Summer Conducting Workshop

The Sacramento Summer Wind Conducting Workshop, established in 1994, is a great way for band conductors to improve their awareness and skill in the art of conducting.  Each summer, founder Robert Halseth and an outstanding guest clinician work with 15-20 participants (high school and middle school band directors, grad students, college and community band conductors) for five days, in front of a specially assembled 45-member wind band. 

About our Clinicians
Gary W. Hill, guest clinician, is Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Arizona State University. Previously, he was Director of Bands at the UMKC Conservatory, at East Texas State University, and was Associate Director of Bands at the University of Colorado. Hill began his career in Michigan, where he taught all levels of school bands. Numerous high school, university, and professional ensembles under Hill's direction have performed throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Hill’s current research includes an exploration of biochemical reactions spawned by the musical process and work on a monograph concerning the future of instrumental music in schools.

Robert Halseth, founder and co-clinician of the Sacramento Summer Wind Conducting Workshop, is Professor of Music and Director of Bands at California State University, Sacramento. His 50 years of teaching/conducting include serving on the faculties of Carroll College (WI) and University of the Pacific (CA) before coming to Sacramento. Prior to college teaching, he taught music in the public schools of Oceanside, CA. He has conducted, adjudicated, observed and done research in North America, Europe and Asia. His primary conducting professor for his doctorate was Eugene Corporon.

John Whitwell (twice), Gary Hill, Frederick Fennell, Eugene Corporon, Jack Stamp (twice), Allan McMurray, Stan DeRusha, Michael Haithcock, Jerry Junkin, Craig Kirchhoff, Harvey Benstein, H. Robert Reynolds and Mallory Thompson (five times).
Participants have praised the experience, using such phrases as "Enlightening and encouraging," and "...great teaching, sensitively conveyed and articulately expressed."

22 conductors: 8 women and 14 men; 
seven conductors back for a second (or third or fourth or fifth) time; 
a violinist/music educator from San Francisco on her way to a jazz conference at Juilliard;
 a retired brain surgeon who now conducts and composes for a flute ensemble;
 two undergraduate music majors who have a vital interest in conducting;
 five middle school band conductors;
 seven high school band conductors;
 three community band conductors;
 two college band conductors; 
three conductors with doctorates;
 three with master's degrees in conducting;
 one student about to begin a MM degree in conducting; 
the director of a university music school;
 19 from California;
 1 from New Mexico;
 1 from New York;
 1 from Canada.

Contact Workshop Director Dr. Robert Halseth via email: or phone (916) 278-5091