¡WORKSHOP VENEZUELA!   NEW APPLICATION DEADLINE! – April 21!

June 12 – 16, 2017
 El Sistema Coro

Conductor Training Workshop for Music Educators

Clinicians:

Dr. Raymond Harvey

Dr. John Farrer

Host and Location

Falcón Symphony Orchestra

Rubén Capriles, Music Director and Conductor

Coro, Venezuela

Under the Music Directorship of Maestro Rubén Capriles since September 2013, the Falcón Symphony Orchestra is the leading regional professional orchestra of Venezuela, presenting no less than 40 subscription concerts for the 2016-2017 Season, plus multiple educational and community concerts in innovative venues.  The expanded programming has extended the presence of the Falcón Symphony Orchestra in every corner of the Coro community.

Celebrating the 2016 -2017 Season, its 25th Anniversary Season, the Falcón Symphony presents its subscription concerts in the recently renovated Teatro Armonia, a state of the art concert facility with a 700-seat capacity.

Visiting international conductors include the distinguished Gustavo Dudamel, Rafael Payares, Christian Vásquez, Sung Kwak, Bruno Aprea, Heltmuth Rilling, Wolfgang Trommer, and its Founding Director, Maestro José Maiolino Conte.   Distinguished international soloists have included Alisa Weilerstein, Alexis Cárdenas, Maurice Hasson, William Molina and Monique Duphil.

 

www.orquestasinfonicadefalcon.org

 

 


Teatro Armonía

Calle Falcón
Coro, Falcón
Venezuela

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Newly inaugurated in 2016, this facility offers state of the art music classrooms in colonial architecture from the end of the 19th Century.

Conservatorio de Música
“José Maiolino Conte”

Calle Colón,
Coro, Falcón
Venezuela

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hotel Accommodation 

The hosting venue for group master classes, video review lessons and for the accommodation, room and board for the entirety of the attendants for this Workshop will be the Eurobuilding Hotel & Suites Coro

Eurobuilding Hotel
Av. Independecia, Sector La Floresta
Coro, Falcon
Venezuela

https://www.hoteleuro.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Traveling to Historic Coro, Venezuela

The Venezuelan government requires a Tourist Visa for US Citizens in order to travel to the country. Las Piedras International Airport is the closest international airport to Coro, Venezuela.  Although there are no direct flights from the US to Las Piedras International Airport, there are at least two daily flights from Queen Beatrix International Airport in Aruba, to Las Piedras International Airport.

We strongly recommend Workshop attendees make their travel arrangements to Aruba, arriving in Aruba no later than Sunday June 11th so you can take the first flight from Queen Beatrix International Airport in Aruba, to Las Piedras International Airport on Monday, June 12th. You will be responsible for your hotel accommodation if you plan to stay overnight in Aruba.

For your convenience, we have included a file with specific instructions of how to get your tourist visa to visit Venezuela, as well as a list of Venezuelan Consulates in the US that could process your visa application.

For downloading instructions to apply for your Tourist Visa to Venezuela, please click HERE.

For booking your roundtrip flight from Queen Beatrix International Airport in Aruba, to Las Piedras International Airport, we strongly recommend Albatros Airlines http://www.albatrosair.com.ve  Currently, Albatros Airlines has the following roundtrip daily flights covering this route:

Aruba to Las Piedras: 9:30 am and 5:30 pm

Las Piedras to Aruba: 8:30 am and 3:30 pm

Although tickets are not usually offered online until 30 to 45 days previous to your departure date, you may be able to get an earlier ticket through your travel agent.

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

2017 Conductors Guild  – El Sistema Coro
Conductor Training Workshop for Music Educators

June 12-16, 2017 

The Conductors Guild is excited to offer a workshop especially dedicated to Music Educators willing to expand their conducting experience under the guidance of internationally renowned master faculty Maestros John Farrer and Raymond Harvey by working in the heart of one the most advanced and established Núcleos of Venezuelan internationally renowned El Sistema. 

Sixteen active participants will have the opportunity to prepare and conduct an excerpt from the list of repertoire in a concert at Teatro Armonia with the leading professional regional orchestra of Venezuela – The Falcón Symphony Ochestra.  Also, additional activities and tours, including interactive visits to the city Núcleo of Ateneo, the suburban Núcleo of Las Panelas, and the rural Núcleo of Cabudare, in the highly touristic area of historic Coro in Venezuela.

