Conducting and Wind Symposium


Mallory Thompson and H. Robert Reynolds

  • MUSIC 310-0-22 Performance Practicum 0-1.0 credit (additional charge to register for credit)
  • One week, Evanston Campus, July 10-15, 2016
  • Su 4:00-8:00 pm, MTWThF 8:00 am-5:00 pm
  • Regenstein 011
  • Participant Tuition: $650, Full Program Auditor: $400

Mallory Thompson

Taught by Mallory Thompson, Director of Bands at Northwestern University and H. Robert Reynolds, principal conductor of the wind ensemble at the USC Thornton School of Music and Professor Emeritus of Music in Conducting at the University of Michigan, the symposium is designed to enhance your conducting, teaching and musical skills. Participants will be sent a list of scores to prepare in advance, and the repertoire will include a variety of works for ensembles of various levels. Works to be studied include established masterworks as well as new music for winds. In addition to conducting a live ensemble and receiving feedback from the faculty, participants will attend lectures and discussions on choosing repertoire, score study, rehearsal techniques, movement, and interpretation.

The symposium is recommended for conductors of all levels with a desire to learn and explore new ideas. Preference will be given to those with a completed bachelor's degree and some experience.  There are two ways to participate in the workshop: as a participant (conduct eight times in the week) or as an auditor (conduct four times in the week).

There are no audition requirements.

How to Apply

Due to the tremendous interest in this workshop, early submission (by February 1) is strongly recommended. Applicants will be screened as soon as materials are received and notified of admission via email.  Participant registration is limited to 30 individuals. Registration with full payment is required to reserve your participation and will be accepted until the symposium is filled. Payments must be received no later than June 11, 2016. Applications must be submitted via the Summer Application (NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR SUMMER 2016). Upon creating a file in the Application, applicants should select “Summer Session” as their application type, and then select the workshop to which you are applying. This will ensure that your file is distributed to the correct reviewers. No separate application form is necessary--do not submit an application to Northwestern University via the Common Application or Graduate Music Online Application. Applicants will be asked to upload a detailed resume. NOTE: No paper applications will be accepted.

Do not mail recordings to the Bienen School of Music or to faculty, as these will not be reviewed or returned.

For more information contact the Northwestern University Bienen School of Music Office of Admission and Financial Aid at 847-491-3141 or