Conductor's Art

January 19 - 20, 2024  //  LSU Baton Rouge Campus

The Conductor's Art is a multi-day conducting and teaching workshop, presenting band and orchestra directors at all levels an extraordinary professional development opportunity. Participants will have the opportunity to conduct the LSU Wind Ensemble, the LSU Symphony Orchestra & Virtuosi, the LSU Symphonic Winds, and the LSU Chamber Winds, while receiving direct coaching from renowned guest clinicians and individual feedback from the LSU School of Music conducting faculty.

Meet Our Guest Clinicians

cliff evans

Cliff Evans

Director of Orchestras,
University of Texas at Arlington

paulo martins

Paulo Martins

Professor of Conducting,
Conservatory of Music (Porto, Portugal)

emily threinen

Emily Threinen

Director of Bands,
University of Minnesota


Open the dropdown menus below to see the pre-selected repertoire for each type of group at the workshop.

  • Etezady - Anahita (Movements 1 & 2)
  • Bernstein/Lavender - Symphonic Dances from West Side Story (Select Movements)
  • Mackey - This Cruel Moon

  • Elgar/Patterson - Variations on an Original Theme: "Enigma"
    • Theme & Var. I
    • Variation IX: Nimrod
    • Variation XIV: E.D.U. Finale
  • Jodie Blackshaw - Peace Dancer
  • P. Tchaikovsky/Cramer - Dance of the Jesters

  • Brahms - Tragic Overture, Op. 81
  • Falla - Suite No. 2 from The Three-Cornered Hat
    • The Neighbors
    • Miller's Dance (Farruca)
    • Final Dance (Jota)

  • P. Tchaikovsky - Serenade for Strings in C major, Op. 48 (Movement III - Élégie)
  • Walker - Lyric for Strings

  • Bernard - Divertissment
  • Mozart/Wendt/Voxman - The Abduction from the Seraglio (Select Movements)
  • Stravinsky* - L'histoire du Soldat
    • Marche Royale
    • Petit Concert
    • Grand Choral
  • Wagner - Siegfried Idyll

*With LSU applied faculty



Application Process

Please review the information in this section carefully before applying to attend. There are three levels of involvement in Conductor's Art, each of which are defined in greater detail below.

Applicants for the Full Conductor and Large Ensemble tracks will submit a resume/CV and a statement of interest. Due to high demand, participation in these tracks is by invitation only. The School of Music conducting faculty will review all applications and then notify those who have been selected via email, with full payment due at that time.

If you are interested in being an Observer, you only need to register and provide payment.

  • Applications Open: November 1, 2023 at 9:00 a.m.
  • Applications Close: November 13, 2023 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Invitations Sent Out: November 16, 2023

*All deadlines are in Central Standard Time


Tracks Offered

Full Conductor ($300)  - Participants will be able to conduct at all chamber and large ensemble sessions.

Large Ensemble ($200)  - Participants will conduct once at each large ensemble session.

Observer ($100)  - Participants may observe all sessions and interact with clinicians and musicians, but will have no podium time.


Observer Registration

Applications for Full Conductor and Large Ensemble tracks are now closed. However, we are still accepting Observers. If you are interested in becoming an Observer, follow the link below.

An optional LSU visitor parking pass can be purchased for $15. This pass will be valid for the gravel lot at Tiger Band Hall. If you are using a ride-sharing service or otherwise have pick-up/drop-off coordinated, a parking pass is not needed.


Registration fees for this event are non-refundable. Any event discount offered by Active is part of a subscription service and is not being offered through the LSU Department of Bands. Please review terms carefully. Event insurance offered through Active is not in conjunction with the LSU Department of Bands.