Wind Conductors’ Academy

The Music Division Announces
the First Annual Wind Conductors’ Academy

With Dr. James P. McCrann


 Eugene Migliaro Corporon

  • • Regents Professor and Director of Wind Studies, University of North Texas
  • • Conductor of the North Texas Wind Symphony & Lone Star Wind Orchestra
  • • Resident Conductor, Showa University of Music, Kawasaki City, Japan

Five Towns College Music Division - Wind Conductors' Academy

Center for Applied Music
Tuesday through Friday, July 6-9, 2021; 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.


This four-day, hands-on workshop, designed for wind band conductors of all grades and levels of experience, will explore both functional and expressive conducting gesture and technique designed to elicit highly musical ensemble performances, efficient rehearsal strategies, and aesthetically fulfilling learning opportunities for students. The internationally acclaimed wind conductor, Eugene Corporon, will lead lecture sessions on effective movement and pedagogy culminating in the application of those skills into practice, with student-conducted rehearsals in a lab wind ensemble setting. This course is limited to 15 conducting participants, and open to an unlimited number of playing observers. It may be offered as a non-credit option, or for two graduate credits at an additional fee.


8:15 – 9:00 AMRegistration
9:00 – 12:30 PMLecture and Breakout Sessions on Movement and Score Study
12:30 – 1:30 PMLunch
1:30 – 5:15 PMConducting Practicum with Lab Band, participants in 

15-minute slots

5:15 – 5:30 PMSummary and Review



Eugene Migliaro Corporon is the Conductor of the Wind Symphony and Regents Professor of Music at the University of North Texas. As Director of Wind Studies, he guides all aspects of the program, including the Master’s and Doctoral degrees in wind conducting. His performances have drawn praise from colleagues, composers, connoisseurs and music critics alike. Professor Corporon’s career, which spans six decades, includes collegiate positions at California State University, Fullerton, the University of Wisconsin, the University of Northern Colorado, Michigan State University, the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and the University of North Texas. His ensembles have performed at numerous regional and international conferences, including the Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Conference, the Japan Band Clinic, and the Conference for the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles.

Mr. Corporon maintains an active guest-conducting schedule and is in demand as a conductor and teacher throughout the world. He is past president of the College Band Directors National Association and a past member of the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles International Board. He is  a frequent guest conductor at the Showa University of Music in Kawasaki City, Japan, has also served as a visiting conductor at the Manhattan School of Music, the Juilliard School, the Interlochen World Center for Arts Education and the Aspen Music Festival and School. He is the Music Director and Conductor of the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, a professional group made up of passionate and committed musicians from the Dallas/Denton/Fort Worth metroplex.

Having recorded over 1000 works, including many premieres and commissions, his groups have released 150 plus recordings on the GIA, Toshiba/EMI, Klavier, Mark, CAFUA, Donemus, Soundmark, Albany, Naxos, and Centaur labels. These recordings, three of which have appeared on the Grammy nomination long ballot, are aired regularly on radio broadcasts throughout Asia, Europe, and the Americas. The collective recordings with the North Texas Wind Symphony, Cincinnati Wind Symphony, Showa Wind Symphony and Lone Star Wind Orchestra have garnered more than 15 million hits worldwide on such sites as YouTube, Pandora and Spotify. He is also co-host with Barry Green on The Inner Game of Music video and appears with James Jordan on The Anatomy of Conducting DVD. He is co-author of the book Teaching Music Through Performance in Band that is published in eleven volumes by GIA Publications. This series includes twenty-three sets of Resource Recordings by the North Texas Wind Symphony.

Professor Corporon, who was inducted into the Bands of America Hall of Fame in 2014, is a recipient of the International Grainger Society Distinctive Contribution Medallion, the Kappa Kappa Psi Distinguished Service to Music Award, the Phi Beta Mu International Band Conductor of the Year Award as well as an Honorary Life Membership granted by the Texas Bandmasters Association. He has also received the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia National Citation for advancing the cause of music in America, the University of North Texas Student Government Association Honor Professor Award for Teaching Excellence, Student Rapport, and Scholarly Publications, the American School Band Directors Association A. A. Harding Award for making significant and lasting contributions to the school band movement, and the California State University, Long Beach, College of Fine Arts and Department of Music Distinguished Alumni Awards. He was awarded the Midwest Clinic Medal of Honor in 2015 to recognize his unique service to music education and continuing influence on the development and improvement of bands and orchestras worldwide.


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  1. *Conducting Participant (Limited to 15). Includes all lecture sessions, daily podium time, video commentary, and personalized conducting instruction.
  2. Observer/Playing Participant (Open Enrollment): Includes all lecture sessions, observation of conducting instruction, and playing participation in a lab ensemble setting.
  3. Daily Observer (Open Enrollment): Includes access to lecture sessions and observation of conducting instruction on a per day basis.


  1. Two-credit option (30 contact hours) as a “Conducting Participant,” July 6-9.
  2. Two-credit option (30 contact hours) as an “Observer/Playing Participant,” July 6-9.
  3. Three-credit option for both “Conductor” and “Observer” to include a 1-credit online companion course in “Wind Literature and Resources” (15-hour equivalent, 45 hours total when combined with the conducting workshop). This will be offered in July 2021 and instructed by Dr. James McCrann.

*Conducting participants are limited to a total number of 15 (with an unlimited number of observers). Interested conductors must include a letter of interest and resume, along with their application materials, to be considered for the finite number of spots.

All participants will have full access to lectures and conducting demonstrations. They are asked to perform in the lab ensemble on their instrument.


An optional, companion, one-credit on-line course offering of Wind Literature and Resources will complement the conducting workshop by exploring both traditional and contemporary core wind band repertoire at all levels, current issues in instrumental music education, and various other resources that band directors can utilize to enhance their classroom instruction. This supplemental course, combined with the workshop, will offer interested students a three-credit graduate level option to apply to a graduate degree program or school district contract salary increment.


The option to dorm in the newly constructed, air conditioned, residence buildings is available at the rate of  $165 (3  nights for duration of the Academy).


During the summer, the Upbeat Café is open on a limited basis serving breakfast and lunch. Within a 5-mile radius of the campus are numerous restaurants that cater to a wide variety of cuisines and service options.


Professional Development Certificate or

*New York State Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) Hours:

Conducting Participant – 4 Days$600
Observer/Playing Participant – 4 Days$300
One Day Observer$100


Graduate Credit Options and Fees (in addition to Workshop Rates):


Graduate CreditsAdditional Fees
2-credit Observer and Playing Participant Tract$1,050
2-credit Conductor ADD $300$1,350
1-credit ADD “Wind Literature and Resources” Online class$525

Residence Hall/Dormitory Rate: $165 (3 nights for the duration of the Academy)

* All transactions are subject to a $20.00 Service Fee

* Five Towns College is a New York State Education Department approved CTLE Provider.