Milwaukee Wind Conducting Symposium

February 28 to March 1, 2020 

Location: Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts
Questions: John Climer,

The Milwaukee Wind Conducting Symposium is a three-day professional development workshop for instrumental conductors at the middle/high school and university level. Symposium organizers are excited to welcome Craig Kirchhoff as the lead clinician for this event. Kirchhoff is professor emeritus and former director of bands at the University of Minnesota. He’s also a proud alumnus of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; the Peck School of the Arts is delighted to welcome him back to campus. 

The Milwaukee Wind Conducting Symposium is designed to offer conductors of all abilities an opportunity to refine their conducting technique, improve teaching effectiveness, broaden their knowledge base of repertoire, improve internal musicianship skills and discuss a variety of current topics with colleagues in the profession. The Sunday morning conducting session will offer a unique experience for participants to interact with UWM artist faculty and musicians from the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra who will perform in a chamber music setting for workshop participants.  


Craig Kirchhoff, University of Minnesota

Craig Kirchhoff is Professor Emeritus of Conducting and Director Emeritus of University Bands at the University of Minnesota where he conducted the University Wind Ensemble and guest conducted in the University Opera Program. Professor Kirchhoff coordinated the graduate program in Wind Ensemble/Band Conducting and guided all aspects of the University of Minnesota wind band program since 1993. He has won critical acclaim from composers Dominick Argento, Warren Benson, William Bolcom, Henry Brant, Susan Botti, Elliott Carter, Michael Colgrass, John Corigliano, Michael Daugherty, Karel Husa, Libby Larsen, George Perle, Vincent Persichetti, Carter Pann, Stephen Paulus, Kevin Puts, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Gunther Schuller, Joseph Schwantner, James Stephenson, Steven Stucky, Elliott Schwartz, Frank Ticheli, Dana Wilson, Chen Yi, and others. 

Prior to his appointment to the faculty of the University of Minnesota, Professor Kirchhoff served in a similar capacity as Director of Bands at The Ohio State University for fourteen years, as Director of Bands at Washington State University for two years, and Associate Director of Bands at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for one year.  Mr. Kirchhoff was the recipient of The Ohio State University Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award and The Ohio State University School of Music Distinguished Teaching Award. Professor Kirchhoff serves as an advisor to the BandQuest Series published by the American Composers Forum, he joined James Galway, Eddie Daniels, Donald Hunsberger, Wynton Marsalis, and Dawn Upshaw on the Advisory Board for SmartMusic produced by the MakeMusic Corporation, and he serves as the Artistic Advisor for the Windependence Wind Band Series published by Boosey & Hawkes. 

Professor Kirchhoff is past president of the College Band Directors National Association and is a member of the American Bandmasters Association, the National Band Association, the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, the Music Educators National Conference, and served as the founding editor and principal advisor of the College Band Directors National Association Journal. 

Professor Kirchhoff has appeared as guest conductor, clinician, and lecturer throughout the United States, Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, Europe, and Scandinavia.  He enjoyed a long association with the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra during Frederick Fennell’s tenure as Music Director and he has recorded with them on the Kosei Publishing label. Professor Kirchhoff serves as a Yamaha Master Educator. 

John Climer, UW-Milwaukee

John ClimerJohn Climer is Director of University Bands and Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts. At UW-Milwaukee, John oversees all aspects of the band program, guides the graduate wind conducting area, and serves as conductor of the Wind Ensemble, the University’s premiere wind band. Before his appointment in Milwaukee, he served for fourteen years as Director of Bands at Ohio University, where he conducted the Wind Ensemble and New Music Ensemble. As a guest conductor and clinician, Dr. Climer has led performances at festivals, universities, and concert venues nationally and internationally including the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Eastman School of Music, and the Conservatorio di Musica in Salerno, Italy. Ensembles under his direction have performed for four conferences of the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), including the 2013 National Conference in Greensboro, the 16th International Conference of the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) in San Jose, CA, the Society of Composers Inc., and numerous state music conferences. 

