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Seminar for high school orchestra directors

Monday, August 10, 2020
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Online via Zoom


We are about to begin practicing our arts in a strange, new world. When confronted with unexpected challenges, we typically recall our past experiences and use our own teachers as models. But this is an unprecedented moment that requires new approaches to teaching, strengthening our programs, and mentoring our students in ethical ways. One thing is not new: We’re all in this together.

Orchestra directors are cordially invited to join us for this one-day seminar for a discussion on teaching in the current pandemic.

Topics will include:

  • Establishing a baseline: Update on CDC guidelines for safe contact
  • Ethical practice: Where do we draw the line?
  • Where to go with beginning strings?
  • Online and hybrid instruction
  • Reviewing CU, UMD research of aerosols, and CBDNA COVID-19 Response Committee Report
  • Virtual performances: step-by-step guide to creating one (and why you probably shouldn’t)
  • Recruiting for your program
  • Workshops and group discussion

Sessions will be led by moderators and will allow for group interaction and discussion.

Certificates of Participation will be offered by Augsburg University in Minneapolis, MN, and by Washburn University in Topeka, KS. Please indicate which certificate you wish to receive in our registration form. All participants must register to receive information on connecting to the conference via Zoom.

Seminar co-hosts

Rafael Antonio Rodriguez Rafael Antonio Rodriguez
Director of Orchestra & Jazz
Augsburg University, Minnesota
Rafael Antonio Rodriguez bio


Silas Nathaniel HuffSilas Nathaniel Huff
Director of Orchestras
Washburn University, Kansas
Silas Huff bio