Summer Conducting Symposium

Wind Conducting Symposium – July 15-19, 2019

Guest Clinicians – Glenn Adsit and Damon S. Talley                                                   

Symposium Hosts – Andrew Yozviak, M. Gregory Martin and Adam J. Gumble

 

Download 2019 Brochure and Registration Form:

2019 Conducting Symposium Brochure (PDF)

Overview

The West Chester University Summer Wind Conducting Symposium is designed to provide musicians the opportunity to sharpen conducting skills, strengthen score study techniques, broaden knowledge of wind literature and refine rehearsal strategies.  Students may participate in the symposium in one of two different levels.  Conducting participants will conduct chamber ensembles during morning sessions and a full wind ensemble in the afternoon.  Participation at this level will be limited to the first 14 applicants with paid deposits.  Observers will be engaged in all of the day’s activities but will not conduct the ensembles.

Daily Schedule

Monday, July 15, 2019

8:00-9:00 AM         Registration and Refreshments

Monday – Friday, July 15-19, 2019

9:00-10:00 AM       Morning Seminar and Group Conducting
10:00-12:00 noon  Chamber Repertoire
12:00-1:30 PM        Lunch on your own
1:30-2:30 PM          Afternoon Seminar
2:30-5:30 PM          Band Repertoire

Friday, July 19, 2019

6:00 PM                   Symposium Ends

Fees

Non-refundable deposit          $100.00
Conducting Participant           $500.00
Observer                                    $300.00

ACT48 Credit                            $150

University credit is available at an additional fee.

Applicants taking the course for university credit must register as a Conducting participant

Morning Chamber Works

  • Serenade in E-flat major, Op. 7 – Richard Strauss
  • Serenade in C minor, K. 388/383a –  W. A. Mozart

Afternoon Band Classics

  • First Suite in E-flat – Gustav Holst
  • O Magnum Mysterium – Morten Lauridsen, arr. Reynolds
  • Pageant – Vincent Persichetti

Contact Information

Contact Dr. M. Gregory Martin at mmartin@wcupa.edu with any additional questions.

GUEST CLINICIANS

Glenn Adsit, Director of Bands, University of Colorado

Glen Adsit is the Director of Bands at The Hartt School where he conducts the Wind Ensemble. In addition, he co-directs Hartt’s new music ensemble (Foot in the Door) and the graduate instrumental conducting degrees with Edward Cumming, Director of Orchestras at Hartt. Professor Adsit was appointed the Director of Bands at The Hartt School in the fall of 2000 and was awarded the 2014 Larsen Award for outstanding teaching at the University of Hartford. Prior to his appointment at The Hartt School he served as the Associate Director of Bands at the University of New Mexico. From 1986 to 1992 he taught at both the junior high and high school levels in the Plymouth-Canton School District in Michigan.

In 2010 the Hartt Wind Ensemble made its Carnegie Hall debut in Stern Auditorium performing the world premiere performance of Dragon Rhyme by Chen Yi. The ensemble also performed at the 2007 (Ann Arbor, Michigan) and 2011 (Seattle, Washington) College Band Directors National Association Conference and three times at the Eastern Division CBDNA Conferences. Ensembles under his direction have performed at Hill Auditorium (Ann Arbor, Michigan), the Musikverein (Vienna, Austria), Benroya Ilsley Hall (Seattle, Washington) Carnegie Hall’s Stern Hall (New York, New York) and the Central Conservatory (Beijing, China), Harpa (Reykjavik, Iceland) among others. Adsit’s performances have won praise from such notable composers as John Corigliano, Joseph Schwantner, Bright Sheng, Susan Botti, Joan Tower, Michael Colgrass and William Bolcom.

The Hartt Wind Ensemble has recorded two compact discs for the NAXOS label; Passaggi and Dragon Rhyme. In reviews Gramophone Magazine describes The Hartt Wind Ensemble as “stellar” and Fanfare Magazine wrote “and on the evidence of his two Naxos CDs, Adsit is simply one of the finest conductors leading a wind ensemble today.”

An advocate of new music, Adsit is the founder of the National Wind Ensemble Consortium Group (NWECG) and the institute for the Advancement of Secondary and Primary Instrumental Repertoire Excellence (ASPIRE). The mission of of these groups is to commission the world’s finest composers to write music for primary, secondary and professional level ensembles.

His professional conducting includes performances with the United States Coast Guard Band, US Army Field Band, The New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, The Rochester Philharmonic and regular appearances with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. In 2012 he served as the Conductor in Residence for the Beijing International Composition Workshop held at the Central Conservatory in Beijing, China. In addition to his professional orchestral experience, he also conducted the University of Michigan All-State Intermediate Orchestra for seven years at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Interlochen, Michigan.

His professional affiliations include membership in Phi Beta Mu, Sigma Alpha Iota and he is currently the President of the Eastern Division of the College Band Directors National Association.

Professor Adsit holds a bachelor’s degree in music education and trombone performance and a master’s degree in wind conducting, both from the University of Michigan where he studied with H. Robert Reynolds.

 

Damon S. Talley, Director of Bands, The Louisiana State University

Damon S. Talley serves as Manship Director of Bands at Louisiana State University School of Music, where he oversees all aspects of the Band Department, conducts the Wind Ensemble and teaches graduate conducting. Prior to his appointment at LSU, he held the position of Director of Bands at Shenandoah Conservatory, where he was responsible for guiding the wind band program, conducting the EDGE New Music Ensemble, and teaching graduate conducting. While at Shenandoah, he established the Mid-Atlantic Invitational for high school students as well as the summer Conducting Symposium.

