The University of British Columbia School of Music invites band conductors of all levels to attend the 5th annual UBC Wind Conducting Symposium! Registration is now open. Click here to register. Download the program brochure and read testimonials from our past students.  

 

Event Details

Thursday, July 27 – Monday, July 31, 2017

Chan Centre for the Performing Arts

Craig Kirchhoff
Guest artist

Robert Taylor, Christopher Bianco, Gerard Morris, and Timothy Robblee

Conductor clinicians

Dana Wilson
Composer

Refresh your conducting skills and learn about band repertoire, score study, and rehearsal techniques under the guidance of UBC Director of Bands, Robert Taylor, and distinguished guest artist Craig Kirchhoff (University of Minnesota).

Participants will work with a live ensemble comprised of UBC Symphonic Wind Ensemble students and attend professional development sessions, including a special webinar with this year’s featured composer, Dana Wilson.

Registration

Registration is now open.

This is a non-credit course with space available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, and to download the brochure, click here (PDF).

Participants may register as Conductors or Auditors. Conductors will conduct a live ensemble during three of the four sessions. Auditors may attend all sessions, but will not conduct the ensemble. Student Conductors will conduct two of the four sessions and pay a reduced rate. To be eligible for the student rate, you must be enrolled full time in a post-secondary institution during the 2016/17 or 2017/18 academic year.

REGISTRATION FEES*

  • Conductors (limited to first 24 registrants): $600
  • Student Conductors (limited to first 5 registrants): $400
  • Auditors (limited to first 20 registrants): $325

UBC Tuition Fee Certificates may be used to offset the cost of this program, and Washington state teachers may earn WMEA clock hours for participation.

*All fees are listed in Canadian dollars and are subject to 5% GST.

About the Faculty

Craig Kirchhoff

Craig Kirchhoff

CRAIG KIRCHHOFF
Guest Artist

Craig Kirchhoff is Professor of Conducting and Director Emeritus of University Bands at the University of Minnesota where he conducted the University Wind Ensemble and guest conducted in the University Opera Program.  Professor Kirchhoff coordinated the graduate program in Wind Ensemble/Band Conducting and guided all aspects of the University of Minnesota wind band program since 1993. Born and educated in Wisconsin, Mr. Kirchhoff brings to his position a wide knowledge of both traditional and contemporary literature.  He has won critical acclaim from composers Dominick Argento, Warren Benson, William Bolcom, Henry Brant, Susan Botti. Elliott Carter, Michael Colgrass, John Corigliano, Michael Daugherty, Karel Husa, Libby Larsen, George Perle, Vincent Persichetti, Carter Pann, Stephen Paulus, Kevin Puts, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Gunther Schuller, Joseph Schwantner, Steven Stucky, Elliott Schwartz, Frank Ticheli, Dana Wilson, Chen Yi, and others.

Prior to his appointment to the faculty of the University of Minnesota, Professor Kirchhoff served in a similar capacity as Director of Bands at The Ohio State University for fourteen years, as Director of Bands at Washington State University for two years, and Associate Director of Bands at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for one year.  Mr. Kirchhoff was the recipient of The Ohio State University Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award and The Ohio State University School of Music Distinguished Teaching Award.  Professor Kirchhoff serves as an advisor to the BandQuest Series published by the American Composers Forum, he joined James Galway, Eddie Daniels, Donald Hunsberger, Wynton Marsalis, and Dawn Upshaw on the Advisory Board for SmartMusic produced by the MakeMusic Corporation, and he serves as the Artistic Advisor for the Windependence Wind Band Series published by Boosey & Hawkes.

Professor Kirchhoff is past president of the College Band Directors National Association and is a member of the American Bandmasters Association, the National Band Association, the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, the Music Educators National Conference, and served as the founding editor and principal advisor of the College Band Directors National Association Journal.

Professor Kirchhoff has appeared as guest conductor, clinician, and lecturer throughout the United States, Australia, Canada, China, Japan, Taiwan, Europe, and Scandinavia.  He enjoyed a long association with the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra during Frederick Fennell’s tenure as Music Director and he has recorded with them on the Kosei Publishing label.

