UW-Platteville to host workshop and Army Band

June 8, 2017
H. Robert Reynolds
Army Band

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Department of Performing and Visual Arts will host its seventh Band Conductors’ Art Workshop Wednesday, June 28-Friday, June 30.

Presented in cooperation with the United States Department of Military Bands, the event will include a one- to two-credit workshop for wind conductors of all levels as well as a free concert featuring the 132nd Army Band from Madison, Wisconsin, on Thursday, June 29 in the Richard and Helen Brodbeck Concert Hall at 7 p.m. The performance will feature a variety of musical selections directed by each of the attending conductors.

The workshop, designed to offer conductors the opportunity to gain intensive conducting instruction in a welcoming, supportive environment, will include lectures and discussions on score marking, score study, conducting technique and musical interpretation as well as musical interpretation, expression and body language on the podium.

Attendees will select from a repertoire list to prepare in advance, as they will have the opportunity to conduct the 132nd Army Band, receive videotape critique and review consultation from the faculty in both wind band and chamber music settings.

Conductors from Wisconsin, Michigan, Nebraska and Arizona will work with the following clinicians: H. Robert Reynolds, principal conductor of the Wind Ensemble at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles, California; Dr. Barry Ellis, director of bands, professor of music and conductor of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble at UW-Platteville; Matthew Gregg, associate director of bands, conductor of Symphony Band and director of Marching Pioneers at UW-Platteville; and Connie SaLoutos Furlan, adjunct faculty of theatre and speech communications and choreographer at UW-Platteville.

“The attending conductors develop their leadership skills, overall musicianship, nonverbal communication skills, conducting and rehearsal techniques, and are exposed to a broad range of wind band repertoire,” said Ellis. “I enjoy the experience with our guest clinicians. Robert Reynolds is an icon in the conducting profession. I was so pleased he was available for our workshop.”

Deadline for registration (for observers only) is Friday, June 9. For more information or to register for the workshop, go to: www.uwplatt.edu/music/bandconductorsworkshop.

Written by: Laurie A. Hamer, Communications Specialist, College of Liberal Arts and Education, 608-342-6191, hamerl@uwplatt.edu

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