 

Participants will each receive over 60 minutes of podium time, including 40 minutes with orchestra, 30 minutes with quintet, and their participation in the Final Concert. Additionally, detailed conducting technique master classes will be given daily by Maestros John Farrer and Raymond Harvey, to all participants and auditors, as well as a comprehensive video mentoring session for all Participants.

 

The goal of the Conductors Guild Training Workshops is to provide the maximum amount of specific and insightful guidance on both technical and musical matters to each attendee in a constructive, encouraging, and non-competitive environment.

This workshop is divided into two tiers:

  1. Participant: Sixteen core conductors will conduct throughout the duration of the Workshop, and in the Final Concert.
  1. Auditor: Observing attendees who will attend all technique master classes, rehearsals and all interactive visits. No podium time will be given to auditors during this workshop.

 

APPLICATION

This is a Conductors Guild-sponsored workshop and we do require membership in the Conductors Guild in order to participate.  All workshop applicants must complete the Conductors Guild ONLINE APPLICATION.  If selected as a workshop participating conductor, or auditor, you must be a current member of the Guild, or join the Guild, prior to the Venezuela workshop.  Please remember that workshop application fees are not refundable.

Applicants should submit their application, headshot, and sample video(s) through our ONLINE APPLICATION no later than April 21. DVD’s are not accepted. You may upload your video or submit links to YouTube or Vimeo. Payment of the $75 application fee should be submitted using the online form included in the application. Please allow extra time to familiarize yourself with the application process. Late applications cannot be accepted. Consult the CG Video Guidelines for suggestions regarding the preparation of a conducting video. The Conductors Guild website also contains important information about workshop application review procedures, and about the goals and format of CG Workshops.

Applications will be processed in the order they are received. Selected applicants will be notified of acceptance by April 25.

 

TUITION AND FEES

Application Fee: $75

Participant Tuition: $1,250

Auditor Tuition: $650

Participant and auditor tuition includes roundtrip transportation from Las Piedras International Airport to Coro, Venezuela, as well as the transportation to all activities and visits during the workshop.  Accommodation will be provided in single, air-conditioned rooms at the conveniently located and modern Eurobuilding Hotel, the same location where all of the meals, technique sessions and video review sessions will be held (subject to change). Buffet breakfast, as well as lunch and dinner, are also included in the tuition fee.  All rooms have free wireless Internet access.  It is possible to arrange for spouses/partners to stay at the Hotel for a small additional cost. Spouses/partners will also receive the three meals each day, and will have access to all the public events and interactive visits of the workshop.

Participant and auditor confirmation and payment is due no later than May, 1 2017.

You may pay online using a credit card at this link:  http://www.conductorsguild.org/shop/

or by check made payable to the Conductors Guild and mailed to our new address:
Conductors Guild
PO Box 22
Leesburg, VA  20178

Payment will act as a deposit to reserve each attendee’s place in the workshop. Payment will be refunded only if the withdrawing applicant’s place in the workshop is filled by another individual. Application fees are not refundable.

A confirmation letter will be sent to you confirming your participation in this workshop.  You will need to use this letter, along with other materials, as listed below, to apply for your Visa to visit Venezuela.

 

VISA INFORMATION

UPDATED VISA INFORMATION

We are posting updated information for all Workshop Venezuela applicants/participants who are US Citizens or Residents and will need to apply for their Venezuelan Tourist Visa for travel to Coro.

We advise all applicants to not initiate their Visa application process until you have received an acceptance letter from the Conductors Guild, which will be sent concurrently with the Falcón Symphony Orchestra invitation to attend to this Workshop.

Falcón Symphony Orchestra and the Conductors Guild will initiate an Institutional Visa application for each accepted applicant directly to the Venezuelan Consulate Office in Washington, DC that will streamline the Visa process.

Please read the information below regarding the Visa process to visit Venezuela.  Be sure your passport meets the requirements listed.

 http://eeuu.embajada.gob.ve/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=35:visa-de-turista&catid=9:tramites&Itemid=57&lang=en

 

Tourist Visa (T):

Will be issued to people who wish to enter the country for recreation, health or activities that do not involve remuneration or profit related to culture, art, science, sports, contact with businesses located in the country or with people in the private or public sector.

