Kammermusik Workshops Winter 2018

Our Twenty-Third Year!

The Winter Workshop will be held Friday, February 16th to Monday, February 19th 2018

The workshop will be held at the IHM Conference Center, a peaceful retreat located 1 mile from world famous Canyon Road, and 2 miles from the historic Santa Fe Plaza.  Wherever possible music will be provided in advance for practice!

For 2018, we are offering FIVE exciting workshops:

chamber-orchestra-3Chamber Orchestra – David Chavez 
joins us this year to lead mixed strings and winds in discovering an exciting orchestral masterpiece, Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 in g minor, K 550. Approximately 2/3 of the workshop will be devoted as the full orchestra to the symphony. The remaining time will offer the string section an opportunity for focused coaching on the Mozart, while the wind players explore a Harmoniemusik arrangement of Der Freischütz.

This workshop requires 1 Flute, 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets, 2 Bassoons, 2 Horns, and a minimum of 2 Violins, Viola, Cello and Bass, though more will be very welcome!


baroque-3Baroque – The Kammermusik Baroque Workshop will provide its participants – including violins, violas, cellos, pairs of flutists and oboists, a bassoon, and keyboard – the opportunity to rehearse and perform a large baroque work. The pitch will be A=440 Hz.

This year the focus will be on Johann Friedrich Fasch, the German violinist and composer, much esteemed by Bach, and court Kapellmeister at Zerbst from 1722 until his death in 1758. Fasch’s style was an important link between the Baroque and Classical periods, and  he was one of those who, said Reimann, “set instrumental music entirely on its feet and displaced fugal writing with modern ‘thematic’ style.’” We will focus specifically on his Concerto in B Flat, FaWV L;B3, probably from the 1740s, a delightful piece with lots of variation, texture and well distributed parts. You can hear a version on YouTube here. You’ll also find the parts online at IMSLP here if you’d like a preview!

Join baroque specialists Carol Redman (winds) and Stephen Redfield (strings) for this unique offering and our first focus on Fasch!


Clarinet Ensemble – Get your Clarinet Geek On! Paul Wexler will coach a dedicated clarinet ensemble (clarinets and bass clarinets, as well as other clarinets you may have, depending on registrations received). Suggested exploration will include: new diverse clarinet literature purchased for the Kammermusik library for these clarinet ensembles – maybe even an original composition! An incredibly rich and diverse playing opportunity!



Wind Octets – Tom O’Connor joins us to explore the large wind octet literature – we will make an extensive library available, including Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert and Haydn, with more specific selections to be announced shortly. This workshop is always in high demand and requires 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets, 2 Bassoons, and 2 French Horns.



Wind Decets – Crawford Best will lead 10 winds to work up the challenging Enescu Dixtuor. Crawford’s years of experience in top orchestras, extensive teaching experience, and current position as Principal Bassoon of the Santa Fe Pro Musica Orchestra, promise this group of players a rewarding and challenging weekend!  This workshop requires 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets, 2 Bassoons, and 2 French Horns.


Each group will work with the conductor/coach named above for the whole of the workshop. Selected parts of the pieces will be performed on the final day. Wherever possible, music will be provided in advance for practice!

Our conductor-coaches for Winter 2018 are Tom O’Connor, Stephen Redfield, Carol Redman, David Chavez, Crawford Best and Paul Wexler.  They all offer extensive professional experience in ensemble performance, education, and conducting – and they’re just great people to work with! Please check their bios here.

Where is the workshop?
This year we return to the enchanting Immaculate Heart of Mary Conference Center, located on Museum Hill, at 50 Mount Carmel Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Instrumentation – Who should attend
Flutes, oboes, clarinets, bass clarinet, bassoons, horns, violins, violas, celli, basses, and keyboards. The registration form allows you to indicate your preferences for workshop, though we select players carefully for each ensemble to ensure the best workshop experience for everyone and we may offer you a workshop that is not your first choice.

Is this workshop right for me?
This workshop is for strong intermediate to advanced players who can commit to practicing the music ahead of the workshop. We ask all new applicants to complete the ACMP self-grading questionnaire carefully and honestly so that we can select participants and assign parts appropriately, ensuring maximum enjoyment for all. If you’ve been to one of our workshops before but have improved since then, feel free to take the test again! If you haven’t been before, you may wish to send us a recording and/or a reference from a teacher to assist us in placement, though this is not an absolute requirement.

Need some convincing?
See what people have had to say about Kammermusik Workshops right here!

What will happen each day?
Each day, you will play in an assigned group from approximately 9 to 5 (9 to 12:30 on Monday) with breaks and lunch. Each group will work with an assigned conductor/coach throughout the weekend. And, of course, in addition to playing all day, there will be optional social activities including group dinners and a hospitality suite for gathering in the evenings — all are welcome. On Monday afternoon, there will be an informal performance in the chapel, to which your guests are also invited.

One of the best features of being at Immaculate Heart of Mary Conference Center is their incredible caterer, Piñon Catering. Their meals are a wholesome joy and consistently rated with the highest marks in our satisfaction surveys. We are able to accommodate dietary restrictions and food allergies and yet provide an incredible diversity of food choices, all extremely pleasant to the palate and sure to enchant you so you’ll never want to leave!

Can I bring a guest?
Of course. Your guests are welcome to observe the workshop sessions and attend the final concert for free. They also may join us for meals at $10 per breakfast, $15 per lunch, $25 for the final dinner following the concert Monday. Please indicate guest meal selections on the registration form. During the day, there are plenty of fun things to see and do on Museum Hill and in nearby Santa Fe.

How much will it cost?
There is a registration fee of $420 for workshop participation and includes tuition, administrative costs, snacks and lunches on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Breakfasts are included this year, for those staying on-site; they’re optional for anyone else at an additional $10 per person per day. Final dinner after the concert will be provided by IHM’s incredible Pinon Catering – a delicious final celebration of the weekend for a mere $25 per person.

Accommodation is available at Immaculate Heart of Mary Conference Center at $80/night for singles, $100/night for doubles. NOTE: although the room rates have changed this year, IHM is offering these rates with breakfast included!

What if I cannot afford it?
We have a limited financial aid program which allows us to award a few scholarships. You can request a scholarship with your registration.

How do I register?
You register for this workshop here. Once you have completed your registration application, you will receive an automated confirmation that we have received it.  We will follow that with email instructions on paying the deposit and the balance.  Note: integrated payment features of this site are currently non-functional.  Please only pay as instructed via email from the workshop directors. Also, you may cancel your reservation up to January 15, 2018, by emailing us here, and you will obtain a full refund of any payments. Cancellations on or after January 16th will forfeit the deposit.

What accommodations are available?
Accommodation is available at Immaculate Heart of Mary Conference Center at $80 for singles, $100 for doubles and you will select your preference with your registration. We encourage roommates at IHM as the rooms offer separate beds and are quite large – we have created a place to indicate you’d like a roommate (and a cheaper rate!) in the registration form.You may also feel free to make independent arrangements for accommodation elsewhere. We are working on affordable “overflow” accommodation nearby should we run out of available rooms at IHM.


Kammermusik Workshops is excited to announce a reciprocal discount of 20% for our attendees who, within 18 months, attend the Ischia Chamber Music Festival. Or for Ischia players who join a Kammermusik Workshop. If you attended the Ischia festival in 2017, you may take advantage of the discount — please check the appropriate box on the registration form.

What if I have questions?
Additional details on the program will be provided by email before the workshop. Also, you may contact the Workshop Directors by email if you have any other questions.

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