New Concert Band Music Reading Clinic and Wind Band Invitational | Capital University


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New Concert Band Music Reading Clinic and Wind Band Invitational

  • November 18-19, 2016

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      Student Nomination

      Directors may nominate up to eight students to participate in the Honors Wind Ensemble and Honors Concert Band. To nominate students, please complete the online nomination form. So that we can complete the selection process in a timely manner, nominations must be submitted by no later than Friday, September 30 and no nominations will be accepted after this date. When nominating students, we ask that you list them according to ability, regardless of instrument, and that they are available and express an enthusiastic desire to participate in the event. Directors will be notified by e-mail regarding which students have been selected to participate in the Reading Clinic by Monday, October 10 and your selected students will be contacted soon after that.

      Director Registration

      Directors interested in attending the event must pre-register by completing the online registration form by no later than Monday, November 7. As a courtesy, there will be no registration fee for directors choosing to participate, with the exception of those who would like to earn an hour of graduate credit by attending designated sessions throughout the weekend. If you would like to stay in Columbus on Friday night, there are several local hotels listed on our website that are convenient to campus.


      Graduate Credit

      Directors may elect to take one-hour of graduate credit (MM 620) at a cost of $150. All monies must be paid at the time of registration (check is the preferred form of payment). Any person who has not previously attended Capital University will need to complete a Non-Degree Student Application Form and pay a one-time fee of $25 for administration purposes (forms available at registration).

      All participants will be expected to attend 15 hours of sessions (reading sessions, concerts, master classes, lectures) in order to qualify for one hour of credit. (schedule forthcoming)

      Learn more about attending the Reading Clinic for graduate credit with this syllabus.

      » Download the 2016 Directors Reading Clinic schedule


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      Guest Composer: Michael Markowski

      Students and directors can participate in Rehearsal Sessions and Q and A with our guest composer.

      MICHAEL MARKOWSKI (b. 1986) is fully qualified to watch movies and cartoons. In 2010, he graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 'Film Practices' from Arizona State University. While Markowski never studied music in college, he did study privately with his mentors, Jon Gomez and Dr. Karl Schindler, and has continued his education by participating in a number of extracurricular programs, such as The Art of Orchestration with Steven Scott Smalley (2008), the National Band Association's Young Composer and Conductor Mentorship Project (2008), and the NYU/ASCAP Foundation's Film Scoring Workshop (2014) where he was named one of ASCAP's Film & TV "Composers to Watch." Mark Snow, composer of The X-Files and one of the workshop's guest mentors, says Michael's music was "extremely sophisticated" and "complimented the mood and emotion of the scene with unusual maturity and sensitivity." Most recently, Markowski was invited to join the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop (2015) as a composer/lyricist.

      Shadow Rituals, one of Markowski's first works for concert band, was awarded first prize in Manhattan Beach Music's Frank Ticheli Composition Contest in 2006. Over the last ten years, Markowski has composed nearly twenty-five original works for wind band, nine of which were recently recorded in collaboration with the Brooklyn Wind Symphony, now available on iTunes. Joyride for Orchestra (2015) recently won the Arizona Musicfest's young composer fanfare competition, and You Are Cordially Invited (2016) recently won a fanfare competition with the Dallas Wind Symphony. He has received commissions from a number of organizations including CBDNA, The Consortium for the Advancement of Wind Band Literature, The Lesbian and Gay Band Association, the Duke Medicine Orchestra, the Florida Music Educator's Association, and has received performances from the United States Air Force bands, The Phoenix Symphony, the Arizona Musicfest Symphony Orchestra, and from hundreds of bands around the world. He has been the composer-in-residence for the 'Music for All' organization (2015), the 'Mid Europe' international wind band festival in Schladming, Austria (2013-2015), and frequently visits junior high schools, high schools, universities, and community bands around the country to share stories about his music.

      He is a member of ASCAP, the Society of Composers & Lyricists, and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.  

    • Comprised of some of the finest high school musicians in the Midwest, the The New Concert Band Music Reading Clinic and Wind Band Invitational features two director nominated student ensembles, the Honors Wind Ensemble and Honors Concert Band. Both ensembles will have the opportunity to work with Michael Markowski on his own music and each will be conducted by members of the Capital University Conservatory of Music faculty.

