International Conference
Valencia, Spain
January 10-13, 2023 


International Conductors Guild
Dr. Julius P. Williams, President
Dr. Claire Fox Hillard, President-Elect, Conference Chairperson
Ms. Jan Wilson, Executive Director

in collaboration with
Berklee College of Music, Valencia Spain
Dr. Simone Pilon, Dean of Academic Affairs
Ms. María Martínez Iturriaga, Executive Director, Berklee Valencia/ Senior
Vice President, International Learning Environments
Asociación Española de Directores de Orquesta - AESDO
Maestro Cristóbal Soler, President

*Please note:  The International Conductors Guild reserves the right to change/modify session times and presenters.

Tuesday, January 10, 2023   


Barcelo Hotel Rooftop

Join your colleagues for a social get-together prior to the beginning of the conference sessions.  Arrive at your hotel, settle in, remember that the Spanish dine much later - usually beginning around 8:00pm -, and gather with all conference delegates for an evening of laughter, stories, photos, and much more!


Wednesday January 11, 2023    All Daytime Sessions at -  Aula Magistral, Palau de les Arts

7:30am - 8:30am                       

Breakfast on your own -

Mentoring Sessions - sign-up in advance or when you arrive for one-on-one mentoring sessions with highly experienced colleagues, ready to share their knowledge with you! Mentoring sessions will be scheduled individually and throughout each day. See an ICG Board Member if you have not signed up in advance.

9:30am - 11:00am

Tour of Valencia - meet at the Barcelo Hotel Valencia at 9:30am
 Av. de França, 11, 46023 València, Valencia, Spain

11:30am - 11:45am

President's Welcome - Opening Session
Julius Williams, President, International Conductors Guild 
Cristóbal Soler - President - AESDO
María Martínez Iturriaga - Executive Director, Berklee Valencia/ Senior
Vice President, International Learning Environments
Simone Pilon - Dean, Berklee College of Music Valencia

 11:45am - 12:30pm

Edward Cumming - What is harder to conduct: Stravinsky's Danse sacrale, or a Mozart Divertimento for strings? 

12:30pm - 1:15pm

Bram Lamberts - Professionalisation of the enthusiasts’ association by working together with professional conductors.
"Today we experience a great professionalisation of the music associations. Not only in their organisational structures, but also in the way the approach making music together. This brings new challenges along the way. Not only in way of finances, but also in making music together. The level of mastery demanded by the associations for their conductor brings a need of life long learning and Fair Practice. It also brings the need of a well thought administrative setup with a contract and an official co-operation resulting in a sustainable relation between the conductor, the board and the musicians." 

1:15pm - 2:15pm Lunch Break - Palau Cantina
2:15pm - 3:00pm Mehran Tebyani - Conducting Change: The Effect of a Music Director's Leadership Factors on Players' Performance Within the Symphony Orchestra
3:00pm - 3:45pm

Carlos Brown - The Bridge: Tone Poem for Orchestra by Sharon J. Willis, an introduction

3:45pm - 4:30pm

Javier José Mendoza 
Gustavo Sanchez 
18th Century Symphonies in Iberia and New Spain

 4:30pm - 6:00pm

Conductor Retrospective - Maestro Jesús López-Cobos (in memoriam)
Cristóbal Soler - President, AESDO
David Azagra - Vice President, AESDO
François López Ferrer - 
Director Residente en la Academia de la Ópera de París
Beatrice Altobelli - Maestro López-Cobos' Manager
Justo Romero, Music Critic

6:00pm - 6:15pm

Coffee - Snack Break

6:15pm - 7:00pm

Sasha Mäkilä - Music philology and manuscript study and their relevance to the profession of conducting.


7:00pm - 7:45pm

The Conducting Profession - Claire Fox Hillard, Moderator

Mark Perlman - Is There a Language of Conducting? - A Philosophical Examination of the Nature of Conducting as a Communication System


Dinner on your own - see the list of restaurants at the registration desk or on the app


 Thursday, January 12, 2023 - All Sessions at Aula Magistral, Palau de les Arts

7:30am - 8:30am

Breakfast on your own

Remember to contact [email protected] if you would like to schedule a Mentoring Session during the conference. 

8:30am - 9:15am

International Conductors Guild - Board of Directors Meeting

9:15am - 9:30am

Group Photo at the Palau - Location: Berklee College of Music Valencia - Entrance
9:30am - 10:10am

Visit the Exhibitor Area just outside the Aula Magistral

10:15am - 1:30pm

Orquesta de Valencia - Dress Rehearsal begins at 10:30am - please do not be late!
Dress Rehearsal

Palau de Les Arts Reina Sofia

Alexander Liebreich, Conductor and Artistic Director 

*We encourage you to visit the Exhibitor area during the orchestra break.

