This year I applied for 2 wind band conducting symposia. I’m always tempted to go to more, but, alas, given that the vast majority of band conducting workshops happen in the month of June, and that the elementary school where I work stays in session until June 40th (or so it seems), it’s pretty much inconceivable that I could take a week off for a conducting conference in June.  Thankfully, this year (and every year) Northwestern University and the Hartt School of Music are running symposia in July.  Alas, I applied too late to the Northwestern symposium to get in.  Totally my fault – I decided to study the repertoire anyways to make it up to myself, although nothing will make up for the missed chance to work with Mallory Thompson and Allan McMurray.  I did get into the Hartt School symposium, with Glen Adsit and Michael Haithcock.  This blog helps me do the background work on each piece: by giving you, the hypothetical reader, a look into the music, I get a more thorough understanding myself.  So, here’s a look at the repertoire for both:

Northwestern University Conducting and Wind Music Symposium
July 10-15, 2011
Mallory Thompson and Allan McMurray, clinicians

Full Band
Arnold/Paynter: Prelude, Siciliano, and Rondo
Bernstein/Grundman: Overture to Candide
Bryant: Dusk
Copland: Outdoor Overture
Copland/Singleton: Promise of Living
Daehn: As Summer Was Just Beginning
Grainger: Lincolnshire Posy (mvts. 1, 2, 4, 5, 6)
Hanson: Chorale and Alleluia
Holst/ed. Matthews: First Suite in E-flat
Schuman: Chester
Shostakovich/Hunsberger: Festive Overture
Shostakovich/Reynolds: Prelude Op. 34, No. 14
Strauss/arr. Davis: Allerseelen
Ticheli: Shenandoah

Chamber Music
Beethoven: Rondino
Gounod: Petite symphonie
Jacob: Old Wine in New Bottles
Mendelssohn/Boyd: Overture for Winds, Op. 24
Mozart: Serenade No. 12 in C Minor, K. 388
Schubert/Reynolds: Little Symphony for Winds (mvts. 1 and 4)

Hartt School of Music Instrumental Conducting Clinic
July 25-29, 2011
Glen Adsit and Michael Haithcock, clinicians

Arbeau/Margolis: Belle Qui Tiens ma Vie
Arnold/Paynter: Four Scottish Dances
Arnold/Paynter: Prelude, Siciliano, and Rondo
Bach/Reed: Come, Sweet Death
Bryant: Dusk
Erickson: Air for Band
Faure/Moss: Chant Funeraire
Forest/Turner: King of Love my Shepherd Is
Grainger/Fennell: Lincolnshire Posy
Grainger/Rogers: Irish Tune from County Derry
Grainger/Rogers: Shepherd’s Hey
Grainger: Ye Banks and Braes O’ Bonnie Doon
Hanson: Chorale and Alleluia
Holst, ed. Mathews: First Suite in E-flat
Holst, ed. Mathews: Second Suite in F
Lauridsen/Reynolds: O Magnum Mysterium
Mackey: Undertow
Persichetti: Divertimento for Band
Persichetti: Pageant
Schuman: Chester
Shostakovich/Reynolds: Folk Dances
Stuart: Hymn for Band
Ticheli: Amazing Grace
Ticheli: An American Elegy
Ticheli: Fortress
Ticheli: San Antonio Dances
Ticheli: Sanctuary
Ticheli: Shenandoah
Zdechlik: Chorale and Shaker Dance

Think that looks like a whole ton of music? You’d be right!  Thankfully, I only have to prepare one piece for each day of the symposium.  But if I’m going to finish this project, I’ve got to hunker down and fill up these empty links!