Art of Wind Conducting Workshop

Art of Wind Conducting

Thursday, November, 9 – Saturday, November 11, 2023

The 2023 Workshop will be a 3-Day Intensive, where participants will experience 6 coached conducting rounds (~60 minutes of podium time!) with the Indiana University Wind Ensemble and Chamber Ensembles, private lessons and video review, and masterclasses with our band faculty and guest clinician, Dr. Kevin Geraldi, Director of Bands at The University of Illinois. All conducting sessions and masterclasses will take place in the beautiful Ray E. Cramer Marching Hundred Hall, built in 2018.


Marcellus Brown


Jason H. Nam is assistant professor of music in bands at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he directs the Concert Band and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in instrumental conducting, administration of school bands, and wind literature.

Eric M. Smedley is associate professor of music in bands and director of IU athletic bands at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. In addition to the Marching Hundred and other athletic bands, he also directs the Symphonic Band and teaches undergraduate and graduate instrumental conducting courses.



Tuition: $550

Participants will conduct the Indiana University Wind Ensemble and Chamber Winds and experience live feedback and coaching from each of the clinicians. After each conducting round, participants will immediately experience a private lesson and video review with another clinician, to explore and grow individual goals. Participants will also get to experience the clinician masterclasses.

  • All participant conductors must purchase their own scores
  • Participant Conductors are selected through a screening process. Applications will begin being screened immediately on August 1 and applications will close on August 31.
  • A Maximum of 15 Participant Conductors will be selected from the applicants
  • Application Requirements:
    • Current CV or Resume
      • Please upload your file as Last Name-CV.PDF (Example: Bernstein-CV.pdf)
      • PDF format required
    • 5-10 Minute Video consisting of a performance/run-through or series of musical clips, to be submitted via a shareable link [Unlisted YouTube video preferred]
    • Conducting Participants will be notified of their status by Friday, September 8th.
  • Selected participant conductors will be given feedback regarding their conducting strengths and areas of focus in preparation for the workshop.

Tuition: $200

Observers will get to experience and watch all parts of the conducting workshop to gain information regarding gestural vocabulary, rehearsal techniques, musicianship, interpretation, and programming. Auditors will not conduct the Indiana University Ensembles, but will observe and be included in all parts of the conducting workshop.

Observing the workshop is highly recommended for conductors experiencing their first workshop, undergraduate students, and music educators. This will be an incredible experience for all attendees!

  • Observers should complete the ‘Observer’ Application, which does not require a video screening
  • Unlimited Observer positions

How to apply

  • Registration Opens: Friday, September 8 and closes Sunday, October 15.
  • We are offering two ‘tracks’ to experience the Indiana University Art of Wind Conducting Workshop: Participant (selected through an application process) and Observer.
  • Event registration: To register, complete the online registration form.
  • Payment: Accepting payment via credit card or check. Payment must be remitted to IU Conferences; please call 1-800-933-9330 to speak with an IU Conferences representative. The Office of Jacobs Academy cannot accept payment of any form.
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Once you have completed the previous steps, please submit the Participant Agreement Form.