6246 Discovering Musical Direction and Expression in the Score through Note Grouping, Phrasing and Line


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Using David McGill’s Sound in Motion: A Performer’s Guide to Greater Musical Expression as a starting point, this course defines motion in music and explores harmonic, rhythmic and motivic grouping. Standard wind literature is used to study musical line as implied by function, structure, phrasing and the four elements of music: meter, rhythm, melody and harmony. Prominent clinicians will provide tips and techniques that will help you represent musical line in your conducting gestures. After this course, your score study and rehearsal preparation will be more focused, energized and productive. Your students will notice the difference and be even more inspired by your musical leadership.


David McGill, Charles "Chip" Staley, Gary Green, Andrew Boysen, & Stephen Squires


David_McGillDavid McGill

Since the fall of 2014, David McGill has been the Professor of Bassoon at the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University.

Prior to his Professorship Mr. McGill served as principal bassoonist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (1997-2014), the Cleveland Orchestra (1988-1997), and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (1985-88). At seventeen years of age he also won the position of principal bassoon in his hometown orchestra, the Tulsa Philharmonic (1980-81).

McGill won a 2001 Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Soloist(s) with Orchestra for the Chicago Symphony’s recording of Strauss’s Duet Concertino for Clarinet, Bassoon, String Orchestra and Harp. He was the original principal bassoonist of the World Orchestra for Peace, formed in 1995 by Sir George Solti. He was the 1983 winner of the International Double Reed Society’s George Gillet Performance Competition.

David McGill has also recorded Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto with the Cleveland Orchestra, under the direction of Christoph von Dohnanyi; Saint-Sae╠łns’s Sonata for Bassoon, with Peter Serkin, piano; Poulenc’s Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano, with Alfred Genovese, oboe, and Peter Serkin, piano.

He has appeared as a soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, Tulsa Philharmonic, Annapolis Symphony, Oklahoma Symphony. Also with Symphony New Brunswick and Orchestra London (Canada) in performances of a work written for him, Oskar Morawetz’s Concerto for Bassoon and Chamber Orchestra. In 2007 he performed John Williams’s Five Sacred Trees (Bassoon Concerto) with the composer conducting.

McGill is the author of Sound in Motion: A Performer’s Guide to Greater Musical Expression, published by Indiana University Press. He has also recorded an Orchestral Excerpts for Bassoon CD, which includes spoken commentary.

In addition to his current position at Northwestern University, he has taught at Indiana University, DePaul University, Roosevelt University, the Cleveland Institute of Music and the University of Toronto.

David McGill holds a 1985 Bachelor’s Degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Sol Schoenbach, John de Lancie, and John Minsker.


Green,_Gary_headshotGary Green, Professor of Music and Director of Bands at the University of Miami Frost School of Music, teaches conducting and serves as the conductor of the Frost Wind Ensemble. Formerly the chair of the Department of Instrumental Performance, Green holds a B.M. degree from Boise State University and an M.M. degree from the University of Idaho. He formerly conducted the University of Connecticut’s Symphony Band, Wind Ensemble, and Marching Band. Green also was director of bands at University High School in Spokane, Washington, one of the most widely respected band programs in the nation. Throughout his career, Green has received numerous honors and awards. His recent conducting activities include events in Florida, Texas, Connecticut, Kansas, Maryland, Georgia, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and others. In addition, he has conducted all state, regional, national, and international honor bands.



Andrew Boysen Jr. is presently a professor in the music department at the University of New Hampshire, where he conducts the wind symphony and teaches conducting and composition. Under his leadership, the UNH wind symphony has released six recordings and been invited to perform at regional conventions of the College Band Directors National Association and National Association for Music Education. Previously, Boysen taught at Indiana State University and Cary-Grove (IL) High School, and was the music director and conductor of the Deerfield Community Concert Band. He remains active as a guest conductor and clinician, appearing with high school, university and festival ensembles across the United States, Great Britain, and Australia.

