Kammermusik Workshops March 2023
Our Twenty-Eighth Year!
The March Workshop will be held Friday March 31 – Monday April 3, 2023
The workshop will be held at the Glorieta conference facilities, a peaceful retreat located about 15 minutes outside Santa Fe. Admittedly, the Glorieta link makes it look like camp facilities and kids, but rest assured, we will have an entire building with many break-out spaces, including a large performance space, all to ourselves with on-site catering and accommodation for most dietary restrictions. And just across the street in easy walking distance, Marriott-style hotel accommodation.
Wherever possible music will be provided in advance for practice!
For 2023, we are offering at least FOUR exciting workshops:
Chamber Orchestra – We are also excited to announce the Chamber Orchestra, led by Roger Coull joining us again from the UK, will be premiering a work Kammermusik Workshops commissioned in honor of our 25th year: Sinfonietta No. 3, by the late Colin Touchin. Here’s a link to several of his other compositions.
This workshop requires 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets, 2 Bassoons, 2 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, bassoons, and keyboard – the opportunity to rehearse and perform a beautiful baroque work: Ouverture in D minor by Johann Joseph Fux. The pitch will be A=440 Hz. Join baroque specialist Stephen Redfield for an amazing baroque experience! He will be customizing the parts to ensure a wonderful experience for everyone.
Wind Octets – Join us to explore Reinecke’s wind octet, which requires 1 Flute, 1 Oboe, 2 Clarinets, 2 Bassoons, and 2 French Horns. Additional octets for this configuration will also be available for reading and further exploration. This workshop is always in high demand and, Doug Dunston will coach/conduct the group.
Wind Quintets – An advanced player group will focus on Barber’s Summer Music, with read-throughs and strategic coachings of Nielsen, Hindemith, and if we have time, Irving Fine, with Carol Redman.
An intermediate player group will explore pieces to be selected appropriate to the registrations. Crawford Best will coach this group.
Carol and Crawford are both exceptional musicians and woodwind chamber music specialists. Enrich your chamber music chops with guidance from these amazing coaches!
What about smaller chamber ensembles for strings?
Kammermusik Workshops began 28 years ago as a workshop for wind players. In the last six or seven 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 March 2023 include Doug Dunston, Stephen Redfield, Carol Redman, Roger Coull, 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 will be hosted at the Glorieta conference facilities, just outside of Santa Fe. Having lost our beloved IHM, which was recently sold, we believe we have found a comparably peaceful, beautiful place to make music, surround by mountain views and big skies. We will have an entire building with multiple break-out spaces, including a large performance space, all to ourselves with on-site catering and accommodation for most dietary restrictions. And just across the street in easy walking distance, Marriott-style hotel accommodation – roughly comparable with a Courtyard.
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 players who can commit to practicing the music ahead of the workshop. We ask all new applicants to assess themselves carefully and honestly per the ACMP Guide to Playing Levels so that we can select participants and assign parts appropriately, ensuring maximum enjoyment for all. We accept Intermediate to Professional level players. 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 9 to 5 (9 to 12:30 on Monday) with breaks and lunch, with the exception of the baroque group, which will rehearse on Friday March 31st in the evening, approximately 6-9 pm, due to a scheduling conflict (the rest of the workshop will continue with the normal schedule). 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, followed by a final dinner to celebrate the weekend’s achievements, to both of which your guests are also invited.
Breakfast will be available for those who order it with their registration. Lunches are provided with the registration fee. We are able to accommodate most dietary restrictions and will ask you to indicate them on your registration form.
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 and 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 in nearby Santa Fe.
How much will it cost?
There is a registration fee of $525 for workshop participation and includes tuition, administrative costs, snacks and lunches on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
Breakfasts are optional for registrants and guests and must be indicated on your registration at the prices indicated on your registration form.
Accommodation at the Glorieta conference facilities, conveniently across the street from our workshop building, is available at at $120/night. Sample photos of a double room are below.
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 February 15, 2023, by emailing us here, and you will obtain a full refund of any payments. Cancellations on or after February 16th will forfeit the deposit.
What accommodations are available?
Accommodation is available at the Glorieta conference facilities, conveniently across the street from our workshop building, is available at at $120/night. Glorieta offers rooms with king beds and rooms with 2 doubles. You may indicate you have a roommate or request one in order to split the cost of a room—please see registration form for details. You may also feel free to make independent arrangements for accommodation elsewhere.
Kammermusik Workshops is excited to announce a reciprocal discount of 20% off the registration fee for our attendees who, within 18 months, attend the Ischia Chamber Music Festival. Or for Ischia players who join a Kammermusik Workshop. If you are registered for Ischia 2023 or attended in the last 18 months, you may take advantage of the discount—please check the appropriate box on the registration form.Please visit https://ischiachambermusic.org/faqs/ to learn more about the Ischia festival.
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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This program has been made possible in part through the generosity of ACMP – The Chamber Music Network, and the Clinton B. Ford Fund of its ACMP Foundation, an organization that promotes chamber music activities for amateur musicians. MEMBERSHIP TO ACMP IS NOW FREE!
To find out how you can assist with workshop sponsorship, click here.