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Conducting and Teaching Workshop

June 8-10, 2022

The Conducting and Teaching Workshop will provide an enriching opportunity to blend the artistic and technical growth of the conductor, with a focus on conducting technique, rehearsal pedagogy, administrative, and teaching skills. Each conducting participant will conduct daily with ample time on the podium. The selected repertoire list represents some of the finest works for chamber wind ensemble and will be performed by our graduate performance students. In addition to conducting the OU Summer Chamber Winds, participants will receive feedback and coaching on their conducting, attend master-classes, clinic sessions, and panel discussions.

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Covid Protocols

The University of Oklahoma Bands will continue to follow the latest guidelines from the CDC, The University of Oklahoma, as well as the latest recommendations from the Aerosol Study for this year’s workshop. The following recommendations will be observed, and are subject to change as new guidelines are published:

  • Masks are encouraged indoors
  • Players will wear masks and bell covers while playing, as well as use MERV-13 material underneath their bell covers to minimize aerosol transmission

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Enrollment Information

Participant $375

Participants will receive feedback and coaching on their conducting from the Workshop Faculty. The participant track is designed for conductors of all levels with a desire to learn and grow. Preference for the conducting participant track will be given to applicants with a completed bachelor’s degree.

Observer $150

Observers will attend all sessions but will not conduct the live ensemble.  This track is open to all and recommended for all levels of musicians.

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Application

Complete the form below to apply as an Observer in the 2022 Conducting and Teaching Workshop. The deadline has passed for Participant registration. Observers may register through June 1.

Apply to be an Observer

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Payment

After applying in the section above, pay for all relevant items using the online store linked below. If you have any questions, please contact Lauren Gates at lgates@ou.edu.

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Repertoire

Repertoire for the 2022 OU Conducting and Teaching Workshop has not been announced yet. These pieces will be selected from the finest chamber wind works in our repertoire. Conducting participants choose five movements or pieces of contrasting style from which three will be assigned to conduct. We will send out a selection survey to all participants once we finalize our list and chamber winds personnel.

Repertoire for this year’s workshop will include:

  • Serenade in Eb Major, K. 375 - Mozart
  • Suite in Bb, Op. 4 - Strauss
  • Serenade, Op. 43 – Hartmann

Midwest Sheet Music has provided a link for scores to be bundled and purchased together:

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Guest Clinician - H. Robert Reynolds

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H. Robert Reynolds was Director of University Bands, Chairman of the Conducting Department, Director of the Instrumental Studies, and Arthur Thurnau Professor of Music at the University of Michigan until 2001. Following his Michigan tenure, he became the Principal Wind Ensemble Conductor and the H. Robert Reynolds Professor of Wind Conducting at the University of Southern California for nearly 20 years. In addition to these responsibilities, he was, for nearly 40 years, the conductor of the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings, which is made up primarily of members from the Detroit Symphony.

Robert Reynolds has conducted recordings for Koch International, Pro Arte, Caprice, and Deutsche Grammophon.  In the United States, he has conducted at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center (New York), Orchestra Hall (Chicago), Kennedy Center (Washington, D. C.), Powell Symphony Hall (St. Louis), Academy of Music (Philadelphia), Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles), the Koussevisky Shed and Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood.  In Europe, he conducted the premiere of an opera for La Scala Opera (Milan, Italy), and concerts at the Maggio Musicale (Florence, Italy), the Tonhalle and the Lucerne Festival Hall in Zurich and Lucerne, Switzerland, and at the Holland Festival in the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), as well as the 750th Anniversary of the City of Berlin.  He has also conducted at the Sydney Opera House in Australia.

Robert Reynolds has won the praise of composers: Leslie Bassett, William Bolcom, Aaron Copland, John Corigliano, Henryk Gorecki, Karel Husa, Gyorgy Ligeti, Darius Milhaud, Bernard Rands, Gunther Schuller, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and many others for his interpretive conducting of their compositions.

In 2019, Robert Reynolds was inducted into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame, and in 2010 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Duquesne University.  In addition, he holds degrees in Performance and Music Education from the University of Michigan where he was the conducting student of Elizabeth Green.  He began his career in the public schools of Michigan and California before beginning his university conducting at California State University at Long Beach and the University of Wisconsin prior to his tenure at the University of Michigan.  He received the Citation of Merit from the Music Alumni Association of the University of Michigan for his contributions to the many students he has influenced during his career and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Michigan Band Alumni Association.  He is also an Honorary Life Member of the Southern California School Band & Orchestra Association.  Many of his former students now hold major conducting positions at leading conservatories and universities, and several have been National Presidents of the College Band Directors National Association.

Professor Reynolds is Past President of the College Band Directors’ Association, and he is the very first recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from that organization. He is also Past President of the Big Ten Band Directors' Association.  He has received the highest national awards from Phi Mu Alpha, Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Beta Mu, the National Band Association, the American School Band Directors’ Association, and was awarded the “Medal of Honor” by the International Mid-West Band and Orchestra Clinic. He is the recipient of a “Special Tribute” from the State of Michigan and was a member of the National Awards Panel for the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) for over 10 years and in 2001 received a national award from that organization for his contributions to contemporary American music.  He is also listed in the New Groves Dictionary of American Music, and his frequent conducting appearances have included the Eastman School of Music, New England Conservatory, Oberlin Conservatory, Northwestern University, Manhattan School of Music, as well as the Wind Ensemble at the Tanglewood Institute.

Robert Reynolds has been a featured conductor and lecturer at international conferences in Austria, Australia, Norway, Belgium, England, Holland, Slovenia, Sweden, Germany, Denmark, and Switzerland.  He has conducted in many of the major cities of Japan, Spain, and Sweden including concerts with the Stockholm Wind Orchestra, the Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra and professional wind ensembles in Bilbao and Barcelona, Spain.

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Guest Clinician - Craig Kirchhoff

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Craig Kirchhoff is Professor Emeritus 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 from 1993 to 2015. 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, Elliott Schwartz James Stephenson, Steven Stucky, 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. Professor Kirchhoff was awarded the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic Medal of Honor in 2018, was presented with the College Band Directors National Association Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019, and was awarded the Phi Beta Mu Bandmaster of the Year Award at the 2019 Midwest Clinic. Professor Kirchhoff serves as a Yamaha Master Educator.

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OU Clinicians

Shanti Simon
Director of Bands
University of Oklahoma

Dr. Donald Linn
Interim Associate Director of Bands
University of Oklahoma

Brian Britt
Director of the Pride of Oklahoma
Associate Dean
University of Oklahoma Weitzenhoffer College of Fine Arts

Brian Wolfe
Assistant Director of Athletic Bands
University of Oklahoma