Conducting slots are now filled; slots remain for Observers


JUNE 15-19, 2015

Green Music Center at Sonoma State University

The Sonoma State University Department of Music announces the third annual Summer Band Conducting and Music Education Symposium June 15-19, 2015 at the Green Music Center on the beautiful campus of Sonoma State University. 

Join us to further develop your skills in the art of conducting and music education pedagogy.



Dr. Andy Collinsworth, Director of Bands and Music Education at Sonoma State University and Allan McMurray, Distinguished Professor and Professor of Conducting Emeritus at the University of Colorado, will collaborate to provide high school and middle school band directors with opportunities to sharpen their conducting skills and music education pedagogy.


Participants will have the opportunity to conduct a live wind ensemble and receive critical feedback and suggestions from clinician.

Conducting participants will focus on improving their awareness and skill in the art of conducting.




2015 Repertoire

Conductors and Observers are encouraged to bring scores to all of the titles listed below.
Conductors should prepare to conduct 3 or 4 works from the list. For multiple movement works, conductors may choose to focus on individual movements.

Air for Band— Frank Erickson                                             (Gr. 2 Bourne)
An American Elegy— Frank Ticheli                                       (Gr. 4 Manhattan Beach)
An Original Suite— Gordon Jacob/Heidenreich                   (Gr. 4 Boosey & Hawkes)
Australian Up Country Tune— Grainger/Bainum                 (Gr. 3 Schirmer)
Cajun Folk Songs— Frank Ticheli                                           (Gr. 3 Manhattan Beach)
Lincolnshire Posy (I, II, VI)— Grainger/Fennell                     (Gr. 5 Ludwig)
My Jesus Oh What Anguish— Bach/Reed                             (Gr. 4 Barnhouse)
Russian Folk Fantasy— James Curnow                                (Gr. 2 Hal Leonard)
Variations on a Korean Folk Song— John Barnes Chance      (Gr. 5 Boosey & Hawkws)
With Quiet Courage— Larry Daehn                                        (Gr. 2 Daehn)


Conducting Seminars

Explore issues related to rehearsing, conducting and teaching, including score study, expressive conducting, and rehearsal issues related to achieving better blend, balance, intonation and precision.

Pedagogy Seminars

Investigate teaching strategies related to wind, brass and percussion instruments.

Reading Sessions

Discover a wide variety of wind band repertoire at various grade levels in two reading sessions. This session is generously sponsored by J.W. Pepper of San Francisco.














Conductor-Participants will conduct a live ensemble each day, and will receive additional one-on-one sessions with the clinicians.
Observers will be engaged in all of the activities, but will not conduct.

Conducting participation will be limited to the first 15 applicants.

Applicants wishing to conduct are encouraged to register early.



For information contact Dr. Andy Collinsworth at