Conductor Intensive March 28/29 2020 Auckland

Develop your conducting skills through this two day course. Facilitated by Dr Kevin Cameron and Rachel Howley from Maestros with a Mission, you will be given podium time in front of a mature band with immediate feedback, verbal and video. Content will include:

Baton Technique, Score Preparation, Artistic Movement and Gestures, Communication through Imagination and Vocabulary, Conducting with 21st Century Creativity, Philosophies of Conducting, Rehearsal Techniques, Conducting and Positive Education Psychology, Character Strengths in Rehearsal

Kevin offered a small taste of his superpowers as an educator and inspirer at Festival 2019 during his conductor sessions. Each person left the podium energised, empowered and excited to bring change to their practise.

Your Facilitators

Dr Kevin Cameron

Kevin Cameron is an Australian music educator and conductor.  He is Music Director of the New Zealand Youth Symphonic Winds and Geelong Grammar School.

Dr Cameron has studied conducting with some of the world’s finest teachers, including the Italian maestro Gian Luigi Gelmetti and the legendary conducting mentor Gustav Meier.  Dr Cameron has appeared with the Sydney, Tasmanian, West Australian, and Darwin Symphony Orchestras, the State Orchestra of Victoria, the Auckland Philharmonia, the National Orchestra of Ukraine, and many youth and community orchestras across Australia.  In 1994, he was the inaugural winner of the ABC’s Young Conductor of the Year competition, and has subsequently held numerous professional conducting posts, including Principal Conductor of the Band of the South Australia Police, Assistant Conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, ABC Conductor-in-Residence, and Music Director positions at Murdoch University, Newcastle University Choir, and the University of Newcastle Symphony Orchestra.

Dr Cameron works as a guest conductor and clinician throughout Australia.  Dr Cameron has also served as President of the South Australian Band Association and the National Band Council of Australia and he has officiated as an adjudicator at eisteddfodau and important music competitions in all Australian states and territories.  He is currently President of the Victorian Bands’ League.

Rachel Howley

Rachel Howley is an Australian music educator, conductor and researcher. In 2015, Rachel was the founding Director of Grace Academy at Grace Lutheran College, a leading Queensland educational institution in Performing Arts which provides high quality Arts education to 1300 students across several locations, at schools and in the local community. In addition to regularly conducting secondary school ensembles, Rachel is a member of the conducting team for the Queensland Wind Orchestra, and guest conducts ensembles such as the Queensland Youth Orchestra Wind Symphony and Wind Ensemble, as well as various Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University ensembles. She is a member of the Queensland State Honours Ensemble Program conducting team and has assisted with teaching the undergraduate Orchestral Conducting subjects at the Queensland Conservatorium.

Rachel is a current Doctor of Musical Arts candidate, studying conducting with Dr Peter Morris. Her research explores the role of the conductor in championing the wind band works of Australian female composers, and she is an active advocate for encouraging diversity and fair gender representation through the selection of repertoire. Rachel regularly presents sessions for music educators from across Australia on repertoire diversity including at the Australian National Band and Orchestra Conference in 2018 and at the Oxford Conducting Institute’s International Conducting Studies Conference in 2019. Through her research, she has commissioned several new works and facilitated partnerships between emerging composers and Australian publishing companies.   

The Works for Conductors

Candidates will choose one work to conduct from this list. Each conductor will supply their own score, available from JWPepper for between $7.50 and $40 US

Registration Fees (gst incl) Meals not included

  • Conductors: $250
  • Observers One Day: Waged $45/Unwaged $30/Students $15
  • Observers Two Day: Waged $80/Unwaged $50/Students $25

Venue is Laidlaw College in Henderson, Auckland

The Model Band

West City Concert Band will be the model band for you to conduct. West City Concert Band is a community symphonic wind ensemble, that brings engaging and creative music to audiences across the West Auckland region. Founded in 1976, the band has grown to over 50 players of all ages and is part of an organisation of three bands and over 100 members. The New Zealand Concert Band Association has awarded West City Concert Band with numerous awards, including their most distinguished honour, “Outstanding Festival Band”, for the past three years.

The Schedule