Boysen earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in wind conducting at the Eastman School of Music, where he served as conductor of the Eastman Wind Orchestra and assistant conductor of the Eastman Wind Ensemble. He received his Master of Music degree in wind conducting from Northwestern University in 1993 and his Bachelor of Music degree in music education and music composition from the University of Iowa in 1991.

He maintains an active schedule as a composer, receiving commissions from festival, university, and high school concert bands across the United States. Boysen won the International Horn Society Composition Contest in 2000, the University of Iowa Honors Composition Prize in 1991 and has twice won the Claude T. Smith Memorial Band Composition Contest, in 1991 and 1994. Boysen has several published works with the Neil A. Kjos Music Company, Wingert-Jones Music, Alfred Music, Masters Music, and C. Alan Publications, including pieces for band, orchestra, clarinet and piano, and brass choir. Recordings of his music appear on the Sony, R-Kal, Mark, St. Olaf and Elf labels.



DSC_1623Stephen Squires is a musician with a career that blends his passions for conducting, teaching, and performing.  Mr. Squires has had the honor to conduct for many exceptional artists, including Frederica von Stade, Samuel Ramey, Janos Starker, Pinchas Zuckerman, Shmuel Ashkenasi, John Browning, Leon Bates, Stewart Goodyear, Richard Stoltzman, Ani Kavafian, Wendy Warner, James Tocco, Kevin Cole, Vadim Gluzman and most of the principal players of the Chicago Symphony and Lyric Opera Orchestras.  Fully committed to conducting the music of living composers, he has premiered over forty new works.

Mr. Squires received his musical training at the Preparatory School of the Eastman School of Music and the Crane School of Music, in his home state of New York.  He earned his Master’s degree in Instrumental Conducting/Trumpet Performance at California State University, Northridge.  Further conducting studies were with Helmuth Rilling, Maurice Abravanel, Daniel Lewis, Tsung Yeh, and at the Aspen Music Festival. Mr. Squires has conducted recordings for the Delos, Spring Hill (a division of EMI), MEDR, Editions de la Rue Margot, and Centaur labels.  His most recent recording (in progress) is for the Albany label, featuring the music of Victoria Bond.

Stephen Squires is Professor of Conducting in the Music Conservatory at the Chicago College of Performing Arts, Roosevelt University.  Prior to this appointment he served on the artist faculty of the Northern Illinois School of Music for nineteen years, where he received the prestigious “Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award.”


Staley,_Charles_headshot_2013Charles "Chip" Staley began his teaching career at Eisenhower H. S. in Blue Island, Illinois. Staley recently retired from public school teaching after 30 years in District 204 in Naperville, where he served as the Fine Arts Chair first at Waubonsie Valley and then at Neuqua Valley High School. Over his career, Staley taught Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra and Musical Theater Orchestra. Under his guidance, the Neuqua Valley Fine Arts Department was awarded the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts National Schools of Distinction in Arts Education Award. Neuqua Valley has been honored by the GRAMMY®Foundation seven times with GRAMMY®Gold status, and was twice recognized as the GRAMMY®National Signature School.

Staley’s bands and orchestras have performed at the Midwest Clinic, Chicago’s Symphony Center, University of Illinois’s Krannert Hall and at concert venues in China, England, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Hungary and the Czech Republic.

Staley is the recipient of the John Paynter Lifetime Achievement Award, the Mary Hoffman Excellence in Teaching Award, the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra's Music Inspiration Award, and the John Philip Sousa Foundation’s Sudler Flag of Honor. Staley is a member of the Illinois Music Educators Association Assessment Committee and is an advisor for the Illinois State Board of Education. Staley is a National Board certified teacher holding degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Illinois.


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6246 Discovering Musical Direction and Expression in the Score through Note Grouping, Phrasing and Line

June 20-24
3 graduate credits
Location: TBD

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Tuition: $960
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Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


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