WEST CHESTER UNIVERSITY
WIND CONDUCTING SYMPOSIUM
July 13-17, 2020 (CANCELLED)
The West Chester University Summer Wind Conducting Symposium is designed to provide musicians the opportunity to sharpen conducting skills, strengthen score study techniques, broaden knowledge of wind literature and refine rehearsal strategies. Conductors may participate in the symposium in one of two different levels. Conducting participants will conduct chamber ensembles during the morning sessions and a full wind ensemble in the afternoon. Participation at this level will be limited to the first sixteen applicants with paid deposits. Observers will be engaged in all of the daily activities but will not conduct the ensembles.
Monday, July 13, 2020
8:00-9:00am – Registration and Refreshments
Monday – Friday, July 13-17, 2020
9:00-10:00am – Morning Seminar and Group Conducting
10:00am-12:00pm – Chamber Repertoire
12:00-1:30pm – Lunch on your own
1:30-2:30pm – Afternoon Seminar
2:30-5:30pm – Band Repertoire
Friday, July 17, 2020
6:00pm – Symposium Ends
Serenade in D minor, Op. 44 - Antonin Dvorak
Petite Symphonie - Charles Gounod
Lincolnshire Posy - Percy Aldridge Grainger
Elegy for a Young American - Ronald Lo Presti
Chester - William Schuman
Conducting Participant – $500.00
Observer – $300.00
ACT 48 Credit – $150 (Includes Act 48 Fee)
University credit is available at an additional fee. Applicants taking the course for university credit must register as a Conducting participant.
- Registration is currently not available
Contact Dr. M. Gregory Martin with any additional questions.
Craig Kirchhoff is Professor Emeritus of Conducting and Director Emeritus of University Bands at the University of Minnesota where he conducted the University Wind Ensemble and guest conducted in the University Opera Program. Professor Kirchhoff coordinated the graduate program in Wind Ensemble/Band Conducting and guided all aspects of the University of Minnesota wind band program since 1993. He has won critical acclaim from composers Dominick Argento, Warren Benson, William Bolcom, Henry Brant, Susan Botti. Elliott Carter, Michael Colgrass, John Corigliano, Michael Daugherty, Karel Husa, Libby Larsen, George Perle, Vincent Persichetti, Carter Pann, Stephen Paulus, Kevin Puts, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Gunther Schuller, Joseph Schwantner, James Stephenson, Steven Stucky, Elliott Schwartz, Frank Ticheli, Dana Wilson, 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, as Director of Bands at Washington State University for two years, and Associate Director of Bands at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for one year. 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 serves as an advisor to the BandQuest Series published by the American Composers Forum, he joined James Galway, Eddie Daniels, Donald Hunsberger, 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 & 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, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, Europe, and Scandinavia. He enjoyed a long association with the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra during Frederick Fennell’s tenure as Music Director and he has recorded with them on the Kosei Publishing label. Professor Kirchhoff serves as a Yamaha Master Educator.
Cynthia Johnston Turner is in demand as a conductor, conducting and ensemble clinician, and speaker in the United States, Australia, Latin America, Europe, and Canada.
Before her appointment at the Hodgson School at the University of Georgia, Cynthia was Director of Wind Ensembles at Cornell University. Earlier in her career Cynthia was a high school music educator, taught middle school beginning instrumental music in Toronto and choral music in Switzerland. She currently serves as a conductor with the Syracuse Society of New Music, the Austrian Festival Orchestra, and the Paris Lodron Ensemble in Salzburg.
A Canadian, Cynthia completed her Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education degrees at Queens University and her Master of Music in music education and conducting at the University of Victoria. Touring with her ensembles inspired her master’s thesis on the musical and personal transformations that occur on tours, and her D.M.A. thesis at the Eastman School of Music centered on the music of William Kraft, one of this generation’s leading composers. At Eastman Cynthia was the recipient of the prestigious teaching award in conducting. She received the National Leadership in Education Award (Canada), the Excellence in Education Award (Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation), and the Marion Drysdale Leadership Award (also from OSSTF). She is also the recipient of the Donald A. Reick Memorial Award for research with wearable technologies and music pedagogy, and the American Prize for innovative programming with wind bands.
Cynthia has commissioned numerous new works for wind band and orchestra, and she continues to actively promote commissions by today’s leading and emerging composers around the world. Under her direction, the Cornell Wind Ensemble was invited to perform at the College Band Directors National Association’s Eastern Division Conference in 2007 and 2012. In 2008, the Merrill Presidential Scholars at Cornell recognized Cynthia as an outstanding educator, and in 2009, she was awarded the Kaplan Family Distinguished Faculty Fellowship. Her performances have been praised by such composers as Steven Stucky, William Kraft, Steven Bryant, Marc Mellits, Eddie Mora, Dana Wilson, Roberto Sierra, Jesse Jones, and Karel Husa.
From January 2006, Cynthia led the Cornell Wind Ensemble on biennial performing and service tours to Costa Rica that included performances across the country, conducting master classes with Costa Rican teachers, instrument master classes for Costa Rican musicians, and the donation of over 250 instruments to music schools across the country.