REQUIREMENTS:

  1. A completed visa request form.
  2. Original passport with a minimum of six (6) months of validity remaining as of the expected travel date and at least two blank pages.
  3. Copies of the passport pages that show personal information, the expiration date and the photograph.
  4. Two (2) recent front-facing photographs with a white background, size 2×2 inches (without glasses or hats).
  5. Proof of employment issued by the applicant’s place of work, on official letterhead and indicating a contact person and address for verification. If the applicant is a student , he/she must submit a letter signed and sealed by the respective academic institution. If the applicant is a retiree, he/she must submit a document to certify it .
  6. If the applicant is not a U.S. citizen, a copy of the green card or document that establishes residency in the country.
  7. Leasing contract for a residence or document demonstrating house ownership in the name of the applicant, or a document demonstrating ownership of a different type of property, including high value personal property (e.g. a vehicle or fine art), or commercial, business or industrial properties.
  8. Original latest bank statement or a letter issued by the bank which shows the current balance or a notarized letter of invitation of the person or institution in the U.S. or Venezuela who will cover the costs of the applicant’s stay.
  9. One (1) copy of the flight itinerary (which indicates the date of entry to and exit from Venezuela, the name of the airline and the flight number).
  10. A money order for $30 in the name of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
  11. The applicant must present the aforementioned documents in person at the Consular Section or Consulate.
  12. A pre-paid United States Postal Service Priority Mail envelope with a unique tracking number for the applicant’s documents to be returned.
  13. Any other document the Consular Section deems pertinent.

NOTE:

The Consular Section or Consulate may require an interview with the applicant.

The Consular Section or Consulate may request the applicant’s criminal record.

The tourist visa will be valid for one (1) years, including multiple entries. The duration of a visit will be limited to a maximum of ninety (90) days.

For children and adolescents under 18 years of age:

  1. They are exempt from having to the Consular Section or Consulate in person. The requirements will be the responsibility of the parents, who must present the documents in person, including the following:

a.The child or adolescent’s original passport, with a minimum of six (6) months of validity remaining as of the expected travel date and at least two blank pages.
b.A copy of the child or adolescent’s birth certificate.
c.One (1) recent front-facing photograph with a white background, size 2×2 inches (without glasses or hats).
  2. The mother or father that is not presenting the documents in person must provide notarized written authorization in Spanish for the other parent. Besides, each parent must submmit a  copy of a valid document of identification.
  3. In case one of the parents is deceased, the surviving parent must present the original or certified copy of the death certificate.
  4. If one of the parents is divested of parental authority by the final sentence of a court, the parent with parental authority must present a copy of the sentence. 

List of Venezuelan Consular Sections and Consulates in the US

Consulate Address Phone Open Hours and Jurisdictions
Boston 545 Boylston St., 3th Floor, Boston MA 02116 (617) 266-9475
(617) 266-9368
Fax:(617) 266-2350
info@boston.embavenez-us.org
www.boston.embavenez-us.org
9:00 am to 1:30 pm
Massachusetts, Maine y New Hampshire
Chicago 20 N Wacker Dr., Suite Nº 1925, Chicago, IL 60606 (779) 324-0902, (331) 704-0907, (737) 808-3011, (872) 529-0907Fax: (312) 580-1010

ven.chicago@gmail.com

conve.uschc@mppre.gob.ve

www.chicago.embavenez-us.org

Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Wisconsin, North Dakota y South Dakota
Houston 2401 Fountain View Dr. Suite 220.
Houston; Texas 77057
(713) 974-0028
(713) 974-0027
(713) 974-9002Fax (713) 974-1413consulvenhou@pdq.net
9 am a 12 m
Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas y New Mexico.
Miami 1101 Brickell Av., Suite 901, Miami, FL 33131 (305) 577-4214
(305) 372-5167
conmiami@gate.net 
http://www.consuve.comFLORIDA, GEORGIA, NORTH CAROLINA AND SOUTH CAROLINA RESIDENTS COULD PROCESS THEIR APPLICATIONS AT ANY VENEZUELAN CONSULATE IN THE US
9 am a 1 pm
Florida, Georgia, North Carolina
y South Carolina
New Orleans 400 Poydras stNew Orleans, La 70130 Suite 2145 (504) 210-1020www.neworleans.embavenez-us.org