Talley was previously on the faculties at The University of Texas at Austin and the University of Michigan. While in Michigan, he also served as Music Director and Conductor of the Dodworth Brass Band, a professional brass ensemble based in Ann Arbor, Mich. Their recording, released on Best Classical Records, received favorable reviews from publications including Gramophone magazine and the American Record Guide. He also has served as producer or associate producer on several commercial recordings by the Naxos, Klavier, Equilibrium, and Longhorn record labels, and is published in the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series, distributed by GIA Publications.

As an avid supporter of new music for the wind medium, Talley has conducted numerous world premier performances and commissioned composers to write for the wind band. He has won praise for his work by composers such as William Bolcom, Kevin Puts, Donald Grantham, John Mackey, Carter Pann, and Dan Welcher. While at Shenandoah Conservatory, along with faculty colleague David T. Little, he hosted a visiting composer series that brought composers of national and international status to the campus. He is a strong advocate for young composers, and regularly premieres works by student composers.

Prior to teaching at the university level, Talley taught in the public schools in Texas at both the middle school and high school levels. He is a strong supporter and advocate of music in the public schools, and has served as guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator   for festivals throughout the United States and abroad.

Talley earned a master of music degree in Wind Conducting from the University of Michigan and the doctor of musical arts degree in Wind Conducting from The University of Texas. His principal conducting teachers are Jerry Junkin, Michael Haithcock, and H. Robert Reynolds. Talley is an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma, and holds professional memberships in the College Band Directors National Association, the Texas Music Educators Association, the Virginia Music Educators Association, and the Louisiana Music Educators Association.

 

SYMPOSIUM HOSTS

Andrew Yozviak – Director of Bands, West Chester University

Dr. Andrew Yozviak is the Director of Bands at West Chester University.  Dr. Yozviak’s primary responsibilities include conducting the Wind Ensemble and Chamber Winds, directing the Golden Rams Marching Band, and teaching graduate and undergraduate conducting classes.  Prior to this appointment, Yozviak served as Visiting Director of Bands at Susquehanna University and taught thirteen years in the Pennsylvania public schools.

Dr. Yozviak has earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education from West Chester University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Music Degree in Composition from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree in Wind Conducting from Rutgers University where he studied with William Berz.

Dr. Yozviak maintains a busy schedule as a guest conductor, adjudicator and clinician, regularly presenting at conferences and workshops.  His research in the area of eighteenth century Harmoniemusik has produced two modern editions of wind partitas by the Bohemian composer, Antonio Rosetti (1750-1792).  His scholarly edition of Antonio Rosetti’s Partita in E-flat is published by Amadeus Verlag, Winterthur, Switzerland.

Dr. Yozviak is a member of the College Band Directors National Association, the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, the National Band Association, the Music Educators National Conference, Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, the Pennsylvania Bandmasters Association, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

M. Gregory Martin – Associate Director of Bands, West Chester University

M. Gregory Martin, Assistant Professor of Music Education / Associate Director of Bands received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Eastern Kentucky University, a Master of Musical Arts degree from James Madison University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The University of Texas at Austin where he studied conducting with Jerry F. Junkin. He recently completed a six-year tenure as the Director of Athletic Bands and Assistant Director of Bands at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. Prior to returning to Florida, Dr. Martin was the Assistant Director for the Longhorn Band and Lecturer in the School of Music at UT. His past teaching experience includes fourteen years in the Florida and Virginia public school system and two years as a teaching assistant at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where he taught music education courses and conducted the Concert and Symphonic Bands. In addition to his public school and collegiate teaching duties, Dr. Martin has also served as a Color Guard Instructor and Marching Caption head / Visual Coordinator for the Suncoast Sound Drum and Bugle Corps (’82 -’88) and Marching Caption head / Visual Coordinator for the Magic of Orlando Drum and Bugle Corps (’92 -’94). He also serves extensively as an adjudicator and clinician around the Southern and Midwestern United States and writes drill for several High School and college bands around the country including The University of Michigan. Dr. Martin is a member of the College Band Director’s National Association, National Band Association, Music Educator’s National Conference, College Music Society, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma.

 

Adam J. Gumble – Director of Athletic Bands, Assistant Director of Bands, West Chester University

Adam J. Gumble is the newly appointed Director of Athletic Bands at West Chester University. Mr. Gumble’s primary responsibilities include directing the “Incomparable” Golden Rams Marching Band and WCU Basketball Band, conducting the Concert Band, teaching undergraduate conducting classes, and supervising student teachers. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Gumble taught for 13 years in the public schools as the Director of Bands at Hempfield High School in Landisville, Pennsylvania and Associate Director of Bands at Quakertown Community High School.

Throughout his career in the public schools, ensembles under Mr. Gumble’s direction have earned top ratings, awards, and critical acclaim at festivals, assessments, and honor performances across the region. Mr. Gumble is an active guest conductor, clinician, and presenter at professional development conferences across the Northeastern United States. He has served as the Band Content Representative on the PMEA State Professional Development Council and has contributed original articles for PMEA Magazine. Mr. Gumble has been a quarterfinalist for the GRAMMY Foundation’s Music Educator Award and has been nominated for “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers” as well as multiple “Teacher Impact Awards” through Central Pennsylvania’s NBC affiliate, WGAL. Mr. Gumble currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Gumble graduated from West Chester University with a Bachelor of Music Education Degree in 2005, Master of Music Education Degree from Boston University in 2007, and Master of Music Degree in Wind Conducting from West Chester University in 2016.

Mr. Gumble is a member of the National Association for Music Education, the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He resides in Lancaster, Pennsylvania with his wife (Kelly), two sons (Bennett and Dorian) and their dog, Rollo.