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.


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


Two levels of participation are available:

Conducting Track$675: (20 conductors)
The Conducting Track is designed for teachers and conductors at all levels. Participants 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.

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.

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. 


Approximately $440 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 or call 303-492-5151. On-campus housing and dining registration closes June 2.


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Refund Policy

For 2021, no deposit will be collected. Tuition will be collected beginning May 1, and the balance of the tuition will be 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 will adhere to all campus, county and state guidelines prior to, during and after the event, to ensure the safety of all participants. As the event date nears, we will communicate current specifics regarding COVID-19 policies and protocols applicable to the Conducting Symposia. As we've learned in this past year, policies currently in place are subject to change based on campus, county and state statuses and public health orders. At this time, we cannot speculate what changes may be made to current policies, if any. We will do our best to communicate any updates and appreciate your flexibility.

Related resources:

Learn more about the policies in place for the spring semester at the University of Colorado by visiting the Symposium COVID-19 Protocols page

CU Boulder COVID-19 Events Guidance Policy

Boulder County COVID-19 info

State of Colorado COVID-19 info

2021 Schedule (subject to change)

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

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, 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:
301 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0301