Tramites.embavenez-us.org

consulado@neworleans.embavenez-us.org

Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Mississippi, Alabama y Tennessee
New York 7 East 51th Street, New York, NY 10022 (212) 826-1660
Fax: (212) 644-7471
info@consulado-ny.gov.ve
http://consulado-ny.gov.ve
New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Rhode Island y Vermont, Delaware, Pennsylvania
San Francisco 311 California Street, Suite 620, San Francisco, CA 94104 (415) 294-2252
FAX: (415) 955-1970ven.sanfrancisco@gmail.com
www.sanfrancisco.embavenez-us.org
California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, Utah, Montana, Arizona, Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming
San Juan Avenida Ponce De Leon, Edificio Mercantil Plaza, Oficina 601, Hato Rey, PR 00918 (787) 766-4250
(787) 766-4251
(787) 766-4255
info@puertorico.embavenez-us.org
www.puertorico.embavenez-us.org
9 am a 3 pm
Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands
Washington DC 1099 30th St. NW, Washington DC 20007 (202)342-2214
(202)342-6820
consular@venezuela-us.org
www.venezuela-us.org
9 am a 1 pm
Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington DC, Ohio, Kentucky

 

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

2017 Conductors Guild  – El Sistema Coro

Conductor Training Workshop for Music Educators

with the Falcón Symphony Orchestra, Coro, Venezuela

 

Teatro Armonía, Conservatorio de Música “José Maiolino Conte” and Eurobuiling Hotel

Coro, Venezuela

June 12 – 16, 2017

Faculty

John Farrer, President of the Conductors Guild

Raymond Harvey, Music Director Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra,  Music Director of the Moores Opera Center at the University of Houston

 

Repertoire

Beethoven – Symphony No. 4 in B-flat Major

Brahms – Symphony No. 2 in D Major

Dvorak – Slavonic Dances Op. 46

Stravinsky – Symphony in Three Movements

 

Tentative Schedule

All times and events subject to change. 

Monday, June 12

(10:00am)                   Arrival of Attendants to Las Piedras International Airport

(10:30am)                   Departure from Las Piedras International Airport to Coro

12:00pm                      Registration

                                    Location – Main Lobby Eurobuilding Hotel

12:30pm                      Welcome Lunch

                                    Location – Eurobuilding Hotel Restaurant
2:00pm – 3:00pm        Meet and Greet with Faculty, Staff and Falcón Symphony Orchestra Music Director

John Farrer, Faculty and President of the Conductors Guild

Raymond Harvey, Faculty

Jan Wilson, Executive Director of the Conductors Guild

Rubén Capriles, Music Director of Falcón Symphony Orchestra

Location – 2nd Floor, Conference Hall Eurobuiling Hotel

 

3:00pm – 4:30pm        Break

4:30pm                        Departure from Eurobuiliding Hotel to Teatro Armonía

Location – Eurobuiling Hotel Main Lobby

5:00pm – 7:30pm         Orchestra Session I

                                    (All Participants)

Location – Hipólita de Lima Hall, Teatro Armonía

John Farrer and Raymond Harvey, Faculty

REPERTOIRE: Beethoven – Symphony No. 4 in B-flat Major

7:45pm                        Departure from Teatro Armonía to Eurobuiliding Hotel

8:00pm – 9:30pm         Dinner

Location – Eurobuilding Hotel Restaurant

Tuesday, June 13

7:00am – 8:20am        Buffet Breakfast

                                    Location – Eurobuilding Hotel Restaurant

8:30am – 9:30am         Technique Session

                                    (All Participants and Auditors)

John Farrer and Raymond Harvey, Faculty

Location – 2nd Floor, Conference Hall Eurobuiling Hotel

 

9:40am                        Departure from Eurobuiliding Hotel to Conservatorio José Maiolino Conte

Location – Eurobuilding Hotel Main Lobby

10:00am – 12:00pm     Quintet Session I

                                    (All Participants)

John Farrer and Raymond Harvey, Faculty

Location – José Antonio Abreu Hall, Conservatorio José Maiolino Conte

REPERTOIRE:

Beethoven – Symphony No. 4 in B-flat Major

Brahms – Symphony No. 2 in D Major

12:15pm                      Departure from Conservatorio José Maiolino Conte to Eurobuilding Hotel

12:30pm 1:45pm         Lunch

                                    Location – Eurobuilding Hotel Restaurant
2:00pm                        Departure from Eurobuiliding Hotel to Núcleo Ateneo

Location – Eurobuiling Hotel Main Lobby

 