1:30pm - 2:30pm

Lunch Break - Palau Cantina or see the list of recommended local eateries.

2:45pm - 3:30pm

Caleb Wenzel -  Revisiting the Gesamtkunstwerk: Retrospective Lessons on Interdisciplinary Performance from the Work of Carmen-Helena Téllez

3:30pm - 4:15pm

Cynthia Katsarelis - An Overlooked Masterpiece: Shostakovich Symphony No. 14 for Soprano, Bass, and Chamber Orchestra

4:15pm - 5:00pm Cristian Z. Sandu - Style versus Tradition between the Old and the Modern in Cavalleria Rusticana and its Performative Benchmarks from the Conductor's Perspective
 5:00pm - 5:45pm

Women Conductor Panel - Liane Curtis, Moderator

Carolyn Watson - Cracks in the Glass Ceiling: Women Conductors, New Trends, Old Challenges

Danielle Lisboa - Revisiting the Status of the Maestra in today's podium

6:00pm - 7:00pm  Conductor Workshop

Cristóbal Soler

7:30pm - 9:00pm

Orquesta de València Concert               
Alexander Liebreich, Director

 Györgi Ligeti  - Ramifications

Anton Bruckner  - Sinfonia No. 7

Location: Palau de Les Arts Auditorium


Dinner on your own


Friday, January 13, 2023 - All Sessions Aula Magistral, Palau de les Arts

7:30am - 8:30am

Breakfast on your own

Mentoring Sessions - today is your last day to receive a one-on-one mentoring session with highly experienced colleagues, ready to share their knowledge with you! Mentoring sessions will be scheduled individually and throughout each day. Email Jan if you would like a mentor:  [email protected]

9:00am - 9:30am

Tour the Berklee College of Music Valencia Campus - Entrance
Souvenir materials (t-shirts, bags, mugs, etc.) will be available for purchase.

Walk to the Aula Magistral

10:00am - 10:45am Elianne Schiedmayer - The Schiedmayer Celesta

10:45am - 11:30am

The Amateur Ensemble and Musicians - Julie Sorensen, Moderator
Sandra Dackow

Jonathan D. Lane

 11:30am - 12:30pm

Victoria Zhadko - Ukraine Music
Anatolij Zhuljev's
Concert piece "Yatran" and Symphony poem "Bajda

12:30pm - 1:15pm

Mercedes Diaz Garcia - The Shaping of Time in Contemporary Music

1:15pm - 1:30pm

Brian Festa - The Most Important Instrument: The Self.
How conductors can support musician and conductor wellbeing.

1:30pm - 3:00pm

Lunch Break - Palau Cantina - Please feel free to walk to various outside restaurants for lunch today!  Ask at the desk for more information.

3:15pm - 4:00pm

Multi-Cultural and Culturally Informed Conducting - What is it? - Dominique Røyem, Moderator

Dwight Pile-Gray - What is Culturally Informed Conducting?

Noreen Green- Drew - Multi-cultural Programming: Expanding the orchestral repertoire with Jewish-themed works

4:00m - 4:45pm

Alexandra Zacharella - The Incomparable Helen May Butler and Her Ladies Military Brass Band 

4:45pm - 5:30pm Gabriela Gomez Estevez - Dicotomía: Context, Aesthetic, and Performance of the Symphonic Works of Margarita Luna García"
5:30pm - 6:00pm

International Conductors Guild Annual Membership Meeting
Election of Directors

Election of Officers
Other Business
**This session is only for active members of the International Conductors Guild.  All other delegates, please visit with our Exhibitors just outside of the Aula Magistral.

6:00pm - 6:45pm

Light Refreshments provided in the Exhibitor Hallway

6:45pm - 7:20pm

Walk to the Conservatorio Municipal de Musica
Av. de les Balears, 38, 46023 València, Valencia, Spain

7:30pm - 8:30pm

Joven Orquesta de la FSM de La Communidad Valenciana
Cristóbal Soler, Director

Joseph Canteloube - Chants d'Auvergne

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Sinfonia No. 4

Location: Conservatorio Municipal de Música, Auditorio
Av. de les Balears, 38, 46023 València, Valencia, Spain

**There is no ticket charge for this concert.


Dinner on your own