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Waynesburg U. to host 13th Annual Conducting Symposium

Kayla Ayers Dec 20, 2022

Waynesburg University’s Music Program will host its 13th Annual Conducting Symposium Friday, Feb. 3, and Saturday, Feb. 4, in the Marsh Center on the University’s main campus. 

Dr. Ronda DePriest, former director of the Music Program and professor of instrumental music at Waynesburg University, will serve as the guest clinician.

"The Waynesburg University Conducting Symposium has been providing opportunities for developing conductors to learn from the best musicians in America for well over a decade,” said Eric Brewer, instructor of music at Waynesburg University. “Valuable time on the podium in front of a collegiate ensemble gives aspiring band directors a chance to improve their conducting skills with the top wind band leaders in the United States."

Dr. DePriest recently completed her 16th year as director of the Music Program at Waynesburg University. She is a 2010 recipient of the Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Award and has 40 years of teaching experience in both public and private schools in several states across the country.

During her time at the University, Dr. DePriest oversaw much of the recent growth and development of the Music Program. With the support of Waynesburg University, Volkwein’s Music of Pittsburgh and the American School Band Director’s Association Pennsylvania Chapter, Dr. DePriest instituted the annual Conducting Symposium, which has now hosted clinicians for over 12 years.

She is the owner and operator of RED Music Services in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, where she offers her expertise to serve as a guest conductor for area honor bands and as a clinician for music education clinics, conferences and symposia. She also provides services as an arranger and transcriber of various music ensembles.

Dr. DePriest holds a Doctor of Arts degree in conducting from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado, a Master of Music degree in instrumental conducting from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in music education from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas.

Musicians interested in attending the Conducting Symposium can participate in three ways: as a Conducting Fellow, an adult observer or a high school observer. Registration prices vary depending on participation level.

Registration Info

For more information or to register, contact Brewer at or 724-852-3420. The deadline to register is Monday, Jan. 9, 2023.