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2010 Saskatchewan Orchestral Association

International Conducting Workshop

with Wayne Toews

July 11 - 18, 2010 at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada


Sponsored by the Saskatchewan Orchestral Association

Thank you to the University of Saskatchewan Department of Music for providing the facility.

Visit their website at www.usask.ca/music


Thanks to Darren's Music Place for providing the pianos


To apply for the 2010 workshop download the the form here

 or click here to E-mail Wayne Toews

See Application details below, right

Students 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.

Click here to see the first exercise.

Training 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 technical development.

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.

DVD recordings are made of all sessions. 

George Charpentier will assist.

The 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.

Participants will be treated to a welcome reception with local musical dignitaries and members of the community.

The class will have the opportunity to view video recordings of Joseph Rosenstock, Hideo Saito, Morihiro Okabe and Kazuyoshi Akiyama.

The 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.

Wayne Toews will instruct.

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For further information contact:

Wayne Toews

1610 Morgan Avenue,

Saskatoon, SK.,

Canada, S7H 2S1

Telephone: (306) 373-6408

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