      Jeffrey D. Gershman 

      GershmanDr. Jeffrey D. Gershman is the Director of Wind Ensembles and an Associate Professor of Music at the Capital University Conservatory of Music. His responsibilities include conducting the Symphonic Winds, Wind Symphony, and teaching advanced conducting. His past positions include serving as the Associate Director of Bands at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, the Director of Instrumental Activities at Texas A&M University-Commerce, and the Co-Director of Instrumental Music at Monroe-Woodbury High School in Central Valley, New York. Dr. Gershman maintains an active guest conducting schedule with both professional ensembles and high school honor bands throughout the country. He has presented lectures at many state and national conventions and is in high demand as adjudicator, having judged band festivals throughout the United States as well as in Singapore and Australia. In addition, Dr. Gershman has published articles on repertoire, programming, and score study which have been hailed as “groundbreaking.” As an arranger, his transcriptions of works by Eric Whitacre, Frank Zappa, and John Corigliano have received critical acclaim, with performances at Carnegie Hall as well as regional and national conventions.

      James Swearingen 

      SwearingenJames Swearingen is unquestionably one of the most performed composers of band music in the world today. A recipient of numerous ASCAP awards, his trend-setting compositions and arrangements have a style and energy that truly are exceptional. It should come as no surprise that year after year his music is received enthusiastically by student musicians and band directors from all parts of the world. His busy schedule includes many engagements as a guest conductor, adjudicator and educational clinician. Appearances have included trips throughout the United States, as well as Japan, Australia, Europe and the People’s Republic of China.

      Ryan Shaw

      ShawDr. Ryan Shaw is currently Assistant Professor of Music Education at Capital University. At Capital, Dr. Shaw teaches introduction and methods courses and coordinates all aspects of the undergraduate music education and summer masters in music education programs. Before coming to Capital in the fall of 2015, Dr. Shaw was a Ph.D. student in music education at Michigan State University. As a graduate assistant, Dr. Shaw taught and assisted with numerous undergraduate music education courses, guest lectured for graduate classes, and worked as an arranger for the Spartan Marching Band and as the co-conductor for MSU Campus Band. Prior to Michigan State, Dr. Shaw taught middle and high school band in two Michigan communities: Berkley (Southeast Michigan) and Cedar Springs (West Michigan). As a public school educator, Dr. Shaw’s ensembles commissioned and premiered pieces and performed at a consistently high level, earning superior ratings at district and state festivals. In addition, his students had the opportunity to work with guest artists from the Detroit Symphony and Count Basie Orchestra.
    • Student Registration

      Directors are currently nominating students to participate in the Honors Wind Ensemble and Honors Concert Band. Directors will be notified by e-mail regarding which students have been selected to participate in the Reading Clinic by Monday, October 10 and all selected students will be contacted soon after that.

      » Download the 2016 Student Reading Clinic schedule

  • Event Overview

    Entering its 15th year, the New Concert Band Music Reading Clinic and Wind Band Invitational is a multi-faceted event designed to present unique opportunities for both directors and students. The two-day festival, held on the beautiful campus of Capital University, will this year feature award-winning composer, Michael Markowski.     

    Jeff Gershman
    Jim Swearingen
    Ryan Shaw

    Performances by: 
    Capital University Symphonic Winds 
    Capital University Wind Symphony 
    Capital University Chamber Ensembles 
    Thomas Worthington High School Wind Ensemble 

    Sponsors: Capital University and Stanton’s Sheet Music

    Student Highlights:
    • Participate in one of two honor bands conducted by Conservatory faculty 
    • Rehearsal sessions with Michael Markowski 
    • Question & Answer session with Michael Markowski

    Director Highlights:
    • Exposure to the best new concert band music through concerts and reading bands 
    • Multiple sessions with Michael Markowski 
    • Instrumental pedagogy classes with Capital faculty
    • Option of earning an hour of graduate credit

    Contact Information
    For more information about the Reading Clinic, please contact Jeff Gershman at