Missouri State Conducting Workshop

Saturday, February 5, 2022

Mark your calendars for the MSU Conducting Workshop! This year's guest conductor will be Mallory Thompson, Director of Bands at Northwestern University, along with MSU Band Faculty, Dr. John Zastoupil (Director of Concert Bands), Dr. Brad Snow (Director of Athletic Bands) and Dr. Jeremy Chesman (Professor of Music).

Registration Resources

PARTICIPANT slots have been filled. OBSERVER option still available.

Registration is open.

Workshop Details

When: Saturday, February 5, 2022
Who: Music Educators, graduate and undergraduate conducting students

Where: Wehr Band Hall on the Missouri State University campus

What: All day workshop including morning and afternoon conducting sessions with the MSU Wind Ensemble. Movement session by Jeremy Chesman, and a presentation by internationally recognized conductor and pedagogue Mallory Thompson.

Workshop Fees: (fee includes lunch and symposium materials)

  • Participant: $125 (limited to 14)
    • participating conductors receive podium time with each ensemble and coaching by our clinicians
    • achieve professional development hours
  • Observer: $50 (unlimited enrollment)
  • Student (non-MSU) Observer: $25 (unlimited enrollment)

Workshop Repertoire: (Conductors will select one piece or movement for each session)

• Wind Ensemble Session: (select one)
Gustav Holst – Hammersmith
Omar Thomas – Shenandoah
Percy Grainger - Lincolnshire Posy, mvt I, II, IV, V
• Wind Symphony Session: (select one)
Dmitri Shostakovich – Folk Dances
John Barnes – Yorkshire Ballad
Vincent Persichetti – Divertimento, mvt I, II, III, IV, V, VI

Tentative Workshop Schedule:

Time Event
7:45am Registration / Breakfast (Foyer, Room 125)
8:00am Welcome (Room 125)
8:05am Morning "Tune Up" by Jeremy Chesman (Room 125)
8:45am Conducting Session I* (Room 123)
12:15pm Lunch (provided)
1:00pm Presentation by Mallory Thompson (Room 125)
1:45pm BREAK
2:00pm Conducting Session II* (Room 123)
5:15pm Wrap-Up (Room 125)
5:30pm Dinner (location TBA, Dutch treat)


Email Dr. Zastoupil or bands@missouristate.edu with questions.

Mallory Thompson is director of bands, professor of music, coordinator of the conducting program, and holds the John W. Beattie Chair of Music at Northwestern University. In 2003 she was named a Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence. As the third person in the university's history to hold the director of bands position, Dr. Thompson conducts the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting, and administers all aspects of the band program. She has recorded five albums with the Northwestern University Symphonic Wind Ensemble on the Summit Records label.

Thompson received the Bachelor of Music Education degree and Master of Music degree in conducting from Northwestern University, where she studied conducting with John P. Paynter and trumpet with Vincent Cichowicz. She received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Donald Hunsberger.

Maintaining an active schedule as guest conductor, conducting teacher, and guest lecturer throughout the United States and Canada, Thompson has had the privilege of teaching conducting to thousands of undergraduates, graduate students, and professional educators. She has served as a conductor or clinician at the College Band Directors National Association regional and national conventions, the Midwest Clinic, the Interlochen Arts Academy, numerous state music conventions, and the Aspen Music Festival. In addition to conducting all-state ensembles throughout the United States, she has had professional engagements as guest conductor with the United States Air Force Band, the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” the United States Army Field Band, the United States Coast Guard Band, the United States Navy Band, the West Point Band, the Dallas Wind Symphony, Symphony Silicon Valley, the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings, Monarch Brass Ensemble, and Banda Sinfônica in Sao Pãulo, Brazil. Her professional affiliations include Pi Kappa Lambda, the College Band Directors National Association, and the American Bandmasters Association.

Dr. Thompson is especially proud of her 53 graduate conducting students and the hundreds of outstanding Symphonic Wind Ensemble members with whom she has had the joy of making music at Northwestern. She treasures her relationship with the Wildcat Marching Band and is honored to preserve and grow Northwestern’s legacy.