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2018 Northwestern University Conducting and Wind Music Symposium

July, 8th, 2018

Registration is open for the 2018 Northwestern University Conducting and Wind Music Symposium, a six-day program designed to enhance musicianship, conducting, and teaching. This year the guest clinician will be Eugene Corporon. In addition to conducting an ensemble and receiving feedback from the faculty, attendees will participate in masterclasses and discussions on choosing repertoire, score study, rehearsal techniques, movement, and interpretation. The repertoire will include standard works for band, chamber music, and works for ensembles of various levels. The workshop dates are July 8-13 (beginning at 4:00 p.m. on 7/8, ending at 3:00 p.m. on 7/13). Participant registration is limited, so early submission is recommended. Please visit the following webpage for event details and information about how to apply:

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Conducting Masterclass with Alberto Roque, Felix Hauswirth, Beat Hofstetter in Ochsenhausen, Germany

May, 31st, 2018

Meisterkurs Dirigieren / Conducting Masterclass Alberto Roque, Felix Hauswirth, Beat Hofstetter with the SJBO Baden-Wuerttemberg, Ochsenhausen, Germany May 31 - June 3, 2018 More information on

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IGEB research award 2018 & & Call for Papers for the IGEB biennial conference

July, 19th, 2018

IGEB research award 2018: Call for Nominations (CfN) for best dissertations in wind music research (deadline February 7, 2018) & Call for Papers for the IGEB biennial conference in Wadgassen / Germany, July 19 to 24, 2018 (deadline February 7, 2018)

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May, 6th, 2018

Jesenice and Kranjska Gora, May 19th – 20th, 2018 Slovenian Fund for Cultural Activities, Slovenian Wind Orchestras Society and Croatian Cultural Association organizing an International competition for wind orchestras in concert performances. Until now the previous international competitions have been in Koper, Velenje and Novo mesto, with participation of 62 Wind Orchestras from 13 different countries. The Jury members have been renowned experts: Nikolaj Žličar, Simon Robinson, Reinhold Rogg, Evžen Zamečnik, Tomislav Fačini, Isabelle Ruf-Weber, Alojz Zupan, Siegmund Andraschek, John Stanley, Leon Bly and Trevor J. Ford. In 2017 will be a part of cultural events during cooperation between Slovenia and Croatia. More information on

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March, 15th, 2018

ANNIVERSARY CONCERT 30 YEARS Symphony No. 1 THE LORD OF THE RINGS ROYAL SYMPHONIC BAND OF THE BELGIAN GUIDES The 30 Years Anniversary Concert of Symphony No. 1 The Lord of the Rings by Johan de Meij will take place Thursday March 15th in Theater De Domijnen in Sittard, performed by The Royal Symphonic Band of the Belgian Guides (‘De Gidsen’), conducted by their former director and honorary guest conductor Norbert Nozy. The event is organized by the Koninklijke Harmonie van Thorn (nicknamed ‘De Bokken’), the orchestra where Norbert Nozy recently retired as chief conductor. The current conductor of De Gidsen,Yves Segers, organized a series of guest appearances with De Bokken van Thorn in 2017. It was Pierre Kuijpers, born and raised in Thorn, who carried out The Lord of the Rings for the first time in The Netherlands with The Dutch Royal Military Band (KMK). The world premiere of Symphony No. 1 The Lord of the Rings was exactly 30 years ago (March 15th, 1988), performed by De Gidsen, and conducted by Norbert Nozy. The concert on March 15th, 2018 will be an exact copy of the 1988 concert: same line-up, same conductor and the same program.Johan de Meij, who resides in New York since 2008, will be present in Sittard during the performance, as well as many representatives of the Dutch music scene. In addition to Symphony No. 1, the program includes the Overture Benvenuto Cellini by Hector Berlioz, Introduction, Theme and Variations for clarinet by Gioacino Rossini, with soloist Eva Saliën and Dance Funambulesque by Jules Strens. It is unknown how many times The Lord of the Rings has been performed over the past 30 years, but it must be in the thousands. Johan de Meij still receives invitations from all over the world to conduct or discuss his musical portrayal of the epic Trilogy of Tolkien. February 25th he is invited to conduct the US Marine Band ‘The President’s Own’ in Washington, and September 29th Johan will conduct the symphonic version with the North Netherlands Orchestra (NNO). Symphony No. 1, his very first composition for wind orchestra, is still a bestseller after thirty years. The concert will be hosted by Ab Nieuwdorp, presenter of the radio program “De Klassieken” on Dutch Radio NPO 4, including a pre-concert talk with Johan de Meij and Norbert Nozy. Tickets at € 17.50 (excluding theatre surcharge) can be ordered via: at the box office of Schouwburg De Domijnen. Koninklijke Harmonie van Thorn can de reached at: Johan de Meij can be reached at:

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15th Fem Banda Festival Internacional de Bandes de Música de Lleida

June, 15th, 2018

Since 2015, the Fem Banda Band Festival, has become international. Every year they have welcomed many bands from all over Europe in their city. The 15th Fem Banda Festival Internacional de Bandes de Música de Lleida will take place from the 15th to the 17th June 2018. This year’s festival will feature a symphonic band contest in Auditori Enric Granados (the city multi-awarded concert hall) and a marching band contest that will take place in Camps Elisis, the biggest green area in the city centre. Those bands that do not wish to take part in the contests are also welcome to join the festival, they will be able to perform in the city and neighbouring villages. The icing of the cake will be the big party at the end of the festival with all participating musicians. Please have a look at the website, and check out the regulations for contest and festivals, at Application will take place November 1st 2017 until February 1st 2018 Fem Banda Festival Internacional de Bandes de Música de Lleida

