The Art of Band Conducting and Rehearsing Workshop will take place at the Butler School of Music on the campus of UT Austin. Planned in-person activities will include: conducting the UT Summer Chamber Winds, panel discussions, and lecture sessions highlighting literature, score study, rehearsal techniques, ensemble motivation, conducting technique, building relationships, and personal musical growth.
Sunday, June 11 – Thursday, June 15, 2023
Jerry F. Junkin
Vincent R. DiNino Chair for the Director of Bands, University Distinguished Teaching Professor
Director of Wind Ensemble Activities, Music Director/Conductor of the Frost Wind Ensemble and Professor of Conducting at the Frost School of Music
Director Emeritus, University Interscholastic League (UIL)
Associate Director of Bands, Associate Director of the Butler School of Music
Associate Director of Bands, Director of the Longhorn Band
Assistant Director of Bands, Associate Director of the Longhorn Band
Assistant Director of Bands, Director of the Longhorn Pep Band
Marlene and Morton Meyerson Centennial Professor and Head of Music and Human Learning, University of Texas and University of Texas System Distinguished Teaching Professor
Director of Undergraduate Career Education, UT Austin/Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas
IMPORTANT: All Conducting Participants are selected through a screening process and will be notified of their acceptance. Observer slots are open to all and are not screened. At the end of registration, a credit card is required to confirm your position. You will make two partial payments ($375 x 2 for Conducting Participants and $200 x 2 for Observers) to attend the workshop. Your first partial payment will be placed on hold through the registration portal for seven days and it will look like a charge on your card to make sure the funds are on your account. However, the first partial payment will be placed back on your card after the initial hold.
Conducting Participants will be notified of their acceptance by March 10, 2023. Please be sure to secure the funds required to attend the workshop. Once you are approved after the application and video screening process, you will receive an email to confirm your attendance as a Conducting Participant. If you are not selected as a Conducting Participant, you will be encouraged to attend as an Observer. Your credit card will be charged for the first partial payment upon confirmation of attendance. The second partial payment will be deducted in the following month.
$750 for Conducting Participants (in-person only) – registration window: Jan. 17 – Feb. 7
- Conduct UT Summer Chamber Winds
- Work alongside distinguished guest clinicians
- Attend lecture and discussion sessions
- Observe remaining conducting participants
- Receive 50 minutes (total) of conducting time and one-on-one video feedback
$400.00 for Observers (in-person only) – registration window: Jan. 17- May 31
- Observe and attend conducting, lecture and discussion sessions
- Opportunity to develop, refine, and nurture individual conducting and rehearsing techniques through observation, personal note taking, and reflection
Overall Cost Considerations:
- Workshop fee
- Parking on-campus
- Exploring Austin
Note: The Conducting Participant and Observer fees only cover attendance for the workshop. This fee does not include meals, lodging, parking, or travel. A virtual option as a Conducting Participant or an Observer will not be offered. All participants must plan accordingly.
Potential participants must include both a CV/Resume (PDF: first name initial and full last name-CV / BEary-CV) and a shareable link to a 10-minute video containing a full run-through of a piece or movement. Interested attendees will upload a CV and video link to the application once the registration link opens (see registration below). Conducting Participant submissions will be reviewed immediately and accepted until Tuesday, February 7. We will notify participants of their status by Friday, March 10, 2023.
- 20 Conducting Participants
- Unlimited Observers
Note: Please save the CV as a PDF file. If using Google Drive or YouTube (unlisted video), please verify that the sharing permissions have been updated before posting the link.
In-Person Conducting with Lecture Sessions and Video Reviews directly after your conducting round.
The Art of Band Conducting and Rehearsing Workshop adheres to campus, county, and state COVID-19 guidelines to ensure the safety of all participants. The final format will be determined closer to the workshop date as health conditions warrant. We will communicate timely updates regarding the policies and protocols.
Related Health Resources:
University of Texas at Austin COVID-19 Updates
Workshop participants can purchase scores from Midwest Sheet Music. Select the UT Austin Conducting Workshop, and select the scores you wish to purchase.
Note: The chamber version score of The Sky Searching from Within will be available at a later date.
Hotel and Lodging
We encourage all workshop participants to research hotel and lodging options in the Austin area, preferably near the university. You will want to book your reservation as soon as notified of your acceptance. Please view hotel information on the Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau website.
If you need to park on campus, we recommend parking in the San Jacinto Parking Garage right across from the Butler School of Music ($3 per hour/$18 per day).
Optional Event (additional $30)
Celebration Dinner Cruise
Join us on Wednesday, June 14 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm for an evening of fellowship, fun, and dinner as we cruise for 3-hours on Lady Bird Lake, nestled in the heart of Austin. We will enjoy hors d’oeuvres, fajitas, dessert, and a variety of beverages. We will also observe the sunset and may see the bat emergence; it’s quite a unique and popular experience in Austin. Please dress in any comfortable or casual attire. Save your ballroom attire for another time. We’re looking forward to seeing and fellowshipping with you!
If you are interested in testing out or purchasing a baton, Chris Blount, owner of Custom Batons, Inc., will attend the conducting workshop. Custom Batons offer various handle shapes, shaft options, handle selections, and durable cases. If you do not find what you are looking for during the workshop, Chris can always create a custom order typically completed in 1-2 weeks.
Please visit the Custom Batons website to learn more. If you have any additional questions, please contact Chris Blount directly. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. CST on Tuesday, January 17 and closes on Tuesday, February 7 (for Conducting Participants) and Wednesday, May 31 (for observers). A registration link will be shared on this website and on our social platforms for all interested in applying. Please visit this website and our social media occasionally to receive workshop updates and the registration link.
IMPORTANT: Please be sure to read the important information about payments/charges above in the “Cost” section.
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Dr. Marc Sosnowchik, workshop coordinator: email@example.com
Mr. Drew Eary, workshop assistant: firstname.lastname@example.org
Butler School of Music, 2406 Robert Dedman Drive, Austin, TX 78712