conducting workshops for
orchestra, band and choir conductors
2011 Cumberland University International Saito Conducting Workshop
July 10 - 17 Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tennessee for first time Saito conductors
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of the Saito Conducting method develop extraordinary
technique which allows them to express their musical
ideas with clarity and artistry. As a student in Germany
and principal cellist of the NHK orchestra, Hideo Saito
analyzed the gestures used
by the most outstanding European conductors. The resulting
method has developed during the past sixty years at
the Toho Gakuen School of Music whose alumni include
Seiji Ozawa and Kazuyoshi Akiyama.
The method uses compositions which are rich with conducting
challenges. From the first lesson, students learn
how the motion of their arm elicits sounds. 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
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 a wide variety of gestures and how to choose those which will
best express their ideas.
Students receive group and individual instruction
from a team of instructors headed by Wayne Toews . The students follow a detailed course
of study, based upon the Saito Conducting method textbook,
and each is given a block of time to work with the
teachers. 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
conducting students learn by doing, by observing
and by responding. The workshop is best suited to
those musicians who have at least an undergraduate level of musical training
especially in theory, ear training and style.
Video recordings will be made of the conducting sessions; each participant will receive a DVD of their work.
The workshop is designed to effectively and efficiently guide participants in their development. Previous participants have experienced great joy in the acqisition of new skills and have received overwhelming positive feedback from their ensembles. Participants flourish in a supportive learning environment. Inevitably the workshops develop valuable and enduring collegial relationships to share ideas and resources. The workshop
is designed for musicians who have excellent listening,
music reading and interpretive abilities and who
have a keen desire to develop or to improve their
gestural skills. It is not necessary for the participants
to have studied conducting.
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Toews. All rights reserved
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