Conducting Symposiums have been offered to Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association (MSBOA) members since 1975. The Symposium is held as a pre-conference event. Participants are videotaped as they conduct traditional band and orchestral repertoire followed by live comments from respected and experienced conductors, including Dr. Scott Boerma from Western Michigan University, Dr. Sarah McKoin from Texas Tech University, and John Varineau from the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra. Our featured rehearsal ensembles this year are the Western Michigan University Wind Symphony and the MSBOA/MASTA Teacher Orchestra.
Chosen participants gain valuable insight into the art of conducting. New teachers and seasoned professionals alike can benefit from this unique, hands-on program. Up to 20 wind and 15 string conductors will have time in front of an ensemble. Conductors will be selected based upon the time available, total number of requests submitted, and the order of receipt of applications. Those selected to conduct will be notified in advance and will be asked to select one movement from a conducting medium (winds or strings) to be announced at a later time. Spots to conduct do fill up quickly.