Wind Band Conducting Workshop

Headshots of H. Robert Reynolds, Craig Kirchhoff, Emily Threinen, Jerry Luckhardt, Betsy McCann, and John Leonard
2023 Clinicians (top L to R): H. Robert Reynolds, Craig Kirchhoff, Emily Threinen, Jerry Luckhardt, Betsy McCann, and John Leonard.

Registration to open on Monday, February 13 at 11:00am.

From Monday, July 10 - Friday, July 14, 2023 join nationally recognized master educators for demonstrations, discussions, and hands-on constructive feedback related to the art and pedagogy of conducting and ensemble teaching.

Held on the stage of Ted Mann Concert Hall, this five-day in-person workshop is an opportunity to hone conducting skills in a concert band setting.

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

Clinicians

Name Title
H. Robert Reynolds Emeritus Director of University Bands; Former Chairman of Conducting Department, Former Director of Instrumental Studies, and Professor Emeritus of Music | University of Michigan
Craig Kirchhoff Emeritus Director of Bands; Professor Emeritus of Conducting | University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Emily Threinen Director of Bands; Associate Professor of Conducting | University of Minnesota - Twin Cities | Yamaha Master Educator
Jerry Luckhardt Associate Director of Bands | University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Betsy McCann Assistant Director of Bands; Director of Athletic Bands | University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
John Leonard Assistant Director of Marching and Athletic Bands | University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Schedule

Monday, July 10, 2023

Sessions planned 3:00-8:00pm

Tuesday, July 11, 2023

Sessions planned 9:00am-9:00pm

Wednesday, July 12, 2023

Sessions planned 9:00am-7:00pm, followed by optional group dinner

Thursday, July 13, 2023

Sessions planned 9:00am-7:00pm, followed by optional group dinner

Friday, July 14, 2023

Sessions planned 9:00am-7:00pm, followed by optional group dinner

 

Tracks of Participation

CHAMBER CONDUCTOR

Four conductors will be chosen by application as Chamber Conductors. The Chamber Conductors will work intensively with advanced wind musicians and Clinicians on one piece during the chamber sessions, receiving 35 minutes of chamber podium time 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 on Friday evening and will receive recordings of their performance. The Chamber Conductors will also participate in the afternoon sessions as conductor with the Workshop Band for one day, receiving 14 additional minutes of podium time. The Chamber Track is designed for improvement of high-level chamber conducting in addition to large ensemble conducting. Each conductor is expected to play their instrument in the afternoon Workshop Band sessions.

Chamber Ensemble repertory to be studied and performed to be determined.

To apply, email a resume and video recording with your face and torso toward the camera (no more than 20 minutes of rehearsal and/or performance) to: Emily Threinen <threinen@umn.edu>

Chamber Track Application is due May 1, 2023.

Applicants who would like to attend the Workshop as a Band Conductor, if they are not selected as a Chamber Conductor, should register for the Band Conductor Package first. If needed, you can switch your Track in May.

Registration Deadline for Chamber Track (with approval) is Tuesday, May 23, 2023.

 

BAND CONDUCTOR

Band Conductors of all levels 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 Band 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. One spot is reserved for a Mike Moss Grant Recipient. Registration will launch in February.

Workshop Band repertoire to be determined.

OBSERVER

Unlimited Observers 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 FELLOWS (UNDERGRADUATES)

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. All participants are required to play their instrument in the afternoon Workshop Band sessions.

 

Session Fees (Packages)

  • Chamber Conductor: $725 (maximum capacity: 4) - Audition required
  • Band Conductor: $625 (maximum capacity: 22)
  • Observer: $250 (unlimited)
  • Student Fellow (Undergraduates) Fee: $200 (maximum capacity: 12)

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

A certificate will be issued to all participants at the end of the workshop outlining your track of participation and the number of contact hours.

Parking (Add On)

Parking is an optional add-on during registration. $11 per day for the ramp (unlimited access). Registration will allow you to choose the number of days between 1-7. Most will choose 5 or 6.

If you do not register for parking in advance, the options (without in/out privileges) are:

  • 21st Avenue Ramp ($13 daily max)
  • 19th Avenue Ramp ($13 daily max)
  • Lot 94 ($6 daily max)

Payment is cash or credit card. Note: Non-event rates are listed.

Lodging (Add On)

Lodging is an optional add-on during registration. Location: Comstock Hall on the East Bank. This residence hall is a 14 minute (.7 mile) walk from the workshop location.

All rooms are in air conditioned buildings. All rooms include a linen/towel package. Laundry access, computer lab access, and guest WiFi is available at no additional charge. Rates are from Summer 2022, we won't know Summer 2023 until January.

  • $45.00 per night for a double room.
  • $55.00 per night for a single room.

Registration will allow you to choose the number of nights between 1-7. Most will choose 5 or 6.

Cancellation 

In the event of cancellation, a refund will be issued (less non-refundable processing fees -- approximately 5% of total amount paid). Should cancellation happen immediately prior to the event, we reserve the right to issue a partial refund to help cover no-show costs charged to our department (i.e. parking, housing).

Questions?

Contact Nicole Radotich <rado0045@umn.edu> in the Band Office.