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June 28 - July 16, 2017

Eleven Mexican conductors participate in the Retreat

Mexican conductors experience the 2017 Conductors Retreat at Medomak

Published Friday, July 14, 2017

As a result of the collaboration between Retreat Director and Founder Kenneth Kiesler and Mexican conductor Alondra de la Parra, who participated in the program for the first time in 1999, we are enjoying the active participation of the largest group of Mexican conductors the Retreat has ever had.

We are delighted to have been able to accept eleven Mexican conductors this year: Iván Trujillo, Ibis Laurel Betancourt, Sandra Cepero Alvarez, Julián Fueyo, Alonso Burgos, Carlos Garay Allegretti, Alejandro Larumbe, Rubén Luengas, Fátima Corona del Toro, Mariana Garciagodoy, and Humberto López. They come from all over Mexico, including Mexico City, Veracruz, Puebla, and Oaxaca, bringing along their rich, diverse cultural heritage and deep musical insights. These are reflected in every aspect of the overall 2017 Retreat experience.

Our Mexican participants offer not only their musical accomplishments and skills, but also a great commitment to their communities. They have been involved in or are currently working with various state institutions, universities, and independent orchestras all over Mexico, and they are eager to represent their country and to promote classical music internationally.

It has been inspirational to learn about Mexico’s musical offerings. For example, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería in Mexico City offers a summer program every year. Other nationally and internationally recognized orchestras in Mexico include the National Symphony Orchestra, the National Autonomous University’s Philharmonic Orchestra (OFUNAM)*, Mexico City’s Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bellas Artes Chamber Orchestra, the National Polytechnic Institute Symphonic Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of the State of Mexico, Hidalgo University’s Symphonic Orchestra, the Sinaloa Symphonic Orchestra of the Arts, and Guanajuato University’s Symphonic Orchestra.

We are keen to witness the development and success of Mexico’s participants in this year’s Conductors’ Retreat at Medomak. They will surely continue to contribute to musical life in Mexico and beyond, evidencing fine leadership and dedication to both their art and their communities.


*The National Autonomous University’s central campus in Mexico City is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


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