New England Conservatory hosts the Eastern Division Conference of the College Band Directors National Association, which runs from March 6 to 8. The conference centers on the theme of "Crossing Over" and features the many different kinds of music we now perform, influenced by jazz, world, ethnic, techno, pop, fusion—it runs the gamut.

The UMASS Amherst Symphony Band, under the direction of James Miller, is a professional training ensemble for future music educators and performers. Symphony Band offers students of all majors the opportunity to participate in and perform contemporary and traditional wind band repertoire. Today's concert featuresnumerous works covering the range of influences that the conference explores.  Embodying a spirit of collegiality emblematic of the division, James Miller shares the podium with a team of Eastern Division conductor colleagues.

The Program:

Daniel Nelson: World Premiere 
Stephen Bryant: Anthem
Robert Franzblau, Rhode Island College, guest conductor
Gunther Schuller: Nature’s Way
Dana Wilson: to set the darkness echoing
Heidi Johanna Miller, Williams College, guest conductor
Jeff Tyzik: Riffs
Michael Burritt, Eastman School of Music, guest artist
Bernard Herrman: Overture to North by Northwest
Timothy Todd Anderson, guest conductor
Leonard Bernstein: Make our Garden Grow from Candide Suite (Grundman)

Please register here for the conference.

Download a PDF of the conference schedule.

Pricing for walk-in attendees

The various events of the conference are open to registered participants, as well as by day pass, which can be purchased at the entrance to NEC's Jordan Hall.

Day Pass (includes presentations): $55, $10 for high school teachers with i.d., free for all high school and local college students with i.d.

All evening concerts are free and open to the public.

Three-day conference registration price for college students is $50.

Date: March 6, 2014 - 1:30:PM
Price: Conference registration required, or admission by day pass purchased at the entrance to NEC's Jordan Hall.
Location: NEC’s Jordan Hall

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