in the International Saito Conducting workshop develop
the extraordinary technique which enables them to
express their musical ideas with clarity and artistry. The workshop will focus on both the first level of study which is a comprehensive study of gestures as they apply to Prof. Saito's method and advanced techniques.
The workshop uses compositions which are rich with
conducting challenges. From the first lesson, students
learn how the motion of their arm elicits sounds.
here to see the first exercise.
of the arm begins with a swinging motion to improve
precision and to indicate internal rhythms and subdivision.
Students are taught to make "Into-point"
and "From-point" motions to expand their
technical and expressive capabilities. Training of
the arm is always accomplished in a musical context.
Demonstrations and descriptions facilitate and accelerate
The method provides a comprehensive study of all major
aspects of conducting as a foundation for further
study. Students are challenged to express their own
interpretations and empowered to apply gestural concepts
to new music. Students learn how to make the eight
types of gestures and how to choose those which best
express their ideas.
Students receive group and individual instruction
from Wayne Toews. The students
followed a detailed course of study, based upon the
Saito Conducting method textbook, and each is given
a block of time to work with the teacher. Students
also have the opportunity to observe during the lessons
of other students. During the lessons, students conduct
duo pianists who act as the "ensemble" and
who respond accurately and sensitively to the conductor's
gestures. Dianne Gryba and Bonnie Nicholson, superb pianists,
are an integral part of the instructional team. Because of their
previous work with the method they are able to assist
in giving musical and verbal feedback.
recordings are made of all sessions.
George Charpentier will assist.
workshop will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, July 11,
2010 and end in the evening of Sunday, July 18, 2010
with a party hosted by Judy and Wayne Toews.
will be treated to a welcome reception with local
musical dignitaries and members of the
class will have the opportunity to view video recordings
of Joseph Rosenstock, Hideo Saito, Morihiro Okabe and Kazuyoshi
Lutheran Seminary, University of Saskatchewan, provides
economical accommodation on the site of the workshop.
The Seminary is located in beautiful surroundings
on the banks of the South Saskatchewan river.
Toews will instruct.
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