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Wind Conducting Symposium 2018

Gillian MacKay

Tuesday, 3 July 2018 at 9:00 AM - Friday, 6 July 2018 at 6:00 PM (EDT)

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Auditor 7 Jul 2018 $420.00 $0.00
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University student auditor 7 Jul 2018 $315.00 $0.00
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July 3-5, 2018

Faculty of Music, University of Toronto


Guest Clinicians:

Thomas McCauley
Shelley Axelson

Cali School of Music, Montclair State University

Gillian MacKay
Jeffrey Reynolds

University of Toronto



Guest Faculty


 Thomas McCauley conducts the MSU Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band. He came to the Montclair State from the University of Indianapolis, where he was Director of Instrumental Music Activities and the founder of the University of Indianapolis Chamber (later Symphony) Orchestra. He holds a DMA degree in conducting from Northwestern University, and Master and Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He has been mentored by such notable conductors as Mallory Thompson, Larry Rachleff and Stanley DeRusha. In addition to directing the bands, Dr. McCauley directs a Weekend Wind Conducting Symposium each November with special guest clinicians from around the world, building on his past work with such notable clinicians as Eugene Corporon, Jerry Junkin, Craig Kirchhoff, and Felix Hauswirth. He has appeared with the Northshore Concert Band, the Indianapolis Brass Choir (in Italy), and led the University of Indianapolis Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Chamber Orchestra on a tour of the major cities of Austria. Dr. McCauley was the creator and host of Music Education Matters, a 30-minute radio talk show heard weekly on WICR in Indianapolis. The Nevada Music Educator’s Association named him Music Educator of the Year in 1995, and the Indiana Music Educators Association honored him with an Outstanding University Music Educator Award in 2006.

 Before coming to the Montclair State, Shelley Axelson held a similar position at the University of Indianapolis in Indianapolis, Indiana, where her responsibilities included teaching conducting, clarinet, and a variety of instrumental music education classes. Prior to her appointment at Indianapolis, Prof. Axelson was the Director of Bands at Central College in Pella, Iowa, Pasco Middle School in Dade City, Florida (co-author of Secondary Music Curriculum), and Richardson Junior High School in Richardson, Texas. Prof. Axelson received an undergraduate degree in Music Education from the University of South Florida, a Master's Degree in Conducting from the University of Michigan, and the Doctor of Music degree in Conducting from Northwestern University. Her principal conducting teachers were Mallory Thompson and H. Robert Reynolds.


Resident Faculty


 Gillian MacKay is Professor of Music of the University of Toronto, where she conducts the Wind Ensemble and teaches conducting and trumpet.
An award-winning teacher, Gillian has an active career as a conductor, adjudicator, and clinician. She has conducted honour bands throughout Canada and the United States.
As an adjudicator, Dr. MacKay has judged Canadian band festivals at local, provincial, and national levels. She has presented clinics and workshops at provincial and state conferences in Canada and the U.S.A., and is known for her work on the relationship between conductingm and mime.
Gillian oversees the graduate program in Wind Conducting at the University of Toronto. She holds degrees and diplomas from the University of Lethbridge, McGill University, the University of Calgary, and Northwestern University.

 Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds is a Senior Lecturer at the UofT Faculty of Music, where he is the conductor of the Wind Symphony, as well as instructor of trumpet, chamber music, conducting, and music education.
He regularly conducts student, community and professional ensembles, including Southampton Festival Winds and The Toronto Wind Orchestra.
He received his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, after degrees from York University, the University of Calgary and the University of Victoria.
Dr. Reynolds is a founding member of the Canadian Wind Band Repertoire Project, and is active as a guest conductor, clinician, journal contributor and adjudicator across the country. He is the author of the successful pedagogical book, Trumpet for Dummies.



• Cesarini - Greek Folk Song Suite
• De Haan - Ammerland
• Milhaud - Suite Française
• Nelson - Courtly Airs and Dances
• Meechan - Letters for Home
• Stuart - Three Ayres from Gloucester
• Grainger - Lincolnshire Posy 1,2,4,5,6
• Van der Roost – Puszta
• Nishimura - Chasing Sunlight

Scores will be available at St. John's Music


Topics of Discussion:

Score Study
Rehearsal Technique
Classroom Problem Solving
Movement and Gesture
Band Pedagogy


Daily Schedule:

9-6 each day
Mornings: lectures, presentations, discussions
Afternoons: live conducting with ensemble consisting of UofT ensemble members and participants



Housing Information
Accommodation is available at a reasonable rate on campus, two blocks from the Faculty of
Music. Please contact Massey College for reservations at:




Contact the Organizer 

Wind Conducting Symposium
Faculty of Music University of Toronto
80 Queen's Park
Toronto, ON M5S 2C5

Fax: 416-946-3353
Phone: 416-978-4798


Have questions about Wind Conducting Symposium 2018? Contact Gillian MacKay

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Faculty of Music, University of Toronto
80 Queens Park
Toronto, ON M5S 2C5

Tuesday, 3 July 2018 at 9:00 AM - Friday, 6 July 2018 at 6:00 PM (EDT)

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