John is the recipient of three university teaching awards including the Ohio University College of Fine Arts Outstanding Teacher Award, the Ohio University School of Music Distinguished Teaching Award, and the Outstanding Music Educator Alumni Award from the University of Akron. He is Past-President of the North Central Division of the College Band Directors National Association and the former Editor of the CBDNA Report. He is a contributing author for the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series and his biography is published in the third edition of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. In the spring of 2019, he was inducted into the prestigious American Bandmasters Association. Dr. Climer earned degrees from the University of Akron, the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music. He has held teaching appointments at Ohio University, the University of North Dakota, Ohio Northern University, and Emory University where he also served as the conductor of the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony. 

Scott Corley, UW-Milwaukee

Scott CorleyScott R. Corley is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts. In this capacity, he serves as Assistant Director of University Bands and Music Director of the UWM Youth Wind Ensembles program. Dr. Corley is the conductor of the UWM Symphony Band, Youth Wind Ensemble I and Youth Chamber Winds, and directs the leadership of the University (campus) Band and Panther (pep) Band. Dr. Corley’s other duties include teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in conducting, assisting with the development of the graduate conducting students, and all administrative duties of the University Bands operational area. 

Dr. Corley recently graduated from the University of Iowa with a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Band Conducting. At Iowa, Corley was an Iowa Performance Fellow, Graduate Teaching Assistant, and a staff member of the Hawkeye Marching Band. Prior to his appointment in Milwaukee, Corley earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of South Carolina (his home state), and taught in the public schools for four years. He was then awarded a Graduate Teaching Assistantship to the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia, where he earned a Master of Music degree in Conducting. At Georgia, Corley studied trumpet with Fred Mills and conducting with all of the school’s ensemble conductors, and was on the staff of the UGA Redcoat Band. 

Since moving to Wisconsin in 2002, Dr. Corley has maintained an active schedule of University service, as well as activities off campus. He has been clinician/adjudicator and guest conductor for a number of band festivals and middle/high school honor bands in the region. Dr. Corley’s publication credits include recording projects and contributions to written volumes. He has been a frequent nominee in “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers,” and was awarded Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Georgia in 2002. Dr. Corley maintains active participation in the College Band Directors National Association, National Band Association (Board of Directors, Wisconsin Chapter), Music Educators National Conference, and other professional music organizations. 

As an advocate of new wind band music, and especially that for young/developing ensembles, Dr. Corley is frequently involved in commissioning projects, consortia, and assisted in the organization of CBDNA’s Young Band Composition Competition in 2003 and 2005. Corley has led numerous premiere performances including works by composers Dwayne Milburn, Anthony Suter, and Michael Markowski. 

Registration (Deadline: January 31) 

Conducting Track | $250 (includes admission to the Saturday concert and most meals, exclusive of parking fees)
A maximum of 10 participants (selected based on earliest applications received) will receive up to 45 minutes of podium time conducting both standard large ensemble and chamber repertoire. Constructive feedback on gestural effectiveness, communication and musicianship will be covered. 

Observer Track | $150 (includes admission to the Saturday concert and most meals, exclusive of parking fees)
The observer track is open to everyone and ideal for those who want to attend all Milwaukee Wind Conducting Symposium sessions, but do not wish to conduct ensembles. Attendees will participate in all discussions and master classes, observe the three conducting sessions and attend the Saturday evening concert.  

University/College Track | $30-40 (includes admission to the Saturday concert and select meals – see below)
A special college-student category, ideal for music education majors, will enable students from other institutions to attend workshop sessions for a special daily fee and attend the Saturday evening concert. 

Friday $30 (includes dinner) Saturday $40 (includes lunch and dinner) Sunday $30 (includes lunch)

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In order to facilitate travel for some participants, Friday afternoon/evening sessions and activities are optional. 