Craig Kirchhoff is Professor of Conducting and Director Emeritus of University Bands at the University of Minnesota. Born and educated in Wisconsin, Mr. Kirchhoff brings to his position a wide knowledge of both traditional and contemporary literature, winning critical acclaim from composers Dominick Argento, Warren Benson, William Bolcom, Henry Brant, Susan Botti. Elliott Carter, Michael Colgrass, John Corigliano, Michael Daugherty, Karel Husa, Libby Larsen, George Perle, Vincent Persichetti, Carter Pann, Stephen Paulus, Kevin Puts, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Gunther Schuller, Joseph Schwantner, Steven Stucky, Elliott Schwartz, Frank Ticheli, Dana Wilson, Chen Yi, and others. Prior to his appointment to the faculty of the University of Minnesota, Professor Kirchhoff served in similar capacities at The Ohio State University, Washington State University, and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Professor Kirchhoff serves as an advisor to the BandQuest Series published by the American Composers Forum and serves as the Artistic Advisor for the Windependence Wind Band Series published by Boosey & Hawkes. He is past president of the College Band Directors National Association and is a member of the American Bandmasters Association, the National Band Association, the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, the Music Educators National Conference, and served as the founding editor and principal advisor of the College Band Directors National Association Journal.

Professor Kirchhoff has appeared as guest conductor, clinician, and lecturer throughout the United States, Australia, Canada, China, Japan, Taiwan, Europe, and Scandinavia. He enjoyed a long association with the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra during Frederick Fennell’s tenure as Music Director and he has recorded with them on the Kosei Publishing label.

Robert Taylor

Robert Taylor

ROBERT TAYLOR
Conductor clinician

Robert Taylor is Associate Professor of Music at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, where he conducts the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, teaches instrumental conducting, and serves as Chair of the Woodwind Brass and Percussion Division. With a career in music education spanning over twenty years, previous appointments include the University of Puget Sound in the state of Washington and Eureka High School in northern California, where ensembles under his direction earned recognition by Downbeat Magazine, the Selmer Corporation, and Grammy Signature Schools.

Dr. Taylor maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor. Past engagements include performances with the Vancouver Brass Project, Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and Chicago-based contemporary music group, the Maverick Ensemble, in addition to collaborations with a wide range of international artists— from brass virtuosi Allen Vizzutti, Gail Williams, Jeff Nelsen, and Daniel Perantoni; to composers Michael Colgrass, John Corigliano, David Maslanka, Frank Ticheli, and Dana Wilson; to jazz and pop performers Ingrid Jensen, Manhattan Transfer, and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. As a passionate advocate of music in the schools, Dr. Taylor is in high demand as a festival adjudicator, rehearsal clinician, and guest conductor throughout North America and internationally. His frequent appearances with young musicians include serving as principal conductor of the Puget Sound Youth Wind Ensemble and guest conductor of numerous honour groups, such as the National Youth Band of Canada, California Orchestra Directors Association Honor Symphony, and many provincial and all-state bands across Canada and the United States.

Taylor received the Master of Music and Doctor of Music degrees in conducting from Northwestern University, where he studied with Mallory Thompson, and the Bachelor of Arts degree in Trumpet and Music Education from Humboldt State University. His research on wind literature, rehearsal techniques, and the use of technology in the training of nascent conductors and performing musicians has been presented in leading wind band publications and featured in presentations at regional and national music conferences, including appearances at the Midwest Clinic and College Band Directors National Association. He is a Killam Laureate, Jacob K. Javits Fellow, past executive board member of the British Columbia Music Educators Association, and a member of the Phi Kappa Phi and Pi Kappa Lambda National Honor Societies, College Band Directors National Association, World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, and National Association for Music Education.

