Mallory & Northshore coming to NY!

Flyer Exchange 2016 lo resAlthough there’s no conducting symposium this spring, I’m very excited to announce that the renowned Northshore Concert Band of Evanston, IL, conducted by Mallory Thompson, will be performing in our area next month. I’m thrilled to be sharing this concert with Mallory and Northshore! I’m writing to ask you to please share this news with your ensemble’s members, and encourage them to consider attending.

Northshore will be sharing this concert with the Westchester Symphonic Winds on Sunday, June 19 at 3 pm, at the beautiful Palace Theatre in Stamford, CT (a short walk from MetroNorth). Tickets are $24 General Admission, $19 Students/Seniors. This concert will complete the exchange in which we participated when we traveled to Chicago last June.
The program includes works by Basler, Mackey, Hindemith, Cuong, and Zare. After each band performs individually, we’ll be combining to perform two Sousa marches in an amazing finale.
Tickets are available at Thank you in advance for promoting this special concert!

Fall 2015 News Update

Mallory Thompson and I send everyone best wishes as we all start another academic season. Best of luck to everyone as you begin your rehearsals!

For many years now, the individuals who have registered as Conductors for our Symposium have mostly come from outside Bergen County — only 10-20% have been MEBCI members. And our Auditor registration, priced to be extremely accessible for MEBCI members, has been very low. This year we had only 10 Conductors for 12 spots (only 2 MEBCI members) and no Auditors at all. I’m thrilled that it has become a national destination for conductors seeking this type of workshop experience, but the original concept, to serve the music educators of Bergen County, is not producing the participation necessary to sustain it — at least not right now. In addition, it’s difficult to maintain a program that cannot financially support itself.

After considerable discussion about this with both Mallory and Allison Trott, MEBCI President, I’ve decided that we will not run this program in 2016. We’ll reassess the interest of our MEBCI membership and our state/national colleagues, and then consider skipping a year and possibly reinstating the program in 2017. This will afford an opportunity to step back and take a look at the workshop, and perhaps restructure it for the better in the future. I’ll continue to maintain this site and future announcements will be posted here. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns about this Symposium, please post a comment on this blog post or email me directly.

I’m wishing you all the best for your programs and concerts this coming year.


Players needed

Happy Spring, everyone — so glad it’s finally here!

We need additional players on these instruments for the coming Symposium for both afternoon sessions, Saturday & Sunday, May 30-31:

  • Flutes
  • Oboes
  • Trumpets
  • Horns
  • Trombones

If you are available, or can recommend our workshop to players on these instruments, please register at:

We also have room for one more conductor, and any number of auditors. Please consider playing if you have not done so yet, or spread the word to some players who might benefit from this experience.

If you registered as a Conductor, Auditor, or Performer, assume that we do need you to play, and plan to come to play on the day(s) for which you registered. I’ll send a summary email again about a week before the event.


Registration update

It looks like this endless winter may actually end! And that means spring and our Symposium on May 30-31. Here’s a snapshot of our registration at this point:

  • Conductors: 2 spots remain open, 10 are claimed. Hurry if you intend to register for one of the remaining Conductor registrations!
  • Auditors: Plenty of spots are available, and we have no limits on the number of registration (except floor space in our workshop and lab spaces).
  • Performers: We have a wide array of instruments registered at this point, but we definitely need these instruments for both the Saturday and Sunday afternoon wind ensemble sessions:
    • Flutes
    • Oboes
    • Trumpets
    • Horns
    • Trombones
    • Tubas
    • Percussion

If you’ve played in previous years, please consider returning. If this is new to you, please join us! Click here to register.

2015 Registration is Open!

I just barely finished updating the registration information this evening — and before I could write this post, someone had already registered!

So we are ready to roll for 2015. Click here to register. Remember that there are only 12 Conductor positions available, and they are available only on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here to check out this year’s repertoire. Or send me an email to say hello and update me on how things are going!

I’m looking forward to seeing you at our 24th Symposium! Until then stay warm, and best of luck with your spring performances!