2018 Midwest Band Conductor’s Symposium

Saturday, April 14th

Conducting Participant - $90
Student Conducting Participant - $45 (maximum of 4 selected)
Observer - $35
Student Observer - $20

Ophelia Parrish
Truman State University
100 E. Normal Ave.
Kirksville, Missouri

Truman State University is proud to present the return of the Midwest Band Conductors’ Symposium. This event will provide an opportunity to gather and discuss our conducting skills with an outstanding panel of conductors, teachers, and clinicians. The Truman State University Wind Symphony will serve as the host performance ensemble. Those who attend the conducting symposium may participate as either an observer or an active conductor of the Wind Symphony. Twelve conductors will be selected from the application on a first come, first serve priority basis. All conductors will receive immediate feedback from one of the clinicians and a DVD of their conducting sessions.

All DVDs will be provided as part of the application fee. Those individuals who register as an observer will gain much professional and personal growth by observing these great conductors and clinicians. In sponsoring this symposium, Truman State University hopes to fulfill the wishes of many band conductors who have indicated a desire to continue their musical growth and advance their conducting skills.

Each participant has the option of selecting one piece from both groups of provided literature or to submit the piece they are working on with their ensemble and one piece from the provided literature on the registration form.



Richard Mark HeidelRichard Mark Heidel is Director of Bands and Professor of Music in the School of Music at the University of Iowa where he conducts the Symphony Band, teaches graduate courses in conducting and wind band literature, guides the graduate band conducting program, and oversees the University of Iowa band program. Ensembles under Dr. Heidel’s direction have performed at state, regional, and national conferences including those of the College Band Directors National Association, Music Educators National Conference, Wisconsin Music Educators Association, Illinois Music Educators Association, National Band Association-Wisconsin Chapter, and Iowa Bandmasters Association. He has also led concert tours to Ireland and England as well as throughout the Midwest.

A native of Texas, Heidel holds the Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music in Conducting from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas as well as the Doctor of Education in Music Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His principal teachers include James F. Keene, James Sudduth, Gary Smith, Keith Bearden, Donald Schleicher, John Grashel, and Eunice Boardman.

Prior to his appointment to the University of Iowa faculty in 2008, Dr. Heidel served as Director of Bands at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, and as a teaching assistant in the School of Music at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In addition to his university teaching experiences, Heidel was a high school band director in Texas for nine years.

Dr. Heidel has been distinguished with memberships and honorary memberships in numerous national and international honor societies and fraternities including Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Sigma Alpha Iota, Tri-M Music Honor Society, Pi Kappa Lambda, Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Eta Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi, Kappa Delta Pi, Pi Nu Epsilon, and Golden Key. He was the recipient of the Outstanding Musician award at Texas Tech University in both 1985 and 1986, and in 1997, he received the A. A. Harding award at the University of Illinois for the “highest possible achievement, service, and devotion to the University Bands.” In 2002, Dr. Heidel was named to “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers,” and in 2003 and 2011, he received the Citation of Excellence from the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Band Association. In 2005, he was initiated into Sigma Alpha Iota as a National Arts Associate, and in 2008, he was elected to membership into the prestigious American Bandmasters Association. In 2012, Dr. Heidel was honored with a Collegiate Teaching Award by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at The University of Iowa.

Dr. Heidel maintains a busy schedule as a guest conductor, adjudicator, and clinician. He has served on the Board of Directors of the National Band Association, NBA-Wisconsin Chapter, Shell Lake Arts Center, and the International Music Camp (Honorary). Dr. Heidel has presented clinics at state music conferences in Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Minnesota, as well as guest lectures at Texas Tech University, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Ohio University, Bowling Green State University, Oakland University, Northern State University, and the University of Illinois. Heidel has served as a guest conductor, adjudicator and clinician in Alaska, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Wisconsin, Washington, D.C., and the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Manitoba. In 2003, Heidel served as an adjudicator for the Limerick International Marching Band Competition and the 100th St. Patrick’s Day Festival in Dublin, Ireland. His summer teaching experiences include the Shell Lake Arts Center, Texas Tech University Band and Orchestra Camp, Illinois Summer Youth Music Program, and the International Music Camp. His list of publications includes articles in the National Band Association Journal, Teaching Music, Iowa Bandmasters Association Magazine, and the Teaching Music through Performance in Band series. Dr. Heidel holds memberships in the National Band Association, Iowa Bandmasters Association, Big Ten Band Directors Association, and College Band Directors National Association.


