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Sat, March 2, 2024
York U
Attend in person, or live virtually

Thank you to everyone who attended this year's event! 


  • Workshop sessions presented by guest clinician, Dr. Travis Cross

  • Explore conducting and rehearsal techniques

  • Conducting Masterclasses

  • Network with other teachers

  • Delegates are encouraged to bring their instrument to play with the York University Wind Symphony

  • All delegates are encouraged to bring with them a conducting baton

2024 FEES

Please note that you have to be a member of the OBA to attend the York/OBA Wind Conductors Symposium


The event fees are as follows:

New/Renewing Regular Members & IN PERSON symposium  -----------------------$85

New/Renewing Membership Student/Retiree & IN PERSON Symposium 



Current OBA Regular members

IN PERSON   ------------------------------------- $60


Current OBA Student/Retiree

members IN PERSON -----------------------$30

Livestream (all members) ------------------$30

Auditing High School Students -------$20

(high school students do not need to become OBA members to attend)


Please contact Matt Peter at with questions or for more information.

2024 session breakdown

Session 1 - 9:30 - 10:30 AM

  • The Conductors' Role 


Break - 10:30 - 10:45

Session 2 - 10:45 -  Noon

  • The Interactive Rehearsal: Empowering Students to Think, Listen, and Move (with the York U Wind Symphony)


Break - Noon - 1:00 PM

LUNCH (not provided)

Session 3 - 1:00 - 2:00


  • Conducting Masterclass Part 1

Break - 2:00 - 2:15 PM

Session 4 - 2:15 - 3:00 PM


  • The Virtuous Cycle

Break - 3:00 - 3:15 PM

Session 5 - 3:15 - 3:50 PM


  • Conducting Masterclass Part 2

Closing Remarks - 3:50 PM

Symposium info

  • Three Folk Miniatures - Andre Jutras - C.L Barnhouse (select one of the movements)

    • V'la l'bon vent

    • Isabeau s'y promene

    • Les Raftmen

  • Halcyon Hearts - Katahj Copley - Murphy Music Press

  • Ancient Flower - Yukiko Nishimura - Carl Fischer LLC

repertoire list

- Delegates may indicate on the registration form if they are interested in preparing one piece from the selected repertoire list to conduct the York Symphonic Band and receive feedback from the guest clinician

- Selected conductors will receive an email if they have been chosen to conduct

by February 9, 2024. Conducting spots are limited.

- Selected conductor's must bring with them an original score of the piece they indicated, and a conducting baton.

2024 CLINICIAN: DR. Travis cross



Travis J. Cross (he/him) serves as professor of music and director of bands at UCLA, where he conducts the Wind Ensemble and leads the graduate wind conducting program. He chaired the music department from 2018 - 2023 and was associate dean for academic mentoring and opportunity during the initial years of the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. Cross has conducted the UCLA Wind Ensemble at the California All-State Music Education Conference and College Board Directors National Association Western/Northwestern Division conference, and prepared the band for centenary performances of Leonard Bernstein's Mass with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

During five years as wind ensemble conductor at Virgina Tech, Cross led students in performances at the Virgina Music Educators Association conference, Kennedy Center, and Carnegie Hall and developed the Virginia Tech Band Directors Institute into a major conducting workshop.

Cross earned doctor and master of music degrees in conducting from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Music degree cum laude in vocal and instrumental music education from St. Olaf College. His principle teachers were Mallory Thompson and Timothy Mahr. Prior to graduate study, he taught for four years at Edina (Minn.) High School, where he conducted two concert bands and led the marching band program.

In 204, Cross participated in the inaugural Young Conductor/Mentor Project sponsored by the National Band Association. The same year, he received the Distinguished Young Band Director Award from the American School Band Directors Association of Minnesota. From 2001 - 2003, Cross served a two-year term as the recent graduate on the St. Olaf College Board of Regents. In 2006, he was named a Jacob K. Javits fellow by the United States Department of Education. From 2011 - 2015, he served two terms as national vice president for professional relations for Kappa Kappa Psi, the national honorary band fraternity. In 2017, Cross taught the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps as brass co-captain head. A proud Korean adoptee, Cross has led efforts to foster mentorship and networking opportunities within the Asian American band director community. In 2022, he joined the Council of Korean Americans.

Cross wrote a chapter for volume four of Composers on Composing for Band and contributed to The Horizon Leans Forward: Stories of Courage, Strength, and Triumph of Underrepresented Communities in the Wind Band Field and The Future of the Wind Band: Philosopher and Practitioner in Dialog, all available from GIA Publications. His more than 20 original compositions and arrangements are published by Boosey & Hawkes, Daehn Publications/C.L. Barnhouse, and Theodore Music.

Cross has appeared as a guest conductor, composer, and clinician in nearly 40 states, internationally in Canada, China, Germany, Korea, Singapore, Spain, Thailand, and the United Arab Emirates, as featured band clinician at the Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention; and on several occasions at the Music for All National Festival and Midwest Clinic. He has engagements in Arizona, California, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Germany during the 2022-23 season. Cross is a Yamaha Master Educator.

Emily Threinen
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