Wind Band Conductor and Educator Virtual Summit | July 14-16, 2020

Wind Band Conductor and Educator Virtual Summit Faculty and Guests
Image: (first row, left to right) Emily Threinen, Jerry Luckhardt, Betsy McCann, Lance Sample, Craig Kirchhoff, Allan McMurray (second row, left to right) Elizabeth Jackson, Bradley Mariska, Chris Gleason, Jack Yonce, Peter Mercer-Taylor, Patricia Frazier. Not pictured: Maja Grythe, Syressa Lewis, and Nora Tycast.

Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Minnesota Bands will not host the in-person Wind Band Conducting Workshop, July 13-17, 2020.

We believe that nothing can replace human-to-human connectivity and that the art of conducting, rehearsing, and teaching is rooted in close and personal interactions to one another and to sound. We also believe that when people are in isolation, it is important to find alternative ways to connect and continue developing minds, skills, and creativity.

With this intent, the University of Minnesota Bands will be offering a Wind Band Conductor and Educator Virtual Summit, July 14-16, 2020. This Virtual Summit is open to instrumental educators of all levels, will be led via Zoom (online video conferencing system), and held during Central Daylight Time (CDT). Most sessions will include some level of participant engagement and/or interaction. In addition to large group sessions, Clinicians will provide breakout room sessions for smaller groups of participants.

Realizing that the pandemic is evolving on a daily basis, the Clinicians will aim to prepare their sessions with sensitivity to the current climate and with respect to the numerous situations of Wind Band Conductors and Educators, especially in preparation for a new academic year. Repertoire and session topics are listed below; some sessions will be adjusted to address current realities in July. The Clinicians aim to provide a virtual environment to connect with each other and reignite passion for the art.

Registration here. (Registration has closed.)

Clinicians & Guests

Name Title
Emily Threinen Director of Bands, Associate Professor of Conducting, University of Minnesota
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
Craig Kirchhoff Professor Emeritus of Conducting, University of Minnesota
Allan McMurray Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Conducting, University of Colorado-Boulder
Elizabeth Jackson Associate Director of Bands, Eden Prairie High School, Minnesota
Bradley Mariska Associate Director of Bands, Farmington High School, Minnesota
Chris Gleason Instrumental Music Educator at Patrick Marsh Middle School in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
Jack Yonce Colorado Bandmasters Association Concert Band Chairman, Retired Director of Bands, Cheyenne Mountain High School, Colorado
Peter Mercer-Taylor Professor of Musicology, University of Minnesota
Patricia Frazier Distinguished McKnight University Professor of Psychology, University of Minnesota
Maja Grythe Movement & Communication Coach | Owner of Raw Yoga Oslo (Norway) *new presenter*
Syressa Lewis Colorguard Instructor, Minnesota Marching Band | Program Director - Student Group Services, Student Unions & Activities, University of Minnesota *new presenter*
Nora Tycast Co-Director of Bands, Spring Lake Park High School *new presenter*

Repertoire

The repertoire listed below is final; these pieces will be discussed and referenced during sessions. Participants are encouraged to purchase the scores, but purchase is not required. Please note, this repertoire was selected in part because scores and audio recordings are available online; links to composer websites, YouTube, or IMSLP are included. Purchase scores here.

Listed alphabetically by last name of composer:

  • G Major Cello Suite Prelude, BWV 1007 (~1717-1723) by J.S. Bach* pdf

  • Diamond Tide (2015) by Viet Cuong* link

  • "Danny Boy" text pdf with Irish Tune from County Derry (1918/1994) by Percy Grainger/ed. Rogers* link

  • Evening Song (Abendlied) (1855/2016) by Shelley Hanson link

  • First Suite in E-Flat (1909/1922/1984) by Gustav Holst, ed. Matthews link (Note: IMSLP link is not the edition by Matthews)

  • Second Suite in F (1911/1922/1984) by Gustav Holst, ed. Matthews* link

  • Chasing Sunlight (2016) by Cait Nishimura* link

  • Little Symphony for Winds (1817/2003) by Franz Schubert, arr. Reynolds link

  • Three Ayres from Gloucester (1969) by Hugh Stuart, arr. Longfield link

  • A Mother of a Revolution! (2019) by Omar Thomas* link

Session Topics

Reentry with Purpose - Clinicians will share philosophical perspectives on the future of music and the large instrumental ensemble experience, through the lens of band conductors. With the understanding that all of us teach music and teach humans, this session hopes to inspire participants to think critically and creatively about connecting our work to a personal purpose. Presenters: Emily Threinen and Allan McMurray