2:30pm – 4:30pm        Meet and Greet with Faculty and Staff and Interactive Visit to Núcleo Ateneo and Conservatorio José Maiolino Conte                                        in Central Historic Coro 

Open Rehearsal of Children Orchestra A

Open Rehearsal of Children Orchestra B

Open Rehearsal of Children Orchestra “Vivaldi”

Open Rehearsal of Children Orchestra “Bach”

Open Rehearsal of Youth Orchestra “Mozart”

Open Rehearsal of Falcón Youth Regional Orchestra

 

All Participants and Auditors will have the opportunity to Q&A and to interact with Núcleo Ateneo and Conservatory Faculty and with                                     their students  during this visit to these open rehearsals. When needed, translation to Spanish will be provided.

4:30pm – 4:40pm        Break

4:40pm                        Departure from Conservatorio José Maiolino Conte to Teatro Armonía

Location – Conservatorio José Maiolino Conte Main Entrance

5:00pm – 7:30pm         Orchestra Session II

                                    (All Participants)

Location – Hipólita de Lima Hall, Teatro Armonía

John Farrer and Raymond Harvey, Faculty

REPERTOIRE: Brahms – Symphony No. 2 in D Major

7:45pm                        Departure from Teatro Armonía to Eurobuiliding Hotel

8:00pm – 9:30pm         Dinner

Location – Eurobuilding Hotel Restaurant 

Wednesday, June 14

7:00am – 8:20am        Buffet Breakfast

                                    Location – Eurobuilding Hotel Restaurant

8:30am – 9:30am         Technique Session

                                    (All Participants and Auditors)

John Farrer and Raymond Harvey, Faculty

Location – 2nd Floor, Conference Hall Eurobuiling Hotel

 

9:40am                        Departure from Eurobuiliding Hotel to Conservatorio José Maiolino Conte

Location – Eurobuilding Hotel Main Lobby

10:00am – 12:00pm     Quintet Session II

                                    (All Participants)

John Farrer and Raymond Harvey, Faculty

Location – José Antonio Abreu Hall, Conservatorio José Maiolino Conte

REPERTOIRE:

Dvorak – Slavonic Dances Op. 46

12:15pm                      Departure from Conservatorio José Maiolino Conte to Eurobuilding Hotel

12:30pm 1:45pm         Lunch

                                    Location – Eurobuilding Hotel Restaurant

2:00pm                        Departure from Eurobuiliding Hotel to Núcleo Las Panelas

Location – Eurobuiling Hotel Main Lobby

2:30pm – 4:00pm        Meet and Greet with Faculty and Staff and Interactive Visit to Núcleo Las Panelas in Suburban Coro 

Open Rehearsal of Children Orchestra

Open Rehearsal of Youth Orchestra

All Participants and Auditors will have the opportunity to Q&A and to interact with Núcleo Las Panelas Faculty and with their                                                   students during this visit to these open rehearsals. When needed, translation to Spanish will be provided.

4:10pm                        Departure from Núcleo Las Panelas to Teatro Armonía

Location – Núcleo Las Panelas Main Entrance

4:30pm – 5:00pm        Break

5:00pm – 7:30pm         Orchestra Session III

                                    (All Participants)

Location – Hipólita de Lima Hall, Teatro Armonía

John Farrer and Raymond Harvey, Faculty

REPERTOIRE: Dvorak – Slavonic Dances Op. 46

7:45pm                        Departure from Teatro Armonía to Eurobuiliding Hotel

8:00pm – 9:30pm         Dinner

Location – Eurobuilding Hotel Restaurant 

Thursday, June 15

7:00am – 8:20am        Buffet Breakfast

                                    Location – Eurobuilding Hotel Restaurant

8:30am – 9:30am         Technique Session

                                    (All Participants and Auditors)

John Farrer and Raymond Harvey, Faculty

Location – 2nd Floor, Conference Hall Eurobuiling Hotel

9:40am                        Departure from Eurobuiliding Hotel to Conservatorio José Maiolino Conte.

Location – Eurobuilding Hotel Main Lobby

Important: There will be no return to the Hotel but until after the end of the Orchestra Session in the evening. Lunch will take place in Cabure Rural Núcleo during the Interactive Visit to this Núcleo.

10:00am – 11:40am     Quintet Session III

                                    (All Participants)

John Farrer and Raymond Harvey, Faculty

Location – José Antonio Abreu Hall, Conservatorio José Maiolino Conte

REPERTOIRE: Stravinsky – Symphony in Three Movements

11:55am                      Departure from Conservatorio José Maiolino Conte to Cabure Rural Núcleo

1:30pm – 3:00pm         Lunch and Interactive Visit to Cabure Rural Núcleo

                                    Location – Cabure Rural Núcleo

Open Rehearsal of Children Orchestra

3:00pm – 3:30pm         Break

3:30pm                        Departure from Cabure Rural Núcleo to Teatro Armonía

Location – Cabure Simón Bolívar Plaza

5:30pm – 7:30pm         Orchestra Session IV

                                    (All Participants)

Location – Hipólita de Lima Hall, Teatro Armonía

John Farrer and Raymond Harvey, Faculty

                                        REPERTOIRE: Stravinsky – Symphony in Three Movements

7:30 – 7:45pm              Break

7:45 – 8:00pm              Announcement of Concert Program and Excerpts to be conducted by each Participant in the Closing Concert

John Farrer and Raymond Harvey, Faculty

8:10pm                        Departure from Teatro Armonía to Eurobuiliding Hotel

8:30pm – 10:00pm       Dinner

Location – Eurobuilding Hotel Restaurant

Friday, June 15

6:30am – 7:30am        Buffet Breakfast

                                    Location – Eurobuilding Hotel Restaurant

7:40am                        Departure from Eurobuiliding Hotel to Teatro Armonía

Location – Eurobuilding Hotel Main Lobby

8:00am – 11:00am       Orchesttra Session V: Final Concert Dress Rehearsal

                                    (All Participants)

John Farrer and Raymond Harvey, Faculty

Location – Hipólita de Lima Hall, Teatro Armonía

REPERTOIRE: Excerpts from Repertoire

11:15am                      Departure from Teatro Armonía to Eurobuilding Hotel

11:30am – 12:30pm     Break

12:30pm 1:45pm         Lunch

                                    Location – Eurobuilding Hotel Restaurant

2:00pm – 4:00pm        Video Review Session

(All Participants and Auditors)

John Farrer and Raymond Harvey, Faculty

Location – Conference Hall Eurobuilding Hotel

4:00pm – 5:00pm         Break

5:00pm                        Group Photo

                                    Location – Eurobuilding Hotel Main Lobby

5:15pm                        Departure from Eurobuilding Hotel to Teatro Armonía

Location – Eurobuilding Hotel Main Lobby

6:00pm – 7:30pm         Final Concert

                                    (All Participants)

Location – Hipólita de Lima Hall, Teatro Armonía

                                    REPERTOIRE: Excerpts from Repertoire

7:45pm                        Departure from Teatro Armonía to Eurobuiliding Hotel

8:00pm – 9:30pm         Closing Dinner

Location – Eurobuilding Hotel Restaurant

Saturday, June 17

5:00am                       Departure from Eurobuilding Hotel to Las Piedras International Airport (Catering Breakfast provided)

Location – Eurobuilding Hotel Main Lobby

8:30am                        Flight Departure from Las Piedras International Airport

 

REPERTOIRE

Beethoven – Symphony No. 4 in B-flat Major

Brahms – Symphony No. 2 in D Major

Dvorak – Slavonic Dances Op. 46

Stravinsky – Symphony in Three Movements

Participants will be given some choice of the segments they will conduct for the Orchestra Sessions in consultation with the faculty. Quintet Sessions will be addressed to specific technique and interpretation aspects from specific excerpts of the repertoire. Participants will be expected to have a thorough preparation of the score in the assigned excerpt of the repertoire to be conducted in the Closing Concert.

 

FACULTY

John Farrer

John Farrer has been the Music Director of the Roswell Symphony Orchestra for 44 years.  He is in his fifteenth season as Music Director with the Santa Maria (CA) Philharmonic. He was associated with the San Francisco Symphony as cover conductor for the orchestra’s subscription concerts.  Dr. Farrer has been a frequent speaker in the San Francisco Symphony’s series of Inside Music talks, and he has led the Orchestra in Concerts for Kids, and in a concert in the Stern Grove, which attracted 20,000 listeners.  Dr. Farrer is music director emeritus/conductor laureate of the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra of which he was music director for 39 years.

