Summer Conducting Symposium

Wind Conducting Symposium – July 16-20, 2018

Guest Clinicians – Stephen G. Peterson and Donald McKinney                                                          Symposium Hosts – Andrew Yozviak and M. Gregory Martin

Download 2018 Brochure and Registration Form:

2018 Conducting Symposium Brochure (PDF)


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 16, 2018

8:00-9:00 AM         Registration and Refreshments

Monday – Friday, July 16-20, 2018

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 20, 2018

6:00 PM                   Symposium Ends


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

University credit is available at an additional fee.

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

Morning Chamber Works

  • Nocturno, Op. 24 – Felix Mendelssohn/Hogwood (Barenreiter Edition)
  • Consort for Winds – Robert Spittal (Boosey and Hawkes, Windependence)

Afternoon Band Classics

  • Lincolnshire Posy – Percy Aldridge Grainger (Fennel Ed.)
  • Amazing Grace – Frank Ticheli (Manhattan Beach Music)
  • Divertimento for Band, Op. 42 – Vincent Persichetti (Theodore Presser)

Contact Information

Contact Dr. M. Gregory Martin at with any additional questions.


mckinney_don_fullDonald J. McKinney, Director of Bands, University of Colorado

Donald J. McKinney is Director of Bands and Associate Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder. He conducts the CU Wind Symphony, guides the graduate wind-conducting program and oversees the university band program. Prior to his appointment at CU Boulder, McKinney was the Director of Wind Ensembles and Associate Professor at Louisiana State University. While teaching at LSU, the Wind Ensemble performed for the South Central Regional Music Conference and was invited to perform for the 2013 College Band Directors National Association Conference in Greensboro, North Carolina.

He has held faculty positions at Interlochen Arts Academy and Duquesne University Mary Pappert School of Music. From 2010-2015, he was the Coordinator of Bands for Interlochen Arts Camp. In this capacity, he conducted the World Youth Wind Symphony and administered the summer band program. As a guest conductor he has appeared with the Dallas Wind Symphony, Concordia Santa Fe, Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, Greater Boulder Youth Orchestra and numerous honor ensembles. On numerous occasions, his performances with the Dallas Wind Symphony have been featured on National Public Radio Performance Today.

His recording credits include projects with the Dallas Wind Symphony, University of Michigan Symphony Band, University of Texas Wind Ensemble, University of North Texas Wind Symphony, Keystone Wind Ensemble and the Duquesne University Wind Symphony. In 2015-16, he is the guest conductor for the Texas All-State 5A Symphonic Band as well as concerts in Canada, Costa Rica, Washington, Missouri, New York and Texas.

McKinney has published articles in five volumes of Teaching Music through Performance in Band. For the same project, he has performed for three recordings with the North Texas Wind Symphony. He has also authored a chapter about composer Jennifer Higdon for the book Women of Influence in Contemporary Music published by Scarecrow Press. After participating in the Second Frederick Fennell Conducting Masterclass, he was named a finalist for the Thelma A. Robinson Award by the Conductors Guild. He has been nominated for a LSU Alumni Association Faculty Excellence Award and is an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi.

Dr. McKinney holds degrees from Duquesne University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from the University of Michigan. His primary conducting teachers include Michael Haithcock, Dr. Jack Stamp, Dr. Robert Cameron and additional study with H. Robert Reynolds and Frank Battisti.

S Peterson_medStephen G. Peterson, Director of Bands, Illinois University

Dr. Stephen G. Peterson was appointed Director of Bands at the University of Illinois in the fall of 2015. As Director of Bands, he conducts the Wind Symphony, leads the graduate wind conducting program, teaches courses in wind literature, and guides all aspects of one of the nation’s oldest, largest, and most storied band programs. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Illinois he served as Director of Bands at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, for seventeen years. From 1988-1998 he served as Associate Director of Bands at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Dr. Peterson was also conductor of the renowned Northshore Concert Band. He held positions as Associate and Interim Director of Bands at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas and has several years of successful teaching experience in the public schools in Arizona.

Dr. Peterson maintains a busy schedule as a conductor and clinician, and as such, has appeared on four continents and in forty-two states. He is a member of the National Association for Music Education, the College Band Directors National Association, the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, the Illinois Music Educators Association, and has been honored with membership in the prestigious American Bandmaster’s Association. He is also member of Phi Mu Alpha, Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Kappa Lambda, and an honorary member of Tau Beta Sigma, and Kappa Kappa Psi. He is past president of the College Band Directors National Association.

Dr. Peterson was the first to receive the Doctor of Music degree in wind conducting from Northwestern University and earned Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from Arizona State University. In 2012 he was awarded the prestigious Ithaca College Faculty Excellence Award, recognizing his contributions to Ithaca College. His ensembles have appeared before national conventions of the American Bandmaster’s Association, the College Band Director’s National Association, the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors, the American School Band Director’s Association, at Orchestra Hall with the Chicago Symphony Chorus, and at Lincoln Center.


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.