Conducting and Wind Music Symposium
With Eugene Corporon
July 10-15, 2022 (One-week session)
Schedule: Su 2:00pm - 8:00pm; MTWTH 8:00am - 6:00pm, F 7:30am - 3:30pm
Location: Ryan Center for the Musical Arts (Evanston Campus)
Taught by Mallory Thompson, Director of Bands at Northwestern University and Eugene Corporon, Director of Wind Studies at the University of North Texas, this 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 will include established masterworks as well as newer music for chamber ensembles. 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 teaching experience. We value the diverse identities and experiences of participants, as each individual offers their own unique perspective. Everyone’s experience is enhanced and enriched through a more diverse group of participants. There are two ways to participate in the workshop: as a conducting participant or as an observing auditor. All attendees will participate in lectures and discussions.
There are no audition requirements.
MUS_WKSP 310 Sec 4 Performance Workshop, One-Week 0 credit
MUS_WKSP 315 Sec 4 Performance Workshop, One-Week 0.5 credit
Participant Tuition: $650, Full Program Auditor: $400
(Additional charge to register for credit)
How to Apply
Due to the tremendous interest in this workshop, early submission (by February 11) is strongly recommended. Applicants will be screened as soon as materials are received and notified of admission via email. Participant registration is limited to 34 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 1, 2022.
Applications must be submitted via the Summer Application (closed). Upon creating a file in the Application, applicants should select “Summer Session” as their application type, and then select the workshop to which they are applying. This will ensure that the 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 and provide a personal statement.
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.
Mallory Thompson '79, '80 MMus is director of bands, professor of music, coordinator of the conducting program, and holds the John W. Beattie Chair of Music at Northwestern University. In 2003 she was named a Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence. As the third person in the university's history to hold the director of bands position, Dr. Thompson conducts the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting, and administers all aspects of the band program. She has recorded five albums with the Northwestern University Symphonic Wind Ensemble on the Summit Records label.
Thompson received the Bachelor of Music Education degree and Master of Music degree in conducting from Northwestern University, where she studied conducting with John P. Paynter and trumpet with Vincent Cichowicz. She received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Donald Hunsberger.
Maintaining an active schedule as guest conductor, conducting teacher, and guest lecturer throughout the United States and Canada, Thompson has had the privilege of teaching conducting to thousands of undergraduates, graduate students, and professional educators. She has served as a conductor or clinician at the College Band Directors National Association regional and national conventions, the Midwest Clinic, the Interlochen Arts Academy, numerous state music conventions, and the Aspen Music Festival. In addition to conducting all-state ensembles throughout the United States, she has had professional engagements as guest conductor with the United States Air Force Band, the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” the United States Army Field Band, the United States Coast Guard Band, the United States Navy Band, the West Point Band, the Dallas Wind Symphony, Symphony Silicon Valley, the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings, Monarch Brass Ensemble, and Banda Sinfônica in Sao Pãulo, Brazil. Her professional affiliations include Pi Kappa Lambda, the College Band Directors National Association, and the American Bandmasters Association.
Dr. Thompson is especially proud of her 53 graduate conducting students and the hundreds of outstanding Symphonic Wind Ensemble members with whom she has had the joy of making music at Northwestern. She treasures her relationship with the Wildcat Marching Band and is honored to preserve and grow Northwestern’s legacy.
Eugene Migliaro Corporon is the conductor of the Wind Symphony and Regents Professor of Music at the University of North Texas. As Director of Wind Studies he guides all aspects of the program, including the master’s and doctoral degrees in wind conducting. Mr. Corporon is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach and Claremont Graduate University. His performances have drawn praise from colleagues, composers, connoisseurs and music critics alike. Professor Corporon’s career, which spans six decades, began in 1969 as Director of Instrumental Music at Mt. Miguel High School in Spring Valley, California. He has held collegiate positions since 1971 which include California State University, Fullerton, the University of Wisconsin, the University of Northern Colorado, Michigan State University, the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and the University of North Texas. His ensembles have performed at the Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Conference, Southwestern Music Educators National Conference, Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention, Texas Bandmasters Association Convention/Clinic, International Trumpet Guild Conference, International Clarinet Society Convention, North American Saxophone Alliance Conference, Percussive Arts Society International Convention, International Horn Society Conference, National Wind Ensemble Conference, College Band Directors National Association Conference, Japan Band Clinic, and the Conference for the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles.
