January 10-12, 2020


Music at Oregon State University is proud to announce its inaugural Wind Conducting Symposium on January 10-12, 2020 with special guest clinician Dr. Rodney Dorsey, professor of bands at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.

Join other music educators from around Oregon for a weekend of professional development and music-making. The purpose of the workshop is for band directors at all stages of their careers to develop skills in both conducting and teaching. Participants will have the opportunity to conduct the workshop band (of which each participant will play his or her instrument), as well as attend topical discussions dealing with rehearsal techniques, literature and programming ideas, conducting technique and personal musical growth. 


Participate in three ways

I. CONDUCTING PARTICIPANT TRACK ($250 per person, maximum 10 Participants)

Register for the conducting participant track

The conducting participant track is designed for improvement of conducting and teaching at all levels. Each Conductor is expected to perform his or her instrument in the Workshop Band.

II. UNIVERSITY STUDENT CONDUCTOR TRACK ($150 per person, maximum 4 Participants)

Register for the University Student Conductor Track

Four undergraduate participants from various colleges and universities will work intensively with clinicians and the workshop band. The university student participant track is designed for improvement of conducting and teaching for undergraduate music students. Each conductor is expected to perform his or her instrument in the workshop band.

NOTE: University Students must have taken at least one prior course in conducting. 

III. OBSERVER TRACK ($50 per person, limit of 80 observers)

Register for the Observer Track 

Observer Track participants are welcome to attend all sessions of the workshop including the conducting technique session but will not conduct the workshop band. The observer track is designed for any participant interested in learning more about conducting and teaching, without the pressure of preparing scores. Each observer is expected to perform their instrument in the workshop band.


  • Please select three pieces or movements to conduct for the full band sessions
  • Grainger/Fennell: Lincolnshire Posy, (Movements 1,2,5,6)
  • Holst/Matthews: Second Suite in F
  • Stuart: Three Ayres from Gloucester
  • Theofanidis: Sweet Like That
  • Whitacre: Lux Aurumque

Tentative Workshop Schedule

Friday, January 10, 2020

  • 5:00pm - Registration and Check-in (Community Hall room 202)
  • 6:00pm - Introductions and Welcome
  • 7:00pm - Workshop Conducting Session #1

Saturday, January 11, 2020

  • 8:00am - Topical sessions, lead by clinicians
  • 9:00am - Conducting technique break out session #1
  • 10:30am - Coffee break
  • 10:45am - Conducting technique break out session #2
  • 11:45am - Lunch break
  • 1:30pm - Workshop conducting session #2
  • 5:00pm - "Hot Topics" session
  • 6:00pm - Optional dinner outing at local restaurant with participants and clinicians

Sunday, January 12, 2020

  • 8:30am - Workshop Conducting Session #3
  • 12:00pm - Closing and wrap-up

Housing and Accommodations

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