Save the dates for WCS 2015

We will be running our Wind Conducting Symposium again this coming year with Mallory Thompson and Louis Alloro on Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31, at Northern Valley-Old Tappan High School. Please save the dates.

Registration for conductors, auditors, and performers will go live on Friday, January 9, here at The repertoire for both the chamber ensemble and wind ensemble will be published at that time.

Until then, best of luck with your holiday performances. I hope to see some of you at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago.

Registration begins Monday!

Registration for the 2014 Wind Conducting Symposium begins tomorrow, Monday, January 6, 2014. We are excited about this year’s group of Conductors, Auditors, and Performers.

Please use the Registration tab on the home page ( to register. The site has all the pertinent information about registration, repertoire, schedule, and more.

I’m looking forward to seeing many of you again this spring!

Plenty of room for Auditors!

All 12 Conductor’s registrations have been claimed and are paid in full. We still have plenty of room for Auditors!

  • Auditors who are MEBCI members pay only $150.00! MEBCI runs this event annually, but so few MEBCI members actually attend — this event is for you!
  • Auditors from outside Bergen County who are not MEBCI members pay $350.00.
  • NEW THIS YEAR – Undergraduate Auditors pay only $100.00!

Auditors have access to the same resources and time with Dr. Thompson as the Conductors. This includes the demonstration/lectures on Saturday, breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday, and the end-of-day debriefings following the wind ensemble labs.

Consider registration as an Auditor — go to our Registration Page to register.

11 Conductors have Registered!

Less than 6 weeks into registration, we have 11 of the 12 conductor registrations taken! If you are seriously interested in conducting, please register soon!

We have plenty of space for Auditors. Bergen County music educators — this is an amazing and untapped resource! Take advantage of this opportunity!

We have also initiated the Undergrad Auditor registration, at only $100.00. If you know of undergrad music education majors who may be interested, please pass this along.


Conductor update and Undergrad Auditor registration added

We already have 7 Conductors registered for this year’s Symposium. Only 5 Conductors’ spots remain at this point for the Symposium on May 31/June 1-2.

We are pleased to announce that we are adding a new registration track: Undergrad Auditor, and the registration fee is only $100.00. This is a great option for current undergrad music education majors (including those graduating in May 2013). Undergrad Auditors will receive 13 hours of in-service credit. They will attend all the Symposium events intended for Conductors and Auditors, including Friday’s rehearsal clinic, the lecture-demonstrations and debriefing sessions at the end of each day, the wind ensemble lab sessions, and the chamber ensemble lab session. Note: Undergrad Auditors are expected to play in the Wind Ensemble lab sessions.

This new registration track is a great way for undergraduate music majors to gain insights into advanced conducting techniques, and observe a nationally-recognized master teacher and conductor. Undergrad Auditor registration includes coffee/bagels and lunch each day.

Please click here to register as a Conductor, Auditor, Undergrad Auditor, or Performer.