Wind Band Conducting Workshop

Summer Wind Conducting Workshop 2019Image: (first row, left to right) Gary Hill, Emily Threinen, Jerry Luckhardt; (second row, left to right) Betsy McCann, Lance Sample, Laura Sindberg

From Monday, July 15–Friday, July 19, 2019, join nationally recognized master educators for demonstrations, discussions, and hands-on constructive feedback related to the art and pedagogy of conducting and ensemble teaching.

The Minnesota Wind Band Conducting Workshop focuses on issues that confront instrumental music educators at all levels: artistry, authenticity, technique, rehearsal strategies, repertoire, programming, and audience considerations, 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.

Workshop activities will be held in Ted Mann Concert Hall and Ferguson Hall.

Medalist Concert BandThe Medalist Concert Band will join us for a rehearsal demonstration session, led by clinicians, on Tuesday, July 16, 7-9 pm.
 

Faculty & Guest Artists

Name Title
Gary W. Hill Director of Bands, Professor of Music, School of Music, Arizona State University 
Emily Threinen Director of Bands, University of Minnesota / Yamaha Master Educator
Jerry Luckhardt Associate Director of Bands, University of Minnesota
Betsy McCann Assistant Director of Bands, Director of Athletic Bands, University of Minnesota
Lance Sample Assistant Director of Athletic Bands, University of Minnesota
Laura Sindberg Instrumental Music Education, University of Minnesota

Tracks of Participation

Chamber Track

Four conductors will be chosen by application as Chamber Participants. 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 Workshop Band sessions as a conductor for two days, receiving additional podium time with a large ensemble. The Chamber Track is designed for improvement of high-level chamber conducting in addition to large ensemble conducting. All participants are required to play their instrument in the afternoon Workshop Band sessions.

Chamber Ensemble repertory to be studied and performed will be posted before February 1, 2019.

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:

Nicole Radotich, University of Minnesota Bands
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: March 15, 2019
Decision Notification: April 1, 2019

Band Conductor Track

Conductor Participants of all levels and interests will work intensively on conducting with Clinicians in small groups and with the afternoon Workshop Band. Each conductor will receive 8-15 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. All participants are required to play their instrument in the afternoon Workshop Band sessions.

2019 Workshop Band repertory to be studied:

  • Prelude, Siciliano, and Rondo by Malcolm Arnold/Paynter
  • My Jesus, Oh What Anguish by Johann Sebastian Bach/Reed
  • Early Light by Carolyn Bremer
  • Elegy by John Barnes Chance
  • Old Churches by Michael Colgrass
  • Air for Band by Frank Erickson
  • Florentiner March by Julius Fučik/Bourgeois
  • Lincolnshire Posy (movements I, II, V, VI) by Percy Grainger/Fennell
  • Variations on “America” by Charles Ives/Schuman/Rhoads
  • The Red Balloon by Anne McGinty
  • Chester by William Schuman
  • Three Ayres from Gloucester by Hugh M. Stuart
  • Simple Gifts: Four Shaker Songs by Frank Ticheli
  • Folk Song Suite by Ralph Vaughan Williams

Observer Track

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, but do not wish to conduct in the afternoon Workshop Band sessions. All participants are required to play their instrument in the afternoon Workshop Band sessions.

Student Fellow Track

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. Special sessions for Student Fellows will include a Q & A Lunch and private lessons with Clinicians. All participants are required to play their instrument in the afternoon Workshop Band sessions.

Schedule

MONDAY, JULY 15  
1:00–3:00 pm Chamber Musicians rehearsal, open for observation
3:00 pm  Registration and Room Check-In
5:00 pm  Introductions and Welcome
6:00 pm  Reading of selected large ensemble repertoire with Workshop Band
7:30 pm Light reception sponsored by UMN Bands
8:30 pm Reception ends
TUESDAY, JULY 16  
8:30 am Movement Session for All Tracks
9:30 am  Coffee and Danish
10:00 am Break-Out Sessions:
– Chamber Track Session
– Conductor, Observer, Fellowship Track Sessions with Clinicians
12:30/1:00 pm Lunch Break
2:00 pm Workshop Band Session for All Tracks begins
5:20 pm Workshop Band Session ends
5:30 pm Dinner Break
7:00 pm Medalist Concert Band Rehearsal Session begins
9:00 pm Medalist Concert Band Rehearsal Session ends
WEDNESDAY, JULY 17  
8:30 am Movement Session for All Tracks
9:30 am  Coffee and Danish
10:00 am Break-Out Sessions:
– Chamber Session
– Conductor, Observer, Fellowship Track Sessions with Clinicians
12:30/1:00 pm Lunch Break
2:00 pm Workshop Band Session for All Tracks begins
6:30 pm Workshop Band Session ends
7:00 pm Optional Group Dinner
THURSDAY, JULY 18  
8:30 am Movement Session for All Tracks
9:30 am Coffee and Danish
10:00 am Break-Out Sessions:
– Chamber Session
– Conductor, Observer, Fellowship Track Sessions with Clinicians
12:30 pm/1:00 pm Lunch Break
2:00 pm Workshop Band Session for All Tracks begins
6:30 pm Workshop Band Session ends
7:00 pm Optional Group Dinner
FRIDAY, JULY 19  
9:30 am Coffee and Danish
10:00 am Break-Out Sessions:
– Chamber Session
– Conductor, Observer, Fellowship Track 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

Chamber Conductor

Fee: $675 (includes a $50.00 non-refundable registration deposit)
Maximum Capacity: 4

Application & Registration Notes:
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 the address below.

  • Deadline to Apply: March 15, 2019
  • Decision Notification: April 1, 2019

Registration will open on April 1 and will stay open until April 15, 2019.

Nicole Radotich, University of Minnesota Bands
rado0045@umn.edu

Band Conductor

Fee: $550 (includes a $50.00 non-refundable registration deposit)
Maximum Capacity: 22
Registration Note: Band Conductor Track is open in February and will stay open until filled. We may have a waitlist for unexpected cancelations.

Observer

Fee: $325 (includes a $50.00 non-refundable registration deposit)
Maximum Capacity: unlimited
Registration Note: Observer Track is open in February and will stay open until June 15, 2019.

Student Fellow (Undergraduate Students)

Fee: $200 (includes a $50.00 non-refundable registration deposit)
Maximum Capacity: 15
This option is available for any current Undergraduate Music Education Major at a college or university.
Registration Note: Fellow Track will be open in February and will stay open until June 15, 2019.

Registration, Housing, Meals, Transportation and Parking expenses are not included in Session Fees.

Optional Fees

Housing Fees 

Registration closes on June 15, 2019.
Middlebrook Hall on the West Bank
Single: To be determined (approx. $60 per night)
Double: To be determined (approx. $50 per night)

Parking & Transportation

Registration closes on June 15, 2019.
Located on the West Bank in close proximity to Middlebrook Hall and Ferguson Hall:
To be determined

Street/Meter parking: hourly rates

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

Meals

Participants are responsible for all meal expenses. Light pastries and coffee are provided each morning. A cafeteria is located in Middlebrook Hall, located across the street from the Workshop location. Visitors may pay cash for an all-you-care-to-eat meal. See restaurant guide and restaurant map for nearby dining options. Online registration does not include any pre-paid meal options.

Meal Rates (including tax)
To be determined

Optional dinner locations are coordinated each night for social engagements, participants are responsible for meal and beverage expenses.
 

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

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
$1,500 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 will be available February, 2019.

Registration Request for Graduate Credit will be available February, 2019.
 

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.