Wind Conductors’ Symposium Draws Participants from Around the Globe

Four international conductors are among those participating in the sixth annual “Wind Conductors’ Symposium” scheduled for Feb. 13-14 at Southeast Missouri State University.

They are Takamune Suzuki of Tokyo, Japan, vice conductor of the Sony Symphony Concert Band and a member of the Sony Symphony Orchestra and the Marunouchi Symphony Orchestra; Wong Kah Chun, music director of the symphonic band at Raffles Junior College in Singapore; Andy Sim Yih Shyang, band director at CHIJ Toa Payoh Secondary School in Singapore; and Kelly Lovelady, a graduate assistant with the University of Manitoba Wind Ensemble, who regularly conducts and coaches chamber ensembles at the University of Manitoba.

The visiting conductors also will be on campus throughout this week conducting special sessions with music students and ensembles.

The symposium will offer practical training in conducting and rehearsing bands and will feature clinicians Allan McMurray, professor of conducting, director of bands and conductor of the wind ensemble and orchestra at the University of Colorado; James Cochran of Shattinger Music; and Robert Gifford, professor of music and middle and secondary education at Southeast Missouri State University.

Events will begin at 3 p.m. Feb. 13 with registration in the lobby of Brandt Hall and will end with a panel discussion at 3 p.m. Feb. 14.

Nine selected conductors, including the four from around the world, will each conduct two 20-minute sessions of the Southeast Symphonic Wind Ensemble. All conducting sessions will be recorded on videotape, and copies of each participant’s sessions will be provided to them. A free follow-up session to view and discuss the videotapes may be scheduled between Gifford and each participant.

Those wishing to attend the symposium as auditors also are welcome. Auditors will be actively involved in discussions, lectures and the observation of all conducting sessions.

The cost is $50 for auditors, who also may enroll for one hour of graduate credit in ME 551 “Topics in Music Education: Band Rehearsal Techniques and Literature.” Students enrolled for graduate credit will be billed by the University.

For more information, contact Gifford at (573) 651-2140 or rgifford@semo.edu.