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“I Know It’s Wrong, But I’m Not Sure How to Fix It”—Strategies for Improving Aural Skills on the Podium

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  • “I know it’s wrong, but I’m not sure how to fix it” is a lament often heard, especially from young teachers and conductors. This clinic will explore strategies to maximize conductors’ effectiveness on the podium by employing the full gamut of their perceptual skills.
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  • Michael Votta Jr. is Director of Wind Studies at the University of Maryland where he conducts the Wind Orchestra and teaches conducting. Ensembles under his direction have received critical acclaim in the United States and Europe for their "exceptional spirit, verve and precision," their "sterling examples of innovative programming" and "the kind of artistry that is often thought to be the exclusive purview of top symphonic ensembles." His performances have been heard in broadcasts within the US, on Austrian National Radio (ORF), and Southwest German Television, and have been released internationally on the Primavera label. As an interpreter, he has been praised by numerous major composers including George Crumb, Christopher Rouse, Karel Husa, Olly Wilson, Barbara Kolb, Warren Benson, and Louis Andriessen for his performances of their works.