Faculty of Music
Laurier welcomes top maestro as it hosts conducting symposium
Communications, Public Affairs & Marketing
Composers, professional and amateur conductors, music educators, and university students from across Ontario will be attending The Art of Conducting Symposium, hosted by the Faculty of Music at Laurier’s Waterloo campus on Nov. 27.
Leading the workshop is Maestro Timothy Reynish of the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England; Jessica Kun, assistant professor and conductor of the WLU Wind Orchestra, and Paul Pulford, conductor of the WLU Symphony Orchestra and associate dean of Laurier’s Faculty of Music.
The symposium is an opportunity for attendees to learn more or brush up on conducting technique and gesture, and to develop a philosophical foundation for the conductor as an artistic conduit for the performance of musical compositions.
Participants will also have the opportunity to conduct both the WLU Symphony Orchestra and WLU Wind Orchestra in a workshop setting, and get feedback from Reynish, Kun and Pulford.
“This gives people an opportunity to get coaching in conducting at any level,” said Kun. “We can provide positive feedback they can take back with them.”
Reynish, one of the leading conductors of wind bands and wind ensembles in the world, discovered Kun at a conducting symposium when she was a high school music teacher. He took her to Manchester to train as an orchestral conductor.
“If not for him, I would not being doing what I’m doing right now,” said Kun. “And that’s what’s great about him. He sees things in other people they don’t see in themselves.”
Reynish will be staying on at Laurier after the symposium to coach chamber ensembles, conducting students, and lead a guest workshop with student composers. He will also rehearse with the WLU wind orchestra for their concert, which he will be guest conducting on Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. in the Theatre Auditorium.
For more information about Reynish and The Art of Conducting Symposium, please visit: http://www.wlu.ca/news_detail.php?grp_id=29&nws_id=7064