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“Ensemble” Is An Adjective!

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  • While the word “ensemble” is used as a noun in the English language, its Latin origin is as an adjective [“insimul” - at the same time, together]. In this workshop, we will reconsider our approach to “ensemble” music-making—the “how” we make music together. We will examine great music-makers such as the Berlin Philharmonic to identify their collaborative, often chamber-music-based methods and illustrate elements that can be employed in bands and orchestras at every level.
  • Thomas Verrier (
  • 12/17/2014 02:30 PM - 03:30 PM
  • Meeting Room W184
  • Dr. Thomas Verrier is Director of Wind Studies at Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music. He is Conductor of the Vanderbilt Wind Ensembles and Director of the Vanderbilt Music Acadèmie in Aix-en-Provence, France. Dr. Verrier has served as the Director of the Sistema Nacional de Educación Musical Instituto de Desarrollo Musical in San Jose, Costa Rica and is also the Founding Director of the Conductors Lab (a joint project with the Berlin Philharmonic). Dr. Verrier has conducted throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia, including performances at conferences of the Congreso Iberoamericano, ISME (Spain), APBDA (Macau/Hong Kong), the Hong Kong Band Fair, CBDNA, and the NASA. He has conducted the MENC All-Northwest Honor Band and the Arizona All-State, and has presented at conferences of the California Music Educators Association, Tennessee Bandmasters Association, College Music Society, CBDNA, and China Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles.