Brian Balmages is an award winning composer, conductor, producer and performer. His music for winds, brass and orchestra has been performed throughout the world. His active schedule of commissions and premieres has incorporated groups ranging from elementary schools to professional ensembles including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Miami Symphony Orchestra, the University of Miami Wind Ensemble, Boston Brass, Off Bass Brass and the Dominion Brass Ensemble. He received his bachelor’s degree in music from James Madison University and his master's degree from the University of Miami in Florida. As a conductor, Balmages enjoys regular engagements with numerous all-state and regional bands and orchestras as well as university and professional groups. Notable guest conducting appearances have included the Midwest Clinic, Western International Band Clinic, College Band Directors Eastern Regional Conference, American School Band Directors Association National Conference and others. Additional conducting appearances have included the Kennedy Center and Meyerhoff Symphony Hall as well as engagements in Australia, Canada and Italy. Currently, he is Director of Instrumental Publications for The FJH Music Company and Assistant Director of Bands and Orchestras at Towson University.
Luis Viquez, a native of Costa Rica, is the Director of the University of South Dakota Symphony Orchestra. He also serves as the assistant professor of clarinet and as the director of the University of South Dakota Concert Band. Active as a clarinetist, guest clinician, and as an orchestral, opera and wind band conductor, Víquez has traveled throughout the United States, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras and Taiwan. He is a former clarinetist of the Heredia Symphony Orchestra, the World Youth Wind Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica.
The three-day institute will include large ensemble reading sessions, master classes and clinic sessions that focus on a wide variety of teaching subjects for band directors. The tuition costs may be paid online, by check with pre-registration or on the first day of the Institute. Participants are highly encouraged to pre-register for purposes of instrumentation for the Reading Band and Orchestra. Early-bird registration by June 1 is $150. Registration after June 1 is $175.
Participants have the option of staying on campus or planning their own accommodations during the institute. Participants wishing to stay on campus may stay in air-conditioned residence hall rooms at a rate of $45 per night plus applicable tax (single occupancy) pending Board of Regents approval. These rates do not include bed linens or towels.
Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. on June 21. Sessions will be held daily June 21–23 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts. The seminars conclude on Friday afternoon by 4 p.m., June 23.
Participants have the option to earn graduate credit for participation in certain sessions. Payment of tuition ($40 per credit hour) for graduate credit is due on the day of registration. Tuition rates are set by the South Dakota Board of Regents and are subject to change without notice. Selected clinicians and/or USD faculty instruct all sessions.
MUS790 Instrumental Techniques and Procedures for the Music Classroom - Masterclasses, clinics, and discussion that focus on teaching materials, techniques, and pedagogy for instrumental music educators, grades K–12.
MUS790 Instrumental Literature Reading Sessions for the Music Classroom - Reading sessions focusing on a variety of instrumental music for public school ensembles, grades K-12 will be presented. Materials will include both standard works and new releases in numerous instrumental genres from major music publishers.
MUS790 Trends and Best Practices in the Instrumental Classroom - Seminars and roundtable discussions to allow the director to focus on current trends in the area of music education. A written final project is required.
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