Conducting and Teaching Workshop
2020 Workshop Canceled
Unfortunately, due to the growing COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 University of Oklahoma Conducting and Teaching Workshop is canceled.
Participants who were accepted to the 2020 Workshop will be automatically accepted into the 2021 workshop upon request.
We hope you will join us in making music in Norman next year, June 9-11, 2021.
Wed June 9 - Fri, June 11, 2021
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.
The information below is from the 2020 workshop. Check back in January for details on the 2021 workshop.
Application deadline: Sunday, March 1. Limited number of spots available. Apply early to secure your spot!
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.
Registration deadline: Friday, June 5
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.
The 2020 Conducting and Teaching Workshop was canceled due to COVID-19. Information about the 2021 workshop will be available in January.
Ray E. Cramer holds degrees from Western Illinois University and the University of Iowa, Honorary Doctorates from Western Illinois University and the VanderCook College of Music. In 2009 he was awarded an Honorary Professorship at the Musashino Academia of Musicae in Tokyo.
Ray E. Cramer was a member of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music faculty for 36 years. As the Director of Bands the IU Wind Ensemble earned an international reputation for outstanding musical performances.
He is a past National President of the College Band Directors National Association and The American Bandmasters Association. He also served as president of the Indiana Bandmasters Association, the North Central Division of CBDNA and the Big Ten Band Directors Association. He was a member of the Midwest Clinic Board of Directors for 20 years and was president 13 of those 20 years. He is an Advisory Board member for the Japan Band Clinic and was elected as an Honorary Member of the Japan Band Directors Association in 2016.
Mr. Cramer has received numerous awards including the Edwin Franko Goldman award (2002), The MENC Lowell Mason Fellow Medallion (2003), Midwest Clinic Medal of Honor (2005), Bands of America Hall of Fame (2006), The Northshore Concert Band Lifetime Achievement Award (2006), the 17th Japan Academic Society of Winds, Percussion and Band Award (2007), The Academy of Wind and Percussion Arts by the National Band Association (2008), the John Paynter Lifetime Achievement Award (2009) the National Band Association “Hall of Fame of Distinguished Conductors” (2009) and the CBDNA “Lifetime Achievement Award.” (2015)
Mr. Cramer remains actively involved in clinics and guest conducting engagements nationally and internationally. He serves as a regular guest conductor for the Musashino Academy of Music in Tokyo. (1990 to present) He has conducted the Musashino Wind Ensemble on tours throughout Japan and three performances at the Midwest Clinic in 1995, 2006 and 2018.
He and his wife Molly of 53 years, reside in Colorado Springs.
Director of Bands
University of Oklahoma
Assistant Director of Bands
University of Oklahoma
Director of the Pride of Oklahoma
University of Oklahoma Weitzenhoffer College of Fine Arts
Assistant Director of Athletic Bands
University of Oklahoma
Repertoire for the 2020 OU Conducting and Teaching Workshop will be announced soon. 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.