Kent State Wind Band Conducting Symposium

Conductors of all levels are invited and encouraged to participate in this transformative workshop November 8 - 9, 2024!

Registration is open! The registration deadline for Participants is October 7 or until positions are filled. Observers may apply until November 1.

Register for the 2024 Conducting Workshop          Questions? EMAIL 

Meet the Clinicians

Benjamin Lorenzo Headshot
Benjamin Lorenzo
Steven Davis Headshot
Steven D. Davis
Darin Olsen Headshot
Darin Olsen










Symposium Schedule


6:00 p.m. Open rehearsal with Wind Ensemble and Steven Davis (Cartwright Hall)  
7:30 p.m. Wind Ensemble Concert (Cartwright Hall)  
8:30 p.m. Meet and greet for participants and clinicians (Cartwright Hall Lobby) 


7:30 a.m. Check-in (Cartwright Hall) 
*Coffee and pastries provided  
8:00 a.m. Welcome/Opening Session   
9:00-12:30 p.m. Symphony Band — Conducting Session 1


1:30-5:00 p.m. Wind Ensemble — Conducting Session 2  
5:15 p.m. Wrap-up  
6:30 p.m. Open rehearsal with Kent State Youth Winds and Steven Davis (Cartwright Hall)  
7:30 p.m. Youth Winds Concert  
9:00 p.m. Social Event (Bricco)  


Participants: $175 (Limited to 14, spots are reserved when paid)

Observers: $50 (Unlimited enrollment)

Non-KSU Student Observers: $25 (Unlimited enrollment)



  • Participate in all clinic sessions, discussions and social events

  • Conduct the Symphony Band and Wind Ensemble (20 minutes of podium time)

  • Receive professional video recordings

  • Receive CEU credit for participation (1 CEU/10 contact hours) 



  • Participate in all clinic sessions, discussions and social events

  • Observe conducting sessions

  • Receive CEU credit for participation (1 CEU/10 contact hours) 



Participants will be emailed regarding repertoire after registration.  

Housing, Transportation and Dining


Selected hotels in the Kent area (please contact for availability and pricing)    

Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center   
215 Depeyster St.   
Kent, OH 44240   
(330) 346-0100   

Holiday Inn Express and Suites Kent State University   
1215 Sanctuary View Drive   
Kent, OH 44240   
(330) 673‐9200   

Hampton Inn Kent/Akron   
4406 OH‐43   
Kent, OH 44240   
(330) 673‐8555   


Cleveland, Akron and Kent all have regular availability for rides with Uber and Lyft, which can be used alone or in combination with local public transportation.  

Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority (PARTA) bus schedules ‐ provides regional transportation in and around campus with limited service in Cleveland and Akron on Fridays.  


 There are plenty of fast-food options near campus and nicer restaurants downtown.  

 For information on downtown restaurants visit