EMU Bands 10th Annual Wind Conducting Symposium

Pre-Symposium Development Day

With guest clinician Craig Kirchhoff.

Saturday, December 2, 2017 | 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m., Alexander Music Building


  • Conducting Participant $85*  (limited number)
  • Observer/Auditor $50*

This all-day workshop will include morning and afternoon conducting sessions with the EMU Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band.

  • Lecture presentation by internationally recognized conductor and pedagogue Craig Kirchhoff
  • Supportive environment in which to explore technical and pedagogical approaches to conducting
  • Offering of practical strategies for daily rehearsals
  • Address issues of communication and motivation that will enhance and inspire your teaching and improve your ensemble’s performance. 
  • Repertoire selections for both middle school and high school levels


Selections will be announced soon.

Who Should Attend?

Music educators, graduate students, novice to advanced conductors and observers welcome

*The cost of the symposium covers continental breakfast and boxed lunch.

Pre-symposium professional development day for music educators

Friday, December 1, 2017, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Alexander Music Building


  • Participant $75 (Lunch on your own)

Join Mary Schneider, Derek Shapiro, guest clinician Craig Kirchhoff and fellow music educators for sessions on the following:

  • Repertoire
  • Creative rehearsal strategies
  • Rehearsals and reading sessions with the EMU Wind Symphony

About our guest clinician

  • Craig Kirchhoff

    Craig Kirchhoff is professor of conducting and director of University Bands at the University of Minnesota where he conducts the University Wind Ensemble and guest conducts in the University Opera Program. Professor Kirchhoff coordinates the graduate program in wind ensemble/band conducting and guides all aspects of the University of Minnesota wind band program. Born and educated in Wisconsin, Mr. Kirchhoff brings to his position a wide knowledge of both traditional and contemporary literature. He has won critical acclaim from composers Warren Benson, Henry Brant, Elliott Carter, Michael Colgrass, John Corigliano, Karel Husa, Libby Larsen, George Perle, Vincent Persichetti, Stephen Paulus, Gunther Schuller, Joseph Schwantner, Steven Stucky, Elliott Schwartz, Chen Yi and others.

    Prior to his appointment to the faculty of the University of Minnesota, Professor Kirchhoff served in a similar capacity as director of bands at The Ohio State University for fourteen years. Mr. Kirchhoff was the recipient of The Ohio State University Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award and The Ohio State University School of Music Distinguished Teaching Award. Professor Kirchhoff is an advisor to the BandQuest Series published by the American Composers Forum, he joins James Galway, Eddie Daniels, Wynton Marsalis and Dawn Upshaw on the Advisory Board for SmartMusic produced by the MakeMusic Corporation, and he serves as the artistic advisor for the Windependence Wind Band Series published by Boosey and Hawkes.

    Professor Kirchhoff is past president of the College Band Directors National Association and is a member of the American Bandmasters Association, the National Band Association, the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, the Music Educators National Conference, and served as the founding editor and principal advisor of the College Band Directors National Association Journal.

    Professor Kirchhoff has appeared as guest conductor, clinician and lecturer throughout the United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, Taiwan, Europe and Scandinavia. Mr. Kirchhoff has guest conducted the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra and has recorded with them on the Kosei Publishing label.

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Whether you choose to participate as a conductor or an observer, we hope you will take advantage of this enriching opportunity and join us at EMU. Come and be inspired!

For registration or additional information, please contact us by email at emu.bands@emich.edu or call 734.487.1430.

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