Band Conducting and Pedagogy Workshop

June 16-21, 2019

Michael Haithcock, University of Michigan
with Courtney Snyder, John Pasquale, and Jerald Schwiebert, University of Michigan

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, and repertoire selection.

Michael Haithcock, Director of Bands, and Jerry Schwiebert, renowned movement expert and U-M Clinical Assistant Professor Emeritus of Performing Arts, 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.

The first 28 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. Observers will have the opportunity to attend all workshop sessions and participate in the Symposium Wind Band. An unlimited number of observers are welcome.

All conducting and observer applicants must submit the following: (all files to be uploaded to an external link upon completion of the application)

All Conducting applicants must also submit:

  • Resume
  • Video recording of either rehearsal and/or performance conducting (10-12 minutes). All files to be uploaded to our Digital Audition Portal. 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.

Non-refundable Application Fee: $50
Workshop Fee:
Conductor: $650
Observer : $500

No refunds after May 1, 2019