Javier Castro has been developing his teaching experience in the Superior Music Conservatory of Castilla y León since January of 2007. His principal responsibility consists of coordinating and directing the various instrumental groups of the conservatory along with the rehearsals of the Symphony Orchestra. Starting in the 2008-2009 school year, he began teaching the subject Introduction to the Direction of Orchestral and Instrumental Groups, and in 2010-2011 the course Directing Techniques, which is required subject for the new course plan for the degree of Music Composition.
The Contemporary Music Workshop of the Superior Music Conservatory of Castilla y León has a history of over 10 years, and was a pioneer in introducing a systematic approach to teaching contemporary music in an educational center.
The workshop has enjoyed the participation of prestigious guest directors such as Zsolt Nagy, Jean Paul Dessy, Wolfgang Lischke, José Luis Estellés or Kevin John Edusei and the presence of composers like José María Sánchez-Verdú, Isao Matsushita, Cristóbal Halffter or Luis de Pablo.
Apart from coordinating and organizing these sessions, Alberto Rosado, director of the workshop, and the professors Cesar Aliaj and Javier Castro direct projects every trimester which culminate in concerts which contain as many debut performances of student compositions as works by the most emblematic and significant composers of the XX and XXI centuries.
During the 2015-2016 season there were three principal projects:
- A family concert on february 6th and 7th, featuring "El Gato con Botas" by the portuguese composer Vasco Negreiros, under the musical direction of Javier Castro, with the collaboration of the composer as speaker.
- A "contemporary music week", from 7th to 15th March, with concerts, lectures and masterclasses with the guest composers Achim Bornhoeft (Mozarteum Salzburg), Kent Olofsson (Malmö Academy of Music), Javier Torres Maldonado (Conservatorio de Parma) and Juan José Eslava (Conservatorio Superior de Música de Aragón).
- A concert featuring the debut of works by the students of composition of the conservatory, by the end of April.
The Opera Workshop of the Superior Music Conservatory of Castilla y León was born from the concept of developing the on-stage skills of the singers, for which they study all of the necessary disciplines: vocal technique, interpretation, repertory and staging. It is an interdisciplinary initiative which has permitted voice students to develop practical experience on stage through the staging and performance of scenes from Opera, Operettas and Zarzuela. In the beginning the full professor of Dramatic Interpretation and Scenic Director Antonio Díaz Zamora collaborated with the workshop, providing a complementary staging and scenic education to that of the professors Mª Ángeles Triana (Voice) and Javier San Miguel (Repertory), until the implementation of the stage courses in the new curriculum LOGSE in the year 2000 in which Óscar Martínez Vila (Lyric Staging) was incorporated in the project.
In some of the courses of the Opera Workshop public presentations of the works were performed with a symphony orchestra. Both the opera Don Pasquale (2008) and La Sonnambula (2009) were presented in this fashion. In the 2013-2014 school year the Opera Workshop presented the zarzuela El Barberillo de Lavapiés by Francisco Asenjo Barbieri, with orchestral accompaniment under the direction of Javier Castro. The following are the dates of the various public performances which took place in February and March of 2014.
Lamparilla: Alberto Martínez
- Feburary 28th 2014, 8 p.m. Liceo Theater of Salamanca.
- March 1st 2014, 8 p.m. Liceo Theater of Salamanca.
- March 2nd 2014, 8 p.m. Liceo Theater of Salamanca.
- March 6th 2014, 8 p.m. Auditorium of the Trade Fair of Valladolid.
- March 8th 2014, 8 p.m. Principal Theater of Burgos.
Paloma: Leticia González Lamas
La Marquesita: Julieta GonzálezDon Luis de Haro: Adolfo Muñoz
Don Juan Peralta: Gonzalo Aparicio
Don Pedro: Sergio Garrán
Opera Workshop Choir of the Superior Music Conservatory of Castilla y León
Dance Troupe of the Professional School of Dance of Valladolid
Symphony Orchestra of the Superior Music Conservatory of Castilla y León
Design and Fabrication of Costumes: The Superior School of Art and Design of Burgos
Lighting Design: Josep Vicent Asensi
Set Design and Construction: Superior School of Art and Design of Zamora
Vocal Direction and Repertory: Mª Ángeles Triana, Javier San Miguel Moreno
Staging Director: Óscar Martínez Vila
Musical Director: Javier Castro Villamor
The Symphony Orchestra of the Superior Music Conservatory of Castilla y León was created in 1999 under the artistic direction of the full professor of violin Isabel Vilá, and demonstrates the exemplary quality of the conservatory and is also one of the most important youth orchestras on the national scene. Lutz Köhler is a regular guest director and has frequently collaborated with the orchestra which holds intensive rehearsals during each school year in December and June. The orchestra has performed in the most prestigious concert halls of both Castilla y León and the rest of Spain and has been directed by prestigious guest directors.
- Monday the 19th of December 2016 at 8:15 p.m. Ávila, Lienzo Norte.
- Tuesday the 20th of December 2016 at 8:00 p.m. Salamanca, CAEM.
Conductor: Javier Castro
- Sensemayá - S. Revueltas
- Suite Estancia - A. Ginastera
- Symphonic Dances from West Side Story - L. Bernstein
The course Initiation to the Direction of Orchestral and Instrumental Groups I can be selected as an optional course for any official student of the conservatory. This course gives 6 credits and takes place every Tuesday between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. and every Thursday between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. in classroom 203.
The course Initiation to the Direction of Orchestral and Instrumental Groups II can be selected as and optional course for any official student of the conservatory who has completed and passed their first year. This course gives 6 credits and takes place every Thursday between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. in classroom 203. This material is extremely practical and the students work the repertory with diverse instrumental groups in extra sessions outside the normal Thursday class schedule.