1) How can I obtain scores?
All scores can be acquired via our friends at Midwest Sheet music at the following link. The Yurko score, in this edition, is not currently published, but will be provided by us in PDF form. https://www.midwestsheetmusic.com/conducting-symposiums/band/TX/
2) Where will the Conductors Collegium be held?
We will meet via the Zoom web conferencing platform. We suggest you download and test the application prior to the Collegium, at https://zoom.us/. Participants will be given a link to access our meeting shortly prior to the Collegium beginning. For best results, we suggest a hard line connection. If this not possible, it would be ideal to position yourself near your modem/router and turn off all other web-accessing devices. The more bandwidth that can be dedicated to the connection, the better the resolution and latency will be.
3) What does the daily schedule like?
The following is all listed in the Central time zone:
9:00-10:15 Collegium Faculty Lecture Discussions
10:30-12:00 Guest Lecturers and Q&A
12:00-1:30 Lunch Break
1:30-4:30 Conducting Sessions with Wind Studies Faculty
4) What will the individual conducting sessions look like?
All individuals taking part in the afternoon sessions will be split up into three groups to work with the three Wind Studies faculty. You may choose any of the Conductors Collegium repertoire, and you may choose to focus on a particular small section (a movement, a section, or even a rehearsal letter) or work with larger units. Much of the session will require strong audiation skills—that is, conducting while vividly hearing the sound in your mind. Clinicians will work with you on your efficacy of gesture as related to what you are intending to communicate. You may also be asked to describe or sing the music you are working with (although not to worry, this is simply to clarify interpretation, not to evaluate your singing!) There may also be times where it will be helpful to have a recording of the work to cite. Considering we will not have a live ensemble present like a "typical" Collegium, we may use this to orient participants to particular aural examples before, during, or after any given session. We have compiled easily accessible recordings at the link below. If you wish to utilize these, you may "Share Screen" within Zoom to allow the audio to play for all participants.
5) Will each group work with one clinician, or will we rotate?
We will evenly divide the afternoon conducting session participants into three groups. The three clinicians will rotate every four days, meaning that each group will work with each clinician over the course of the twelve-day Collegium.
6) How often, and for how long, will we conduct?
Everyone will have the opportunity to conduct six times: twice with each clinician. This means that any given participant will conduct every other day. For example, you might conduct for Clinician A on day 1, rest on day 2, Clinician A on day 3, rest on day 4, Clinician B on day 5, etc. The amount of time conducting will be determined on how many individuals register for this workshop, but we estimate that each individual will have 10-15 minutes per slot on each day they conduct.
7) How will we indicate what we’re conducting?
We will offer signups as a simple collaborative file (i.e. Google document) and use that to determine a daily order to help maintain diversity and interest throughout each day. You may choose to do the same excerpt a couple times, for a clinician to see twice, or multiple clinicians to see, or you may choose to do entirely different excerpts each day. You could also choose different movements or section of each piece. The choice of what you’d like to use your time for is entirely up to you.