The University of British Columbia School of Music invites band conductors of all levels to attend the annual UBC Wind Conducting Symposium! Learn more about the event below, or read testimonials from past participants. Registration is now open!


Event Details

Thursday, July 26 – Monday, July 30, 2018

Chan Centre for the Performing Arts

Mallory Thompson

Guest artist

Robert Taylor, Gerard Morris, and Jonathan Girard

Conductor clinicians

Joel Puckett


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 Mallory Thompson (Northwestern University). 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, Joel Puckett.

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Registration is now open.

This is a non-credit course with space available on a first-come, first-served basis. 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 2017/18 or 2018/19 academic year.


  • Conductors (limited to first 24 registrants): $700
  • 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.


Arnold, Malcolm (arr. Paynter) – Prelude, Siciliano, and Rondo

Bernstein, Leonard (arr. Grundman) – Overture to Candide

Grainger, Percy (ed. Fennell) – Lincolnshire Posy

Holst, Gustav (ed. Matthews) – First Suite in Eb

Maslanka, David – Traveler

Nishimura, Cait – Chasing Sunlight

Puckett, Joel – My Eyes are Full of Shadow

Puckett, Joel – that secret from the river (for study & discussion only)

Sheldon, Robert – Lindbergh Variations

Stuart, Hugh – Three Ayres from Gloucester

Ticheli, Frank – Sun Dance

Conductors should prepare three excerpts and student conductors should prepare two excerpts for the workshop (one movement or portion of a full work for each conducting session). Conductors and auditors are encouraged to purchase all scores at the following preferred retailers as early as possible:

Long & McQuade | | 1.800.663.1351 or 604.734.4886 | Ext. 251 | Cameron Willis:

Tapestry Music | | 1.888.347.7480 or 604.538.0906 | Greg Passmore:

Composer Joel Puckett |

Composer Cait Nishimura | |

About the Faculty

Mallory Thompson

Mallory Thompson

Guest Artist

Mallory Thompson is director of bands, professor of music, coordinator of the conducting program, and holds the John W. Beattie Chair of Music at Northwestern University. In 2003 she was named a Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence. As the third person in the university's history to hold the director of bands position, Dr. Thompson conducts the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting, and administers all aspects of the band program. Thompson has recorded five albums with the Northwestern University Symphonic Wind Ensemble on the Summit Records label.

Dr. Thompson received the Bachelor of Music Education degree and Master of Music degree in conducting from Northwestern University, where she studied conducting with John P. Paynter and trumpet with Vincent Cichowicz. She received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Donald Hunsberger.

Dr. Thompson maintains an active schedule as guest conductor, conducting teacher, and guest lecturer throughout the United States and Canada. She has had the privilege of teaching conducting to thousands of undergraduate students, graduate students, and professional educators. Dr. Thompson has served as a conductor or clinician at the College Band Directors National Association regional and national conventions, the Midwest Clinic, the Interlochen Arts Academy, the International Trombone Association, the International Trumpet Guild, the American Bandmasters Association, numerous state music conventions, and the Aspen Music Festival. In addition to conducting all-state ensembles throughout the United States, she has had professional engagements as guest conductor with the United States Air Force Band, the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” the United States Army Field Band, the United States Coast Guard Band, the United States Navy Band, the West Point Band, the Dallas Wind Symphony, Symphony Silicon Valley, the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings, Monarch Brass Ensemble, and Banda Sinfónica in São Paulo, Brazil. Her professional affiliations include Pi Kappa Lambda, the College Band Directors National Association, and the American Bandmasters Association.

Dr. Thompson is especially proud of her 48 graduate conducting students and the hundreds of outstanding Symphonic Wind Ensemble members with whom she has had the joy of making music at Northwestern. She treasures her relationship with the Wildcat Marching Band and is honored to preserve and grow Northwestern’s legacy.  


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

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.


Jonathan Girard

Jonathan Girard

Conductor clinician

American-born conductor Jonathan Girard is one of the rising stars of his generation. A passionate musician committed to engaging audiences with thrilling performances, he continues to gain a reputation as a musical force equally versed in symphonic repertoire, opera, and new music.

As the Director of Orchestras at the University of British Columbia School of Music,
Mr. Girard dedicates himself to raising the standard of orchestral training in Western Canada. The UBC Symphony’s 2015-2016 season celebrates the University centennial year with a world première by Jared Miller, Soundscape for a Century Past, and the ninth symphonies of Beethoven, Schubert, and Shostakovich. The 2014-2015 season featured Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5, and culminated in two performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with 300 musicians on stage. Highlights of 2013-2014 season included a landmark performance of Le Sacre du printemps to mark the 100th anniversary of the work’s première, and a tour of Western Canada with Canadian violinist David Gillham, featuring the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 and Strauss’ Don Juan.

This past summer, Mr. Girard made his European operatic conducting debut with the European Music Academy leading the North Czech Philharmonic Orchestra in performances of Le nozze di Figaro in opera houses across the Czech Republic. He also worked with Bramwell Tovey as assistant conductor for the inagural season of the VSO Whistler Institue. He was the assistant conductor of the Ohio Light Opera from 2012-2014. His 2014 engagement included 8 performances of Strauss’ Die Fledermaus. Mr. Girard recently served as cover conductor for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (NY) and made his debut with them in May of 2012.

A champion of new music, Mr. Girard works closely with composers in British Columbia. In May 2015, he premièred Stephen Chatman’s new opera, Choir Practice. He conducted the recording of Chatman’s large work, Magnificat for Orchestra and Choir, which was released on the Centrediscs label in September 2013 and is currently available on Naxos and iTunes. This recording was nominated for a 2014 Juno Award for Best Classical Composition. He is in the midst of a two-year recording project for the Centrediscs label of concerti by British Columbia composers. Mr. Girard has conducted world premières of new works by Ricardo Zohn Muldoon, Elizabeth Kelly, Jung Sun Kang, and John Liberatore, among others. His recording of Kelly’s ISO Amor was selected as a finalist for the ASCAP foundation’s Rudolf Nissim Prize. He has also conducted the North American premières of NONcerto for Trumpet and Orchestra by Richard Ayres and two tone poems by Emmerich Kálmán: Saturnalia and Endre és Johanna.

Mr. Girard was the Visiting Artist Conductor at the University of Northern Iowa School of Music in 2010-2011 and has held positions as the music director of the New Eastman Outreach Orchestra and Waltham Philharmonic (MA), associate conductor of the Brockton Symphony Orchestra (MA), principal guest conductor of the Boston Orpheus Ensemble and assistant conductor of the Portland (ME) Opera Repertory Theatre. At the Eastman School of Music, he studied conducting with Neil Varon and was the assistant conductor of the Eastman Symphony Orchestra, the Eastman Philharmonia, and the Eastman Opera Theatre.

Mr. Girard has worked with many prestigious ensembles, including the American Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Scottish Academy Symphony Orchestra, Alea III, the Brown University Symphony Orchestra, the Boston University Symphony Orchestras, and the Harvard-Radcliffe Gilbert and Sullivan Players.



Thursday, July 26

2:00-3:00 CHECK-IN (RBC Lobby)

3:00-4:30 INTRODUCTORY SESSION – Rehearsal Demonstration

4:30-5:00 RECEPTION


Long and McQuade, Tapestry Music, & Tom Lee Music will be available for scores & other resources from 2-6pm


Friday, July 27

8:00-8:30 COFFEE & TREATS


9:00-1:30 CONDUCTING SESSION I: All conductors & select student conductors

1:30-2:45 LUNCH

2:45-4:00 HOT TOPICS I

4:00 BREAK

4:15-5:00 Q&A: PANEL



Saturday, July 28

8:00-8:30 COFFEE & TREATS


9:00-1:30 CONDUCTING SESSION II: Select conductors & student conductors

1:30-2:45 LUNCH

2:45-4:00 HOT TOPICS II

4:00 BREAK

4:15-5:00 Q&A: PANEL



Sunday, July 29

8:00-8:30 COFFEE & TREATS


9:00-1:30 CONDUCTING SESSION III: Select conductors & student conductors

1:30-2:45 LUNCH

2:45-4:00 HOT TOPICS III – Webinar with featured composer Joel Puckett

4:00 BREAK

4:15-5:00 Q&A: PANEL


Long and McQuade, Tapestry Music, & Tom Lee Music will be available for scores & other resources from 1:30-4:15pm


Monday, July 30

8:00-8:30 COFFEE & TREATS


9:00-1:30 CONDUCTING SESSION IV: All conductors & select student conductors

1:30-2:45 LUNCH

2:45-4:00 Q&A: PANEL

4:00 BREAK


There will be an optional group dinner each night at 6:00pm. All sessions will be held in the Great Performers Lounge (GPL), Royal Bank Cinema (RBC), and Telus Theatre (TELUS) at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, 6265 Crescent Road, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC.

For more information please contact Robert Taylor, Director of Bands, UBC School of Music at 604–822–3113 or For any additional questions, please contact Lauren Visel, UBC Graduate Conducting Assistant at


A limited number of rooms are available on campus. Book online or by phone at Paid parking is available in the Rose Garden Parkade, Fraser River Parkade or Armoury Lot. 

Our Sponsors

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


"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." 


"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."


"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." 


"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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