Conducting Symposium 2023

Symposium 22


Join Christopher Knighten and the University of Arkansas Wind Ensemble for a conducting workshop featuring Robert Carnochan, Director of Wind Ensemble Activities, Music Director/Conductor of the Frost Wind Ensemble, and Professor of Conducting at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. Designed for instrumental music educators, graduate conducting students, and undergraduate music education majors, this one-day symposium allows ten participants two opportunities to conduct the University of Arkansas Wind Ensemble and receive conducting feedback from Robert Carnochan and University of Arkansas conducting faculty.


Professional Development Hours

Six to seven hours of Professional Development hours are available from the Arkansas Department of Education to everyone in attendance. One hour of PD credit will be awarded for attendance at the Friday night concert and six hours of PD credit will be awarded for attendance at the Saturday symposium.

There is no cost for participants and observers but you must register in advance. Your registration will allow us to register you for ADE Professional Development hours and provide your nametag, supplementary materials, and lunch at no cost. The participant track is full but there is amble space in the observer track.



Friday, March 10th

7:00 pm Pre-Concert talk with guest composer, Lindsay Bronnenkant
7:30 pm
Wind Ensemble Concert - The Friday concert is free but we are expecting a large audience, so it is recommended that you acquire an electronic ticket in advance HERE.



Saturday, March 11th

8:30 am Symposium check-in, Faulkner Performing Arts Center lobby
9:00 am Welcome and Introductory remarks by Robert Carnochan and Christopher Knighten
9:30 am Conducting Session 1 
12:00 pm Participant/Observer lunch provided in the Union, informal Q&A with Rob Carnochan and Chris Knighten
1:30 pm  Conducting Session 2
4:00 pm Q & A session with Robert Carnochan & Christopher Knighten


The Repertoire

This Night, David Biedenbender
“Balm in Gilead,” movement two of American Hymnsong Suite, Dwayne Milburn
Lincolnshire Posy, Percy Grainger
Salvation is Created, Pavel Tschesnokoff/Houseknecht
Chasing Sunlight, Cait Nishimura


The Clinicians:

Robert Carnochan, University of Miami

Christopher Knighten, University of Arkansas

Jeff Summers, University of Arkansas


Please email Chris Knighten at