ICWF 2008: Chihuahua -- Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn

From January 16-18, 2008 the International Conducting Workshop and Festival is proud again to hold a workshop in Ciudad Chihuahua, Mexico hosted by the Orquestra da Camera Chihuahua, led by Gustav Meier (Peabody Institute) and assisted by Benjamin Loeb (El Paso Symphony).

As in the past we will offer conducting training and critique in a non-competitive, professional and supportive atmosphere and a great opportunity to immerse oneself deeply in important standard orchestral repertoire which will include Beethoven Symphony #8 and Coriolan Overture, Mozart Symphony #38 and Overture to "Marriage of Figaro" and Haydn Symphony #104.

The schedule includes 4 Orchestra sessions, 4 Sextet sessions, and 1 Score study/technique session.

In the Orchestra sessions, participants will have approximately 10 minutes on the podium. In the Sextet sessions, participants will conduct a string quintet plus piano, which covers woodwinds and brass parts. Parts of some quintet sessions may 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 sextet sessions, passages are to be selected by the participant. Each conductor will have individual choice of repertoire during sextet and score study sessions. In all sessions, podium time slots will be flexibly pre-assigned.

Levels of Participation

There will be only one level of participation. All participants will conduct the orchestra and sextet three times each. There is a limit to 21 Active Participants.
Auditing is also available, but does not include any active podium time. There is no limit to the number of Auditors.
All tuition fees include hotel and all meals.
All sessions will be Digitally Recorded onto individual DVD's which each conductor will receive at the end of each conducting session.

Orquestra da Camera Chihuahua

The Orquestra da Camera Chihuahua is made up of the best professional musicians in Ciudad Chihuahua primarily from the Orquestra filarmonica de Estado Chihuahua.


All participants will stay in single rooms at the Radisson Casa Grande. Hotel from Thursday though Sunday night and meals as posted in the schedule are included in the tuition fee. All rooms have free wireless internet access. It is possible to arrange for spouses to stay at the hotel for a small additional cost.


  • Dates January 16th thru January 18th
  • Location Chihuahua, Mexico
  • Orchestra