wind conducting teacher

Hosted on our beautiful campus, the CU Boulder Wind Band Conducting Symposium is designed for individuals conducting professionally, including graduate students and those leading public school band programs, community and collegiate wind ensembles.

There are two available tracks intended to serve the individual needs of each conductor and provide the maximum amount of conducting time. All tracks will participate in a variety of clinics that focus on score study, repertoire selection and artistic development for the conductor. Interested applicants will submit a brief conducting video with their application, via a private YouTube channel. Please select your preferred track and the video submission will be used to place applicants into the various tracks. All participants are expected to perform in the Symposium Band.

June 5-10, 2022

Clinicians

Guest clinician
Jamie Nix: Director of Wind Ensemble Activities, Columbus State University

CU Boulder clinicians
Donald J. McKinney: Director of Bands
Matthew Dockendorf: Associate Director of Bands
Branden Steinmetz: Assistant Director of Bands

Participation

Four levels of participation are available:

Chamber Conducting Track: (10 conductors, $750)
The Chamber Conducting Track is designed for teachers and conductors looking to improve their musicianship through small ensemble conducting. Prerequisite: Bachelor’s degree in music and/or music education. Throughout the symposium, participants will conduct two pieces of chamber winds repertoire and receive individual feedback from each conductor. Conductors will receive 45 minutes of conducting time and individual video follow-up sessions. 

Band Conducting Track: (10 conductors, $750)
The Band Conducting Track is designed for teachers and conductors at all levels. Band conductors will work with clinicians in small groups and the Symposium Band. Prerequisite: Bachelor’s degree in music and/or music education. Conductors will receive 45 minutes of conducting time with clinician, as well as private video follow-up sessions. 

Undergraduate Conducting Track: (4 conductors, $300)
This track is designed for junior or senior music education students looking to improve their conducting skills. Participants in this track will observe all conducting sessions and lectures. Additionally, participants will conduct the Symposium Band twice—Tuesday and Thursday afternoon. 

Auditor ($100 for one day, $400 for the whole week)
Auditors are welcome to register to attend on a prorated daily basis! 
Only able to drop by for a couple of days out of the week? This option is for you! The Auditor Track is designed for the conducting student who is seeking to develop, refine, and hone their conducting technique. No conducting video is necessary for auditors.

All participants should bring their primary instrument and perform in the afternoon Symposium Band.

Housing + meals

We are able to offer you a cost-effective solution for housing and meals this summer! Stay on campus at a rate lower than you will find anywhere else in the region during peak tourist season. Your meal plan included in this package will give you access to a wide variety of food options, including diverse dietary accommodations at the Center for Community on campus. All of these accommodations are a short walk from Imig Music Building, making your on-campus stay the most convenient and the most cost-effective way to attend the symposium. 

Pricing

Approximately $465 per person includes five nights, 14 meals and all applicable taxes. You may extend your stay by one night on either end of the main lodging and dining package for an additional cost.

Already got your lodging, but still looking for an on-campus meal plan? No problem! 
You can purchase a lunch-and-dinner meal plan as well. This meal package includes nine meals for ~$116.

The link to reserve your on-campus lodging and meal plan will be included in your confirmation email once you’re registered for the symposium.

Questions regarding housing and dining? Contact Conference Services, conferences@colorado.edu or 303-492-5151. On-campus housing and dining registration closes May 22.

Registration

Registration will open 11 a.m. MST, January 20, 2022. Click here to register!

A deposit of $200 (or full tuition amount, if less than $200) is required upon registration. This deposit is non-refundable, unless conductor is asked by CU Boulder faculty member to defer participation. Prior to May 31, refund is in full excluding the non-refundable $200 deposit. Payment in full is due by May 31. 

Refund policy

All refunds will be processed on the card used to make the payment through the registration portal. Prior to May 31, refund is in full excluding the non-refundable $200 deposit. Payment in full is due by May 31. No refunds will be issued for cancellations June 1 or thereafter. 

On-campus housing and dining has a separate refund policy; please see their website for details.

Tuition credit

For an additional fee, conductors may take the course for optional tuition credit through the CU Boulder Division of Continuing Education. The course will be offered as Independent Study Music, 5018. Information on how to register for course credit will be provided by May 1.

2022 schedule

Sunday, June 5:
5:30 to 6 p.m. Registration CU Boulder College of Music 
6 p.m. Welcome session for all participants 
7 to 9 p.m. ALL Conductors [flex music]
                            
Monday, June 6:
8:30 a.m. UG Conductors meet with Dr. Steinmetz (S337)
9 a.m. Chamber Conducting (1st session)
11 a.m. BREAK
11:15 a.m. Clinic Session
12:30 p.m. LUNCH
2 p.m. Band Conducting (1st session)
4 p.m. BREAK
4:15 p.m. Q & A session
7 p.m. Dinner reception
 
Tuesday, June 7:
8:30 a.m. UG Conductors meet with Dr. Dockendorf (S334)
9 a.m. Chamber Conducting (2nd session) 
10:30 a.m. BREAK
10:45 a.m. Clinic Session
noon p.m. LUNCH
1:30 to 4:15 p.m. Band Conducting (2nd session) [Band Conducting Track & UG Conductors]
4:15 p.m. Q & A session

Wednesday, June 8:
8:30 a.m. UG Conductors meet with Dr. McKinney (S336)
9 a.m. ALL Conductors [flex music]   
11 a.m. BREAK
11:15 a.m. Clinic Session
12:30 p.m. LUNCH
2 p.m. Band Conducting (3rd session)
4 p.m. BREAK
4:15 p.m. Clinic Session
 
Thursday, June 9:
8:30 a.m. UG Conductors meet with Dr. Nix (Grusin Green Room)
9 a.m. Chamber Conducting (3rd session)  
10:30 a.m. BREAK
10:45 a.m. Q & A session
noon LUNCH
1:30 to 4:15 p.m. Band Conducting (4th session) [Band Conducting Track & UG Conductors]
4:15 p.m. Q & A session with all clinicians

Friday, June 10:
9 a.m. Chamber Conducting (4th session)  
11 a.m. Final Q&A Session
12 p.m. Conclusion

2021 repertoire:

Chamber Conducting Track:
Charles Gounod - Petite Symphonie
Carl Orff/Wanek - Carmina Burana

Band and Undergraduate Conducting Track:
Kelijah Dunton - Stillwater
Percy Grainger/ed. Fennell - Lincolnshire Posy (movements 1, 2, & 6 only)
Gustav Holst/ed. Matthews - First Suite in E-flat (all movements)
Cait Nishimura - Chasing Sunlight
Katahj Copley - Halcyon Hearts

Flex Music:
Julie Giroux - Time to Dance
John Mackey - Let Me Be Frank With You
Frank Ticheli - Amazing Grace
Eric Whitacre - Seal Lullaby

Purchase scores

Visit MidwestSheetMusic.com, select Band, then Conducting Symposiums, then Colorado ... and then select the scores you wish to purchase.

Contact

Laura Graham
lmgraham@colorado.edu
303-492-6584