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international composition competition "Città di Udine"

March, 31st, 2018

The rules and conditions of the new international composition competition "Città di Udine" are online on Taukay music publishing house website. Two sections: - Compositions for chamber instrumental group or solo instrument - Electroacoustic music Deadline: March 31st 2018 More info on contacts: ________________ Il bando della nuova edizione del concorso internazionale di composizione "Città di Udine" è on line sul sito delle edizioni musicali Taukay. Due sezioni: - Composizioni per gruppo strumentale da camera o strumento solista - Musica elettroacustica Chiusura del bando: 31 Marzo 2018 Maggiori informazioni su Contatti: ________________ Patronages / Patrocini: Rappresentanza in Italia della Commissione Europea UNESCO - United Nations Educational Scientific Cultural Organization - Commissione Nazionale Italiana Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo Ministero degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione Internazionale Università degli Studi di Udine Awards / Premi e riconoscimenti: Senato della Repubblica Italiana Fidapa ERT - Ente Regionale Teatrale del Friuli Venezia Giulia Collaborations / Collaborazioni: Conservatorio di Musica Benedetto Marcello di Venezia With the support of / Con il sostegno di: Regione Autonoma Friuli Venezia Giulia Fondazione Friuli Comune di Udine Media Partner: Rai Radio 3 ________________ TEM - Taukay Edizioni Musicali via del Torre 57/533047 Remanzacco (Udine) Italia tel. +39 0432 649244 fax +39 0432 649575 facebook youtube Twitter

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On the Pulse of Time

February, 28th, 2018

Exploring new ways of composing for symphonic winds, gathering down-to-earth experience in orchestrating, rehearsing and performing new music, bringing together emerging composers and conducting students in view of an exchange of ideas and visions – such were the topics addressed by the recent week-long Masterclass for Composing and Conducting Wind and Brass music organized by the Music Department of the Berne University of the Arts (HKB). Eight young composers were selected to have their compositions discussed, rehearsed and performed by the professional Wind Symphony of the Swiss Army. The composers and conductors were tutored by Oliver Waespi and Philippe Bach respectively, who are both members of the faculty staff of HKB. In particular, Oliver Waespi leads the new Master Program in Composition for Wind Orchestra and Brass Band (see )

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VIII INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL Wind Orchestras Festival “City of Genoa”

July, 12th, 2018

VIII INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL Wind Orchestras Festival “City of Genoa” Meeting Young musicians Genoa, 12th – 15th July 2018 The International Music Festival, on its eighth edition, is a very big and appreciated international musical event and meeting; during last years the participating groups came from all over the world: Finland, France, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Bulgaria, Spain, Portugal, Hungary, Germany, Switzerland, Scotland, England, Russia, Israel, Canada and United States. The most important events will be performed downtown, in the area between Palazzo Ducale and Porto Antico (Genoa Aquarium location), there will be performances in Genoa's historical centre, the biggest in Europe as well as in resorts along Ligurian East and West Riviera. This event for all the groups will be a great cultural opportunity, to appreciate the magnificent beauties of Genoa but also a way to improve artistic knowledge and meetings among people. Amongst the most important happenings we mention the meeting with Town Council, Province, Region delegates, the Great Parade downtown, the concerts in wonderful frames of Genoa and the most amazing tourist resorts of the Riviera.

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2018 Jeju International Wind Ensemble Festival

August, 8th, 2018

Lee Sang cheol, Vice-Chairman of Jeju International Wind Ensemble Festival Organizing Committee, has announced both the 2018 Jeju International Wind Ensemble Festival and the 2018 Jeju International Brass Competition to be held on the Jeju Island August 8th through August 16th, 2018. Jeju Island is located at the southernmost tip of Korea and is called "the island of peace" with its clean air, water and wonderful landscape. The Jeju International Wind Ensemble Festival (JIWEF) is a major music festival combining the wind orchestra's easiness of outdoor performances with Jeju's peaceful image. The JIWEF has opened every other year with the effort and work of Jeju natives since 1995. In 1998, the Festival prepared a small size special ensemble with participants from Japan, Taiwan, and Germany. That marked the start of the festival. On the even numbered years, the Festival focuses on professionalism in contrast to the general popularity of the odd numbered years. In 2000, they organized an international brass competition, in addition to the ensemble festival. The competition seeks to discover and foster young, talented wind instrumentalists from around the world and to give them an opportunity to share friendships and cultural exchange with one another. The competition is the only one in the world that holds whole brass divisions including Horn, Trumpet, Tenor Trombone, Bass Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Brass Quintet, and Percussions. It gives the competitors an opportunity to share musical exchanges by offering a camp program. The competition became a member of WFIMC (World Federation of International Music Competitions) in April, 2009. It pursues to promote the popularity and specialty of the wind music through hosting the both events together - Jeju International Wind Ensemble Festival and the Jeju Brass Competition. They will be held for 9 days from 8th to 16th of August in 2018. For more information, contact Lee Sang cheol, Vice-Chairman of Jeju International Wind Ensemble Festival Organizing Committee: Email address:

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