Wind Band Conducting Workshop

Wind Band Conducting Workshop 2018Image: (first row, left to right) Michael Haithcock, Emily Threinen, Jerry Luckhardt, Betsy McCann; (second row, left to right) Laura Sindberg, Craig Kirchhoff, Bud Beyer, Downtown Minneapolis

From Monday, July 16–Friday, July 20, 2018, join nationally recognized master educators for demonstrations, discussions, and hands-on constructive feedback related to the art and pedagogy of conducting and ensemble teaching.

This conducting workshop focuses on issues that confront instrumental music educators at all levels: artistry, authenticity, technique, rehearsal strategies, repertoire and programming, technology in music education, advocacy, and more. All faculty clinicians aim to strengthen and broaden participant’s perspective on the craft of conducting and the art of teaching.

From Sunday, July 15–Tuesday, July 17, we will be featuring a unique "Completing the Circle" Track with Bud Beyer, Emeritus Professor in Theatre, Northwestern University and Craig Kirchhoff, Emeritus Director of Bands, University of Minnesota. More details to follow.

Workshop activities will be held in Ted Mann Concert Hall and Ferguson Hall.
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Medalist Concert BandThe Medalist Concert Band will join us for a rehearsal session, led by clinicians, on Tuesday, July 17, 7-9 pm.

Faculty & Guest Artists

Name Title
Michael Haithcock   Director of Bands, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Music (Conducting), University of Michigan
Bud Beyer  Emeritus Professor of Theatre, Northwestern University
Craig Kirchhoff Emeritus Director of Bands, University of Minnesota
Emily Threinen Director of Bands, University of Minnesota
Jerry Luckhardt Associate Director of Bands, University of Minnesota
Betsy McCann Assistant Director of Bands and Marching Band Director, University of Minnesota
Laura Sindberg Instrumental Music Education, University of Minnesota

Tracks of Participation

Completing the Circle Track with Bud Beyer, July 15-17 

Register for Completing the Circle Track

The Completing the Circle Track is created for music educators to explore emotional reconnection to themselves, to their work, to each other, and to their audiences. Participants spend each session in exercises from the adjacent disciplines of Theater, Dance, and Mime. The fifth and final session of the Track is given to a performance utilizing all the concepts of the first four sessions of work and exploration. This seminar will provide teachers the tools needed to incorporate the above concepts within their own classrooms and ensembles. Bud Beyer and Craig Kirchhoff will be leading this study track.

Chamber Track, July 16-20 

Four conductors will be chosen by application as Chamber Participants. The Chamber Participants will work intensively with advanced wind musicians and Clinicians on one piece, or movements from a larger piece, during the chamber sessions, receiving 40 minutes of chamber podium time and constructive feedback, per day. The conductors are expected to bring scores of all pieces to observe and study during the week. Each conductor will perform their piece or movements on Friday evening and will receive electronic video recordings of their performance. The Chamber Participants will also participate in the afternoon sessions as conductor with the Workshop Band for two days, receiving 15 additional minutes of podium time divided between two days during the week. The Chamber Track is designed for improvement of high-level chamber conducting in addition to large ensemble conducting. Each conductor is expected to perform their instrument in the afternoon Workshop Band sessions.

Chamber Ensemble repertory to be studied and performed (may be modified):

  • Suite Francaise by Guy Woolfenden (1991)
  • Serenade by Alec Wilder (1979)
  • Divertimento in E flat by Gordon Jacob (1969)
  • Suite Persane by Andre Caplet (ca. 1900)
To apply, email or mail a resume and video recording with your face and torso toward the camera (no more than 20 minutes of rehearsal and/or performance) to:

Nicole Radotich, University of Minnesota Bands
194 Ferguson Hall
2106 4th Street South
Minneapolis, MN 55455
rado0045@umn.edu

If the video file is too large to email, you may share via Google Drive or send a YouTube link.

Deadline to Apply: May 1, 2018
Decision Notification: May 15, 2018

Band Conductor Track, July 16-20 

This track and the waitlist is full. Registration for Observer, Student Fellow and Completing the Circle remains open. 

