Led by Teagan Faran

Learn the basics of tango with Teagan, a violinist who has recently performed with the Orquesta Escuela de Emilio Balcarce and La Martino Orquesta Típica in Buenos Aires! Each day we will explore a specific genre of tango: Milonga, Vals, and Tango Canción. Discover the tricks of improvisation and accompaniment, and at the end of the week perform - in a virtual string choir - an original tango arrangement written for SA'OAXACA!


Led by Emmy Tisdel

This course is an overview of orchestral excerpts that are commonly asked for in an audition setting. The workshop will focus on stylistic overviews of composers, and tips and tricks for auditions. 


Here is the current plan for which composers will be studied each day (subject to change):

Day 1: Mozart and Beethoven

Day 2: Brahms, Schumann, Mendelssohn 

Day 3: Strauss, Prokofiev

Day 4: Concertmaster solos and concerto expositions


Led by Jotaro Nakano

Finding Your Answer: A Guide to Score Study


Think of your favorite piece of music. A few special moments in the piece may come to mind that make you feel a certain way. A shiver, goosebumps, or an overwhelming emotion. But do you know why that is? Your answer is always in the score.


What does it mean to study a score? Why should I care? How do I study a score? And then what? Through the course of two sessions, we will answer these questions and more to develop a clear and personal approach to art, music, and score study. In our discussions we will examine Joseph Haydn String Quartet in D Major, Hob. III/63, op. 64, no. 5 “The Lark;” and Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 7 in A major, op. 92.

Juan Trigos and his Chamber Music


Poetic perspective, analysis and audition of three representative works by the composer

Maestro Juan Trigos will present some of the most relevant aspects of Abstract Folklore, a musical concept that refers to his own cultural background and his reflection on his way of thinking about music as a composer. The procedures and codes derived from this musical conception will be discussed in a generic way and some examples will be included.


Likewise, he will present a brief analysis particularly focused on interpretation and expressiveness of three of his chamber works. At the end of the conference there will be a Q & A session with the audience.

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