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.
Our 2019 repertoire (tentative):
Chamber: Jacob, Old Wine in New Bottles, movts. 1 & 2 Mozart, Serenade in c minor, movts. 1 & 2
Full band: Holst, Second Suite in F, all movts. Lauridsen/Reynolds, O Magnum Mysterium Milhaud, Suite Française, all movts. Vaughan Williams, Flourish
Schedule is tentative and subject to change.
MONDAY, JUNE 10 10-11:30am Discussion 1 – Introduction to Gesture (inst/choral) 11:30am Lunch 1:00-4:15pm Conducting/Rehearsing Lab 1 (chamber) 4:30-5:15pm Reflections
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.
Allan McMurray Allan McMurray is an internationally acclaimed artist conductor, teacher, author and collaborator. He has conducted professional orchestras, ballet, opera and contemporary chamber ensembles, but it is his passion for wind music and the teaching of conducting that has inspired the majority of his artistic career.
Professor McMurray was Director of Bands and the Robert and Judy Charles Professor of Conducting at the University of Colorado from 1978 until 2013. During his tenure he developed the master and doctoral programs in Instrumental Conducting and the summer conducting symposium that for over 25 years was co-sponsored by the College Band Directors National Association. Under his leadership, the University of Colorado Wind Symphony performed by invitation at the First International Conference for Wind Ensembles at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England, the Japan Band Directors Conference in Nemo Nu Sato Japan, the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles in Hamamatsu, Japan and at two national conventions of the College Band Directors National Association. Professor McMurray has also produced numerous recordings including two recordings with the University of Colorado Wind Symphony, published by Klavier and released through Naxos, featuring the music of composers Carter Pann, Daniel Kellogg and Frank Ticheli with collaborating artists Patrick Mason, baritone, Jennifer Bird-Arvidsson, soprano and the Grammy Award winning Takacs String Quartet. He has also created and published (GIA Publications) a groundbreaking set of three DVDs on the teaching of conducting entitled Conducting from the Inside Out. In 2004, in recognition of the international impact of his teaching and professional activities the University of Colorado and its Board of Regents honored Allan McMurray with the lifetime appointment of Distinguished Professor.
Allan McMurray has, throughout his career, been a strong advocate of commissioning and performing new works by gifted composers. He has conducted premieres of over one hundred new works and has received praise for his artistry in bringing their works to life from such notable composers as Pulitzer Prize winners George Crumb, Michael Colgrass, Steven Stucky, Karel Husa and CU composers Dan Kellogg and Carter Pann.
As Professor of Conducting Emeritus and Distinguished Professor of the University of Colorado, Professor McMurray has been recognized as one of the leading teachers of wind ensemble and conducting in the world. In demand as a visiting artist, he has guest conducted and taught conducting in over 200 colleges and conservatories internationally. He has been a featured conductor throughout the United States and in seventeen countries worldwide. Since his retirement from the University of Colorado in 2013 McMurray has continued to be active as a guest conductor, keynote speaker, and teacher of conducting.
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.