NorCal Wind Conducting Symposium


American River College, Sacramento CA

June 14 - 19, 2020

About Our Clinicians

ConductorAllan McMurray is an internationally-acclaimed artist conductor, teacher and author. He has conducted professional orchestras, ballet, opera and contemporary chamber ensembles, but it is his passion for wind music and the teaching of conducting that has inspired the majority of his music career.

Professor McMurray was Director of Bands and the Robert and Judy Charles Professor of Conducting at the University of Colorado from 1978 until 2013. During his tenure, he developed the master and doctoral programs in Instrumental Conducting and the summer conducting symposium that took place for 25 years.

In 2004, in recognition of the international impact of his teaching and professional activities, the University of Colorado and its Board of Regents honored Allan McMurray with the lifetime appointment of Distinguished Professor.

Conductor HalsethDr. Robert Halseth is Conductor/Music Director of Sierra Nevada Winds Orchestra and Director of Bands Emeritus at California State University, Sacramento, a position he held from 1993- 2016. Previously, he served as Director of Bands at University of the Pacific and Carroll College (WI). He began his instrumental teaching career in the public schools of Oceanside, CA. For 50 years he played bass trombone professionally. He has appeared as a frequent guest conductor, adjudicator, and clinician in the US as well as Australia, Guam, Japan, Singapore, and Thailand. He received the Dave Goedecke Lifetime Achievement Award from the California Band Directors Association and in 2016 was inducted into the California Music Educators Hall of Fame.

Previous Guest Clinicians:

Conducting Workshop

  • Dr. Kevin Sedatole
  • Dr. Peter Boonshaft
  • Dr. Emily Threinen
  • John Whitwell
  • Harvey Benstein
  • Frederick Fennell
  • Eugene Corporon
  • Jerry Junkin
  • Jack Stamp
  • Craig Kirchhoff
  • Mike Haithcock
  • Gary Hill
  • Allan McMurray
  • Stan DeRusha
  • H. Robert Reynolds
  • Mallory Thompson

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