Moving from the Known into the New will be a 5-day conducting workshop that will be part of a multi-disciplinary event called Spontaneity in the Performing Arts, at the State University of New York at Fredonia.

Moving from the Known into the New will be a 5-day conducting workshop that will be part of a

multi-disciplinary event called Spontaneity in the Performing Arts, at the State University of New

York at Fredonia. Esteemed teacher Joseph Gifford, along with David Rudge, Director of Orchestras

and Opera at SUNY – Fredonia will work with experienced conducting students in front a 100 member

symphony orchestra and a select chamber orchestra.


December 6 – 10


Chamber Orchestra (Choose one movement):

Beethoven – Symphony No. 4

Symphony Orchestra (choose two):

Dukas – Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Humperdinck – “Hexenritt” from Hänsel und Gretel

Saint-Saëns – Danse Macabre

Liadov – The Enchanted Lake

Berlioz – Symphonie Fantastique

“March to the Scaffold”

“Witches Sabbath”


Full participant: $500 ($250 payable by Nov. 10)

Auditor: $350 ($150 payable by Nov. 10)


Send resume, repertoire list and non-refundable application fee of $25 by October 31 to:

Dr. David Rudge

Director of Orchestras and Opera

School of Music

SUNY – Fredonia

Fredonia, NY 14063

Checks should be made out to “SUNY – Fredonia Improv. Collective”

Late applications will be accepted, if space provides.

There is no age limit.

Joseph Gifford is a respected and honored teacher who has worked with conductors, singers,

dancers, actors, and instrumentalists for over fifty years. He began his performing career in New York

City as a member of the dance company of Doris Humphrey and Charles Weidman, two of the great

pioneers of American modern dance. Subsequently, he formed his own company, the Joseph Gifford

Dance Theater, which performed annually in NYC and on tours throughout the USA. During his years

in NYC, he assisted Doris Humphrey in her teaching.

In mid-career, he joined the faculty of the School of Theatre Arts, Boston University, and gave annual

summer workshops for performers at Tanglewood. He also directed acclaimed experimental theatre

productions, as well as opera at the university. During this time he worked with actors, singers,

instrumentalists, and dancers.

In 1985, Mr. Gifford joined the faculty of the American Symphony Orchestra League’s workshops for

conductors. He taught annually for the ASOL, until the organization terminated these workshops in

2006, while leading his own very successful conducting workshops, some of which were held on the

island of Elba, Italy, at the invitation of the Thyll-Durr Foundation of Switzerland. Mr. Gifford continues

to give seminars and private classes to conductors throughout the United States and Europe.

Hailed as “dynamic” and “electric” (Prensa, Libre, Guatemala), David Rudge has been acclaimed for

his “Bernstein-like intensity” (The State, Columbia, SC), and has been called “a proper maestro. .

.grandly expressive” (El Ahram, Cairo, Egypt). He has conducted orchestras and operas in Europe,

Africa, the Middle East, South and Central America. A Senior Fulbright Fellow, an International Artistic

Ambassador with the U.S. State Department, and a two-time winner of the International Opera

Conductors’ Competition in the Czech Republic, he has also appeared as a guest conductor with a

number of orchestras in the US and in Europe. Dr. Rudge has worked with some of today’s finest

soloists, including Jeremy Denk, David Kim, Larry Combs, Carol Wincenc, Jeffrey Khaner, Gail

Williams, Jean-Luc Ponty, Mark O’Connor and Yo Yo Ma. Dr. Rudge is currently Director of

Orchestras and Opera at the State University of New York at Fredonia, and Music Director of the

Orchard Park Symphony Orchestra. He is the founder of the Improv. Collective, an organization

dedicated to free improvisation for self-expression, and a member of the Teaching Staff and Board of

Music for People, an organization that advocates freely improvised music.

The teaching starts with an emphasis on body and movement awareness: centering and grounding,

healthy alignment and breathing, relaxation and renewal techniques, and movement improvisation to

find a greater choice and range of movement in performing. The goal of the work is to lead one to

perform with a freer, more spontaneous and expressive body/instrument and to help the performer

become increasingly aware of how and why this greater freedom and expressivity takes place. Self-

awareness is an important principle in the teaching and learning process. The teaching helps each

student become aware of old idiosyncratic constricting stress patterns and how to dissolve them.

Throughout the work the student is encouraged to leave behind the old and the tried, to take risks and

go into the unknown to find new and fresh inner and outer resources.

The College Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. David Rudge, is one of the premiere

ensembles in the Fredonia School of Music. Numbering 100 players, and open to players by audition

only, it maintains high standards of playing and performs several times each semester. Besides

accompanying solo competition winners, and an annual opera, it presents orchestral masterworks

from all periods of music, and has worked with such soloists as Jeffrey Khaner and Yo Yo Ma. Recent

performances have included performances of symphonies and other major symphonic works by

Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Respighi, Adams and Bernstein.

The Fredonia Chamber Orchestra, is an ensemble of 25 – 40 players dedicated to performing works

written from the Baroque period to the present day. The players are chosen from the College

Symphony by audition or by invitation only. The group has done a number of world premieres, and

has performed with soloists from Tafelmusik and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.


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