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Fine Arts

13th Annual Waynesburg University Conducting Symposium

Hosted by the Music Program

Join us for our 13thAnnual Waynesburg University Conducting Symposium!

The symposium is an opportunity for aspiring wind band conductors to gain valuable podium time with a live ensemble, while receiving professional instruction from the best conductors in the United States.

This year’s symposium will take place Friday, Feb. 3, and Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023. The guest clinician will be Dr. Ronda DePriest. Dr. DePriest recently completed her 16th year as director of the Music Program and professor of instrumental music at Waynesburg University. She is a 2010 Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Award recipient with 40 years of teaching experience in both public and private schools in Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Colorado and Pennsylvania. Dr. DePriest holds a Doctor of Arts degree in conducting from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado.  

There are three ways for musicians to participate in the Conducting Symposium. As a Conducting Fellow, you will have the opportunity to conduct the Symphonic Band during the clinic, receive coaching from Dr. DePriest and leave the clinic with a professionally recorded video of your sessions with the band. Adult observers will have the chance to play in the band and observe all sessions and lectures. High school band students can participate in the band and attend all sessions.

Pennsylvania Educators are eligible to receive Act 48 Professional Development Credit for participating in the Waynesburg Conducting Symposium.

Repertoire for the Symposium includes:

  • Fanfare, Ode, & Festival by Bob Margolis
  • Irish Tune from County Derry by Percy Grainger
  • Encanto by Robert W. Smith
  • Our Yesterdays Lengthen Like Shadows by Samuel R. Hazo
  • Symphonic Dance No. 3 "Fiesta" by Clifton Williams
  • The Black Horse Troop by John Philip Sousa

All scores are available at Volkwein's Music in Pittsburgh. 

Once registered, Conducting Fellows will be contacted to choose two of the six pieces from the repertoire to conduct on Saturday with the Symposium Band. 

The schedule for the Symposium is:

Friday, Feb. 3, from 5 to 8:45 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 4, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A more detailed schedule will be emailed to registered participants a week before the Symposium.

Conducting Fellows n/a $120
Adult Observer/Clinic Band $40 $60
High School Observer/Clinic Band $10 $20