Wind Conducting Symposium

Featuring Clinician Mark Hopkins
Saturday, March 4 2017, 9:30AM to 3:30PM

Accolade Centre East, Faculty of Fine Arts
York University

Symposium topics include:

  • Conducting Gesture and Music-making
  • Rehearsal Techniques

Symposium Participants Will Need

  • A score for one of the following pieces (their choice): (scores available from St. John's Music)
    • Rocky Mountain Lullaby - Christiaan Venter
    • Donkey Riding - Don Coakley
    • Point Pelee from "Ontario Pictures" - Howard Cable
    • Tabula Rasa - Don MacDonald, arr. Mark Hopkins
    • Prairie Ride and Sunset - John Estacio
  • Baton
  • Instrument

Symposium delegates are encouraged to perform with other participants during the afternoon conducting master class, which focuses on score study.

Please contact for more information.

Featured Clinician: Mark Hopkins

Dr. Hopkins is in demand as a Conductor and Music Educator. He is a Professor in the School of Music at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. In addition to leading the Wind Ensemble, Dr. Hopkins teaches undergraduate and graduate Conducting, Music Education foundation courses, and is Director of Wind Music Studies at Acadia University. Off campus, he co-conducts the Denis Wick Canadian Wind Orchestra, one of Canada's finest student wind ensembles. He is Artistic Director of the Nova Scotia Youth Wind Ensemble (2008-2011, 2013-present), and is embarking on his second term as President of the Nova Scotia Band Association.

Dr. Hopkinsā€™s research as a performer is driven by new music creation and performance. Along with composer Derek Charke, he founded Shattering the Silence new music festival (visit to learn more about this festival.) He can be heard leading the WIRED! Ensemble on the cd Live Wired, released in February 2015. He was Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Land's End Chamber Ensemble (2003-2006), earning two consecutive Western Canada Music Awards (2005, 2006) for their recordings, Four Degrees of Freedom and Rolling Down No. 1. In September 2010 Dr. Hopkins led his debut performance as Guest Conductor of the Eastman Wind Ensemble, leading Stravinsky's Symphonies of Wind Instruments (1947), a work of great importance to his research and performance oeuvre. He has guest-conducted bands and orchestras across Canada, and led collegiate and professional performances in the United States, Bermuda, Hong Kong, China, Japan, Italy, Switzerland, and Romania.

A native of Toronto, Dr. Hopkins earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the New England Conservatory while serving as Assistant to Frank L. Battisti, and was awarded the Gunther Schuller Medal at graduation. Dr. Hopkins taught music in high schools for twelve years, including seven years service as Chair of the Music Department at Upper Canada College in Toronto. His professional work as a Conductor spans the full range of ensembles and genres. He is Founding Music Director (Emeritus) of the Toronto Wind Orchestra and the Alberta Winds, freelance professional wind ensembles in Toronto and Calgary. Dr. Hopkins lectured and conducted the Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Choirs at Hanover College in Indiana. From 2002-2005 he led ensembles and taught at the University of Calgary in Alberta.

Symposium Schedule

9:30 - 10:30 Lecture 1
10:45 - 12:00 Lecture 2
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 4:30 Guest Conducting Session

Why attend?

The symposium is open to all music educators and university students interested in improving their knowledge of wind band literature and their skills as effective music leaders. The format includes demonstration groups, open forum discussion and optional participation in a conducting master class.

Coming soon.

Online registrations are now closed, but you can still register at the Symposium between 8:30 and 9:30am tomorrow morning. A $2 service charge will apply for all credit or debit card transactions.