The University of British Columbia School of Music invites band conductors of all levels to attend the UBC Wind Conducting Symposium! 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 artists.

Participants work with a live ensemble comprised of UBC Symphonic Wind Ensemble students and attend professional development sessions with guest conductors and featured composers. Learn more about past events and read testimonials from past participants below.

The UBC Wind Conducting Symposium is on hiatus in 2019 but will return in summer of 2020!

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Past Guest Artists


Jodie Blackshaw
Stevn Bryant
Michael Colgrass
Cait Nishimura
Joel Puckett
Alex Shapiro
Frank Ticheli
Dana Wilson


Rickey Badua, Cal Poly Pomona
Jonathan Girard, University of British Columbia
Craig Kirchhoff, University of Minnesota
John Lynch, Sydney Conservatorium
Gillian MacKay, University of Toronto
Allan McMurray, University of Colorado
Gerard Morris, University of Puget Sound 
Emily Moss, Cal State LA
Mallory Thompson, Northwestern University

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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