Announcing the Fifth Annual Workshop With Joseph Gifford and the Nashua Chamber Orchestra May 18-22, 2014

New Pathways to Conducting

Announcing the Fifth Annual Workshop

With Joseph Gifford and the Nashua Chamber Orchestra

 

May 18-22, 2014

How do we, as conductors, leave behind the Old, and embrace the New?

How do we break free of old habitual patterns and discover a more illuminating way to become the vessels of timeless music?

How can we achieve more and always go to a deeper and higher place?

This workshop is a great way to explore those penetrating questions and find meaningful answers. Assisting you in this quest will be Joseph Gifford, who having worked with musicians, principally conductors, for almost thirty years, and now well into his 90’s, has become a legendary teacher, celebrated by legions of his students.

Students may apply as Participants or Conducting Fellows (no more than six of each.) Participants will take part in all the morning and afternoon sessions and observe the evening orchestra sessions. Conducting Fellows will take part in all sessions, including conducting the orchestra. (Complete schedule is below.)

Morning sessions will be devoted to group discussion and movement awareness. Drawing from a wide arsenal of exercises and principles from the Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais Method, Trager Mentastics and yoga, Mr. Gifford will lead you to a greater awareness and freedom of movement, enabling you to engage more fully with the music. Topics will be tailored to the specific needs and abilities of the participants. (Suggested topics are listed below.)

Afternoon and evening sessions will be devoted to the development of conducting sensibility, skills and techniques.  Conducting Fellows will conduct the orchestra and will have three evening sessions of 20-30 minutes on the podium with the Nashua Chamber Orchestra (www.nco-music.org). In addition, Conducting Fellows will obtain knowledgeable feedback from fellow participants and orchestra members. All podium sessions will be video recorded, enabling further study.

Faculty

Joseph Gifford became a significant part of the conducting profession when he served on the faculty of the American Symphony Orchestra League Donald Thulean Conductor Workshops for a continuous twenty years. During those years he also gave numerous master classes and workshops for musicians in Europe as well as the USA. Go to Mr. Gifford’s website, http://www.josephgifford.com for more information about his life and work.

The recent film “The Legacy of Joseph Gifford” has brought expanded awareness of Mr. Gifford and his influence. As Scott Speck wrote:

Jill Uchiyama’s beautiful film “The Legacy of Joseph Gifford” is an indispensable testimonial to a great teacher of our century. Generations of artists, dancers, actors, singers, instrumentalists and conductors have had their lives changed profoundly through knowing Joe. I will always consider him a great mentor on my life’s journey. How marvelous to have this living document of Joe’s incomparable depth, compassion, humanity and good humor.

Scott Speck

 

  • Artistic Director, Chicago Philharmonic
  • Music Director, Joffrey Ballet, Mobile Symphony, West Michigan Symphony,
  • Author, Classical Music for Dummies and Opera for Dummies.

 

David Feltner is a long-time student of Mr. Gifford and the Music Director of the Nashua Chamber Orchestra and founder of the Chamber Orchestra of Boston. Recognized for his sensitive conducting and innovative programming, Mr. Feltner will be available to discuss topics such as “Successful programming” and “Starting your own orchestra.” For more information on Mr. Feltner, please visit http://www.chamberorchestraofboston.org/

Repertoire

  • Beethoven Symphony No. 4
  • Cimarosa Secret Marriage Overture
  • Chabrier Habanera

Location

The workshop sessions will take place at the Nashua Community College and Nashua Public Library in Nashua, NH. Located approximately 40 miles north of Boston, downtown Nashua is a charming mill town, with many shops and restaurants ranging from the inexpensive to fine dining. Discounted room rates will be available at the official workshop hotel.

Costs

  • Non-refundable application fee  $25
  • Participants $450
  • Conducting Fellows $850

Deadlines

  • Applications are due by April 1, 2014
  • Selected Participants will be notified by April 15, 2014
  • Full payment is due by May 1, 2014

To Apply

Please send a letter of interest, along with your resume and links to conducting videos via email to David Feltner at

dirigent263@aol.com . You may also send hard copies of your resume and DVD or videotape.   Application fees should be made out to Joseph Gifford and sent to: David Feltner The Chamber Orchestra of Boston 263 Commonwealth Ave. #7 Boston, MA 02116  The application fee is waived for previous participants. For questions or further information, contact:  David Feltner at  dirigent263@aol.com  or 617-266-1626

Schedule

Sunday, May 18

  • 1:00-2:00 Getting acquainted and introduction to the work
  • 2:00-3:45 “Principles in action: How outer changes create inner responses”
  • 3:45-4:00 Break
  • 4:00-5:00 “Deeply relaxed, yet alert”
  • 6:00-7:00 Welcoming Reception
  • 7:00 Dinner with new friends or on your own

Monday, May 19

  • 10:00-10:30 Review and discussion of the previous day’s material
  • 10:30-12:30 “Tension vs. Intensity: How to let go of one to achieve the other”
  • 12:30-1:45 Lunch break
  • 1:45-3:00 “Less is More”
  • 3:00-5:00 Break
  • 5:00-7:00 Dinner with new friends or on your own
  • 7:15-9:45 Orchestra Session 1. Conducting Fellows will lead the orchestra in their choice from the selected repertoire, and then receive constructive feedback from orchestra members, instructors and fellow participants.

Tuesday, May 20

  • 10:00-10:30 Review and discussion of the previous day’s material
  • 10:30-12:30 “Going into the unknown: how releasing old patterns can lead to new freedom”
  • 12:30-1:45 Lunch break
  • 2:00-3:15 “Achieving inner and outer stillness”
  • 3:15-3:30 Break
  • 3:30-5:00 “Connecting emotionally with the music and the musicians”
  • 5:15-7:00 Dinner with new friends or on your own
  • 7:15-9:45 Orchestra Session 2 (see above)

Wednesday, May 21

  • 10:00-10:30 Review and discussion of the previous day’s material
  • 10:30-12:30 “Solid ground and taking flight”
  • 12:30-1:45 Lunch break
  • 2:00-3:15 “Evoking vs. miming the music”
  • 3:15-3:30 Break
  • 3:30-5:00 “The Orchestra: Subjects or Objects?”
  • 5:15-7:00 Dinner with new friends or on your own
  • 7:15-9:45 Orchestra Session 3 (see above)

Thursday, May 22

  • 10:00-10:30 Review and discussion of the previous day’s material
  • 10:30-12:30 “Leaving behind the personal to enter the Universal”
  • 12:30-1:45 Lunch break
  • 1:45-3:00 “Taking it into the real world”
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