Among other recent engagements, Cynthia has guest conducted the National Youth Wind Ensemble of Great Britain, the Syracuse Symphony (“Symphoria”), the National Youth Band of Canada, Concordia Santa Fe, the Ithaca College Wind Ensemble, the Eastman Wind Ensemble, the Latin American Honor Band, the National Band of Costa Rica, the National Orchestra of Heredia, and numerous state honor bands. Cynthia has been invited to present her research with teaching and technology, innovative rehearsal techniques, and service-learning and music performance at numerous conferences nationally and internationally. She is published in such journals as Music Educators Journal, Interdisciplinary Humanities, International Journal of the Humanities, Journal of the World Association of Bands and Ensembles, Fanfare Magazine, and Canadian Winds, and has recorded CDs with the Innova and Albany labels.
Cynthia serves as a board member with WASBE, and is an active member of CDBNA, Conductor’s Guild, College Music Society, Humanities Education and Research Association, the National Association for Music Education, and National Band Association.
As Director of Bands and Professor of Music at the Hodgson School, Cynthia conducts the Wind Ensemble, teaches conducting, leads the MM and DMA programs in conducting, and oversees the entire Hodgson band program.
Cynthia Johnston Turner
Dr. Andrew Yozviak is the Director of Bands at West Chester University. Dr. Yozviak’s primary responsibilities include conducting the Wind Ensemble and Chamber Winds, directing the Golden Rams Marching Band, and teaching graduate and undergraduate conducting classes. Prior to this appointment, Yozviak served as Visiting Director of Bands at Susquehanna University and taught thirteen years in the Pennsylvania public schools.
Dr. Yozviak has earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education from West Chester University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Music Degree in Composition from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree in Wind Conducting from Rutgers University where he studied with William Berz.
Dr. Yozviak maintains a busy schedule as a guest conductor, adjudicator and clinician, regularly presenting at conferences and workshops. His research in the area of eighteenth century Harmoniemusik has produced two modern editions of wind partitas by the Bohemian composer, Antonio Rosetti (1750-1792). His scholarly edition of Antonio Rosetti’s Partita in E-flat is published by Amadeus Verlag, Winterthur, Switzerland.
Dr. Yozviak is a member of the College Band Directors National Association, the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, the National Band Association, the Music Educators National Conference, Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, the Pennsylvania Bandmasters Association, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
M. Gregory Martin, Associate Professor of Music Education / Associate Director of Bands received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Eastern Kentucky University, a Master of Musical Arts degree from James Madison University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The University of Texas at Austin where he studied conducting with Jerry F. Junkin.
Dr. Martin recently completed a six-year tenure as the Director of Athletic Bands and Assistant Director of Bands at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. Prior to returning to Florida, Dr. Martin was the Assistant Director for the Longhorn Band and Lecturer in the School of Music at UT. His past teaching experience includes fourteen years in the Florida and Virginia public school system and two years as a teaching assistant at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where he taught music education courses and conducted the Concert and Symphonic Bands.
In addition to his public school and collegiate teaching duties, Dr. Martin has also served as a Color Guard Instructor and Marching Caption head / Visual Coordinator for the Suncoast Sound Drum and Bugle Corps (’82 -’88) and Marching Caption head / Visual Coordinator for the Magic of Orlando Drum and Bugle Corps (’92 -’94). He also serves extensively as an adjudicator and clinician around the Southern and Midwestern United States and writes drill for several High School and college bands around the country including The University of Michigan.
Dr. Martin is a member of the College Band Director’s National Association, National Band Association, Music Educator’s National Conference, College Music Society, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma.
M. Gregory Martin
Adam J. Gumble is the Director of Athletic Bands at West Chester University. Mr. Gumble’s primary responsibilities include directing the “Incomparable” Golden Rams Marching Band and WCU Basketball Band, conducting the Concert Band, teaching undergraduate conducting classes, and supervising student teachers. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Gumble taught for 13 years in the public schools as the Director of Bands at Hempfield High School in Landisville, Pennsylvania and Associate Director of Bands at Quakertown Community High School.
Throughout his career in the public schools, ensembles under Mr. Gumble’s direction have earned top ratings, awards, and critical acclaim at festivals, assessments, and honor performances across the region. Mr. Gumble is an active guest conductor, clinician, and presenter at professional development conferences across the Northeastern United States. He has served as the Band Content Representative on the PMEA State Professional Development Council and has contributed original articles for PMEA Magazine. Mr. Gumble has been a quarterfinalist for the GRAMMY Foundation’s Music Educator Award and has been nominated for “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers” as well as multiple “Teacher Impact Awards” through Central Pennsylvania’s NBC affiliate, WGAL. Mr. Gumble currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Gumble graduated from West Chester University with a Bachelor of Music Education Degree in 2005, Master of Music Education Degree from Boston University in 2007, and Master of Music Degree in Wind Conducting from West Chester University in 2016.
Mr. Gumble is a member of the National Association for Music Education, the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He resides in Lancaster, Pennsylvania with his wife (Kelly), two sons (Bennett and Dorian) and their dog, Rollo.
Adam J. Gumble