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The Art of Expressive Conducting: Conducting from the Inside Out

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  • An expressive conductor knows when to empower the ensemble and when to inform the ensemble. This session will focus on how a conductor can achieve artistic results with an ensemble in rehearsal and performance through expressive gesture and movement, and directed listening.
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  • Allan McMurray, a recognized authority on conducting pedagogy and wind repertoire, is the Robert and Judy Charles Endowed Professor of Music, Chair of the Conducting Faculty, and Director of Bands at University of Colorado–Boulder since 1978. In 2004 the Board of Regents designated him Distinguished Professor. He is one of only 25 faculty in the history of the University to receive this honor, and the only one from the Arts to hold the title. Considered one of the world’s leading teachers of conducting, he has guest conducted in 45 states and 15 countries, and has been a featured visiting professor at over 200 universities and conservatories nationally. He has authored 3 groundbreaking DVDs on the art of conducting that have received international acclaim. He is Past-President of College Band Directors National Association and has hosted the CBDNA Conducting Symposium since 1988.