Please join us for the 2021 Dixie State University Conducting Symposium! You will have the opportunity to spend two days learning and growing musically with two outstanding musicians, educators, and clinicians, Dr. Darrell Brown and Diane Soelberg. This experience will leave you inspired and ready to take great tools into your life and career.

Title:  Dixie State University Conducting Symposium

Dates:  November 19-20, 2021

Location:  Eccles Fine Arts Center, Dixie State University, St. George, UT

***Zoom Livestream Available***

Featured Guest Clinicians Dr. Darrell Brown and Diane Soelberg

Contact: Dr. Bryant Smith, Director of Bands, 435-652-7997


Thursday, 18 November 2021

Evening                       Guided Hiking Visit to Snow Canyon State Park (optional)

Friday, 19 November 2021

1:30-3:30pm               Check in and/or late Registration.

2:00-3:00pm               Lecture Session to Collegiate Music Ed Students

3:00-4:15pm               Welcome and Lecture Session

4:15-4:30pm               Break

4:30-6:00pm               Conducting Session #1 with the DSU Symphonic Band

6:30-8:00pm               Dinner/Social for Conductor participants

Saturday, 20 November 2021

8:15-9:00am               Donuts

9:00-10:15am             Lecture Session

10:15-10:30am           Break

10:30-12:00pm           Conducting Session #2 with the DSU Symphonic Band

12:00-1:00pm             Lunch

1:00-2:15pm               Lecture Session

2:15-2:30pm               Break

2:30-3:45pm               Lecture Session

3:45-4:00pm               Break

4:00-5:00pm               Closing Thoughts/Question and Answer Session

7:30pm                       Symphonic Band Concert

Participant Options:

Conductor Participant:
Those who choose this option, and are selected, will conduct members of the DSU Symphonic Band and will be learning personally from Darrell Brown and Diane Soelberg while on the podium.  Your session will be recorded and sent digitally to you.  Those who wish to conduct should indicate this on the registration form.  Conductors may choose one selection from the repertoire list below.  Conductors will be selected on a “first-come-first-serve” basis and will be notified of their status in mid-October.


Observer Participant:
Those who choose this option will be attending lectures and conducting sessions.  Participants may attend in person or via a zoom live-stream that will be made available.  There will be assistants monitoring the zoom chat to allow for interaction between online participants and clinicians.  Observers will be able to watch others conduct and learn from the insights given them by clinicians.


  1. First Suite in Eb for Military Band (1909) by Gustav Holst, ed. Colin Mahews
  2. The Cowboys – John Williams, arr. Jim Curnow – Alfred Publishing
  3. The Seal Lullaby – Eric Whitacre – Hal Leonard Corp


The fees for the 2021 symposium are as follows:

1)    Observer track – $75.00

Includes live and/or zoom access to all sessions, including the DSU Symphonic Band Concert.

2)    Conductor track – $100.00  (limited number of participants for 2021)

Includes access to all sessions on DSU campus, dinner on Friday evening, Lunch on Saturday, and a ticket to the DSU Symphonic Band concert on Saturday.

Professional Development:

Current teachers may receive professional development certificates for participation in this symposium.  Certificates will be made available at the end of Saturday by Robert Schmidt of Washington County School District and Bryant Smith from DSU.


Please feel free to call or email Dr. Bryant Smith with any questions, comments, or concerns regarding the festival.

We look forward to seeing you on November 19-20, 2021 for this amazing experience!

Dr. Bryant Smith

Symposium Director


Phone: 435-652-7997