Instrumental Conducting Symposium


Saturday, January 17, 2015

8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Alger Hall, Rhode Island College

  • Anthony Maiello, Clinician
  • Robert Franzblau, Clinician
  • Rhode Island College Wind Ensemble

Symposium Schedule (Subject to Change)

  • 8:00 a.m. Registration
  • 8:30 a.m. Warmup
  • 9:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Conducting Sessions
  • 12:00 p.m. Lunch (included in registration cost)
  • 1:30 - 4:15 p.m. Conducting Sessions
  • 4:15 p.m. Wrap-up, Questions, and Evaluation

Refine your conducting skills in a "user-friendly" climate and study with Anthony Maiello, one of America's most respected conductors and teachers. To encourage a mutually supportive atmosphere, all Symposium participants are encouraged to play their major instrument in the ensemble when not conducting. Lunch is included in the registration fee for all participants.

Two Levels of Participation Are Available:

Principal Conductor

Fee: $350

Conductors seeking an intensive, hands-on experience will conduct the Rhode Island College Wind Ensemble in two separate 15-minute sessions (morning and afternoon). All conducting will be professionally recorded for you to keep. The clinicians will offer both live and taped critique. Repertoire will be selected by each Principal Conductor from the list below. Space is limited to ten Principal Conductors and will be assigned based on order of received applications and fees.


Fee: $75

To encourage participation in the symposium by Observer/Participants, we have discounted the fee to $75! Those wishing to audit the workshop without actually conducting will gain valuable insight by observing Mr. Maiello’s work with the Principal Conductors. Observer/Participants will share in all Symposium sessions, and space is unlimited.


Repertoire will be selected by each Principal Conductor from the following list. Choose two works from among the following:

Air for BandErickson3
Flourish for Wind BandVaughan Williams3
On a Hymnsong of Philip BlissHolsinger3
Overture for WindsCarter3
Salvation is CreatedTschesnokoff/Houseknect3
Three Ayres from GloucesterStuart3
First Suite in EbHolst4
Folk Song SuiteVaughan Williams4
Esprit de CorpsJager5
Overture to The Italian in AlgiersRossini/Cailliet5
William Byrd SuiteJacob5
Variations on a Theme of HaydnBrahms/Hindsley6

Graduate Credit

Graduate credit from Rhode Island College is available.  One hour of graduate credit may be elected  by Principal Conductors.  Tuition for this option is in addition to the workshop fee.  A short paper is also required.  For details email

Hotel Accommodations

Participants coming to the symposium from out of town can find a list of nearby hotels here. The College is approximately 13 miles from Providence's T.F. Green Airport (PVD).

Anthony Maiello, Clinician

Anthony J. Maiello makes professional appearances both nationally and abroad conducting music festivals, adjudicating ensembles and presenting clinics, lectures and workshops throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Bahamas and Europe. He conducted musical activities for the Gold Medal Ceremonies at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York; served as Musical Director for Music Festivals International; was selected as President of International Association of Jazz Educators New York State Chapter; and is a guest clinician for Yamaha Corporation and Warner Bros. Publications. In 2010, he was inducted into the Bands of America Hall of Fame.

Professional recording credits include conducting the American Wind Symphony and additional studio ensembles for Alfred/Belwin Publications. Locally, Maiello has served as Associate Conductor of The McLean Orchestra, McLean, Virginia; been appointed an Honorary Conductor of The United States Navy Band, Washington, D.C.; and was a participant in the National Conducting Institute with Leonard Slatkin and the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C., to which he has provided his services as a cover conductor.

Maiello received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Music Education from Ithaca College and has extensive experience teaching in the public schools and at the university level. While at the Crane School of Music, Potsdam College of SUNY, Potsdam, New York, he served as a Professor of Music and Chairman of Performance, where he taught Advanced Instrumental Conducting, Applied Clarinet, Woodwind Techniques, Percussion Techniques and conducted the Crane Wind Ensemble.

Presently Associate Director and a Professor of Music with George Mason University's School of Music, in Fairfax, Virginia, Maiello conducts the GMU Repertory Orchestra and teaches Graduate and Undergraduate Conducting, Jazz Theory & Arranging and Advanced Sight-Singing. From 1996 to 2009, he conducted the GMU Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra. Under his direction, the ensembles at both Crane and George Mason University commissioned new works, made numerous recordings and appeared at national and international conferences. Throughout his career, Maiello has published musical compositions for string orchestra and is the author of Conducting Nuances (GIA Publications); Conducting: A Hands-On-Approach (Warner Bros./Alfred Publications); and co-author of The 21st Century Band Method (Warner Bros./Alfred Publications). In 2007, Maiello was awarded the title of "University Professor" by the GMU Board of Visitors, the highest rank given to Mason faculty members. In 2012, he was presented with the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia “Signature Award” for promoting music in America, and was nominated for a GRAMMY Music Educator Award. Maestro Maiello is the founder and Conductor/Artistic Director of the American Festival Pops Orchestra, a professional ensemble in the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area dedicated to promoting and performing the finest in American popular music.

Robert Franzblau, Clinician

Dr. Robert Franzblau serves as Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Rhode Island College, a position he has held since 1997. In addition to conducting the Wind Ensemble and Chamber Winds, his duties include teaching courses in conducting, music theory, and music education at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Under his direction, the Rhode Island College Wind Ensemble has recently performed at regional conventions of the College Band Directors National Association and the Music Educators National Conference. In 2004 he founded the Music Institute at Rhode Island College, a summer honors camp for talented high school musicians. He is the author of So You Want to Be a Music Major: A Guide for High School Students, Their Parents, Guidance Counselors, and Music Teachers, published by Meredith Music Publications.

Dr. Franzblau earned the Bachelor of Music in music education from the University of Iowa; studied conducting with John P. Paynter at Northwestern University, earning a Master of Music with a double major in conducting and music education; and received his Ph.D. in music education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

In December 2008, Dr. Franzblau was named as the third Music Director and Conductor of the Rhode Island Wind Ensemble, a community band originally founded in 1969. Previously, he has served as Assistant Conductor, Acting Artistic Director, and Guest Conductor with the Metropolitan Wind Symphony, a Boston-area community band. He is the founder and conductor of the Rhode Island Wind Orchestra, a chamber wind ensemble of professional musicians.

He continues to serve the band and music education professions as past president and editor of the RIMER, the official journal of the Rhode Island Music Educators Association. He is active in CBDNA and serves on the joint ABA/CBDNA Music Reprint Committee. He serves as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator for bands throughout the country.

Rhode Island College Wind Ensemble

The Rhode Island College Wind Ensemble functions as both a full wind band and as a pool of players for performing chamber wind repertoire. Open by audition to students of all majors at the College, it is nonetheless composed primarily of undergraduate music majors. The Wind Ensemble is committed to the performance of new music, having recently premiered works by James Bohn, Barbara Kolb, Alan Shockley, Michael DeQuattro, Michael Weinstein, and several student composers, in addition to participating in the National Wind Ensemble Consortium Group. The Rhode Island College Wind Ensemble has collaborated with the Roger Williams University Dance Theatre and the Rhode Island College Dance Company for premiere performances of original music and choreography. Recent guest conductors include Frank L. Battisti, Roger Cichy, and Gunther Schuller, and guest soloists include Ron Barron, (trombone), Otis Murphy (saxophone), Jens Lindemann (trumpet), and Tony Clements (tuba). Invited performances include appearances at the MENC Eastern Division Conference (2003) and the CBDNA Eastern Division Conference (2005 and 2009).

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