2024 Wind Conducting Workshop

Memorial University Wind Conducting Workshop

Join us Oct. 18–20, 2024 to inform and inspire your gesture, score study, pedagogy and more!

Join internationally-recognized educators for demonstrations, discussions, and hands-on constructive feedback related to the art and pedagogy of conducting and ensemble teaching.

The Memorial University Wind Conducting Workshop focuses on issues that confront instrumental music educators at all levels: artistry, authenticity, technique, rehearsal strategies, repertoire, programming, advocacy, and more. Faculty aim to strengthen and broaden participant’s perspective on the craft of conducting and the art of teaching. 

View the tentative schedule and workshop information below.


Friday, Oct. 18

6:00 pm - Meet and Greet / Announcements / Conducting Session 1
9:00pm - Social gathering

Saturday, Oct. 19

9:00 am - Registration/Coffee
9:30 am – Dr. Jason Caslor Session
10:30am – BREAK
10:45am - Guest Artist Session
11:45am – Lunch (provided)
1:00 pm - Conducting Session 2
5:00 pm - Closing Discussion
5:30 pm - Group Photo
6:15 pm - Social Gathering

Sunday, Oct. 20, 2024     

8:30 am - Coffee
8:45 am – Announcements
9 am – Dr. Dylan Maddix Session
10:15am – Conducting Session 3
12:30 pm - Wrap-Up

*Subject to Change



Dylan Maddix Headshot

Originally from Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Dr. Dylan Maddix is Assistant Professor of Instrumental Conducting and Community Engagement at Memorial University in St. John’s, NL. In this role, he conducts the Memorial University Wind Ensemble and teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting.

Before this role, he worked as a Professor of Music and head of wind and brass studies at Cambrian College in Sudbury, Ontario. There, he conducted the wind ensemble and taught courses in music theory, wind/brass methods, and pedagogy. He also served on the conducting faculty at Laurentian University.

Outside of his teaching and conducting duties, Maddix serves as chair of the Canadian Band Association and is on the board of the Newfoundland and Labrador Band Association. He is also the founder and host of “The Band Room Podcast”, alongside composer Cait Nishimura, and hosts the conducting leadership podcast titled "Changing Your Pattern."
Maddix's academic journey includes a Bachelor of Music degree from Mount Allison University, a Master of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from the University of Toronto, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Conducting from Arizona State University.

Throughout this academic journey, he had the privilege of learning from accomplished mentors, including Jason Caslor (conducting, Arizona State University), Joe Burgstaller (trumpet, Arizona State University/Canadian Brass), Gillian MacKay (conducting, University of Toronto), Jim Spragg (trumpet, University of Toronto/Toronto Symphony), Linda Pearse (trumpet, Mount Allison University), and Alan Klaus (trumpet, Mount Allison University).

His professional career as a trumpeter is diverse and engaging, involving collaborations with artists such as Sarah McLachlan, Roger Hodgson of Supertramp, The Video Games Live Orchestra, Johnny Reid, The Broadway Tenors, Hannaford Street Silver Band, Toronto Concert Orchestra, Hogtown Brass Quintet, and Vox Aeris Trio.

Maddix has conducted masterclasses at esteemed institutions, including the University of Toronto, Western University, Acadia University, Mount Allison University, and McMaster University. He has also provided his expertise as a conducting and music consultant for Netflix's "Umbrella Academy" and Global TV's "Private Eyes.

Jason Caslor Headshot

Born and raised in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada, Jason Caslor is currently an associate professor of music and the director of bands at Arizona State University (ASU). In addition to directing the wind ensemble, he also mentors graduate conducting students and teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting courses. Recent highlights include first commercial recordings of Kevin Day’s 2022 Pulitzer Prize in Music nominated Concerto for Wind Ensemble and Carter Pann’s Double Concerto “Baroque” with the ASU Wind Ensemble.

From 2015-2019, Caslor was an assistant professor and the associate director of bands and orchestras at ASU. Highlights of that time include founding the now firmly established ASU Philharmonia and being nominated for ASU’s Outstanding Master’s Mentor Award. From 2010-2015, Caslor was an assistant professor of instrumental conducting at Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada where he conducted the wind ensemble and oversaw the undergraduate and graduate instrumental conducting programs. Prior to that, he spent three seasons as resident conductor with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra (TBSO). During his tenure with the TBSO, he conducted more than 75 concerts (including a CBC Radio national broadcast) and recorded a full-length, internationally distributed CD with Canadian blues artist Rita Chiarelli.

A Conn-Selmer Educational Clinician, Caslor has guest conducted or adjudicated in every province in Canada and throughout the United States. In addition to numerous regional engagements, Caslor has conducted the United States Army Field Band, the National Youth Band of Canada, the South Dakota All State Band, the South Dakota Intercollegiate Band, and the Alberta Wind Symphony. He also served as a conducting clinician for the inaugural CASMEC Conducting Symposium.

A fiercely proud Canadian currently living amongst cacti, Caslor’s co-founding and leadership over the Canadian Band Association’s (CBA) Howard Cable Memorial Prize in Composition lead to him being the recipient of the CBA’s 2022 International Band Award. The award recognizes those individuals who have embraced the ideals of the CBA and have contributed to the promotion, growth and development of the musical, educational and cultural values of Canadian band outside of Canada.

As a researcher, he has presented his work at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, the WASBE International Conference, the CBDNA National Conference, the IGEB International Conference on Wind Music, the International Society for Music Education World Conference, and the Riksförbundet Unga Musikanter Wind Band Symposium (Sweden). He has also published numerous articles, most prominently in the Canadian Winds journal.

Caslor completed his doctorate in conducting at Arizona State University. Prior to earning a master's in conducting from the University of Manitoba, he earned dual bachelor's in music and education from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada.


Registration and travel


Participant options

Conducting participants ($250) - Limited to 14 conductors
Observer ($75) - No limit
MUN Music Student Observer (Free) 


How to apply

Complete the application here. Applications received by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2024, will be reviewed, and acceptance or waitlist notifications (along with payment instructions) will be sent via e-mail by Friday, August 18, 2024. Payment in full is due Sept. 1, 2024.



Katahj Copley: Infinity
Florence Price: Adoration
Hugh Stuart: Three Ayres from Gloucester (Any movement)
Julie Giroux: A Symphony of Fables (Mov. 1 or 4)
*Other works TBA



Parking is available in parking lot 15B. Monday through Saturday, 24-hours a day.



The two closest hotels within walking distance of MUN School of Music are the Guv’nor Inn and Pub and Holiday Inn Conference Center



St. John’s International Airport (YYT) is only a 15-minute UBER/Taxi ride MUN School of Music



Contact Dr. Dylan Maddix: dmaddix@mun.ca