orchestral conducting

The University of Colorado Boulder College of Music is pleased to offer our annual orchestral conducting 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. The CU Orchestral Conducting Symposium is hosted in conjunction with the CU Wind Band Conducting Symposium. This joint venture allows for several combined sessions with all conducting participants.

June 7-12, 2020

Clinicians

Guest clinician: TBD

CU Clinician: Gary Lewis
Director of Orchestral Studies, University of Colorado Boulder

Participation

Two levels of participation are available:

Conductor ($650): The conducting participant will conduct in the morning sessions and receive mentoring from the clinicians, as well as participate in the afternoon seminars and lectures. Conducting participants will have the opportunity to conduct works for chamber winds and full ensemble, with over an hour of podium time throughout the week. Only 20 conductors will be accepted, and the positions will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Cost includes instruction and clinician resource material. Housing, parking, transportation and tuition credit are not included. Prerequisite: Bachelor's degree in music and/or music education. All participants should bring their primary instrument and perform in the large ensemble sessions.

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 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. Undergraduate students are welcome as auditors. There are an unlimited number of spots available for auditors. Cost includes observation of all conducting sessions, lectures and seminars. Housing, parking, transportation and tuition credit are not included. Auditors are welcome to bring their primary instrument and perform in the afternoon large ensemble sessions.

Housing and Meals

We are able to offer you a cost-effective solution for housing and meals this summer! Stay on the beautiful campus of the University of Colorado Boulder 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 $400 per person includes 5 nights, 13 meals, and all applicable taxes.  You can also extend your stay one or two nights at the same low rate.

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 8 meals for approximately $100.  

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.

Registration

Online registration will open Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020.

Conductors will be asked to provide a résumé/CV and a brief conducting video as part of the registration process.

A $200 deposit is required upon registration. This deposit is non-refundable, unless conductor is asked to defer participation. The balance of the tuition will be due by May 31. All payments are to be made via the registration website; no cash or check payments will be accepted.

Refund Policy

All refunds will be processed on the card used to make the payment through the registration portal. Prior to April 30, refund is in full excluding the non-refundable $200 deposit. No refunds will be issued for cancellations May 1 or thereafter.  On-campus housing and dining has a separate refund policy; please see their website for details.

Tuition Credit

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.

Tentative 2020 schedule

Sunday, June 7
4:30-5:30 p.m. - Dinner (included in on-campus resident meal plans)
5:30-6 p.m. - Registration – CU Boulder College of Music (Southeast lobby)
6 p.m. - Opening Session in Grusin

Monday, June 8
9 a.m. - Conducting Session 1 (String Orchestra Repertoire)
10:30 a.m. - Break
Noon - Lunch
1:30-3 p.m. - Discussion
3 p.m. - Break
3:30 p.m. - Clinic
6 p.m. - Dinner reception for all participants - provided by the CU College of Music

Tuesday, June 9
9 a.m. - Conducting Session 2 (String Orchestra Repertoire)
10:30 a.m. - Break
Noon - Lunch
1:30-4:30 p.m. - Conducting Session 3 (with winds)   
4:30 p.m. - Wrap up

Wednesday, June 10
9 a.m. - Conducting Session 4 (String Orchestra Repertoire)
10:30 a.m. - Break
Noon - Lunch
1:30-4:30 p.m. - Conducting Session 5 (String Orchestra Repertoire)
4:30 p.m. - Wrap up

Thursday, June 11
9 a.m. - Conducting Session 6 (String Orchestra Repertoire)
10:30 a.m. - Break
Noon - Lunch
1:30-4:30 p.m. - Conducting Session 7 (with winds)   
4:30 p.m. - Wrap up

Friday, June 12
9 a.m. - Conducting Session 8 (String Orchestra Repertoire) 
Noon - Workshop concludes

2020 Repertoire is TBD. 2019 Repertoire:

Please prepare two contrasting string works and one full orchestra selection.

String Orchestra 

Grieg: Holberg Suite

  1. Prelude
  2. Sarabande
  3. Gavotte-Musette
  4. Air
  5. Rigaudon

Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings

  1. Beg-C
  2. Beg-C
  3. All

Dvořák: Serenade for Strings, Op. 22

     1. Moderato
     2. Tempo di Valse (beg. - G)
     4. Larghetto

Vaughan-Williams - Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis             

      Beginning - 4 after E
      N - 4 after T
      W - end

Barber: Adagio for Strings

Works with Winds

Mozart: Symphony No. 38, “Prague”

      1. Introduction and Exposition
      2. Beg - m.57

Beethoven: Symphony No. 5, mvt. 1

Contact Information

For inquiries regarding the Orchestral Conducting Symposium, please contact Ensembles Assistant Laura Graham at:
lmgraham@colorado.edu
303-492-6584
301 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0301