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Score Preparation: "Filling the Tank" for the Expressive Conductor

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  • Good conducting is based on the merger of the prepared mind and the available body. Preparing the score with interpretive clarity provides the fuel for gestural intention. It is hard for the physical motor to operate without a "full tank" of musical expectation. This session will review techniques for reducing physical tension on the podium as well as techniques for linking the art of interpretive score study to the art of gestural expression.
  • Michael Haithcock (
  • 12/20/2013 08:30 AM - N/A
  • W186
  • MICHAEL HAITHCOCK Michael Haithcock assumed his duties as Director of Bands and Professor of Music (Conducting) at the University of Michigan in the fall of 2001 after twenty-three years on the faculty of Baylor University. Following in the footsteps of William D. Revelli and H. Robert Reynolds, Professor Haithcock conducts the internationally renowned University of Michigan Symphony Band, guides the acclaimed band and wind ensemble graduate conducting program, and provides administrative leadership for all aspects of the University of Michigan’s diverse and historic band program. In February of 2012, he was named an Arthur Thurnau Professor by the University of Michigan which is the University’s highest award for excellence in undergraduate teaching. Ensembles under Haithcock’s guidance, have received a wide array of critical acclaim for their high artistic standards of performance and repertoire. These accolades have come through concerts at national and state conventions, performances in major concert venues, the UM Symphony Band’s May 2011 tour of China, and recordings on the Albany, Arsis, and Equilibrium labels. A review of recent recordings in Winds magazine proclaimed: “programming and execution of this caliber ought to be available worldwide...musically impressive, giving a sense of elation” while the American Record Guide praised the “professional manner with which the group delivers...they show great skill and artistry’ and proclaimed the “sound of the UM Symphony Band is something to savor”. Professor Haithcock is a leader in commissioning and premiering new works for band and has earned the praise of both composers and conductors for his innovative approaches to developing the band repertoire. He is in constant demand as a guest conductor as well as a resource person for symposiums and workshops in a variety of instructional settings. In 2011, he was awarded the Distinguished Service to Music Medal by Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity. A graduate of East Carolina University, where he received the 1996 Outstanding Alumni Award from the School of Music, and Baylor University, Haithcock has done additional study at a variety of conducting workshops including the Herbert Blomstedt Orchestral Conducting Institute. The Instrumentalist, the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association, the School Musician, the Southwest Music Educator, and WINDS magazine have published his articles on conducting and wind literature. Mr. Haithcock is an elected member of both the music honor society Pi Kappa Lambda and the American Bandmasters Association. In addition, he remains active in College Band Directors National Association following his term as president (2001-2003).