College of Music

University of Colorado Boulder

Wind Band Symposium

2014 University of Colorado Boulder


Dates:  Sunday, June 8 – Friday June 13, 2014

Location:  University of Colorado Boulder College of Music

Guest Clinician: Steven D. Davis: Director of Bands – University of Missouri Kansas City

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The University of Colorado Boulder College of Music is pleased to offer our annual conducting and teaching symposium. Hosted on the beautiful CU Boulder campus, this symposium is designed for the aspiring conductor and will focus on conducting technique and movement, rehearsal strategies, professional development, artistic growth, score study and repertoire.


Steven D. Davis: Director of Bands – University of Missouri Kansas City

Steven D. Davis serves as Director of Bands and Wind Ensembles, Professor of Conducting, Conservatory large ensembles chair, opera conducting faculty, and conductor of the Conservatory Wind Symphony at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. He coordinates the graduate program in wind ensemble conducting and oversees all aspects of the UMKC band program. Davis is the founding director of the UMKC Wind Band Teaching Symposium, one of country’s largest conducting workshops. He is conductor of the Youth Symphony of Kansas City’s Symphony Orchestra and newEar, Kansas City's professional contemporary chamber ensemble. Davis has served as a conductor at the CBDNA National Convention, Midwest Clinic, NAfME National Convention and the Festival of New American Music.   He has also conducted numerous summers at the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp.  As a committed advocate for music education, he has been a guest conductor and teacher at state conferences, and honor band and orchestra festivals in 37 states.  He has appeared as a guest artist at the most significant conservatories in Bangkok and Chang Mai, Thailand; Lisbon, Portugal; and Beijing, China.   Davis has been invited for residencies and conducting symposiums at major institutions such as the Eastman School of Music, Ithaca College, Michigan State University, University of Colorado, University of Georgia and Florida State University, among others.

Davis is fervently committed to performing new repertoire, and has been praised by prominent contemporary composers including Leslie Bassett, Robert Beaser, Michael Colgrass, John Corigliano, Michael Daugherty, Osvaldo Golijov, Stephen Hartke, David Lang, Zhou Long, James Mobberley, Narong Prangcharoen, Bernard Rands, Paul Rudy, Steven Stucky, Frank Ticheli, and Chen Yi.  He has received dedications for over 30 commissioned works.

Davis is an elected member of the American Bandmasters Association and currently serves as the College Band Directors National Association Southwest Division president. At UMKC, he has been awarded the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Artistry and Scholarship Award.  In 2014, Davis will lead the UMKC Conservatory Wind Symphony as a featured ensemble at the Beijing Modern Music Festival and the Tianjin May Festival. 


Donald J. McKinney: Director of Bands – University of Colorado Boulder

Matthew Roeder: Associate Director of Bands – University of Colorado Boulder


Two levels of participation are available:

Conductor: The conducting participant will conduct in the morning sessions and receive mentoring from the clinicians.  The conducting participant will also be part of the afternoon seminars and lectures. Only 20 conducting participants will be able to participate. Conducting participants will have the opportunity to conduct works for chamber winds and full ensemble.

Auditor: The auditor will observe all morning and afternoon sessions. This level of participation is designed for the conducting student seeking to develop, refine, and hone their conducting technique. There are an unlimited number of spots available for auditors


Conductor: $550.00 (includes instruction, DVD of conducting sessions, clinician resource material) Housing, parking, transportation, & tuition credit are not included.

Auditor: $300.00 (includes observation of all conducting sessions, lectures, and seminars) Housing, parking, transportation, & tuition credit are not included.

For both levels of participation, a $150.00 non-refundable registration fee is due by May 1, 2014. The remaining tuition is due upon arrival at CU Boulder.

To apply, fill out the form on the Registration link and return it with your deposit.


You may take the course for optional tuition credit through the University of Colorado Division of Continuing Education. The course will be offered as Independent Study Music, 5018.


Sunday, June 8:

3:30-5:00            Registration – CU Boulder College of Music
                           Dinner on your own
7:00-9:00            Opening Session


Monday, June 9 – Thursday, June 12:
9:00 AM               Conducting Sessions
12:00 PM              Lunch
1:30 PM                Afternoon Lectures and Seminars
5:00 PM                Dinner

*Evening of Monday, June 9 only – Reception for all symposium participants

Friday, June 13:
9:00                        Final Conducting Session & Wrap-up


If you have additional questions, please contact:Diana Wilson
18th & Euclid,  301 UCB, Boulder, Colorado 80309-0301