2021 Summer Conducting Workshop - July 11-15

Discover, Create, Energize, Connect, Express


The University of Montana Summer Conducting Workshop is designed for conductors, music educators, and music education majors no matter what type of ensemble you direct. Daily activities include conducting a live ensemble of workshop participants and members of the UM Symphonic Winds, discussions/lectures, aesthetic movement sessions, chats over dinner, and more. River tubing, backyard grilling, and hiking are workshop traditions. License renewal hours (33) or affordable college credits (2) are offered for educators.

Registration for Conducting Workshop participants will be limited to 25. Applications will be accepted until the workshop is filled. Lectures, discussions, and conducting sessions will be held in-person in an auditorium or outdoors. UM School of Music COVID protocol will be followed requiring masks (performance and standard), spacing, breaks, and sanitizing. Vaccination verification is also being considered for all people involved in the workshop. We will reassess protocol as time progresses.

Update: In order to provide the highest quality and safest experience for everyone, we will require proof of full COVID-19 vaccination for workshop participants, clinicians, and outside musicians needed to fill out the ensemble. This is necessary due to the wide geographic area of the participants. IMPORTANT: If this is not possible, please contact Dr. Smart (james.smart@umontana.eduimmediately so we can fully refund your registration fee. 


Professor of Music, Director of Bands
University of Montana, Missoula, MT
Professor of Music
Director of Orchestral Activities
Oklahoma City University
Oklahoma City, OK

Levels of Participation

Conducting Participant  - $500

  • Conduct Lab Ensemble daily
  • Play in Lab Ensemble daily
  • Attend discussions and lectures

Workshop Auditor - $300

  • Play in Lab Ensemble daily 
  • Attend discussion and lectures. 

Current Undergraduates

Registration and Information

Participant spots are full for 2021. We still welcome more auditors who are able to receive credit or hours toward maintaining their license.  

Graduate Credit

Two (2) graduate credits (MUSI 511-Advanced Conducting) for teaching license renewal and/or teacher payscale advancment are offered for an extra fee of $155 through UM's School of Extended and Lifelong Learning (SELL). Because they are offered through SELL, we can not assume they would transfer for those pursuing a degree. Separate registration forms will be sent and collected, along with payment, at the time of the workshop.


2021 UM Summer Conducting Repertoire

Participants and auditors must have original scores of the excerpts they choose. It is recommended that you buy or borrow all scores. Purchase option: Midwest Sheet Music 

*Available on IMSLP or you may purchase bound editions.

**Original available on IMSLP. I will be arranging it for our ensemble.

 Chamber Repertoire

*Serenade in dm, op. 44, Antonin Dvorak

  • I. Moderato, quasi Marcia
  • III. Andante con moto

 *Petite Symphony, Charles Gounod

  • I. Adagio, Allegro
  • II. Andante Cantabile

Full Ensemble Repertoire

Puszta, Jan Van der Roost

  •  I. Andante Moderato
  • II.Tranquillo
  • III. Allegro Molto
  • IV. Marcato

Carmina Burana, Carl Orff/arr. Krance



Molly on the Shore, Percy Grainger/ed. Rogers

Shenandoah, Omar Thomas

**Enigma Variations, op. 36, Edward Elgar

One Life Beautiful, Julie Giroux

Renewal Units/Clock Hours

  • Approved by Montana Office of Public Instruction for 33 renewal units if not taking it for credit.
  • Approved by Washington (WMEA) for 33 clock hours if not taking it for credit.
  • 33 hours of professional development for other states added on request.


$ - Least expensive  $$$ - Most expensive


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