UM Summer Conducting Workshop

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.



James Smart

Director of Bands - Professor of Music
University of Montana
Missoula, MT


Paula Holcomb

Director of Bands - Professor of Music
State University of NY - Fredonia
Fredonia, NY


Tara McFarland

Bare Bait Dance Company
University of Montana
Missoula, MT

Levels of Participation

Conducting Participant

Play in Lab Ensemble daily
Attend discussions and lectures
Limited to 25 participants

Earns 33 renewal units/clock hours

Workshop Auditor

Play in Lab Ensemble daily 
Attend discussion and lectures.
Unlimited space

Earns 33 renewal units/clock hours

Current Undergraduates

Contact Dr. Smart

Registration & Payment

  • Pricing: $500 for participants, $300 for auditors.
  • Spaces are guaranteed upon payment.
  • Payment methods delivered via email upon registration.
  • For more information please contact Dr. James Smart at or 406-214-6704.
  • No refunds after May 15.
   TWO PARTICIPANT SPOTS LEFT! Auditors are welcome too.  



  • Four Scottish Dances - Malcolm Arnold
  • Tarot - Lindsay Bronnenkant (three mvts.)
  • Our Cast Aways - Julie Giroux
  • Australian Up Country Tune - Percy. Grainger/arr. Bainum
  • Prelude and Fugie in g minor - J.S Bach/arr. Moehlmann
  • Old Wine in New Bottles - Gordon Jacob (chamber)

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.

Graduate Credit

Two (2) graduate credits (MUSI 511-Advanced Conducting) for teaching license renewal and/or teacher payscale advancement 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.

Payment for the graduate credits is separate from the workshop registration. Payment method information delivered via email upon registration.

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


Schedule of Events

2021 Schedule