Carolina Conductors ConferenceActivities will include active sessions with the Directors Band, as well as panel discussions and clinics on topics including literature, score study, rehearsal techniques, ensemble motivation, conducting technique, and personal musical growth.  All attendees perform with the Directors Band, so plan to bring your instrument.

Active Conductor

Eighteen active conductors will conduct the Directors Band, as well as attend all sessions. Active status is designed for conductors with a minimum of a completed bachelor’s degree in music and one year of experience in either a teaching situation or graduate conducting study.

Active participant slots are first-come-first-served, so register early if you would like to conduct!

Observer

Observers will attend all sessions but will not conduct the ensembles. Observer status is recommended for and open to musicians at all levels. Observer registration is not limited.

Cost

The $80 registration fee includes a catered lunch and dinner on Friday, parking, and all sessions and materials.

Conductors Conference Repertoire 2020

Air for Band — Frank Erickson
Chester — William Schuman
Cumberland Cross — Carl Strommen
Down a Country Lane — Aaron Copland
English Folk Song Suite — Ralph Vaughan Williams
First Suite in E-flat — Gustav Holst
Kentucky 1800 — Clare Grundman
O Magnum Mysterium — Morton Lauridsen
Overture for Winds — Charles Carter
Prelude, Siciliano, and Rondo — Malcolm Arnold
Simple Gifts: Four Shaker Songs — Frank Ticheli
Variations on a Korean Folk Song — John Barnes Chance

PROF. H. ROBERT REYNOLDS

H. Robert Reynolds

H. Robert Reynolds is the Principal Conductor of the Wind Ensemble at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California where he holds the H. Robert Reynolds Professorship in Wind Conducting. This appointment followed his retirement, after 26 years, from the School of Music of the University of Michigan where he served as the Henry F. Thurnau Professor of Music, Director of University Bands and Director of the Division of Instrumental Studies. In addition to these responsibilities, he has also been, for over 35 years, the conductor of The Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings, which is made up primarily of members from the Detroit Symphony.

Robert Reynolds has conducted recordings for Koch International, Pro Arte, Caprice, and Deutsche Grammophon. In the United States, he has conducted at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center (New York), Orchestra Hall (Chicago), Kennedy Center (Washington, D. C.), Powell Symphony Hall (St. Louis), Academy of Music (Philadelphia), Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles), and Tanglewood. In Europe, he conducted the premiere of an opera for La Scala Opera (Milan, Italy), and concerts at the prestigious Maggio Musicale (Florence, Italy), the Tonhalle and the Lucerne Festival Hall in Zurich and Lucerne, Switzerland, and at the Holland Festival in the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), as well as the 750th Anniversary of the City of Berlin. He has won the praise of composers: Leslie Bassett, William Bolcom, Aaron Copland, John Corigliano, Henryk Gorecki, Karel Husa, Gyorgy Ligeti, Darius Milhaud, Bernard Rands, Gunther Schuller, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and many others for his interpretive conducting of their compositions.

In 2019, Robert Reynolds was inducted into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame, and he has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Duquesne University. In addition, he holds degrees in Music Education and Performance from the University of Michigan where he was the conducting student of Elizabeth Green. He began his career in the public schools of Michigan and California before beginning his university conducting at California State University at Long Beach and the University of Wisconsin prior to his tenure at the University of Michigan. He received the Citation of Merit from the Music Alumni Association of the University of Michigan for his contributions to the many students he has influenced during his career and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Michigan Band Alumni Association. He is also an Honorary Life Member of the Southern California School Band & Orchestra Association.

Professor Reynolds is Past President of the College Band Directors’ Association, and he is the very first recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from that organization. He is also Past President of the Big Ten Band Directors’ Association. He has received the highest national awards from Phi Mu Alpha, Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Beta Mu, the National Band Association, and the American School Band Directors’ Association, and he was awarded the “Medal of Honor” by the International Mid-West Band and Orchestra Clinic. He is the recipient of a “Special Tribute” from the State of Michigan, and he was a member of the National Awards Panel for the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) for over 10 years and in 2001 received a national award from this organization for his contributions to contemporary American music. He is also listed in the New Grove Dictionary of American Music, and his frequent conducting appearances have included the Eastman School of Music, New England Conservatory, Oberlin Conservatory, Northwestern University, Manhattan School of Music, as well as the Wind Ensemble at the Tanglewood Institute.

Robert Reynolds has been a featured conductor and lecturer at international conferences in Austria, Australia, Norway, Belgium, England, Holland, Slovenia, Sweden, Germany, Denmark, and Switzerland. He has conducted in many of the major cities of Japan, Spain, and Sweden including concerts with the Stockholm Wind Orchestra, the Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra and professional wind ensembles in Bilbao and Barcelona, Spain. Many of his former students now hold major conducting positions at leading conservatories and universities, and several have been National Presidents of CBDNA.

