2024 UCLA Wind Conducting Workshop

Sunday, June 23-Thursday June 27, 2024


Questions? Please e-mail graduate Professor Travis J. Cross at:

Designed for wind band teachers of all levels,

the five-day symposium includes full-band and chamber conducting opportunities, as well as open rehearsals and discussion sessions with master teachers. Activities appeal to the dual roles of musician and educator and provide a growth experience for anyone interested in the art of teaching and conducting.


Applicants may elect the Blue Track or the Gold Track.



Participants in the Blue Track conduct in small-group sessions and four times with either the workshop wind ensemble or chamber winds. There are 24 spots available in the blue track, and they are awarded to teachers with at least one year of experience on an application basis; this allows us to create a community of learners with diversity of demographics, aspirations, and experiences.


Participants in the Gold Track conduct in small-group sessions or may choose instead to play and observe, rather than conduct. Many pre-professional teachers and first-time attendees choose this option, as well as experienced teachers who wish to engage with the content and support the growth of their colleagues without having to take a turn on the podium. Applicants who are not selected for the blue track may subsequently opt for the gold track.
The fellowship program enables up to eight undergraduate or graduate student conductors to attend at the significantly reduced cost. Fellows conduct in small-group sessions and once with either the workshop wind ensemble or chamber winds and participate in all other sessions, providing an introduction to the conducting workshop experience and invaluable opportunities to network with more experienced teachers in the Blue and Gold Tracks.

Students interested in a fellowship should ask their college band director of conducting teacher to e-mail a brief letter of endorsement for their participation in the workshop to Applications will be reviewed on the same timeline as the Blue Track.



Payment Deadline

Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and acceptance or waitlist notifications sent via email within a couple of business days.  Payment instructions will be sent via e-mail, with a June 1 due date.

Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center
Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center

We anticipate availability of on-campus (residence hall) housing, reserved and paid directly through UCLA conference services (separate from the workshop registration). If available, rates and further instructions will be announced and e-mailed to interested applicants shortly after acceptance or waitlist notifications. Rates in 2019 were $110/night for a single room and $65/night for a shared double room (including breakfast), but are likely to be somewhat higher in 2024.

Three university affiliated hotel options are the 254-room UCLA Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center, UCLA Guest House on campus, and the UCLA Tiverton House in downtown Westwood. There are also many Airbnb options in Westwood and across Los Angeles. Participants interested in finding a roommate to minimize hotel or short-term rental costs should e-mail Travis J. Cross at


Full-band and chamber-ensemble repertoire will be announced in early spring and include standard masterworks that appear frequently on workshop lists, as well as some pieces for younger players.

Questions? Please e-mail Doris Doyon at: