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December, 18, 2024
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM




Joel Schut

Joel Schut

Podium Awareness: Inspired Strategies to Grow Conductor Listening

Clinic Synopsis:

Have you ever stepped on the podium and been overwhelmed by what to fix? This session unpacks the idea of podium deafness and provides strategies for active listening. Explore causes, inventory your strengths and weaknesses, identify strategies for blindspot reduction, and create goals for growing your musicianship on the podium. Whether you are a beginning conductor or an experienced professional, advancing your listening skills is key to unlocking the next level of rehearsal and performance.

Joel Schut - Biographical Information

Joel Schut is Director of Orchestras at Grand Valley State University where he teaches courses in conducting, orchestral performance, and music education. He previously served on faculty at the University of Colorado Boulder, the Crane School of Music SUNY-Potsdam, and in the Michigan public schools. He is an active clinician for all-state, regional, and honor orchestras, and a passionate advocate for school music programs throughout the country. He has appeared with the Crane Symphony Orchestra, GVSU Symphony Orchestra, Michigan State Opera Theatre, Michigan State Symphony Orchestra, the University of Colorado Boulder Symphony, Philharmonia, and Chamber Orchestras. He served as Music Director of the Livingston Symphony Orchestra, founding director of the Detroit Medical Orchestra, conductor of the Denver Young Artists Conservatory Orchestra, and organizer of the Michigan Teachers Orchestra. Passionate about inspiring the next generation of conductor-teacher training, he has conducted and performed with students in the US, China, Germany, Honduras, Tunisia, Mexico, Myanmar, and Afghanistan. He received his Doctorate in Orchestral Conducting from Michigan State University, Masters in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Colorado-Boulder and Bachelors in Violin Performance and Music Education from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance where he was awarded the Albert A. Stanley Medal, the school's highest honor.