Conductor Participants of all levels and interests will work intensively on conducting with Clinicians in small groups and with the Workshop Band. Each conductor will receive 10-15 minutes of individualized podium time for three days and a private lesson with at least one Clinician during the week. Additionally, the week offers daily topical sessions, presentations, and activities related to conducting and teaching. The Conductor Track is designed for improvement of conducting and teaching at all levels. Each conductor is expected to perform their instrument in the afternoon Workshop Band sessions.

Workshop Band repertory to be studied: 

  • Prelude, Siciliano, and Rondo by Malcolm Arnold/Paynter
  • Bloom by Steven Bryant
  • Variations on a Korean Folksong by John Barnes Chance
  • Air for Band by Frank Erickson
  • Lincolnshire Posy (movements I, II, V, VI) by Percy Grainger/Fennell/Rogers

  • Evening Song “Abendlied” by Josef Rheinberger/Hanson
  • First Suite in E-Flat by Gustav Holst/Matthews 

  • Sheltering Sky by John Mackey
  • Courtly Airs and Dances by Ron Nelson
  • Three Ayres from Gloucester by Hugh M. Stuart
  • Simple Gifts: Four Shaker Songs by Frank Ticheli
  • October by Eric Whitacre
  • Flourish for Wind Band by Ralph Vaughan Williams

Observer Track, July 16-20
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Unlimited Observer Participants are welcome to attend all sessions of the Workshop. The Observer Track is designed for any participant interested in learning more about conducting and teaching. All participants are required to play their instrument in the afternoon Workshop Band sessions.

Student Fellow Track, July 16-20
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Designed for undergraduate music education students, this track follows the same format as the Observer Track and provides an opportunity for students new to conducting to explore music education topics.

Schedule

SUNDAY, JULY 15
Bud Beyer and Craig Kirchhoff: Circle Track Clinicians 
Circle Track Only   
4:00 pm Circle Track Registration
5:30 pm  Introductions and Welcome
6:00 pm  Session I/V begins
9:00 pm  Session I/V ends
MONDAY, JULY 16
Bud Beyer and Craig Kirchhoff: Circle Track Clinicians 
Michael Haithcock: Guest Clinician
Circle Track   
10:00 am Session II/V begins
12:50 pm  Session II/V ends
1:00 pm Lunch Break
2:00 pm Session III/V begins
5:50 pm Session III/V ends
6:00 pm Dinner Break
Conductor, Observer, Fellow, and Chamber Tracks   
1:00–3:00 pm Chamber Musicians rehearsal
3:00 pm  Conductor, Observer, Fellow Registration, and Room Check-In
5:00 pm Introductions and Welcome
6:30 pm Reading of selected large ensemble repertoire with Workshop Band
8:30 pm Reception sponsored by U of M Bands
10:00 pm Reception Ends
TUESDAY, JULY 17
Bud Beyer and Craig Kirchhoff: Circle Track Clinicians 
Michael Haithcock: Guest Clinician
All Tracks  
8:15 am Movement Session I/III
9:15 am Coffee and Danish
10:00 am Break-Out Sessions
– Circle Track Session IV/V begins
– Chamber Track Session
– Conductor, Observer, Fellowship Tracks Sessions with Clinicians
12:30 pm/1:00 pm Lunch Break
2:00 pm Workshop Band Session for All Tracks begins
5:30 pm Workshop Band Session ends
5:45 pm Dinner Break
6:45 pm Circle Track Session V/V begins with Bud Beyer and Craig Kirchhoff
7:00 pm Medalist Concert Band Rehearsal Session begins
9:00 pm Medalist Concert Band Rehearsal Session ends
9:30 pm Circle Track Session V/V ends
WEDNESDAY, JULY 18
Bud Beyer and Craig Kirchhoff: Circle Track Clinicians 
Michael Haithcock: Guest Clinician
   
8:15 am Movement Session II/III for All Tracks
9:15 am Coffee and Danish
10:00 am Break-Out Sessions
– Chamber Track Session
– Conductor, Observer, Fellowship Tracks Sessions with                 Clinicians
1:00 pm Lunch Break
2:00 pm Workshop Band Session for All Tracks begins
6:30 pm Workshop Band Session ends
THURSDAY, JULY 19
Michael Haithcock: Guest Clinician
   
8:15 am Movement Session III/III for All Tracks
9:15 am Coffee and Danish
10:00 am Break-Out Sessions
– Chamber Track Session
– Conductor, Observer, Fellowship Tracks Sessions with                 Clinicians
1:00 pm Lunch Break
2:00 pm Workshop Band Session for All Tracks begins
6:30 pm Workshop Band Session ends
FRIDAY, JULY 20
Michael Haithcock: Guest Clinician
   
9:00 am Coffee and Danish
10:00 am Break-Out Sessions
– Chamber Track Session
– Conductor, Observer, Fellowship Tracks Sessions with                 Clinicians
12:00 pm Lunch Break for Conductor, Observer, and Fellowship Tracks
1:00 pm Lunch Break for Chamber Track
1:30 pm Workshop Band Session for All Tracks begins
4:45 pm Workshop Band Session ends
5:00 pm Closing Remarks, Q & A
5:45 pm Dinner Break
7:00 pm Chamber Concert conducted by Chamber Track Conductors
9:00 pm Reception at Local Establishment

Session Fees

Completing the Circle

Fee: $400 Alone | $300 if combined with other Track
Maximum Capacity: 12

Registration Note: Participants may register for this track only OR sign up for Band Conductor, Observer or Fellow and ADD this track later.

Chamber Conductor

Fee: $675
Maximum Capacity: 4

To apply, mail a resume and video recording with your face and torso toward the camera (no more than 20 minutes of rehearsal and/or performance) to:

Nicole Radotich, University of Minnesota Bands
194 Ferguson Hall
2106 4th Street South
Minneapolis, MN 55455
rado0045@umn.edu

Band Conductor

Fee: $550
Maximum Capacity: 24

Registration Note: Sold Out. Register for Waitlist. 

Observer

Fee: $325
Maximum Capacity: unlimited

Registration Note: Observer Track is open February 16, 2018 and will stay open until June 30.

Student Fellow (Undergraduate Students)

Fee: $200
Maximum Capacity: 12

This option is intended for Undergraduate Music Education majors.
Registration Note: Fellow Track is open February 16, 2018 and will stay open until June 30.

* = Fees include all sessions, daily video-recorded podium time, and materials provided by clinicians throughout the week. Registration, Housing, Meals, Transportation and Parking expenses are not included in the Session Fees. $50.00 non-refundable fee for all registrants.

Optional Fees

Housing Fees 

Middlebrook Hall on the West Bank
SINGLE: $55 per night
DOUBLE: $43 per night

Parking & Transportation

Located on the West Bank in close proximity to Middlebrook Hall and Ferguson Hall:
Ramp: $11 per day
Surface Lot: $9 per day

Ferguson Hall and Ted Mann Concert Hall are in close proximity to the West Bank Light Rail Station.

Meals

A cafeteria is located in Middlebrook Hall. Visitors may pay cash for an all-you-care-to-eat meal. Online registration does NOT include any pre-paid meal options.

Rates (including tax)
Breakfast: $9.16
Lunch: $10.72
Dinner: $11.32


Group dinners are coordinated each night and Danish with coffee is provided each morning. See restaurant guide and restaurant map for nearby dining options.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Fee: $15.00
Receive documentation that you completed this workshop for Continuing Education Units. CEU participants must complete an additional CEU Form and physical sign-in each day. A certificate will be issued at the end of the workshop stating the number of contact hours related to your participation. Flat rate per participant available for any/all tracks.
 

Non-Degree Graduate Credit

Graduate Credit is available to participants of the Band Conductor Track (1 credit) and the Chamber Track (1 or 2 credits).

Estimated Tuition Cost
$1,494 per credit including college fees
This does NOT include Workshop fees, housing, or parking fees. Online workshop registration must be completed by all participants.

Non-Degree Graduate Registration Instructions

Link to WBCW Specific Form with Instructions:
Registration Request for Graduate Credit
 

Sponsors and Community Partners


If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or community partner for this event, please contact Nicole Radotich at rado0045@umn.edu.