Friday, February 28

3:00 p.m. Open Rehearsal with UWM Symphony Band with Professor Kirchhoff – all invited to attend (Bader Concert Hall)

4:00 p.m. Milwaukee Wind Conducting Symposium registration (Bader Concert Hall lobby, Zelazo Center second floor)

5:00 p.m. Welcome meeting/opening remarks (Zelazo 280)

6:00 p.m. Dinner provided, (Zelazo 250)

7-9 p.m. Open rehearsal of UWM Wind Ensemble with Professors Kirchhoff and Climer  

Saturday, February 29

8:00 a.m. Registration/Pastries and Coffee (Bader Concert Hall lobby, Zelazo Center second floor)

8:45 a.m. Session/Lecture/Demonstration # 1 (Zelazo 280)

9:45 a.m. Break 

10:00 a.m. Conducting session #1 with UWM Symphony Band (Bader Concert Hall)

12:45 p.m. Lunch provided (Zelazo 250)

2:00 p.m. Conducting session #2 with UWM Wind Ensemble (Bader Concert Hall)

4:30 p.m. Break 

4:45-5:45 p.m. Session/Lecture/Demonstration # 2 (Zelazo 280)

6:00 p.m. Dinner provided (Zelazo 250)

7:30 p.m. Concert with UWM Symphony Band and Wind Ensemble, Bader Concert Hall. Craig Kirchhoff, guest conductor. (Post-concert reception, location TBA)

Sunday, March 1

Breakfast on your own  

9:00 a.m. Conducting session # 3 with musicians from the UWM department of music faculty, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and music students performing side-by-side in a chamber music ensemble. (Music Building Room 175)

12:00 p.m. Lunch provided, room TBA 

1:30-3 p.m. Session/Lecture/Demonstration #3 (Music Building Room 175)


If you have access to any of the scores listed below, please bring them to the workshop. We will have a limited number of scores available.  

Conducting Session #1 with UWM Symphony Band (Conducting Track participants select one work from the following list):  

  • “Prelude” from Prelude, Siciliano and Rondo by Malcolm Arnold, arr. Paynter
  • “Westminster Hymn” from Three London Miniatures by Mark Camphouse
  • The Bonsai Tree by Julie Giroux
  • “Chaconne” from First Suite in E-Flat for Military Band by Gustav Holst, ed. Colin Matthews
  • “The Spoken (Dialogues)” from Different Voices by Rick Kirby
  • April by Aaron Perrine
  • Pageant by Vincent Persichetti (mm. 1-72)
  • Flourish for Wind Band by Ralph Vaughan Williams

Conducting Session #2 with UWM Wind Ensemble (Conducting Track participants select one work from the following list):

  • An Outdoor Overture by Aaron Copland
  • Chester Overture for Band (opening chorale) by William Schuman
  • Irish Tune from County Derry by Percy Aldridge Grainger
  • “Pavana” from William Byrd Suite by Gordon Jacob
  • October by Eric Whitacre
  • “Song of the Blacksmith” from Second Suite in F by Gustav Holst, ed. Colin Matthews
  • Three Ayres from Gloucester by Hugh Stuart (select one movement)

Conducting Session #3 with Faculty/Student Chamber Ensemble (Conducting Track participants select a movement from one of the following works):

  • Little Symphony for Winds by Franz Schubert, ed. Verne Reynolds
  • Divertissement, Op. 36 by Emile Bernard
  • Serenade Op. 40 by Arthur Bird


Holiday Inn Milwaukee Riverfront 
4700 North Port Washington Road
Milwaukee, WI  53212
Questions: (414) 431-3560
Hotel: (414) 962-6040  

02/28/2020 and 02/29/2020
King or Double Beds
$104 per night Including breakfast
(Complimentary Parking and Wi-Fi, Indoor Saline Pool and Whirlpool ,
24 Hour Fitness Center )

A limited number of rooms have been reserved at a special discounted rate for symposium participants so please make your reservation as soon as possible. All reservations must provide a credit card at check in for incidentals. A $25 incidental hold will be placed on all arriving reservations, this hold will be released at check out if no incidentals where placed on the reservations. Please note that Cash cannot be accepted as form of payment. 


(Please note, when using the internet the dates must be within the exact group dates in order to make a reservation or it will show no availability. Also, please make sure that the booking link is accessed from a desktop computer as it will not work from a cell phone.)  


(414) 962-6040 | Group Name: MKE Conducting Symposium


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