conducting workshop

Wind Bands workshop

ASU Wind Bands

2023 Conducting Workshop


Join us Oct. 13–15 to inform and inspire your gesture, score study, pedagogy and more!

Geared towards wind band teachers of all levels, including aspiring graduate students, this three-day workshop offers significant podium time with the ASU Chamber Winds, one-on-one time with the clinicians and sessions in score study, movement and more.




  Gary W. Hill 

  Director of Bands Emeritus at ASU 

Friday, Oct. 13 – Sunday, Oct. 15

View the schedule and workshop information below.


Friday, Oct. 13

1 p.m. Welcome and introductions

1:25 p.m. Open rehearsal (Gary Hill, guest clinician) 
Guest clinician Gary Hill will rehearse Schmitt's iconic Dionysiaques with the Wind Ensemble and also work with ASU's current graduate conducting students.

3:30 p.m. Question and answer with Gary Hill

4 p.m. Dinner on your own.

6 p.m. Chamber Winds Session 1

9 p.m. Social gathering

Saturday, Oct. 14

8 a.m. Registration / coffee (provided)

8:15 a.m. Announcements

8:30 a.m. Conducting session 2

11:30 a.m. Lunch (provided)

1 p.m. Breakout sessions

4 p.m. Question and answer session

6 p.m. Social gathering

Sunday, Oct.15         

8 a.m. Coffee (provided)

8:15 a.m. Announcements

8:30 a.m. Conducting session 3    

11:30 a.m. Closing remarks and group photo


Director of Bands
Associate Professor of Music
Arizona State University

Jason Caslor, an educational clinician for Conn-Selmer, directs the wind ensemble, mentors graduate conducting students and teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting courses. From 2015-19, Caslor served as assistant professor and associate director of bands and orchestras at ASU. From 2010-15, he served as assistant professor of instrumental conducting at Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada where he conducted the wind ensemble and oversaw the instrumental conducting programs. Caslor spent three seasons as resident conductor with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra where he conducted more than 75 concerts (including a CBC Radio national broadcast) and recorded a full-length, internationally distributed CD with Canadian blues artist Rita Chiarelli. Recipient of an “Excellence in Teaching Award” from Memorial University’s Students’ Union in 2012, He spent several years as an instrumental and choral instructor in the public school system . Caslor has conducted the National Youth Band of Canada, the South Dakota All State Band, the South Dakota Intercollegiate Band and the Alberta Wind Symphony and has presented his work at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, the WASBE International Conference, and the CBDNA National Conference., He completed his doctorate in conducting at ASU, a master's in conducting from the University of Manitoba and dual bachelor's in music and education from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada.

Associate Director of Bands
Assistant Professor of Music
Arizona State University

Jamal Duncan joined the faculty of Arizona State University in Fall of 2020 as associate director of bands and assistant professor of instrumental conducting. His primary responsibilities are conducting the Wind Symphony and teaching classes in conducting. A winner of the 2022 American Prize in Band/Wind Ensemble conducting, Duncan has conducted and adjudicated ensembles of all levels throughout the U.S. and internationally. Duncan is also committed to programming music that tells the stories of different cultures with an intentional focus on the diverse composers who tell these stories. Duncan received the doctor of musical arts in wind conducting and a master of music in wind conducting degrees from Michigan State University where he studied with Dr. Kevin L. Sedatole. Duncan received a bachelor of music degree from the University of Michigan with a dual emphasis in clarinet performance and music education.


Director of Athletic Bands
Professor of Practice
Arizona State University

In his 15th year at ASU, Hudson coordinates and directs the Sun Devil Marching Band, and Athletic Bands. During his tenure with the SDMB, they have consistently been selected by the College Band Directors National Association as an exemplary collegiate program. They have performed with Tower of Power, Little Richard, OAR, and the Boston Brass and are one of two bands in the Pac 12 to have been awarded the prestigious Sudler Trophy. Prior to his appointment at the ASU, he served for three years as Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Kansas and for eleven years as Director of Bands at Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University). While at the University of Kansas, he directed the University of Kansas Marching Jayhawks, the Volleyball and Basketball Bands, KU Jazz Ensemble II and the University Band. He also serves as coordinator of the Midwest Music Camps. While at Southwest Texas, the Pride of the Hillcountry Marching Band performed internationally in Switzerland, Italy, France, and Ireland and nationally at the 1999 Bands of America Grand National Championships. His public school teaching experience includes one year at Harmony Community Schools in Farmington, IA and nine years at Oskaloosa Community Schools in Oskaloosa, IA.


Director of Bands Emeritus
Arizona State University

Gary W. Hill is Professor of Music and Director of Bands Emeritus at Arizona State University, where he taught from 1999-2019. During Professor Hill’s 39 years as a collegiate conducting teacher, he taught scores of undergraduate and graduate conducting students and served as the primary mentor for 53 wind band conducting majors, 8 who are serving as conductors of US Armed Forces’ ensembles and other professional groups, and 42 who won university teaching positions. As a conductor, high school, university, and professional ensembles under Hill's direction have given performances at national conferences and conventions and throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Hill is one of the most sought after guest conductors and clinicians in the instrumental music education field. As a clinician, Hill has presented hundreds of workshops on conducting and rehearsal technique for music teachers of all levels and has worked with thousands of bands and orchestras and their teachers. Professor Hill is currently a Conn-Selmer Educational Clinician.


Assistant Professor
School of Music, Dance and Theatre
Arizona State University

With 25 years of expertise as cross-disciplinary performer, poet, educator, filmmaker, and social engagement artist, RobertFaridKarimi brings nourishment, playfulness, and interactive storytelling to spaces worldwide. Karimi now designs games and interactive performance experiences to spark audiences/players, in all manner of civic spaces, to imagine worlds of mutual community nourishment. Their research focuses on the power of play and playfulness in socially engaged art and the role of cultural collision in shaping the non-binary imaginary. Karimi is always working on ways to bring nourishing fun to every environment he enters. 


Registration and travel

Participant options

Conducting participants ($250) - Limited to 14 conductors

Observer ($75) - No limit

ASU Music Student Observer (Free) 

How to apply

Complete the application here. Applications received by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2023, will be reviewed, and acceptance or waitlist notifications (along with payment instructions) will be sent via e-mail by Friday, August 18, 2023. Payment in full is due Sept. 1, 2023.


Charles Gounod: Petite Symphonie (1885)

Carl Orff / F. Wanek: Carmina Burana (1937/1981)    

Gordon Jacob: Old Wine in New Bottles (1958)

Mozart: Serenade in Eb Major (1781)

Music can be purchased from your favorite music dealer. Midwest Sheet Music also has scores on hand. They can be reached here.


Parking is available in LOT 3. Monday through Saturday, 24-hours a day.


The two closest hotels within walking distance of ASU Gammage are the Graduate Tempe and University Inn and Suites.


Phoenix Sky Harbor (PHX) is among the largest commercial airports in the United States. It is only a 15-minute UBER/LYFT ride to ASU Gammage.


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