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”
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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