Dr. Curran PrendergastDr. Curran Prendergast is the Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at Truman State University where he guides all aspects of the band and graduate instrumental conducting programs.  He conducts Wind Symphony I and II, directs the Statesmen Marching Band, and teaches undergraduate and graduate music education and conducting courses.

A native of Iowa, Dr. Prendergast received his Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Central College (IA). He subsequently taught in the public schools for seven years in Indiana and Minnesota.  He also served on staff with the Dubuque Colts Drum and Bugle Corps.  Dr. Prendergast holds a Master of Arts in Band Conducting from the University of Iowa and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Conducting from the University of Georgia.  His conducting teachers include Dr. Shelley Axelson, Dr. Richard Mark Heidel, and Dr. John Lynch.

As an advocate for new wind band music, Dr. Prendergast is regularly involved in commissioning new works for band and connecting his students with living composers including John Hennecken, Michael Ippolito, John Leszczynski, Timothy Mahr, Victor Marquez, and Jess Turner.  Other research interests include the impact of preplanned versus spontaneous conducting gesture on ensemble performance and developing innovative teaching and programming strategies for music educators.

Dr. Prendergast has appeared as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator in Georgia, Iowa, Indiana, Missouri, Minnesota, South Dakota, Canada, Russia, and in Switzerland. He is a member of the College Band Directors National Association, National Band Association, National Association for Music Education, College Music Society, Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and is an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi.


Dr. Jocelyn Stevens Prendergast, Assistant Professor of Music and Music Education at Truman State, teaches Conducting, Research in Music Education, and the Music Management of Instruction courses. She also supervises intern teachers, oversees the Music Masters of Arts in Education program, and serves as the faculty advisor for the Truman State collegiate chapter of the National Association for Music Education. She received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education at Butler University, a Master of Music in Wind Conducting and a Master or Arts in Music Education from the University of Minnesota, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Education from the University of Georgia. Her primary conducting teachers have been Robert Grechesky, Henry Leck, Stanley Derusha, Craig Kirchhoff, and John Lynch.

Dr. Prendergast’s preK-12 teaching experiences have been rich and varied. She taught for four years at University High School of Indiana, a private, non-sectarian high school in Indianapolis, IN, where she was a founding faculty member. At University High School she taught instrumental (winds and strings) and vocal performing ensembles, music theory, and percussion ensemble, as well as January Term courses. She taught public middle school and high school band and general music for three years in Wayzata, Minnesota, where she also taught middle school jazz bands and jazz combos and served as the musical director for middle school musicals. During her time in Georgia, Dr. Prendergast mentored undergraduate music education majors teaching in an after school band program for 4th and 5th grade students in the Athens-Clarke County Schools.  In addition to her courses at Truman State, she enjoys teaching music to 2-5 year olds at the Kirksville Child Development Center in Kirksville, MO.

Dr. Prendergast’s research interests include pre-service music teacher education, mentoring, and personality. She maintains professional memberships in the American Education Research Association, Society for Music Teacher Education, and National Association for Music Education, among others.


Saturday, April 8th

8:30-9:15a Registration Opens (Coffee and Danish Provided)
9:15-9:30a Introductions
9:30-12:50p Conducting Session I
12:50-1:50p Lunch (Provided)
1:50-4:40p Conducting Session II
4:40-4:55p Break
4:55p-5:55p Clinic Session with Dr. Barber
5:55-6:40 Clinic Session with Dr. Bodnar
6:40p Symposium Wrap Up
7:00p Dinner at the Dukum Inn (Not Provided)