Sample Schedule

THURSDAY
6:30–7:10 p.m.Arrive at UNCG; report to Music Building Lobby for check-in
7:15–9:00 p.m.Opening Lecture
FRIDAY
8:30–10:00 a.m.Conducting Session – (have your instrument & have your baton!) Room 146, Music Building
10:00–10:28 a.m.Break, Refreshments in the Atrium, 2nd floor
10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.Conducting Sessions, Room 146, Music Building
12:00–1:05 p.m.Catered Lunch for Conductors Conference & Clinicians (included in fee)
1:05–2:30 p.m.Conducting Sessions (have your instrument & have your baton!) Room 146, Music Building
2:30–2:45 p.m.Break, Refreshments in the Atrium, 2nd floor
2:45–3:45 p.m.Conducting Guest Lectures, Room 146
3:45–4:00 p.m.Break
4:00–5:00 p.m.Instrumental Pedagogy Clinic(s) with UNCG School of Music Faculty
5:00–6:00 p.m.Catered Dinner for Conductors Conference & Clinicians (included in fee)
6:00–7:00 p.m.Observe Honor Band Rehearsal
9-10 Band in Room 111, Music Bldg.
11-12 Band in UNCG Auditorium
7:30–9:15 p.m.UNCG Wind Ensemble Concert, UNCG Auditorium
SATURDAY
9:00–10:00 a.m.Conducting Sessions, Room 146, Music Building
10:00 –10:15 a.m.Coffee Break
10:15 –11:15 a.m.Panel Discussion
11:30 a.m.Students change into concert clothes, check out of hotel, have lunch on your own
2:00 p.m.Honor Band Concerts in UNCG Auditorium (open to the public)
Concert Band, Grades 9-10
Symphonic Band, Grades 11-12

Registration for Carolina Conductors Conference 2021 will open in late Fall 2020. Check back for more details!

The Carolina Band Festival and Conductors Conference has brought the very finest guest conductors and conducting clinicians in America to the UNCG Campus each year since 1990.

Carolina Band Festival and Conductors Conference Clinicians

2020 (cancelled due to inclement weather)

11-12 Honor Band: Sarah McKoin – Director of Bands, Texas Tech University
9-10 Honor Band: Andrea Brown – Associate Director of Bands, University of Maryland
Conductors Conference: Jerry Junkin – Director of Bands, University of Texas at Austin

2019

11-12 Honor Band: Col. Michael Colburn (Ret.) – Director of Bands, Butler University; “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band
9-10 Honor Band: Catherine Rand – Director of Bands, University of Southern Mississippi
Conductors Conference: Mallory Thompson – Director of Bands, Northwestern University

2018

11-12 Honor Band: Stephen Peterson – Director of Bands, University of Illinois
9-10 Honor Band: Elizabeth Peterson – Associate Director of Bands, University of Illinois
Conductors Conference: Craig Kirchoff – Director of Bands Emeritus, University of Minnesota

 2017

11-12 Honor Band: Col. Lowell Graham – Director of Orchestral Activities, University of Texas at El Paso, Retired Conductor U.S. Air Force Band, Washington, DC
9-10 Honor Band: Stuart Sims – Director of Instrumental Studies California State University, Stanislaus
Conductors Conference: Scott Rush – Conductor, Charleston Wind Symphony, Author, “Habits” Series for GIA Publications

2016

11-12 Honor Band: Russel Mikkelson – Director of Bands, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
9-10 Honor Band: Damon Talley – Director of Bands, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Conductors Conference: Eric Wilson – Director of Bands, Baylor University, Waco, Texas

2015

11-12 Honor Band: John Locke and Kevin Geraldi, Conductors, UNCG
9-10 Honor Band: Terry Austin – Director of Bands, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia
Conductors Conference: Jack Stamp – Director of Bands, Composer & Department Chair, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, Pennsylvania

2014

Snowed Out!

2013

11-12 Honor Band: Frank Wickes – Director of Bands Emeritus, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
9-10 Honor Band: Bruce Moss – Director of Bands, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio
Conductors Conference: Gary Green – Director of Bands, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida

2012

11-12 Honor Band: Eugene Migliaro Corporon – Director of Wind Studies, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas
9-10 Honor Band: Mark Camphouse – Director of Wind Ensemble & composer in Residence, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
Conductors Conference: Ed Lisk – Internationally acclaimed author/clinician/conductor

2011

11-12 Honor Band: Richard Floyd – State Director of Music, University of Texas, Conductor, Austin Symphonic Band
9-10 Honor Band: Sue Samuels – Director of Bands, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Conductors Conference: Michael Haithcock – Director of Bands, University of Michigan

2010

11-12 Honor Band: Gary Green – Director of Bands, University of Miami
9-10 Honor Band: Rodney Dorsey – Associate Director of Bands, University of Michigan
Conductors Conference: Donald Hunsberger – Conductor Emeritus, Eastman Wind Ensemble

