Kammermusik Workshops Winter 2019
Our Twenty-Fourth Year!
The Winter Workshop will be held Friday, February 15th to Monday, February 18th 2019
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 2019, we are offering at least FIVE exciting workshops:
Chamber Orchestra – Roger Coull joins us this year from the UK to lead mixed strings and winds in discovering an exciting orchestral masterpiece, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 in E♭ major, Op. 55, known as the Eroica Symphony (Italian for Heroic). 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 Beethoven, while the wind players explore wind quintets and sextets with Carol Redman and Crawford Best.
This workshop requires 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets, 2 Bassoons, 3 Horns, and string orchestra (Violins, Violas, Cellos and Basses), though more will be very welcome!
Baroque – 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 the instrumental music suite from Purcell’s Fairy Queen. The pitch will be A=440 Hz. Join baroque specialists Stephen Redfield (strings) and Carol Redman (winds) for this unique offering!
Clarinet Ensemble – Get your Clarinet Geek On! Paul Wexler returns to coach this 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 Decets – Intrepid wind players will have the unique opportunity to explore Jean Françaix’s wonderful double wind quintet Neuf Pièces Caractéristiques. This workshop requires advanced players only please, including 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets, 2 Bassoons, and 2 French Horns. Tom O’Connor will coach/conduct the group!
Wind Octets – Join us to explore the large wind octet literature. This year, the primary focus will be Mozart’s Serenade in c minor, K.388. In addition, we will have our extensive library available. This workshop is always in high demand and requires 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets, 2 Bassoons, and 2 French Horns. Doug Dunston will coach/conduct the group.
What about smaller chamber ensembles for strings?
Kammermusik Workshops began 23 years ago as a workshop for wind players. In the last five or six years, we began incorporating strings and have now achieved a steady, reliable registration of strings for the baroque workshop and for the chamber orchestra in our winter workshop. We would be glad would be glad to entertain a smaller strings ensemble and engage a professional coach for the long weekend, for, at a minimum a preformed quartet (or, if you had most of the players, we would assist in recruiting the remainder). If you are interested in such an arrangement, please indicate so on your registration form, and/or contact the workshop directors at email@example.com (or click here). We would love to work something out!
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 include Roger Coull, Stephen Redfield, Carol Redman, Tom O’Connor, Doug Dunston, 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.
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.
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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: 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, 2019, 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.
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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