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December, 21, 2018
01:30 PM - 02:30 PM


Meeting Room W181


Christopher Cicconi

Christopher Cicconi

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We've Got Trouble! Choosing Appropriate Literature for Your Large Instrumental Ensembles

Clinic Synopsis:

As directors of our bands and/or orchestras, we as music educators today are charged with the daunting yet crucial task of choosing appropriate and educational literature for our large instrumental ensembles. This clinic/lecture/participatory discussion covers, in-depth, concepts to assist in this process and ideas for personal reflection when choosing repertoire. The session will include the method by which we choose music that highlights as well as suits the ever-growing needs of our students and the evaluation of ourselves as educators/musicians and the abilities (beginning - advanced) our ensembles. Finally, the session also discusses effective concert programming from a stylistic and difficulty perspective all while choosing music to foster student success.

Christopher Cicconi - Biographical Information

Christopher M. Cicconi is Director of Bands and Orchestras and Assistant Professor of Music Education at Towson University. Conductor of the Towson University Symphonic Band and Symphony Orchestra, he also teaches courses in graduate and undergraduate conducting and wind/string ensemble repertoire. Prior to his arrival in Maryland, Cicconi earned a Doctoral of Musical Arts Degree in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Miami, where he was a student of Mr. Gary Green. As a strong advocate for music education and community outreach, Cicconi is in demand throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and is a sought-after guest conductor, clinician, and guest speaker. He has appeared as a band and orchestra clinician in well over 100 public and private institutions. As a guest conductor, Cicconi has appeared with All-State, All-Region, and All-County Bands and Orchestras in numerous states around the country including Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Georgia. In the summer of 2018, Cicconi will serve as a guest conductor for the internationally acclaimed Sewanee Music Festival and the New England Music Camp. As an active scholar, Cicconi's agenda includes wind repertoire and other current music education topics such as score study, conducting, and arranging. His most recent publication, 'The Band Music Handbook, A Catalog of Emerging Band Repertoire,' has proved to be a valuable resource and essential tool for wind band directors worldwide. Furthermore, he has presented professional development workshops for schools as well as state and regional conferences throughout the state and region. As an orchestra conductor, Cicconi has held positions and guest conducting appointments with orchestras in the United States, Argentina, and China. Most recently he served as associate conductor with the Broward Symphony Orchestra, the Ars Flores Symphony Orchestra, and the Walenstein Youth Symphony.