) accompaniment coaching. Keyboard players enjoy a special discount off the participant fee.

How much will it cost?

Registration Fees
Registration – String and Wind Player Participant Includes all 6 lunches, snacks, coffee, tea and 2 Workshop Dinners for the week$800
Registration – Keyboard Includes all 6 lunches, snacks, coffee, tea and 2 Workshop Dinners for the week$532

We have held prices as low as possible through careful planning and negotiation, with only a modest increase over 2017 fees. (If you can’t make the whole week or certain meals, we can probably work something out! Just reach out to us at or click here.)

It’s good value but I still can’t afford it!

We have a financial aid program to help people attend if we are short of particular instruments. We typically award a few “scholarships” in the $100 – $540 range to offset workshop fees (non-food charges). We use these to balance the orchestration and in cases of financial need. These are supported by corporate and private donations. You may request a scholarship on the registration form.

So how do I make a donation to the Workshop?

Please see our information on sponsorship here.

How do I register?

Registration requires $200 deposit and completion of the online registration form. (Note: we have filled all openings for clarinets and flutes but are happy to add you to our waiting list.) If you cancel before May 1 2019 the deposit is refundable. Feel free to email us here if you have any questions. You should receive an automated reply upon submitting your registration form. Within approximately 10 business days, we will email you with further information and instruction on paying the deposit. If you don’t hear from us within that time, please do email us here in case something has gone astray. (And if you can’t make the whole week or certain meals, we can probably work something out! Just reach out to us at or click here.)

What else is there to do in Santa Fe?

Besides make great music? The Santa Fe Opera! The hot springs and spas! Georgia O’Keefe’s beloved Ghost Ranch! The Chamber Music Festival! Great art and great food! Awe-inspiring sunrises and sunsets, warm days and cool evenings! (just a few of our favorites…)

Here are resources for other great ideas:

The Lodge at Santa Fe hotel makes a great base of operations and offers its own activities (e.g., pool, spa, gym, a professional Flamenco dancing show…) as well as providing easy access to nearby downtown Santa Fe via the free hotel shuttle, making stops in town and at all of the hotel’s sister properties around the city.

Questions? Need advice? We would be glad to assist — just email us at