Gerard Morris

Gerard Morris

GERARD MORRIS
Conductor clinician

Gerard Morris joined University of Puget Sound School of Music faculty in fall 2009 as director of bands and visiting assistant professor of music. In 2016 he became an associate professor, and was honored as the recipient of the President’s Excellence in Teaching Award. Morris earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Western Michigan University, a Master of Music Education degree from University of Colorado at Boulder, and a Doctor of Music degree in conducting from Northwestern University. As a member of the Puget Sound faculty, he serves as winds and percussion department chair and conducts the Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, and both the opera and musical theatre orchestras. In addition, he teaches courses in conducting, music education, and brass technique. With passion for new music, Morris has commissioned wind compositions by Michael Colgrass, Carter Pann, Daniel Kellogg, Andrew Ardizzoia, Gregory Youtz, Christopher Stark, Michael Markowski, Geoffrey Gordon, James Stephenson, Kevin Day, and Puget Sound student composers. Under his leadership, the Puget Sound Wind Ensemble has performed world premieres of Das Bach Book (Carter Pann), Glass House Concerto for Percussion and Wind Ensemble (Andrew Ardizzoia), This Life Glowed (Christopher Arrell), The House of Life and Take Time (Robert Hutchinson), Lurgy (Neil Thornock), Fireworks (Kevin Day), as well as the north American premiere of Argentinian composer Alejandro Rutty’s A Future of Tango.  

Morris’s conducting credits include appearances at The Midwest Clinic, College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) Western/Northwestern Divisional Conference, Washington Music Educators Association (WMEA) State Conference, California Music Educators Association (CMEA) Bay Section Conference, University of Georgia JanFest, Colorado Music Festival at Chautauqua, Steamboat Strings Music in the Mountains Summer Music Festival, Heartland Marimba Festival, West Valley Winds Workshop (Canmore, Alberta), Calgary Summer Band Workshop, and as featured conductor on composer Neil Thornock's compact disc recording Between the Lines, a project that Morris also co-produced. In addition, he has appeared as guest clinician/lecturer at CBDNA National Conference, WMEA State Conference, CMEA Bay Section Conference, University of North Carolina at Greensboro New Music Festival, Northwestern University Conducting and Wind Symposium, University of British Columbia Wind Conducting Symposium, and guest artist in residence at American Community School (Abu Dhabi/Dubai, UAE), Iowa State University, Xavier University, California State Polytechnic University (Pomona), St. George's School (Vancouver, BC), and West Point Grey Academy (Vancouver, BC).

Dedicated to public school music education, Morris has extensive experience teaching junior and senior high school in Michigan and Colorado. His success has earned both national and international invitations to appear as a guest conductor and clinician for numerous public schools, honor ensembles, and festivals throughout the United States and abroad. In service to his passion as a conductor and teacher, Morris hosts the Puget Sound Conductors Institute; a biennial four-day workshop bringing together public school music teachers to hone conducting technique, deepen pedagogical knowledge, and strengthen professional relationships within the community. 

Morris's conducting and teaching are informed by years of professional performing experience as principal euphonium with Boulder Brass, Inc. and United States Marine Corps Band, Hawai’i. With these organizations he toured the United States, Australia, and Costa Rica as both an ensemble member and soloist.

Timothy Robblee

Timothy Robblee

TIMOTHY ROBBLEE
Conductor clinician

Tim Robblee is the Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Conducting at Shenandoah Conservatory where he where he guides all aspects of the wind band program, teaches conducting, and conducts the Wind Ensemble and EDGE Ensemble. Prior to his current appointment, he served as the Associate Director of Bands at Northwestern University where he was also music director and conductor of the Contemporary Music Ensemble. Previously, Robblee has also served as Director of Bands at Washington State University in Pullman, WA and Willamette University in Salem, OR.

Dr. Robblee holds a Ph.D. in wind band conducting and music education from the University of Minnesota, an MM in conducting from Northwestern University, and a BA in music education from Whitworth College in Spokane, WA. He maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor in the United States, Canada, Asia, and will conduct for the first time in Europe in 2017. He is published as part of GIA’s Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series.

