Improve your conducting technique, develop effective rehearsal strategies, and discuss score study, rehearsal planning, movement, and more with our outstanding faculty. Designed for instrumental conductors at all levels & experiences, our UH Conducting Workshop will help you become a more expressive and knowledgeable conductor.
CONDUCTING LABS Participants will conduct and rehearse the UH Chamber Winds / Wind Ensemble, guided and assisted by our conducting faculty. Each participant will receive extensive podium time and specific feedback tailored to their specific needs. Movement, conducting technique, rehearsal strategies, and score study will all be addressed.
DISCUSSION SESSIONS Daily discussion sessions on Baton Technique, Score Study, Rehearsal Techniques, Rehearsal Planning, and more, in informal meetings with our conducting faculty.
Music to be conducted will be selected from the following, in consultation with the conducting faculty:
Chamber Winds Beethoven, Rondino in Eb Mozart, Serenade in Eb, K. 375, movts. 1 & 2 Jacob, Old Wine in New Bottles, movts. 1 & 2
Full Concert Band
Erickson, Air for Band Giroux, One Life Beautiful Grainger, Lincolnshire Posy, movts. 1, 2, 5 & 6 Holst, First Suite in Eb, movts. 1, 2, & 3
REGISTRATION There are two tracks available, Participant & Observer.
Participants will attend all sessions and conduct the UH Chamber Winds / Wind Ensemble each day of the workshop. This track is recommended for conductors with a bachelor's degree in music and at least one year of teaching experience.
In order to give all conductors adequate & meaningful podium time, a maximum of twelve Participants will be accepted, and will be handled on the basis of completed registration form/fees.
Observers will attend all sessions but will not conduct the ensembles. This track is recommended for musicians at all levels of experience. Observer registration is not limited.
Participant fee: $400 Observer fee: $300
This fee does not include meals. Participants/Observers are strongly encouraged to carpool.
Cynthia Johnston Turner is in demand as a conductor, conducting and ensemble clinician, and speaker in the United States, Australia, Latin America, Europe, and Canada.
Before her appointment at the Hodgson School at the University of Georgia, Cynthia was Director of Wind Ensembles at Cornell University. Earlier in her career Cynthia was a high school music educator, taught middle school beginning instrumental music in Toronto and choral music in Switzerland. She currently serves as a conductor with the Syracuse Society of New Music, the Austrian Festival Orchestra, and the Paris Lodron Ensemble in Salzburg.
A Canadian, Cynthia completed her Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education degrees at Queens University and her Master of Music in music education and conducting at the University of Victoria. Touring with her ensembles inspired her master’s thesis on the musical and personal transformations that occur on tours, and her D.M.A. thesis at the Eastman School of Music centered on the music of William Kraft, one of this generation’s leading composers. At Eastman Cynthia was the recipient of the prestigious teaching award in conducting. She received the National Leadership in Education Award (Canada), the Excellence in Education Award (Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation), and the Marion Drysdale Leadership Award (also from OSSTF). She is also the recipient of the Donald A. Reick Memorial Award for research with wearable technologies and music pedagogy, and the American Prize for innovative programming with wind bands.
Cynthia has commissioned numerous new works for wind band and orchestra, and she continues to actively promote commissions by today’s leading and emerging composers around the world. Under her direction, the Cornell Wind Ensemble was invited to perform at the College Band Directors National Association’s Eastern Division Conference in 2007 and 2012. In 2008, the Merrill Presidential Scholars at Cornell recognized Cynthia as an outstanding educator, and in 2009, she was awarded the Kaplan Family Distinguished Faculty Fellowship. Her performances have been praised by such composers as Steven Stucky, William Kraft, Steven Bryant, Marc Mellits, Eddie Mora, Dana Wilson, Roberto Sierra, Jesse Jones, and Karel Husa.
Cynthia serves as a board member with WASBE, and is an active member of CDBNA, Conductor’s Guild, College Music Society, Humanities Education and Research Association, the National Association for Music Education, and National Band Association.
As Director of Bands and Professor of Music at the Hodgson School, Cynthia conducts the Wind Ensemble, teaches conducting, leads the MM and DMA programs in conducting, and oversees the entire Hodgson band program.
Dr. Jeffrey Boeckman
Director of Bands University of Hawai`i, Manoa
Dr. Jeffrey Boeckman is the Director of Bands at the University of Hawai‘i. He conducts the Wind Ensemble, teaches courses in conducting and wind literature, and oversees the entire UH Bands program. In the first years under his direction, the UH Bands have embarked on an ambitious agenda of programming, commissioning, touring, and professional development, including collaborations with a series of guest artists, the development of a new chamber winds program, the UH Conductors Workshop, and a composer residency program, with the goal of developing the UH Bands into a national- and international-profile band program.