Summer Conducting Workshop

Dr. Peter Folliard conducting the Augustana Vespers performance

Event Details

Date: June 14 - June 15, 2018

Register today.

Registration is open for a two-day training workshop on Conducting on June 14-15 (Thursday-Friday) in Augustana's Humanities Center.

The Summer Conducting Workshop will provide educators and aspiring conductors an intensive, two-day professional development opportunity to focus on score study, conducting technique, repertoire selection and podium time with the New Horizons Band of Sioux Falls (a member of the New Horizons International Music Association, which encourages people over 50 to play an instrument).

  • Workshop costs:
    • $50 for one undergraduate or graduate credit from Augustana University (optional)
    • $50 participation fee includes classroom sessions, podium time and Thursday evening (June 14) BBQ meal
  • Cancellation and refund will be honored up to 10 days prior to Thursday, June 14.
  • Workshop is limited to 50 participants.
  • NOTE: Podium time with the laboratory ensemble will be limited to the first 10 registrants.
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This inaugural workshop will focus on Grade 3 repertoire, and will be sent out in a later communication.


Dr. Chris UngerDr. Christopher Unger, Director of Bands — Augustana University

Since September of 2015, Dr. Christopher Unger is the 5th conductor of the Augustana Band. Prior to that, Unger served as the Interim Director of Bands at the University of British Columbia and, before that, served as the Assistant Conductor of both the Eastman Wind Orchestra and the Eastman Wind Ensemble. At Eastman, Dr. Unger was honoured with the Frederick Fennell Fellowship for Advanced Conducting Study, the Evan Whallon Conducting Award, and the prestigious Walter Hagen Conducting Prize. Dr. Unger received his D.M.A in conducting from the Eastman School of Music in 2013. Additionally, he holds degrees from the University of Western Ontario and the University of British Columbia.

Dr. Boyd PerkinsDr. Boyd Perkins, Coordinator of Fine Arts — Sioux Falls School District

A native of Brookings, South Dakota, Dr. Boyd Perkins earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Wind Conducting from The University of Iowa. Additional degrees include a Master of Arts degree in Wind Conducting from The University of Iowa and a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from South Dakota State University. With successful public school teaching experience in Iowa, South Dakota, and Minnesota, Dr. Perkins has developed a strong multifaceted reputation as a music educator in the areas of concert band, marching band and jazz.

Dr. Peter FolliardDr. Peter Folliard, Director of Orchestras — Augustana University

Born and raised in northern New Jersey, Dr. Peter Folliard’s first conducting position was with the United States Air Force Bands program. Prior to coming to Augustana, he served at the Crane School of Music at the State University of New York at Potsdam, where he served as interim director of orchestras. Dr. Folliard holds undergraduate degrees in music education and instrumental performance from the University of North Texas; master’s degrees in instrumental performance and conducting from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University; and a doctor of musical arts degree in orchestral conducting from the Eastman School of Music.

“Technique is communication. The two words are synonymous in conductors.”
— Leonard Bernstein

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Workshop Sponsor

This workshop is sponsored in part by the Sioux Falls School District.

Workshop Contact

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Peter Folliard at 201.390.9054 or