Dana Wilson

Dana Wilson

DANA WILSON
Composer

The works of Dana Wilson have been commissioned and performed by such diverse ensembles as the Chicago Chamber Musicians, Formosa String Quartet, Xaimen Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Memphis Symphony, Dallas Wind Symphony, Voices of Change, Netherlands Wind Ensemble, Syracuse Symphony, and Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra.  Solo works have been written for such renowned artists as Gail Williams, Larry Combs, James Thompson, Adam Unsworth, Rex Richardson and David Weiss.  Most recently, his trombone concerto was commissioned by thirty-five soloists and ensembles around the country and in Europe.  He has received grants from, among others, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts, New York State Council for the Arts, Arts Midwest, and Meet the Composer.  His compositions have been performed throughout the United States, Europe, East Asia and Australia, and are published by Boosey and Hawkes.

Dana Wilson holds a doctorate from the Eastman School of Music, and is currently Charles A. Dana Professor of Music in the School of Music at Ithaca College. He is co-author of Contemporary Choral Arranging, published by Prentice Hall, and has written on diverse musical subjects, including his own compositional process in A Composer’s Insight and Composers on Composing for Band.  He has been a Yaddo Fellow (at Yaddo, the artists’ retreat in Saratoga Springs, New York), a Wye Fellow at the Aspen Institute, a Charles A. Dana Fellow, and a Fellow at the Society for Humanities, Cornell University.

Christopher Bianco

Christopher Bianco

CHRISTOPHER BIANCO
Conductor Clinician

Dr. Bianco brings a diverse background to the podium and to his students in the classroom.  He has held positions at Libertyville High School in Libertyville, Illinois, Boise High School in Boise, Idaho, St. Francis High School in St. Francis Minnesota and Baylor University in Waco Texas.

He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.  At Northwestern, Dr. Bianco played in virtually all of the concert ensembles including Don Owens’ Jazz I.  While in the Chicago area Dr. Bianco maintained an active trumpet studio as well as holding the position of Artistic Director and Conductor of the Wilmette Community Band.

He completed his formal training at The University of Texas at Austin as a student of Jerry Junkin where he served as a teaching assistant for the conducting program, UT Wind Ensemble, Chamber Winds and Longhorn Band. He received the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Wind Conducting in December of 2004.

In addition to his work with Jerry Junkin, Dr. Bianco has studied, conducting with John Paynter, Kevin Sedatole and Steve Bolstad.  His trumpet teachers have included Vincent Cichowicz, Ray Sasaki, Steve Bolstad, David Coleman and Vince DiMartino.

Dr. Bianco serves as Past President of the Northwest Division of the College Band Directors National Association.

He recently completed a term as the Higher Education Curriculum Officer for the Executive Board of the Washington Music Educator's Association.

Christopher now holds the position of Director of Bands at Western Washington University.  He resides in Bellingham, Washington with his wife Laurie and their daughters Sophia and Elena.

 

Our Sponsors

The Wind Conducting Symposium is sponsored through the generous support of the UBC School of Music, Long & McQuade, and Tapestry Music.

Testimonials

"At each symposium I continue to gain vital technical, gestural, rehearsal and planning techniques and also broader inspirations into the fundamental motivations of this career and profession. Each session brings a renewal of spirit and energy that I bring forth to my challenging year." 

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"I loved watching everyone, including myself, grow, and knowing that we were doing it for the betterment of our students was so rewarding. The faculty was incredible and had such diverse and interesting things to share. I loved the sessions and continue to work on everything that was presented to me at the conference."

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"The greatest thing I gained was an affirmation to use my strengths as a person to improve my conducting. To go more towards who I am. Now, I know that I haven't refined it yet, but the tools given to me through this opportunity will, in my prediction, give me that development I need throughout this coming year. I also gained a greater network of colleagues and new friendships that help me feel not so alone in this conducting/teaching profession." 

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"I gained new friendships, a plethora of ideas to try with my ensembles, individualized direction from outstanding faculty, an opportunity to take risks and think outside the box and the confidence to program electroacoustic music."


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