Emotional Connection through Movement (3 sessions) - Inspired by the teaching of Bud Beyer, Craig Kirchhoff and Maja Grythe will lead sessions that explore emotional connection and the power of the creative human spirit; to enhance the depth of our teaching and music making, and to strengthen the sense of community that exists in the great circle of communication that ebbs and flows between performers and audiences. Presenters: Craig Kirchhoff and Maja Grythe

Preparations and Score Discovery: I & II through G Major Cello Suite Prelude, BWV 1007 by J.S. Bach, "Danny Boy" text with Irish Tune from County Derry by Percy Grainger/ed. Rogers, First Suite in E-flat and Second Suite in F by Gustav Holst/ed. Matthews. Presenter: Allan McMurray

Preparations and Score Discovery: III - When Time is of the Essence: An approach to score preparation in a hurry through Diamond Tide by Viet Cuong, Three Ayres from Gloucester by Hugh Stuart/arr. Longfield, and A Mother of a Revolution! by Omar Thomas. In non-ideal situations, conductors are sometimes challenged to learn music quickly. This session aims to provide an approach to navigating scores with limited preparation time, with the understanding that thorough score discovery and preparation is preferred. Presenter: Emily Threinen

Conducting Exercises (3 sessions) - 1. From the Ground Up: Understanding how anatomy and breath impact quality of motion. | 2. A Practice Routine: Training the body through availability. | 3. Building a Gestural Toolbox: Preparing the body for spontaneity. Presenter: Emily Threinen

Music & Catastrophe: Historical Perspectives - What are makers of music – American makers of band music, in particular – called on to do in response to tragic, catastrophic upheavals? This talk explores a few of the answers that have been cast up across the nation’s musical history. Presenter: Peter Mercer-Taylor

How to Lead in Uncertain Times - Quite possibly, there has never been a more important time than right now for innovative, positive leadership. This session will explore practical strategies for making safe and exciting places for your ensembles to create and celebrate music. Presenter: Jerry Luckhardt 

Rehearsal Strategies for Empowering Students - How can we manage our rehearsals to engage and empower the musicians in our band rooms? Using strategies that put responsibility on students not only provides a better education and experience, it results in a better musical performance. Presenter: Betsy McCann

Purposeful Programming: Unpacking issues of race, equity, and identity in the ensemble - Through repertoire we can elevate composer voices and allow our musicians to have critical conversations about race, equity, and identity. The music we select and the framework we provide can assist students in unpacking issues of stereotype, underrepresentation, and appropriation within repertoire. Presenter: Nora Tycast

Lighting a Fire in Kids: Three Insightful Teaching Truths - We can’t force students to learn. This talk from a veteran educator proposes that a teacher's job includes creating the conditions for growth, and cultivating an environment of possibility that will ensure both students and teachers succeed and find their passion. Presenter: Chris Gleason

Stress & Coping: COVID-19 and Beyond - This interactive session will describe recent research on how college students have been affected by the pandemic as well as more general research on how people are affected by and cope with traumatic events. The session will consist of brief lectures interspersed with time for questions and discussion. Presenter: Patricia Frazier

Great Opportunities: What to Play When Your Band Cannot Play Core Repertoire - Lincolnshire Posy is an incredible and important piece;  our students deserve to experience this piece and others like it, but not all bands can play at that level. This session focuses on quality literature derived from or related to Core Repertoire, yet is playable by younger, less skilled ensembles. Presenter: Jack Yonce

Wind Band Composers of Diversity - This session will be an overview highlighting wind band composers of varying genders, ethnicities, and nationalities. Included will be a sampling of their works with performance ranging from Easy to Medium Advanced (grade 2-5). Presenter: Lance Sample

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Band Room - As band directors, we often work with a "band family" or "band community" instead of just a collection of students in our class. Learn how to work with this community to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion, and give students skills to bring this work to their lives outside the band room. Presenters: Syressa Lewis, Betsy McCann, and Lance Sample

Large Ensemble Instruction - Our New Normal: Blending best practices from the past with the new realities of distance learning - Two high school band directors share successes (and failures) learned in Distance Learning, with a focus on curriculum that works in a virtual world. This session will also discuss the importance of music advocacy and maintaining a positive student culture in times of change and challenge. Presenters: Elizabeth Jackson and Bradley Mariska

Virtual Lessons

The Virtual Summit will include an opportunity for 30 people to receive one 30-minute online private conducting lesson, assigned by UMN Faculty, with one of the below Clinicians. These lessons will be scheduled during the 3-day event.