2009

11-12 Honor Band: Frank Ticheli – Professor of Composition, University of Southern California
9-10 Honor Band: Eric Wilson – Director of Bands, Baylor University
Conductors Conference: H. Robert Reynolds – Director of Bands Emeritus, University of Michigan

2008

11-12 Honor Band: Don Wilcox – Director of Bands Emeritus, West Virginia University
9-10 Honor Band: Brian Doyle – Director of Bands, Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam
Conductors Conference: Richard Clary – Wind Ensemble Conductor, Florida State University

2007

11-12 Honor Band: Kevin Sedatole – Director of Bands, Michigan State University
9-10 Honor Band: Scott Teeple – Director of Bands, University of Wisconsin
Conductors Conference: Craig Kirchhoff – Director of Bands, University of Minnesota

2006

11-12 Honor Band: Michael Haithcock – Director of Bands, University of Michigan
9-10 Honor Band: Marcellus Brown – Director of Bands, Boise State University
Conductors Conference: Richard Gregory – Conductor, Tara Winds

2005

11-12 Honor Band: Tom Fraschillo – Director of Bands, University of Southern Mississippi
9-10 Honor Band: Timothy Rhea – Director of Bands, Texas A & M University
Conductors Conference: Ed Lisk – Internationally acclaimed author/clinician/conductor

2004

11-12 Honor Band: Tom Leslie – Director of Bands, University of Nevada-Las Vegas
9-10 Honor Band: Julian White – Director of Bands, Florida A & M State University
Conductors Conference: Jerry Junkin – Director of Bands, University of Texas

2003

11-12 Honor Band: Gary Hill – Director of Bands, Arizona State University
9-10 Honor Band: John Carmichael – Director of Bands, Western Kentucky University
Conductors Conference: Stanley Michalski – Director of Bands Emeritus, Clarion University

2002

11-12 Honor Band: Ray Cramer – Director of Bands, Indiana University
9-10 Honor Band: Hal Cooper – Director of Bands, Arkansas Tech University
Conductors Conference: Mark Kelly – Director of Bands Emeritus, Bowling Green State University

2001

11-12 Honor Band: Gary Green – Director of Bands, University of Miami
9-10 Honor Band: Stephen Gage – Director of Bands, Youngstown State University
Conductors Conference: W. Francis McBeth – Internationally acclaimed composer/clinician

2000

11-12 Honor Band: Ken Bloomquist – Director of Bands Emeritus, Michigan State University
9-10 Honor Band: Linda Moorhouse – Associate Director of Bands, Louisiana State University
Conductors Conference: Richard Miles – Director of Bands, Morehead State University

1999

11-12 Honor Band: Jack Stamp – Director of Bands, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
9-10 Honor Band: Andrea Strauss – Director of Bands, Georgia Tech University
Conductors Conference: Ed Lisk – Internationally acclaimed author/clinician/conductor

1998

11-12 Honor Band: James Croft – Director of Bands, Florida State University
9-10 Honor Band: Les Hicken – Director of Bands, Furman University
Conductors Conference: Frank Wickes – Director of Bands, Louisiana State University

1997

11-12 Honor Band: David Waybright – Director of Bands, University of Florida
9-10 Honor Band: Paula Crider – Director of Longhorn Bands, University of Texas
Conductors Conference: Craig Kirchhoff – Director of Bands, University of Minnesota

1996

11-12 Honor Band: Col. John Bourgeois – Conductor, United States Marine Band
9-10 Honor Band: Barbara Payne – University of Hawaii
Conductors Conference: Myron Welch – Director of Bands, University of Iowa

1995

11-12 Honor Band: James Curnow – Internationally acclaimed composer/conductor
9-10 Honor Band: William Keith – Director of Bands, Armstrong State College
Conductors Conference: Jerry Junkin – Director of Bands, University of Texas

1994

11-12 Honor Band: Gerald Welker – Director of Bands, University of Alabama
9-10 Honor Band: William Fry – Director of Bands, Columbus College
Conductors Conference: Ed Lisk – Internationally acclaimed author/clinician/conductor

1993

11-12 Honor Band: Col. Arnald Gabriel – Conductor Emeritus, U.S. Air Force Band
9-10 Honor Band: John Zdechlik – Internationally acclaimed composer/conductor
Conductors Conference: Jack Williamson – Director of Bands, Central Michigan

1992

11-12 Honor Band: Don Wilcox – Director of Bands, West Virginia University
9-10 Honor Band: James Barnes – Internationally acclaimed composer/conductor
Conductors Conference: Gerald Welker – Director of Bands, University of Alabama

1991

11-12 Honor Band: Thomas Dvorak – Director of Bands, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
9-10 Honor Band: Robert Jager – Director of Bands, Columbus College
Conductors Conference: Robert Gutter – Director of Orchestras, UNCG

1990

11-12 Honor Band: Frank Wickes – Director of Bands, Louisiana State University
9-10 Honor Band: Joseph Scagnoli – Director of Bands, Ball State University
Conductors Conference: Jack Stamp – Director of Bands, Indiana University of Pennsylvania