Conductors Workshop and Retreat Zacatecas 2017, March 27th – April 1st

Mtro. Jörg Birhance (Viena) and the Chamber Orchestra of the State of Zacatecas

The Government of the State of Zacatecas through the Secretary of Administration and the Symphonic Band of the State of Zacatecas and the State Chamber Orchestra of Zacatecas will be convening for the Conductors Workshop and Retreat Zacatecas 2017 from March 27th to April 1st, in cooperation with the European Music Institute / International Conducting Institute Vienna (

The Conductors Workshop and Retreat Zacatecas 2017 will be under the tutorship of Maestro Jörg Birhance (Vienna) and the Chamber Orchestra of the State of Zacatecas.

The retreat will take place in Zacatecas, Zac. (Mexico) from March 27th – 1 st April, 2017.
This workshop will be an opportunity for 10 selected conductors (no age limit) to develop, re-assess, and improve one’s musical language and “conducting baggage”. The workshop includes orchestral rehearsals as well as lectures in score analysis and will end with a the final concert on April 30th. In addition, each participant will be required to lecture for 20 minutes about a topic of his/her own choice related to our profession, which will be discussed by the participants afterwards. The group will also mutually discuss the rehearsal performance of each colleague.

Each active participant will:

  •        *Rehearse 100 minutes (daily 20 min) with the Orchestra.

  •        *Participate in theoretical meetings.

  •        *Conduct in the final concert.



W.A. Mozart, Sinfonía No. 40 en Sol menor KV 550
L.V. Beethoven, Sinfonía No. 5 en Do menor, Op. 67
R. Schumann, Sinfonía No. 3 en Mi bemol mayor, Op. 97
Rossini, Obertura “El barbero de Sevilla”

Dates and structure:


1st day:

9:00-13:00 Orchestra rehearse.
17:00-20:00, Theoretical Meeting

2nd – 5th day:

10:00- 14:00 – Orchestra rehearsal
17:00-20:00 – Conducting with piano, analysis, conducting technique, participants lecture

6th day:

10:00- 14:00 – Dress Rehearsal
19:00 – Concert

Semi-active participation includes:

       • Participating in all meetings, classes, rehearsals and the final concert and conducting with piano.
•Theoretical meetings with the master Jörg Bierhance.

Application deadline: February 15, 2017.



English, Spanish, German, and French.



The rehearsal and the concert will be recorded from an angle abreast to the director. The videos will be sent to each of the directors by Internet.

The recording is included in the workshop fee. Please note that this does include any private use and the right to publish 3 minutes of a rehearsal and 3 minutes of the concert.



The housing is not included in the cost of the workshop in any of the modalities, for what every pupil will have to proceed with his/her accomodations. Nevertheless, for the international cases we would gladly assist them with housing arrangements (please confirm whether housing assistance will be necessary on the application).




Application fee::

Active participant: US-$200 – non-refundable, as part of the course fee.

Semi-active participant: US-$100 – non-refundable, as part of the course fee.


Total cost:


Active participant: – US Dollars $ 1000

Semi-active participant fee – US Dollars $400



Registration Process:


  1. 1. Send an email requesting your participation in the course to the following address:

  1. 2. You will be sent to your e-mail a registration form and bank details for payment of registration, and subsequently the full payment of the course. Payment can be made either through bank deposit or bank transfer. The deadline for registration is February 15th, 2017.


  1. 3. Once the registration fee has been sent, scan and send proof of payment and registration form to the email noted above. The registration fee must be paid on the same day the registration application is submitted.


  1. 4. The total cost of the course must be paid before March 1 st, 2017 either through bank deposit or bank transfer. Finally once full payment of the course is made, send proof of payment.




Documents to be submitted (all documents can be submitted or filled out online) :


       • Application form (online)
• Short Curriculum vitae in English, French or German (maximum one pages)
• List of conducted repertoire


It is contemplated to award four scholarships for high performance students by the Government of the State of Zacatecas, which will be assigned upon request and evaluating the candidate’s curriculum, as well as performance based on the videos they submit with their application . For the above please contact the administration.




The course management will decide on active participation upon receipt of the registration forms and video recordings. The results of the selections will be announced 3 days after the deadline. There is no right of legal appeal. No correspondence will be conducted regarding the decisions.





Orquesta de Cámara del Estado de Zacatecas
Mtro. Arturo García Cuéllar, Director Artístico
Av. La Encantada S / N
Fraccionamiento DIF C. P. 98000
Zacatecas, Zac. México


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