Emily Threinen | Jerry Luckhardt | Betsy McCann | Lance Sample | Allan McMurray

Virtual lesson spaces have been filled.

Daily Schedule (CDT)

TUESDAY, JULY 14  
9:30 am Welcome with available Clinicians with Emily Threinen
10:00 - 10:50 am Reentry with Purpose with Allan McMurray and Emily Threinen
11:00 am-12:00 pm Emotional Connection through Movement: I/III with Maja Grythe and Craig Kirchhoff
12:00 pm  Break
1:00 pm - 1:50 pm Preparations and Score Discovery I/III: G Major Cello Suite Prelude, BWV 1007 by J.S. Bach with Allan McMurray
2:00 pm - 2:50 pm Conducting Exercises I/III - From the Ground Up: Understanding how anatomy and breath impact quality of motion with Emily Threinen
3:00 pm - 3:50 pm Music and Catastrophe: Historical Perspectives with Peter Mercer-Taylor
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Group Breakout Sessions - 1. How to Lead in Uncertain Times with Jerry Luckhardt | 2. Rehearsal Strategies for Empowering Students with Betsy McCann | 3. Purposeful Programming: Unpacking issues of race, equity, and identity in the ensemble with Nora Tycast
5:00 pm Break
5:30 pm Virtual Happy Hour
WEDNESDAY, JULY 15  
10:00 - 10:50 am Preparations and Score Discovery II/III: "Danny Boy" text with Irish Tune from County Derry by Percy Grainger/ed. Rogers, First Suite in E-flat and Second Suite in F by Gustav Holst/ed. Matthews with Allan McMurray
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Emotional Connection through Movement: II/III with Maja Grythe and Craig Kirchhoff
12:00 pm Break
1:00 pm - 1:50 pm Lighting a Fire in Kids: Three Insightful Teaching Truths with Chris Gleason
2:00 - 2:50 pm Conducting Exercises II/III - A Practice Routine: Training the body through availability with Emily Threinen
3:00 - 3:50 pm Stress and Coping: COVID-19 and Beyond with Patricia Frazier
4:00 - 5:00 pm Breakout Group Sessions: 1. Great Opportunities: What to Play When Your Band Cannot Play Core Repertoire with Jack Yonce | 2. Wind Band Composers of Diversity with Lance Sample
5:00 pm Break
5:30 pm Virtual Happy Hour
THURSDAY, JULY 16  
10:00 - 10:50 am Preparations and Score Discovery III/III - When Time is of the Essence: An approach to score preparation in a hurry through Diamond Tide by Viet Cuong, Three Ayres from Gloucester by Hugh Stuart, and A Mother of a Revolution! by Omar Thomas with Emily Threinen
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Emotional Connection through Movement: III/III with Maja Grythe and Craig Kirchhoff
12:00 pm Break
1:00 - 1:50 pm Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Band Room with Syressa Lewis, Betsy McCann, and Lance Sample
2:00 - 2:50 pm Conducting Exercises III/III - Building a Gestural Toolbox: Preparing the body for spontaneity with Emily Threinen
3:00 - 4:00 pm Large Ensemble Instruction - Our New Normal: Blending best practices from the past with the new realities of distance learning with Elizabeth Jackson and Bradley Mariska
4:00 - 5:00 pm Closing Question & Answer Session with available Clinicians with Emily Threinen as moderator
5:00 pm Break
5:30 pm Virtual Happy Hour

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Educators may opt to receive a formal letter from the University of Minnesota Bands indicating the total number of professional development hours completed while participating in the Virtual Summit. We anticipate this event will include approximately 16-17 contact hours. Note: Official University of Minnesota academic credit is not offered for this event.

Fees for Participants

$90.00* - Participant

$50.00* - Student (undergraduate and graduate)

$140.00* - Participant + Private 30-minute virtual lesson with Clinician -- Registration full.

$100.00* - Student + Private 30-minute virtual lesson with Clinician -- Registration full.

*$3.00 processing fee added to each registrant order.

Sponsor

Thank you to Yamaha for serving as a sponsor of this event.