wind conducting teacher

Hosted on the beautiful CU Boulder campus, the University of Colorado 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 four 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 7-12, 2020

Clinicians

Guest clinician
Mallory Thompson: Director of Bands, Northwestern University

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

Participation

Four levels of participation are available:

Chamber Conducting Track$650: (10 conductors)
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$650: (10 conductors)
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$200: (3 conductors)
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. Interested students should submit a résumé/CV in addition to a brief conducting video with their conducting application. 

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 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 $415 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.

Questions regarding housing and dining? Contact Conference Services at conferences@colorado.edu or call 303-492-5151. On-campus housing and dining registration closes May 23, so don't wait!

Registration

Online registration will open Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 at 11 a.m., MST. Register here!

**As a result of moving to a new registration system, our payment options have changed. Please read the payment options information on the first page of the online registration form.

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 faculty to defer participation. Payment in full is due May 31.

Refund Policy

Refunds for card payments will be processed on the card used to make the payment through the registration portal. Refunds for check payments will be mailed to the address provided on the registration form. 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

For an additional fee, conductors 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. Information on how to register for course credit will be sent out by May 1.

Tentative 2020 Schedule

Sunday, June 7:
5:30 p.m. Registration – CU Boulder College of Music
6 p.m. Welcome Session (E160)
7-9 p.m. ALL Conductors (excerpt conducting)
                            
Monday, June 8:
8:30 a.m. UG Conductors meet with Clinician 1
9 a.m. Chamber Conducting (1st session)
11 a.m. BREAK
11:15 a.m. Clinic 1 
12:30 p.m. LUNCH
2 p.m. Band Conducting (1st session)
4 p.m. BREAK
4:15 p.m. Q&A
7 p.m. Reception hosted by the CU College of Music
 
Tuesday, June 9:
8:30 a.m. UG Conductors meet with Clinician 2
9 a.m. Chamber Conducting (2nd session)
11 a.m. BREAK
11:15 a.m. Clinic 2
12:15 p.m. LUNCH
1:30-4:30 p.m. Band Conducting (2nd session) [Band Conducting Track & UG Conductors]
4:30 p.m. Q&A

Wednesday, June 10:
8:30 a.m. UG Conductors meet with Clinician 3
9 a.m. Chamber Conducting (3rd session)
11 a.m. BREAK
11:15 a.m. Clinic 3 
12:30 p.m. LUNCH
2 p.m. Band Conducting (3rd session)
4 p.m. BREAK
4:15 p.m. Q&A
 
Thursday, June 11:
8:30 a.m. UG Conductors meet with Clinician 4
9 a.m. ALL Conductors – excerpt conducting
10:30 a.m. BREAK
10:45 a.m. Clinic 4
Noon LUNCH
1:30-4:30 p.m. Band Conducting (4th session) [Band Conducting Track & UG Conductors]
4:30 p.m. Q&A

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

2020 Repertoire:

Chamber Conducting Track:
Carl Orff/Wanek - Carmina Burana (Schott)
Igor Stravinsky - Octet (Boosey & Hawkes)

Band and Undergraduate Conducting Track:
Malcolm Arnold/arr. Paynter - Four Scottish Dances (movements 2, 3 & 4 ONLY)
Leonard Bernstein/arr. Grundman - Candide Suite (movements 1, 2 & 3 ONLY)
Norman Dello Joio - Scenes from the Louvre (all movements available)
Cait Nishimura - Autumn

Where to purchase scores

From MidwestSheetMusic.com, select Band, then Conducting Symposiums, then Colorado, and select the scores you wish to purchase or follow this link directly.

Contact information

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