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Conducting Workshop

Leading from the Podium: The Art of Conducting and Rehearsing

Friday, February 1 – Sunday, February, 3, 2019

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Geared toward conductors of all levels, this intensive three-day symposium provides the opportunity to conduct the professional musicians of the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera, 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) and Dr. Craig Davis (Director of Bands at UTC). Up to fifteen active participants will be accepted to take the podium, and an unlimited number of auditors will be accepted. The workshop will also include optional social and networking opportunities.

Workshop Schedule

Friday February 1, 2019:
6:00pm: Welcome
6:30-7:45pm: Panel discussion on Score Study, Q and A with both Kayoko Dan and Craig Davis
7:45-8:00pm: Break
8:00-9:00pm: Conducting Technique with Craig Davis

Saturday February 2, 2019:
9:00-9:45am: Yoga for Conductors with Kayoko Dan
9:45-10:00am: Break
10:00-12:30pm: Gounod Petite Symphonie with CSO musicians
12:30-2:30pm: Lunch on own
2:30-5:00pm: Grieg Holberg Suite with CSO musicians
5:00-5:15pm: Break
5:30-6:30pm: Repertoire
6:30pm- Wrap-Up, optional hangout at Brewhaus

Sunday February 3, 2019:
9:00-9:45am: Leadership Qualities for Conductors with Kayoko Dan
9:45-10:00am: Break
10:00-11am: Rehearsal Planning with Craig Davis
1:00-3:30pm: Mozart Symphony No. 40 with CSO musicians
3:30-4:30pm: Wrap-Up, Q & A


Please fill out the online application below. All applications must be submitted by December 1, 2018. If you have any questions, please contact CSO Education & Community Engagement Manager, Staci Spring, at or 423.267.8583 ext. 2100.


Kayoko Dan, CSO Music Director

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.

Craig Davis, Director of Bands at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

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. 

Out of Town Visitors

Visitor Information






Chattanooga is conveniently located near many major cities in the Southeast. Chattanooga has a regional airport (CHA), 20 minutes from UTC’s State Building (540 McCallie Avenue Chattanooga, TN 37405) where the workshop will be held.

Chattanooga Airport

UTC State Office Building


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: