Band Conductor's Art Workshop

Conducting Symposium at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville

JUNE 28–30 2017

About the Workshop

Conductor with Podium Time
No longer avalable.  You can still register as an observer.

    • LIMITED to 8 Conductors (Spaces reserved on a first come first serve basis)
    • Conduct the Wisconsin 132nd Army Band in rehearsals and a concert on Thursday evening
    • Daily conducting sessions with the full ensemble
    • Conduct chamber music on Wednesday evening
    • Lecture/presentations on various topics
    • Conductors have the option to play with the 132nd Army Band

Price: $150.00

     • Admittance to all lecture/presentations and conducting sessions
     • Participants are encouraged to play with the 132nd Army Band

The Band Conductor’s Art Workshop is designed to investigate and improve techniques of conducting and to explore other topics of interest to the serious wind conductor.  The course offers conductors of all levels the opportunity to gain intensive conducting instruction in a welcoming, supportive environment.  Conductors with podium time will select from the repertoire list to prepare in advance, as they will conduct a live ensemble, receive videotape critique, and review consultation from the faculty in both wind band and chamber music settings (new this year).  They will conduct their selected works with the large ensemble on a concert on Thursday evening.  All rehearsal sessions and the concert are taped with two professional cameras. 

Lectures and discussions may include topics ranging from repertoire selection and score study to conducting technique and musical interpretation. We are also including sessions on expression and body language on the podium.  This Wisconsin 132nd Army National Guard Band is our ensemble in residence.

Undergraduate and graduate credit is available for both conductors and observers.  Click on the syllabus link for information. Registration deadline is June 9.


H. Robert Reynolds is the principal conductor of the Wind Ensemble at the USC Thornton School of Music where he holds the H. Robert Reynolds Professorship in Wind Conducting. This appointment followed his retirement, after 26 years, from the School of Music of the University of Michigan where he served as the Henry F. Thurnau Professor of Music, Director of University Bands and Director of the Division of Instrumental Studies. In addition to these responsibilities, he has also been, for over 30 years, the conductor of The Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings, which is made up primarily of members from the Detroit Symphony.

Dr. Barry Ellis is Director of Bands and Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.  He conducts the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and is instructor of instrumental conducting, wind literature, instrumental music methods, and bassoon.    Ensembles under his direction have performed at the Wisconsin Music Educators Conference, the National Band Association Convention, and the NAfME National Biennial In-Service Conference. Ellis is Principal Bassoonist with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra and is Artistic Director and Bassoonist for the Rountree Ensemble, a professional chamber ensemble in residence at UW-Platteville.

Matthew Gregg is the Associate Director of Bands at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. He conducts the Symphony Band and is the Director of the Marching Pioneers, in addition to teaching Music Theory and Aural Skills.  Prior to holding this position, Mr. Gregg was a Band Director at Oconomowoc High School where he was listed twice in the Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.  He has conducted and performed at several music conventions including the National Band Association – Wisconsin Chapter, Wisconsin Music Educators Association and the College Band Directors   National Association.

Connie SaLoutos Furlan is a member of the theatre department at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. She was recently awarded LAE’s Excellence in Teaching Award at UW-Platteville.  She is a member of Actors' Equity Association and has performed, choreographed, and assistant directed in professional theatres across the country. Her award-winning one-woman cabaret act has literally taken her around the world three times aboard the vessels of Royal Viking and Seabourne Cruise Lines. A three-time Carbonell Award recipient for her portrayals of Charity in Sweet Charity, Anita in West Side Story, and Maria in Lend Me A Tenor, SaLoutos Furlan has garnered a total of ten acting nominations. She appeared in the 25th Anniversary production of Dames At Sea in New York City starring Kristen Chenoweth and has been a guest soloist with the Florida Symphonic Pops.


Norman Dello Joio: Scenes from The Louvre
Percy Grainger/Goldman: Handel in the Strand
Morten Lauridsen/Reynolds: O Magnum Mysterium
Vincent Persichetti: Divertimento for Band
Dmitri Shostakovich/Reynolds: Folk Dances
Frank Ticheli: Simple Gifts: Four Shaker Songs 

Chamber works 
Charles Gounod: Petite Symphonie
Gordon Jacob: Old Wine in New Bottles
Robert Spittal: Consort for Ten Winds 

132nd Wisconsin National Guard Army Band


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