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December, 19, 2024
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM




Cormac Cannon

Cormac Cannon

Ask, Decide, Act: A Conductor's Introduction to Score Study

Clinic Synopsis:

Conductors at all levels may be intimidated by the subject of score study. Through questioning and analyzing what is in the score, making decisions about how the music sounds and how it should be interpreted, and acting on those decisions through gesture, session participants will participate in a straight-forward, efficient process of score study that will lead to a deep knowledge of the music, firm commitment to interpretation, increased confidence on the podium, and more efficient rehearsals.

Cormac Cannon - Biographical Information

Cormac Cannon is Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music at the University of South Carolina, where he conducts the University of South Carolina Wind Ensemble, guides the graduate wind conducting program, and oversees all aspects of the band program. His appointment as Director of Bands follows four years as Associate Director of Bands, and during his tenure, ensembles under his direction have been featured multiple times at the College Band Directors National Association National and Southern Division Conferences as well as the South Carolina Music Educators Association Annual Conference. Previously, Cannon served for six years on the music faculty at Michigan State University. Cannon earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from the University of Texas at Austin, the Master of Music degree in wind conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and the Bachelor of Music degree in percussion performance and music education from the University of Iowa. From 2001-2005 Cannon served as director of bands at Williamsburg High School in Williamsburg, Iowa, and from 2006-2007 was music director and conductor of the Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble. Cannon has a diverse background as a conductor, composer, arranger, lecturer, and author. He has been a featured presenter at numerous state and national music conferences, including the Midwest Clinic. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the College Band Directors National Association.