Dr. Farrer is a frequent guest with orchestras in England, including the London Philharmonic, the Royal Philharmonic, the Bournemouth Symphony and the London Mozart Players. His all Tchaikovsky recording with the London Philharmonic Orchestra received wide critical praise and led to further recordings with the Royal Philharmonic, the Bournemouth Symphony and the English Sinfonia.  He is in the process of recording the symphonies of Brahms with the New Queens Hall Orchestra.

Dr. Farrer is senior guest conductor of the English Sinfonia, and his recordings of English string music with that ensemble have been enthusiastically received.   Dr. Farrer led the English Sinfonia on a tour of Northern France and conducts concerts with them throughout England.

Dr. Farrer is the Founder and Director of the California Conducting Workshop, and he is also director of the London Conducting Workshop at the Royal Academy of Music.  These two programs have attracted conductors from all over the world.   He also leads conductor training programs in Paris, Venice and Brazil.  Workshops in Montreal, Canada and Cape Town, South Africa are scheduled for 2016.

In 2003 Maestro Farrer was nominated and appointed by Senators Pete Domenici and Jeff Bingaman as one of the Trustees of the National Symphony Orchestra, the advisory board of the Orchestra and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. As provided in the National Trustees’ information statement from the National Symphony Orchestra Development Office, “Trustees are prominent persons from throughout the United States and from several countries around the world. They are accomplished leaders in civic, cultural and philanthropic enterprise as well as in their chosen professions and careers. Trustees serve as valued counselors and patrons of the NSO and as advocates in Washington, as well as in their home states, communities and countries, for the causes of symphonic music, of the performing arts and of music and arts education.”  The Roswell Symphony Orchestra takes great pride in Maestro Farrer’s position on this prestigious Board.

Maestro Farrer has received the Governor’s Award for Excellence and Achievement, New Mexico’s highest art honor.

In 2014, Maestro Farrer received an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the Trustees of the California State University System.  In July 2015, Maestro Farrer was elected president of the Conductors Guild, an organization representing the interests of more than 1,600 conductors from all over the world.

 

Raymond Harvey

Over the past 35 years, Raymond Harvey has made a significant impact as an American conductor of great skill and insight.  Born in New York City, he studied piano and conducting, receiving Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in choral conducting from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music; and then studied orchestral conducting at the Yale School of Music, earning Master’s and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees.

This season Dr. Harvey begins a new position as Associate Professor at the University of Houston, where he will serve as Music Director of the Moores Opera Center.  Dr. Harvey served for 16 years as Music Director of the El Paso Opera.  He has also appeared with the Houston Grand Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Texas Opera Theater, Opera Idaho, and Indiana University Music Theater.  His opera repertoire is extensive, including Carmen, Tosca, Madama Butterfly, La Bohème, Turandot, Aïda, La Traviata, The Tales of Hoffmann, and The Marriage of Figaro, to list only a few.

Concurrent with his work in Houston, Maestro Harvey embarks on his 16th anniversary as Music Director of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra.  He previously held the top post at the Fresno Philharmonic (California), and the Springfield Symphony (Massachusetts).

Recognized as an outstanding pianist, choral conductor and teacher, Raymond Harvey has appeared as guest conductor with many of America’s leading orchestras, including those of Philadelphia, Atlanta, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Buffalo, Detroit, New Orleans and Minnesota, as well as the New York Philharmonic’s Young People’s Concerts and the Boston Pops.  He has also had engagements with the Maggio Musicale Orchestra of Florence, Italy; the Pusan Symphony of South Korea; and the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica.  In recent years he has led the Boise Philharmonic, the University of Michigan Orchestra, the National High School Honors Orchestra, and All-State Orchestras in California and Texas.  He regularly performs as a pianist, both in chamber music and as pianist/conductor in works of Gershwin, Mozart, and Rachmaninoff.

 

SCHOLARSHIP

Participants in this workshop will be eligible for the 2017 Thelma A. Robinson Scholarship/Award of the National Federation of Music Clubs. This $1,250 prize is given biennially to a U.S. Citizen who has participated in at least one Conductors Guild Conductor Training Workshop and who has not reached his/her 35th birthday by March 1st of the season of participation. The faculty at each workshop will nominate one eligible Participant who demonstrates accomplishment, musicality, and promise in the field of conducting. The present skill level of the candidate and his/her degree of improvement within the workshop itself will be considered. The candidate from each workshop will be asked to submit his/her video from that particular workshop to the Conductors Guild office for subsequent evaluation by the Thelma A. Robinson Scholarship/ Award selection committee.

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