This workshop is designed to enhance the music student’s fundamental skills of conducting. These include baton and left-hand technique, score reading and preparation, transposition, and rehearsal procedures. Each participant will receive coaching from multiple professional conductors while conducting both band and choir ensembles throughout the week. Students will also participate in daily sessions that focus on conducting technique, score study, and diverse literature for performing ensembles.
Choral and Instrumental Conducting Workshop
Sean Linfors holds a Ph.D. in Choral Music Education from Florida State University, and is an educator, conductor, and clinician. A public school teacher for ten years in Richmond, Virginia, Newport News, Virginia, and Orlando, Florida, he led successful choral programs and was active in the leadership of the state ACDA. He has presented on the topics of teaching for transfer in the choral rehearsal and on the use of solfege beyond sight-singing. His recent articles relate to his dissertation research into the choral music of the American composer Stephen Paulus.
While at Florida State, Linfors directed performances of graduate and undergraduate choirs and orchestras, the FSU Opera, and FSU Musical Theatre. Recent performances include David Lang's Pulitzer Prize-winning Little Match Girl Passion, under the supervision of the composer; Sing for the Cure, for chorus, orchestra, and narrator; and Schubert's Mass in E-flat, with the Tallahassee Community Chorus. While Linfors was the Associate Director of the Greater Richmond Children's Choir, the group was invited to perform at the National Conference of the American Choral Directors Association.
Dr. Linfors is an active adjudicator and clinician for schools and choral organizations. Recently, he has been invited to conduct choral festivals in Nairobi, Kenya, and Jakarta, Indonesia, and in fall 2016, he will begin teaching at Ithaca College as Visiting Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education.
Benjamin Rochford joined the Ithaca College School of Music in 2016 and currently serves as the Associate Director of Bands. At IC, Rochford conducts the Wind Symphony and Concert Band and teaches courses in instrumental conducting and brass pedagogy. Prior to his appointment at Ithaca College, Mr. Rochford was a Doctoral Conducting Associate and PhD candidate at the University of Florida and also served as Director of Bands at the Valley Grove School District in Franklin, Pennsylvania. While at the University of Florida, his responsibilities included directing the UF Concert Band, assisting with the athletic bands, and teaching courses in conducting, music education, jazz improvisation, jazz history, and philosophy. In addition, Mr. Rochford managed marketing and promotional materials for the band department and assisted with the UF Wind Symphony and Jazz Band.
Mr. Rochford completed a bachelors degree in Music Education from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania and a Masters degree in Instrumental Conducting from Youngstown State University in Ohio. Mr. Rochford's primary conducting influences include Dr. David Waybright, Dr. Stephen Gage, Dr. Adam Brennan, and Dr. Nathan Rinnert. Mr. Rochford has also participated in conducting symposiums with Ray Cramer, Tom Leslie, Robert Garofalo, and Ed Lisk, Rodney Dorsey and participated in Beethoven conducting master classes with Svilen Simeonov, director of the Sofia Sinfonietta in Bulgaria. He recently was a participant in a conducting presentation by Craig Kirchhoff at the South Eastern CBDNA conference in Charleston, SC.
Mr. Rochford served as Director of Bands at the Valley Grove School District in Pennsylvania where he was responsible for overseeing the entire 5-12 instrumental music program. At Valley Grove, Mr. Rochford directed the district's athletic bands, jazz combo, and elementary, middle, and high school bands. He hosted and managed the PMEA District III Jazz Festival in 2012. He has also given presentation in Pennsylvania, New York, and Florida on a variety of topics including jazz improvisation, rehearsal techniques, student motivation, and authentic student self assessment within the paradigm of Harvard Project Zero and Arts PROPEL.
Mr. Rochford is an active free lance trumpet player and has performed with the Erie Philharmonic, Venango Chamber Orchestra, Franklin Silver Cornet Band, and various jazz groups. Mr. Rochford has toured across the United States with wind bands and has performed at Carnegie Hall. Recently, he performed with he American Chamber Winds throughout Italy and Switzerland. He has also performed with a number of notable jazz musicians including Bobby Shew, Wycliffe Gordon, Dennis DiBlasio, George Rabbi, Michael Davis, Dave Pietro, Ingrid Jensen, Ryan Kisor, and Chris Vidala.
Mr. Rochford's professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education, National Education Association, Florida Music Education Association, Florida Bandmasters Association, New York State School Music Education Association, New York State Band Directors Association, Jazz Education Network, and the International Trumpet Guild. He was elected into the Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society in 2012.