Sonoma Wind Band Conducting Workshop

2019 Workshop

2019 Summer Workshop

Monday, June 24 to Friday, June 28, 2019

Join us to further develop your skills at the Summer Wind Band Conducting Symposium. The Sonoma State University Department of Music announces the seventh annual Summer Wind Band Conducting Symposium Monday, June 24 to Friday, June 28 at the Green Music Center on the beautiful campus of Sonoma State University. 

Workshop Overview

All sessions will be held at the Green Music Center at Sonoma State University. The workshop focuses on the development of movement and gestural skills as a means for communicating musical interpretation.

Conducting participants will work with a live ensemble each day and receive feedback from master teachers. Additional activities include classroom sessions dealing with rehearsal techniques, score study, repertoire, ensemble motivation and personal growth.


Clinicians for the 2019 Symposium will be Dr. Andy Collinsworth, Director of Bands and Music Education at Sonoma State University, and Emily Threinen, Director of Bands at the University of Minnesota School of Music in Minneapolis-Saint Paul. 

Emily ThreinenEmily Threinen currently serves as Director of Bands at the University of Minnesota School of Music in Minneapolis-Saint Paul. In this position, she conducts the acclaimed Wind Ensemble, guides the graduate wind band conducting program, instructs undergraduate advanced conducting, and provides administrative leadership for all aspects of the University of Minnesota Bands. Prior to her appointment at Minnesota, Threinen served as Director of Bands and Artistic Director of Winds and Brass at Temple University's Boyer College of Music and Dance in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.




Andy Collinsworth

Andy Collinsworth has been the Director of Bands and Program Director for Music Education at Sonoma State University since 2008. In addition to leading the university Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Concert Band, he teaches courses in conducting, instrumental music methods and music education, and is the classical saxophone instructor at SSU. As Director of the Music Education program at SSU, he advises and guides students aspiring to become music educators and supervises student teachers in the single subject credential program in music.

Dr. Collinsworth maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor, adjudicator and clinician with bands throughout the western states. He is the founder and artistic director of the Sonoma Invitational Wind Band and Orchestra Festival; a signature event that draws ensembles from throughout California. Dr. Collinsworth received the Doctor of the Musical Arts degree in Conducting from Arizona State University (2008), and he holds degrees in Music Education (1987) and in Saxophone Performance (1989) from the University of Nevada—Reno.  


Enrollment Information

Conducting Participant

Conducting Participants will conduct a live wind ensemble, as well as attend all sessions. Participant status is designed for music educators currently working with high school and middle school ensembles. Registration for Conducting Participants is limited to 16.


Observers will attend all sessions but will not conduct the ensembles. Observer status is recommended for and open to musicians at all levels. Observer registration is not limited.


Conducting Participant  $600

Observer  $375

2 Units of College Credit  $130



For questions about the workshop, contact Dr. Andy Collinsworth at

2019 Repertoire List

Robert Sheldon | Fall River Overture Gr. 2.5 Barnhouse

Frank Ticheli | Simple Gifts: Four Shaker Songs Gr. 3 Manhattan Beach

Johannes Brahms/Buehlman | Blessed Are They Gr. 3 Ludwig

Jody Blackshaw | Terpsichorean Dances Gr. 3 Manhattan Beach

John Philip Sousa/Brion/Schissel | The Invincible Eagle Gr. 3 Willow Blossom

Frank Erickson | Air for Band Gr. 3 Bourne

Malcolm Arnold/Paynter | Prelude, Siciliano, and Rondo Gr. 4 Carl Fischer

Carolyn Bremer | Early Light Gr. 4 Carl Fischer

Eric Whitacre | October Gr. 4 Hal Leonard

Gordon Jacob | William Byrd Suite Gr. 5 Boosey

Scores are available at J.W. Pepper of Northern California. Contact store manager Ashli Rulien


Emily Threinen, University of Minnesota

Andy Collinsworth, Sonoma State University


Michelle Jamieson, Sierra Mindfulness



MONDAY June 24                                                                                                    

7:30                              Orientation meeting for all Participants & Observers: GMC 1027                       

8:30 -12:30                  Live Conducting Rounds: GMC 1028

12:30-2:00                   Lunch                                                                                             

2:00-3:00                      Session 1: Mindfulness Tune-up, Michelle Jamieson

3:00-4:30                      Session 2: Movement: Practice Routines & Building a Gestural Toolbox

4:30-6:00                      15-min. Individual Video Reviews: #1-4 w/Emily; #5-8 w/Andy





7:45-8:15                      Mindfulness Warmup w/ Michelle Jamieson: Schroeder Hall

8:30 -12:30                  Live Conducting Exhibitions: GMC 1028

12:30-2:00                    Lunch

2:00-3:30                      Session 3: Unleashing Passion from the Podium

3:30-3:45                      Break

3:45-5:45                      15-min. Individual Video Reviews: #9-12 w/Emily; #13-16 w/Andy

6:30                               Dinner/Social: Restaurant TBA (Optional)




7:45-8:15                     Mindfulness Warmup w/ Michelle Jamieson: Schroeder Hall

8:30 am-12:30 pm      Live Conducting Exhibitions: GMC 1028

12:30-2:00                    Lunch

2:00-4:00                      Session 4: Score Study: Discovering Your Interpretation

4:00-4:15                     Break

4:15-6:15                      15-min. Individual Video Reviews: #5-8 w/Emily; #1-4 w/Andy



7:45-8:15                     Mindfulness Warmup w/ Michelle Jamieson: Schroeder Hall

8:30 -12:30                  Live Conducting Exhibitions: GMC 1028

12:30-2:00                    Lunch

2:00-3:00                      Session 5: Developing a Programming Philosophy

3:00-5:00                      15-min. Individual Video Reviews: #13-16 w/Emily; #9-12 w/Andy

6:30 pm                         BBQ/Social at Andy’s house



FRIDAY June 28

7:45-8:15                      Mindfulness Warmup: Schroeder Hall

8:30 -12:30                  Live Conducting Exhibitions: Weill Hall

12:30-2:00                    Session 6: Wrap Up: Q & A Session



On campus housing is not available. Recommended hotels in the area are Oxford Suites and the Doubletree Hilton in Rohnert Park.