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Conducting Workshop

Leading from the Podium: The Art of Conducting and Rehearsing
January 31 – February 2, 2020 on the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Campus

Geared toward conductors of all levels, this intensive three-day symposium provides the opportunity to conduct professional musicians of the Chattanooga Symphony, as well as attend presentations on a wide range of topics regarding score study, rehearsal techniques, and podium presence. Each active participant will also receive feedback from clinicians Kayoko Dan (Music Director of the CSO), Michael Griffith (Visiting Director of Bands at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga), and Dr. Craig Davis (Director of Bands at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga). Up to fifteen active participants will be accepted to take the podium, and auditors are welcome. The workshop will also include optional social & networking activities!

Workshop Schedule

Friday January 31, 2020:
6:00pm: Welcome
6:15-7:45pm: Panel discussion on Score Study, Q and A with faculty
7:45-8:00pm: Break
8:00-9:00pm: Conducting Technique*

Saturday February 1, 2020:
9:00-9:45am: Yoga for Conductors with Kayoko Dan
9:45-10:00am: Break
10:00-12:30pm: Mozart Serenade in C Minor with CSO musicians
12:30-2:30pm: Lunch on own
2:30-5:00pm: Tchaikovsky Serenade with CSO musicians
5:00-5:15pm: Break
5:30-6:30pm: Repertoire Class*
6:30pm- Wrap-Up, optional hangout at Brewhaus

Sunday February 2, 2020:
9:00-9:45am: Effective Non-verbal and Verbal Communications with Kayoko Dan
9:45-10:00am: Break
10:00-11am: Rehearsal Planning*
1:00-3:30pm: Haydn Symphony No. 83 with CSO musicians
3:30-4:30pm: Wrap-Up, Q & A

*Class subject may change


Please fill out the online application below. All participant applications must be submitted by November 25, 2019. Selected candidates will be notified by December 15, 2019.

We will continue to accept applications from auditors after November 25, 2019. If you have any questions, please contact CSO Education & Community Engagement Manager Amy Morgan at or 423.267.8583 ext. 2100.

Online Application


Conducting Workshop Application

    Applications closed to Participants on November 25, 2019. Applications for Auditors remain open.


Kayoko Dan


A versatile conductor, Kayoko Dan is active in the fields of orchestra, ballet, and opera. Ms. Dan began her tenure as the 8th Music Director of the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera in the 2011-2012 season. Previously, she served as Assistant Conductor of the Phoenix Symphony and Music Director of Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras. She has been awarded the Karajan Fellowship for Young Conductors, as well as the David Effron Conducting Fellowship at the Chautauqua Institute. Ms. Dan has participated in numerous workshops including the Kurt Masur Conducting Seminar, International Bartok Festival, Fondazione I Pomeriggi Musicali Conducting Workshop and National Conducting Institute.

As a strong advocate of music education, Ms. Dan is in demand as a clinician at universities, high schools, youth orchestras, and regional orchestras throughout the country. She has taught at several elementary schools including Thomas J. Pappas school for homeless children in Arizona as an ArtsBridge Scholar. While serving as a Graduate Teaching Assistant, her dedication and passion for music education was recognized by Graduate Teaching Excellence Award from the Arizona State University. Additionally, she is a frequent guest speaker at university conducting classes to encourage young conductors who are pursuing a career in music.

Ms. Dan began her musical training in Japan at age three. After relocating to the United States, she continued her musical studies with flute and received a Bachelor in Music Education at the University of Texas, and her Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting and Master in Music Education from Arizona State University. Her principal teachers are Timothy Russell and Timothy Muffitt. She has also studied with Kurt Masur, Leonard Slatkin, Zoltan Pesko, Jorma Panula and William Reber.

Ms. Dan and her husband Andrew reside in Chattanooga with their son and his canine sister, Tomo.

Dr. Craig Davis


Originally from Thibodaux, Louisiana, Craig B. Davis is a conductor, educator, and arranger living in the United States of America. As the Director of Bands at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, he directs the Marching Mocs, the UTC Wind Ensemble, the UTC Pep Band, and instructs undergraduate conducting, pedagogy, and arranging. In addition to his duties at UTC, he also serves as a clinician and adjudicator at various conducting symposiums and performance festivals worldwide.

He has collaborated on several musical projects in recent years, including the transcription of John Corigliano’s Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra (G. Schirmer), and La Luna Azul by Adam Schoenberg (published by the composer). Currently, he is creating a wind transcription of the Debussy Fantasie for Piano and Orchestra in a continued passion for providing the wind band medium with increasing repertoire and collaborative opportunities with guest artists. As an advocate for music in schools, his primary focus is finding ways to engage with communities through musical performance, and invite those who would otherwise feel out-of-place to find connections with live music, regardless of the performance venue.

Dr. Davis began his formal music education as a pianist at the age of four. Prior to his time at UTC, he has taught in Missouri and at Westlake High School in Austin, Texas. He received his Doctorate in Wind conducting from the University of Texas at Austin, a Masters in Wind Conducting from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Bachelors degrees in Music Education and Horn Performance from Louisiana State University.

Michael Griffith 


A native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Michael Griffith is currently the Visiting Director of Bands at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he directs the Marching Mocs and Pep Band, conducts the wind ensemble, and teaches courses in music education, music theory, and instrumental conducting. Prior to taking the position at UTC, he taught instrumental music in the public schools in Tennessee for seven years.

Mr. Griffith holds the Master of Music degree in Instrumental Conducting from The Florida State University College of Music, where he studied conducting with Richard Clary. As a graduate teaching assistant at FSU, he taught courses in instrumental music education and served as assistant conductor for the wind orchestra, symphonic band, and concert band. Mr. Griffith also conducted new works with the Florida State University New Music Ensemble, and assisted with the instruction and administration of the world famous Florida State University Marching Chiefs.

Mr. Griffith holds an undergraduate degree in music education and trumpet performance from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee, where he studied trumpet performance with Richard Steffen and conducting with Dr. Gregory Wolynec.



Mozart Serenade No. 12 in C minor, K 388/384a (Barenreiter)

Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings in C Major, Op. 48 (Lucks)

Haydn Symphony No. 83 in G minor, Hoboken I/83 “The Hen” (Barenreiter)


Participant Fee: $395

Auditor Fee: $125

Visitor Information






Chattanooga is conveniently located near many major cities in the Southeast. Chattanooga has a regional airport (CHA), 20 minutes from UTC.

Chattanooga Airport

Chattanooga is about 2 hours driving distance from Atlanta (ATL), Birmingham (BHM), Nashville (BNA)

There is a shuttle service (Groome Transportation) to Chattanooga from the Atlanta Airport and Nashville Airport to Chattanooga.

There are various options for accommodations near UTC’s campus, including downtown hotels, AirBnbs (, and hostels (Crash Pad: and En Root House: