Conducting Workshop 2024 Wednesday March 27th

Conductors and those wanting to develop their skills in conducting are invited to participate in a conducting workshop led by Roland Yeung an experienced music educator, conductor and conducting teacher and a team of conducting mentors.

Closing date is 13th March 2024 or as soon as the Full Participant places are full.

The GWS Conducting Workshops provide music teacher conductors and community band directors with a professional development opportunity working with experienced mentors with podium time conducting one of the top wind symphonies. This has been an annual opportunity made available to help develop band directors and conductors.

Full Conducting Participants will become very uncomfortable conducting an excerpt but with the support of their mentor, and the enthusiastic support from the players of the Grainger Wind Symphony, they will excel. Conductors are able to try out on the podium specific conducting techniques and refine their communication of moods and feelings that come from the music. Mentors will take a few moments to repeat passages and perhaps make some changes. It is important for all conductors to learn to manage being uncomfortable when performing and be able to be adaptable as they creatively seek ways to improve the interpretation and improve communication with the players.

In the preparatory tutorial/class, conductors can bring their questions on issues, problem areas to discuss. Many conductors in the past have brought a work they will perform later in the year.

This workshop offers two programs, both occur on the same evening. Full Participating Conductors are able to choose which program.

The choice of repertoire they wish to conduct will determine which program.

  • In the One-On-One program, conductors will choose a one work to study with their mentor and conduct. They choose their own work, but must supply a full set of parts and an extra score. Have a recording for the tutorial.
  • In the Class program conductors will conduct two or three excerpts that are set. The GWS already has the set of parts. The mentor is Roland Yeung, Music Director and Principal Conductor of the GWS.

The conductor mentors for the One-On-One Program are:

Lynette Bridgland, Stephen Carpenter, Jo Heaton, Shane Walterfang.

For more details of the Conducting Mentors click here.

Roland Yeung is the Principal Conductor and Music Director of The Grainger Wind Symphony, a not-for-profit community music group that performs works of the highest quality for over 30 years in Melbourne. He teaches conducting using the principle and techniques of the Saito Conducting Method that includes a catalogue of gestures nowhere else seen in the field of conducting. The aim of conducting is to reinforce musical intentions of the composer and the artistry of the players whilst also exerting an artistic will on those performing the work. The understanding of posture and biomechanics is important to achieve clarity in gestures and maintaining a pain free conducting experience. For more details about Roland, click here.

Enquiries. Roland Yeung

e: or m: 0432 445577.

To Book a Place. Attendees can book a place for 27th March as a Full Conducting participant, a Full Concession (for only one full-time student), an Observer or Observer Concession (for full time students). Bookings and payment is made via TryBooking.

Complete the Application Form The details requested on the Application Form is to ensure the Conductor’s experience is the best it can be, details are put into place, and the Conducting Mentors the ensemble are able to receive an honorarium. The completed form are due to Roland Yeung by 13th March 2024 via email. For Application Form and Tax Invoice click here.

Send the Application Form via email to Roland

Application Forms and Payment of Fee/School Purchase Order is due by 13th March or when the Full Conducting Participant places are filled.