Gillian MacKay coaching a Conducting participent

2024 Wind Conducting Symposium

July 2-5, 2024

Resident Faculty: Gillian MacKay, University of Toronto

Guest Faculty: Dr. Shelley Axelson, Radford University

Special Presenter: Pratik Gandhi, conductor, UofT Wind Symphony

Designed for:

  • Teachers at all levels
  • Community conductors
  • Graduate students
  • Undergraduate students who have taken a conducting course

Daily activities will include lectures, discussions, demonstrations, technique work, artistic explorations, and the joy of being together!

Each day will run 9:00am-5:00pm

We will organize an optional social gathering over dinner each evening in reasonably-priced restaurants nearby.  Lunch will be provided on the first day.


Participants, please choose three pieces (or movements) from the works below for your three afternoon conducting opportunities:
(you will not be asked to commit to these choices until closer to the event!)

  • Cait Nishimura- Wilderness
  • Katahj Copley – Unspoken
  • Catherine Likhuta – Planet B
  • Hugh Stuart ‐ Three Ayres from Gloucester
  • Peter Meechan – Hummingbird – The Angel’s Messenger
  • Percy Grainger ‐ Lincolnshire Posy 1,2,4,5,6
  • Yukiko Nishimura – Smiling After the Rain
  • Kenley Kristofferson – Matters of Kindness
  • Evan Hammell – Rescue (’23 Cable Prize winner)

For fee information and to Register*, click here.

*Note, Registration is full for participants. There is still space for auditors. If you would like to be added to a wait list for participants, please e-mail Gillian MacKay.

Choral Conducting Symposium

Please note, the Choral Conducting Symposium will be taking a year off in 2024.