Monday, June 25 to Friday, June 29, 2018

Join us to further develop your skills in the art of Conducting and Music Education Pedagogy. The Sonoma State University Department of Music announces the sixth annual summer Wind Band Conducting and Music Education Symposium Monday, June 25 to Friday, June 29 at the Green Music Center on the beautiful campus of Sonoma State University. 


Participants will have the opportunity to conduct a live ensemble and receive feedback and suggestons.


Daily seminars will explore topics related to conducting and teaching, with in-depth focus on various aspects of instrumental pedagogy in woodwinds, brass and percussion instruments.


Enrollment in the Conducting Symposium is limited to 15. An unlimited number will be accepted as Observers.


Clinicians for the 2018 Symposium will be Dr. Andy Collinsworth, Director of Bands and Music Education at Sonoma State University, and Craig Kirchhoff, Professor of Conducting and Director Emeritus of University Bands at the University of Minnesota.

Craig Kirchhoff

CRAIG KIRCHHOFF is Professor 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 since 1993. 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, James Stephenson, Steven Stucky, Elliott Schwartz, 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. 

Dr. Andy Collinsworth

ANDY COLLINSWORTH has been the Director of Bands and Program Director for Music Education at Sonoma State University since 2008. In addition to leading the university Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Concert Band, he teaches courses in conducting, instrumental music methods and music education, and is the classical saxophone instructor at SSU. As Director of the Music Education program at SSU, he advises and guides students aspiring to become music educators and supervises student teachers in the single subject credential program in music.

Dr. Collinsworth maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor, adjudicator and clinician with bands throughout the western states. He is the founder and artistic director of the Sonoma Invitational Wind Band and Orchestra Festival; a signature event that draws ensembles from throughout California. Dr. Collinsworth received the Doctor of the Musical Arts degree in Conducting from Arizona State University (2008), and he holds degrees in Music Education (1987) and in Saxophone Performance (1989) from the University of Nevada—Reno. 



The reading sessions will include both standard and newer examples of wind band repertoire. Repertoire will be available for purchase through J.W. Pepper Music.

Conductors and Observers are encouraged to bring scores to all of the titles listed below. Conductors should prepare to conduct at least 4 works from the list. For multiple movement works, conductors may choose to focus on individual movements.

  1. Gustav Holst/Colin Matthews | First Suite in E-flat | Gr. 4 Boosey
  2. Charles Ives/Rhoads | Variations on America | Gr. 5 Presser
  3. Gordon Jacob/C.P. Heidenreich | An Original Suite | Gr. 5 Boosey/Windependence
  4. Frank Ticheli | Rest | Gr. 4 Manhattan Beach
  5. Joseph Rheinberger/Shelley Hanson | Abendlied | Gr. 3 Boosey/Windependence
  6. John Philip Sousa/Fennell | Washington Post March | Gr. 3 Carl Fischer
  7. Johann Sebastian Bach/Reed | Come Sweet Death | Gr. 3 Barnhouse
  8. Rick Kirby  | Different Voices | Gr. 3 Boosey/Windependence
  9. Ralph Hultgren | Simple Song | Gr. 2 Brolga Music/ C. Alan
  10. Frank Erickson | Air for Band | Gr. 2 Bourne


Daily Schedule

Craig Kirchhoff, Emeritus Director of Bands, University of Minnesota
Andy Collinsworth, Sonoma State University
*Note: all activities take place at the Green Music Center (GMC), Sonoma State University

MONDAY June 25                                                                                                    
7:30 am                   Orientation meeting for all Participants & Observers: GMC 1027
8:30 am-12:30 pm    Live Conducting Rounds: GMC 1028
13’                           12:30-2:00                Lunch                                                                                             
2:00 - 3:30               2:00-3:00                  Session 1: Mindfulness, Michelle Jamieson
3:00-4:30                 3:00-4:30                  Session 2: Is Your Conducting Hurting or Helping your Ensemble? 
4:30-6:00                  Individual Video Review: Group 1 with CK; Group 2 with AC   
7:45-8:15 am           Mindfulness Warmup: GMC 1027
8:30 am-12:30 pm    Live Conducting Rounds: GMC 1028
12:30-2:00                Lunch
2:00-3:30                  Session 3: Score Study - A Different Perspective
3:30-3:45                  Break
3:45-5:45                  Video Review: Group 2 with CK; Group 1 with AC
6:30 pm                               Dinner/Social: Restaurant TBA (Optional)

7:45-8:15 am           Mindfulness Warmup: GMC 1027
8:30 am-12:30 pm    Live Conducting Rounds: GMC 1028
12:30-2:00                Lunch
2:00-4:00                  Session 4: The Rehearsal Technique - It's Not What You Say, But How You Say It
4:00-4:15                  Break
4:15-6:15                  Video Review: Group 1 with CK; Group 2 with AC   

7:45-8:15 am           Mindfulness Warmup: GMC 1027
8:30 am-12:30 pm    Live Conducting Rounds: GMC 1028
12:30-2:00                Lunch
2:00-3:00                  Session 5: Teaching the Art of Listening in Rehearsal
3:00-5:00                  Video Review: Group 2 with CK; Group 1 with AC
6:30 pm                  BBQ/Social at Andy’s house

FRIDAY June 29
7:45-8:15 am           Mindfulness Warmup: Weill Hall Green Room
8:30 am-12:30 pm    Live Conducting Rounds: Weill Hall
12:30-2:00                Session 5: Wrap Up: Q & A Session



To apply as either a Participant/Conductor or an Observer, use this Application Form. Download form. Fill out and return by mail or email.


For information contact Dr. Andy Collinsworth at racworth@sonoma.edu