Announcing the Fifth Annual Workshop With Joseph Gifford and the Nashua Chamber Orchestra May 18-22, 2014
|New Pathways to Conducting|
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.
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.
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/
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.
Please send a letter of interest, along with your resume and links to conducting videos via email to David Feltner at
firstname.lastname@example.org . 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 email@example.com or 617-266-1626
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