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Conduction Workshop

For the third year, APSU Bands is delighted to present the Conducting Workshop in conjunction with the Governors Honor Band Festival. John Whitwell, Director of Bands Emeritus from Michigan State University, will join APSU Director of Bands and head of the instrumental conducting program Gregory Wolynec as clinicians. Events will include podium sessions with the APSU Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band, topic sessions, a concert by the APSU Wind Ensemble and panel discussion involving Honor Band clinicians. Directors have the opportunity to register as a Conductor or Participant with a discount extended to directors from participating Honor Band schools.  

This year’s Conducting Workshop clinicians 

John Whitwell Dr. Gregory Wolynec

John Whitwell
Director of Bands - Emeritus
Michigan State University

Gregory Wolynec
Director of Bands and Orchestra
Austin Peay State University



Thursday, February 22nd  
  3:00-5:00pm Stage APSU Wind Ensemble Rehearsal
  6:15-7:15pm 147 Conductor’s Workshop Panel Discussion
w/ John Whitwell, Paul Popiel, Ron Ellis
  8:00-9:00pm 147 Topic Session with John Whitwell
Friday, February 23rd 
  9:00-10:00am 147 “What Can We Do For You” with
APSU Band Directors
  10:30-11:30am 147 Topic Session with Gregory Wolynec
  12:30-1:30pm Dinning Hall Lunch
  1:45-4:15pm 147 Conducting Session #1
APSU Symphonic Band
  4:30pm Concert Hall APSU Wind Ensemble Concert
  6:00-7:00pm Dinning Hall Dinner
  7:00-9:00pm 150 and TBA Video Critique Session
Saturday, February 24th 
  9:30am-noon 147 Conducting Session #2
APSU Wind Ensemble
  noon-1:30pm   Lunch on own 
  2:00pm Concert Hall 2018 Governors Honor Band Concert

A downloadable copy of the schedule is available here.

Important Deadlines

Friday, December 1 – Applications open – The first eight to complete application for Conductor Status will be granted podium slots.
Friday, February 9 – Deadline to complete registration
Thursday, February 22 – Governors Honor Band Festival activities begin! 

Information for Directors

A limited number of individuals will be accepted for Conductor status. Each conductor will be assigned two, 15-minute sessions on the podium (one each with the APSU Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band) during which they will receive comments and instruction from our featured clinicians. The workshop is also open to an unlimited number of Observers.

Conductor Status

Observer Status


Repertoire will be announced by January 19.


In years past we have listed a handful of hotel options in the Clarksville area for those attending from out of town. Due to difficulties with some of these hotels honoring rates, and the opening of several new hotels in the past few years, we will not attempt to provide that information. The Riverview Hotel has the closest proximity to campus. Many hotels will offer an Austin Peay rate so we encourage you to enquire.

Additional Information

As more information becomes available we will post it on this website. In the meantime, if you have any questions not answered here feel free to email us at!