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 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 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: (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 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 $465 per person includes 5 nights, 14 meals and all applicable taxes. You can also extend your stay by one night on either end of the main lodging & 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 9 meals for approximately $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 at conferences@colorado.edu or call 303-492-5151. On-campus housing and dining registration closes May 22.

Registration

Registration will open January 20, 2022 at 11 a.m. MST. 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 faculty 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 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.

COVID-19 protocols

The CU Conducting Symposia adheres to all campus, county and state guidelines to ensure the safety of all participants. As we near the conference date, we will communicate timely specifics regarding COVID-19 policies and protocols applicable to the event. 

We strongly encourage conference attendees to be fully vaccinated.

2022 schedule TBD 

2021 schedule:

Sunday, June 6:
5:30 - 6 p.m. Registration – CU Boulder College of Music 
6 p.m. Welcome session for all participants 
7-9 p.m. Open conducting session
                            
Monday, June 7:
9 a.m.-12 p.m. Conducting Session 1: Group A - Mozart 
9:45 a.m. Breakout session 
10:45 a.m. BREAK
11:25 a.m. Q&A Session 
12 p.m. Lunch
1:30-4 p.m. Conducting Session 2: Group B - Mozart
2:15 p.m. BREAK
3:15 p.m. BREAK
4-5 p.m. Clinic 1
 
Tuesday, June 8:
9 a.m.-12 p.m. Conducting Session 3: Group B - Mozart
9:45 a.m. Breakout session 
10:45 a.m. BREAK
11:25 a.m. Q&A Session 
12 p.m. Lunch
1:30-4 p.m. Conducting Session 4: Group A - Flex music with participants
2:15 p.m. BREAK
3:15 p.m. BREAK
4-5 p.m. Clinic 2 

Wednesday, June 9:
9 a.m.-12 p.m. Conducting Session 5: Group A - Mozart
9:15 a.m. BREAK
10:15 a.m. BREAK
11:00 a.m. Q&A Session with Michigan State University Conducting Symposium
12 p.m. Lunch
1:30-4 p.m. Conducting Session 6: Group B - Flex music with participants
2:15 p.m. BREAK
3:15 p.m. BREAK
4-5 p.m. Clinic 3
 
Thursday, June 10:
9 a.m.-12 p.m. Conducting Session 7: Group B - Mozart
9:45 a.m. Breakout session 
10:45 a.m. BREAK
11:25 a.m. Q&A Session 
12 p.m. Lunch
1:30-4 p.m. Conducting Session 8: Group A - Flex music with participants
2:15 p.m. BREAK
3:15 p.m. BREAK
4-5 p.m. Clinic 4

Friday, June 11:
9 a.m. TBD
11 a.m. Final Q&A Session
12 p.m. Conclusion

2022 Repertoire is TBD. 2021 Repertoire:

All conductors will select excerpts from:
Mozart - Serenade in C Minor, K. 388 (Bärenreiter edition)

Plus one or two selections of music for flex ensembles from the following list:

*Ticheli - Amazing Grace
*Giroux - A Time to Dance
*Perrine - Tears of Saint Lawrence
*Day - Rocketship
*Please be sure to obtain the flex/adaptable version of these pieces (see links for each piece). 

You will have the opportunity to conduct Mozart three times, and flex music two times. You may choose to focus on one or two flex pieces.

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