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Band Conducting & Pedagogy Workshop

Key Information

June 18-23, 2017

Application Deadline: May 15, 2017


Michael Haithcock, with Courtney Snyder, Jerry Schweibert and other University of Michigan faculty


Designed for instrumental conductors and educators of all levels
 (K-12 through professional), this workshop will focus on developing the skills and concepts necessary to inspire compelling music making from the podium with any level of ensemble. Group sessions and individual instruction will present unique ideas regarding:

  • movement
  • score preparation
  • a musical approach to rehearsal techniques
  • repertoire selection

Michael Haithcock, Director of Bands, and Jerry Schwiebert, renowned movement expert and member of U-M's theatre department faculty, will provide each participant with specific methodologies for personal development in merging the demands of musically prepared and responsive conducting gestures with performance pressures. Additional faculty will offer lectures on their specific areas of expertise as well as individual instruction throughout the week.


2017 Schedule


All participants must bring their own instrument and copies of scores they are scheduled to conduct.

Application Procedure

All conducting applicants must submit:

  1. an online application
  2. resume
  3. video recording of either rehearsal and/or performance conducting (10-12 minutes). A review of this video will aid in designing a workshop schedule for each participant to ensure his or her maximum benefit from the experience.

The first 32 applicants who complete an online application and application fee, and provide the requested video, will be accepted. Each conducting participant will also perform as part of the Symposium Wind Band.

An unlimited number of observers are welcome. Observers will have the opportunity to attend all workshop sessions and participate in the Symposium Wind Band. Observers only need submit an online application.



All applicants wishing to conduct on the podium must submit a resume and video recording. An online link for uploading audition materials will be provided once an online application has been completed.

Professional Development/Academic Credit

The Band Conducting & Pedagogy Workshop may be taken as part of the Master of Music in Music Education degree program, for Summer graduate credit (NCFD) or for professional development without college credit.  (Course Code: CONDUCT 507.035)

Apply to the Master of Music in Music Education Summer degree program

Questions regarding how to receive academic credit? Contact the School of Music, Theatre & Dance Admissions Office at 734-764-0593 or email at


  • Non-refundable Application Fee: $30
  • Workshop Fee: No refunds after June 1, 2017

    Conductor: $600
    Observer : $350

Admission Notification

The first 32 applicants to complete an online application, audition upload, and $30 non-refundable application fee, will be admitted to the workshop as a conductor. All applicants will receive an email notification when their application is complete, confirming their admission.

The website will indicate when there are no longer available spaces for conductors.

Observers are automatically admitted to the workshop upon completion of an online application and non-refundable application fee payment. There is an unlimited amount as to the number of observers.


For more information about this workshop or any of the School of Music, Theatre & Dance Summer Workshops, please contact the office of Youth & Adult Programs:

Phone: (734) 936-2660

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