Mr. Corporon maintains an active guest-conducting schedule and is in demand as a conductor and teacher throughout the world. He is past president of the College Band Directors National Association and a past member of the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles International Board. He has been honored by the American Bandmasters Association and by Phi Beta Mu with invitations to membership. Mr. Corporon, a frequent guest conductor at the Showa University of Music in Kawasaki City, Japan, has also served as a visiting conductor at the Manhattan School of Music, the Juilliard School, the Interlochen World Center for Arts Education and the Aspen Music Festival and School. He is the Music Director and Conductor of the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, a professional group made up of passionate and committed musicians from the Dallas/Denton/Fort Worth metroplex.
Having recorded over 1000 works, including many premieres and commissions, his groups have released 150 plus recordings on the GIA, Toshiba/EMI, Klavier, Mark, CAFUA, Donemus, Soundmark, Albany, Naxos, and Centaur labels. These recordings, three of which have appeared on the Grammy nomination long ballot, are aired regularly on radio broadcasts throughout Asia, Europe, and the Americas. The collective recordings with the North Texas Wind Symphony, Cincinnati Wind Symphony, Showa Wind Symphony and Lone Star Wind Orchestra have garnered more than 15 million hits worldwide on such sites as YouTube, Pandora and Spotify. His GIA audio and video digital releases are distributed by Naxos and include the WindWorks Series, Composer’s Collection and Teaching Music Through Performance in Band Resource Recordings. Other initiatives include the CAFUA and BRAVO Showa Residency Sessions, the Klavier Recording Project and the Live at the MPAC Videos from the University of North Texas Recording Services.
He is co-host with Barry Green on The Inner Game of Music video, which focuses on overcoming mental obstacles and achieving one’s full potential as a performer. He also appears with James Jordan on The Anatomy of Conducting DVD. He is co-author of the book Teaching Music Through Performance in Band that is published in eleven volumes by GIA Publications. This series includes twenty-three sets of Resource Recordings by the North Texas Wind Symphony. The Teaching Music Project emphasizes the importance of comprehensive conceptual learning in the music-making process as well as the value of performing music of artistic significance. His most recent addition to this series is entitled Explorations, Discoveries, Inventions, and Designs in the Know Where.
Professor Corporon, who was inducted into the Bands of America Hall of Fame in 2014, is a recipient of the International Grainger Society Distinctive Contribution Medallion, the Kappa Kappa Psi Distinguished Service to Music Award, the Phi Beta Mu International Band Conductor of the Year Award as well as an Honorary Life Membership granted by the Texas Bandmasters Association. He has also received the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia National Citation for advancing the cause of music in America, the University of North Texas Student Government Association Honor Professor Award for Teaching Excellence, Student Rapport, and Scholarly Publications, the American School Band Directors Association A. A. Harding Award for making significant and lasting contributions to the school band movement, and the California State University, Long Beach, College of Fine Arts and Department of Music Distinguished Alumni Awards. He was awarded the Midwest Clinic Medal of Honor in 2015 to recognize his unique service to music education and continuing influence on the development and improvement of bands and orchestras worldwide. He is grateful to many people for their guidance and inspiration in his life. Among them are Charles Yates, Robert Reynolds, Benton Minor, Don Wilcox, Larry Maxey, Jack Hopkins, Frederick Fennell, Barry Green, James Jordan, and Carolyn Corporon.