ICWF 2006: Chihuahua Beethoven

The last workshop of the 2006 season, led by Gustav Meier, is devoted to the music of Beethoven. In the orchestra sessions, participants will have approximately 10 minutes on the podium. Each conductor will have individual choice of repertoire from the workshop repertoire discussed during quintet and score study sessions. In all sessions, podium time slots will be flexibly pre-assigned.

In the sextet sessions, participants will conduct a string quintet plus piano which covers woodwinds and brass parts. Parts of some quintet sessions will be devoted to difficult excerpts that are pre-selected from the workshop repertoire. All participants will be encouraged to study this list of excerpts in preparation for the workshop. In the remainder of the quintet sessions, passages are to be selected by the participant.

Concurrent with the workshop, the International Conducting Workshop Festival presents concerts with the Orquestra Filharmonia de Chihuahua from the Beethoven Workshop repertoire. In addition to the orchestral concerts, there will be four chamber and solo recitals. All rehearsals and concerts are open to the participants.

Levels of Participation

All participants will conduct the full orchestra either 6, 8 , or 10 times depending on the level of participation. The criterion for participation placement is potential and promise that emerge from the audition videotape, musical background and previous experience. The auditor level is designed for those who have little experience and training, but show promise. Auditors participate in three auditor quintet sessions allowing ample opportunity to put the techniques they have observed into action.


All participants will stay in single rooms at a hotel located within easy walking distance to the rehearsal and performance facilities. Breakfast and one additional meal is included in the tuition fee.


  • Dates August 23rd thru September 6th
  • Location Chihuahua, Mexico
  • Orchestra Orquestra Filharmonica de Estado Chihuahua