NorCal Wind Conducting Symposium


American River College, Sacramento CA

June 17 - 22, 2018

About Our Clinicians

ConductorDr. Peter Loel Boonshaft, called one of the most exciting and exhilarating voices in music education today, currently serves as Director of Bands at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. He has received official proclamations from the Governors of five States and a Certificate of Appreciation from former President Reagan. He has performed for former President and Mrs. George H. W. Bush, former President Clinton and former UK Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher. He holds a Bachelor of Music (Summa Cum Laude,) a Master of Music Education in Conducting and a Doctorate of Musical Arts degrees. Dr. Boonshaft is the author of several best-selling books on music education. Active as a proponent of new literature for concert band, he has commissioned and conducted over forty world premieres. He is also extremely active as a guest conductor, clinician and speaker worldwide.

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. 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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