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Please visit the OBA Capital Region Wind Conducting Symposium to register for the session on May 8, 2021.



  • Live zoom workshop sessions presented by clinician Dr. Travis Cross

  • Explore conducting and rehearsal techniques
  • Opportunity to receive live feedback on your submitted conducting recording


Session 1 | 10:00AM - 11:00AM

"The Conductor's Role"

Session 2 | 11:10AM - 12:00PM

Bob Morrison

So… What Comes Next?
This session will explore how music education moves beyond the year 2020 and how
to plan for the new renaissance for music and arts education just ahead.




Session 3 | 1:00PM - 3:00PM

Travis Cross

Conducting “technique modules” interspersed
and connected to live reviews of selected delegate conducting videos.


Virtual Social/Q&A Session | 3:00PM - 3:30PM



Saturday, February 27th, 2021

10:00AM - 3:30PM (EST)


Dr. Travis Cross (Chair of Music, UCLA)

Special Guest:

Bob Morrison (Founder, Music for All)

Submissions to be reviewed live during the Symposium by Travis Cross will be selected
from the first 30 conducting videos received from current (or new!) OBA members. Each
of the first 30 submissions will receive recorded feedback on their conducting from
Dennis Beck.

Please contact york.oba.wcs@gmail.com for questions or for more information.



  • A conducting baton

  • Scores to follow along during the afternoon conducting masterclass session: scores are available from Harknett Music (https://www.harknettmusic.com)

  • Selected Repertoire List:
    • Coakley, Lyric Essay

    • Applebaum, Suite of Miniature Dances  (Promenade I, Coranto,  Gavotte, and Promenade II  or  Gigue, Sarabande, Menuet,  and Valse)

    • Buckley, Where Mountains Touch the Sky

    • Stuart, Three Ayres from Gloucester



Dr. Travis Cross

Chair of Music; Professor; Conducting, Music Performance, Herb Alpert School of Music, UCLA
Director, Wind Ensemble; Director, Symphonic Band

Travis J. Cross serves as professor of music at UCLA, where he conducts the Wind Ensemble, directs the graduate wind conducting program, and chairs the music department. He was also 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 Band 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 Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., Cross led students in performances at the Virginia Music Educators Association conference, Kennedy Center, and Carnegie Hall and developed the Virginia Tech Band Directors Institute into a major summer conducting workshop.

Cross earned doctor and master of music degrees in conducting from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., and the bachelor of music degree cum laude in vocal and instrumental music education from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. His principal 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 2004, 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-caption head.

Cross contributed a chapter to volume four of Composers on Composing for Band, available from GIA Publications. His more than 20 original compositions and arrangements are published by Boosey & Hawkes, Daehn Publications, and Theodore Music. He has appeared as a guest conductor, composer, and clinician in more than 30 states; Canada, China, Korea, Singapore, Thailand, and the United Arab Emirates; and at the Midwest Clinic and has engagements in California, Florida, Indiana, Minnesota, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Virginia during the 2018–19 season. Cross is a Yamaha Master Educator.

2021 Special Guest

Robert B. Morrison

CEO, Quadrant Research and Director, Arts Ed NJ

Robert B. Morrison has a long history as a supporter of music and arts education and is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading researchers and advocates for arts education. Mr. Morrison is the founder and CEO of Quadrant Research, the nation’s preeminent arts education data analytics and market research firm. Mr. Morrison’s leadership in research, public policy, and advocacy efforts have led to significant advancements in access to music and arts education programs in America. Mr. Morrison also serves as the Director of Arts Ed NJ, the statewide arts education policy group for New Jersey. Through his work, New Jersey has emerged as the leading state for arts education in the country.

Mr. Morrison has a deep body of research and policy work and is recognized as a pioneer in statewide arts education status and condition research. In California, Mr. Morrison’s report The Sound of Silence: The Unprecedented Decline of Music Education in California Public Schools (2004) was one of the catalysts for a $1 billion reinvestment into music and arts education in public schools that was signed into law by then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger; in New Jersey, Mr. Morrison was the managing partner for the groundbreaking New Jersey Arts Education Census Project, completing the first statewide census for arts education in every school building. Mr. Morrison has led similar research projects as director of the groundbreaking national Arts Education Data Project for the states including of Arizona, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. These efforts have directly impacted millions of students.

In arts education policy, Mr. Morrison worked with the Governor of Arkansas to mandate music and arts programs for every child attending public school in the state – a policy later replicated by the state of Louisiana; in New Jersey, Mr. Morrison worked with the Commissioner of Education to include the arts in the states mandatory accountability system known as NJQSAC leading the state to become the first in the nation to include arts education as part of annual school reporting in 2014.

Before founding Quadrant Research, Mr. Morrison was the founder of Music for All, one of the nation’s largest and most influential music education organizations where he remains Chairman Emeritus. Mr. Morrison helped develop and then served as the CEO of the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, where he created a major national brand responsible for donating more than $25 million of musical instruments to restore more than 1,200 music programs. Previously, Mr. Morrison was a senior executive for the NAMM - International Music Products Association, where he also served as Executive Director of the American Music Conference. In this capacity, he worked with the late Michael Kamen and Richard Dreyfus to create the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation.

He was a founding member of the National Coalition for Music Education and is recognized for his work to add the arts to our nation’s education goals. He continues to work closely with leading national arts organizations to promote the development and implementation of the National Standards for Arts Education. He has served as the Data Task Force co-chair for State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education, as a member of the boards of the National Creativity Network, Music for All, ArtPride New Jersey, and the New Jersey School Boards Association. He previosly served as Chairman of the Board of the publicly traded music software company MakeMusic, Inc. and as a member of the Board of Trustees for both the Berklee College of Music and Little Kids Rock.

Mr. Morrison’s advocacy work has earned him both a Prime-Time EMMY and a Peabody Award. He received an honorary doctorate from the State University of New York for his work nationally to advance music and arts education for all children. Mr. Morrison received the Motherland Award – the highest honor from the American Red Cross (ARC) – for developing the nationwide public service campaign that aired supporting the ARC following the attacks of September 11, 2001.

After completing his undergraduate degrees at Western University, Dennis Beck began his music teaching career in Edmonton, Alberta. During his 12 years there, he completed a graduate conducting program at the University of Calgary. Returning to Ontario in 1990, he taught at Unionville High School’s Arts York programme. Among other things, he did some performing,  taught at Alberta College and for OISE, presented workshops, conducted, adjudicated, wrote for various journals, and contributed 6 teaching guides to the  Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series of texts. Since retiring in 2011, he has taught music education and conducted at Western University, continues to be active with and recognized by several professional music organizations, and mentors younger teachers. Active nationally as a band clinician, guest conductor, and adjudicator, he continues to participate in various professional development activities and maintains his commitment to life-long learning.

Dennis Beck