Bringing Implied Motion in Music "To the Fore"


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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.


Charles "Chip" Staley, Craig Kirchhoff, Stephen Squires & Bill Jastrow


Charles "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’ 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.
Craig Kirchhoff is professor of conducting at the University of Minnesota. Born and educated in Wisconsin, Kirchhoff brings to his position a wide knowledge of both traditional and contemporary literature. He has won critical acclaim from composers Warren Benson, Henry Brant, Michael Colgrass, Karel Husa, Libby Larsen, George Perle, Vincent Persichetti, Stephen Paulus, Verne Reynolds, Gunther Schuller, Joseph Schwantner, Steven Stucky, Elliott Schwartz, Chen Yi and others. Kirchhoff is past president of the College Band Directors National Association, and is an active member of the American Bandmasters Association, the National Band Association, the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, and the Music Educators National Conference. He also served as the founding editor and principal advisor of the College Band Directors National Association Journal. Kirchhoff has appeared as guest conductor, clinician and lecturer throughout the U.S., Australia, Canada, Japan, Taiwan, Europe and Scandinavia. He is a frequent guest conductor of the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra and has recorded with them on the Kosei Publishing label.


Stephen Squires is a musician with a career that blends his passions for conducting, teaching and performing. Squires has had the honor to conduct for many exceptional artists, including Frederica von Stade, Samuel Ramey, János Starker, Pinchas Zuckerman, Shmuel Ashkenasi, John Browning, Leon Bates, Stewart Goodyear, Richard Stoltzman, Ani Kavafian, Wendy Warner, James Tocco, Kevin Cole, Vadim Gluzman, and many principal players of the Chicago Symphony and Lyric Opera Orchestras. Fully committed to conducting the music of living composers, Squires has premiered over 40 new works.
Squires received his musical training at the Preparatory School of the Eastman School of Music and the Crane School of Music, both in his home state of New York. He earned his master’s degree in instrumental conducting and trumpet performance at California State University, Northridge. He completed further conducting studies with Helmuth Rilling, Maurice Abravanel, Daniel Lewis, Tsung Yeh, and at the Aspen Music Festival. Squires has conducted recordings for the Delos, Spring Hill (a division of EMI), MEDR, Editions Margot, and Centaur labels.  His most recent recording (in progress) is for the Albany label, featuring the music of Victoria Bond.
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 19 years, where he received the prestigious Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award.
JastrowSpanning 41 years, William Jastrow’s teaching experience ranges from a community high school with an enrollment of 450 students, to Neuqua Valley H.S. with an enrollment exceeding 4,000, to the position of Music Education Coordinator for Indian Prairie School District 204, a unit district comprising 33 schools and 29,500 students.  Teaching and conducting responsibilities at Neuqua Valley included concert bands, jazz ensembles, marching band, and the Klangfarben Percussion Ensembles.  Jastrow holds degrees in music education from the University of Illinois and Northwestern University.
A frequent Illinois All-State and NAfME clinician, as well as a district and all-state festival conductor, Jastrow served the Illinois Music Education Association Board of Directors as Band Division President and State President. As an executive officer Jastrow assumed a leading role in the development of a Leadership Conference for exemplary music educators, a Future Music Educators Symposium for high school students, and an All-State Percussion Ensemble.  As past-president, Jastrow was active in promoting a statewide survey on the status of music education, contributed to the planning of “Dream Out Loud”, a joint advocacy initiative with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Yamaha, and authored numerous articles on the vital role that music should play as part of a comprehensive education for all students. 
Over his career, Jastrow’s bands have performed for the University of Illinois Superstate Festival, the NBA National Convention, the West Sussex International Youth Music Festival, and the Liberty, Outback, and Fiesta Bowl festivals and parades, as well as for international audiences in Canada, the United Kingdom, Scandinavia, and the People’s Republic of China.  During his tenure, Neuqua Valley H.S. was recognized as the Kennedy Center National School of Distinction in Fine Arts Education and was a multiple recipient of the Grammy Signature Gold and National Signature School Award.  A 2011 inductee into the Phi Beta Mu Illinois Bandmasters Hall of Fame, Jastrow is a recipient of the John Paynter Lifetime Achievement Award, Illinois State Board of Education "Those Who Excel" Recognition, ILMEA Distinguished Service Award, and NAfME Excellence in Teaching Music Award.


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Bring Implies Motion in Music "To The Fore"

Instructors: Charles "Chip" Staley, Craig Kirchhoff, Stephen Squires & Bill Jastrow 
Guest Ensemble: Merit School of Music Summer Wind Ensemble.
3 Graduate Credits
Tuition: $1,020, due in full at registration  
Course Code: 6088
Dates: July 16-20, 2018
Location: VanderCook College of Music
3140 S. Federal St. Chicago, IL 60616
Room: TBD

VanderCook College of Music

3140 South Federal Street
Chicago, IL 60616-3731
(312) 225-6288

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