Please join us for the 2020 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. Donald Peterson and Dr. Jermie Arnold. 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 20-21, 2020

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

***Zoom Livestream Available***

Featured Guest Clinicians Dr. Donald Peterson and Dr. Jermie Arnold

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


Friday, 20 November 2020

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

2:00-3:00pm               Lecture Session to Collegiate Music Ed Students – Arnold/Peterson

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

4:15-4:30pm               Break

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

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

Saturday, 21 November 2020

8:15-9:00am               Donuts

9:00-10:15am             Lecture Session – Arnold

10:15-10:30am           Break

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

12:00-1:00pm             Lunch

1:00-2:15pm               Lecture Session – Peterson

2:15-2:30pm               Break

2:30-3:45pm               Lecture Session – Arnold

3:45-4:00pm               Break

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

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 Don Peterson and Jermie Arnold 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.  Because of COVID restrictions, these participants will the only participants on DSU campus during the symposium.

Observer Participant:
Those who choose this option will be participating virtually through a zoom livestream of all lectures and conducting sessions.  There will be monitoring of the zoom chat features to allow for interaction between online participants and the clinicians.  Observers will also have the opportunity to watch others conduct and learn from the insights given them by the clinicians.


Walking Tune – Percy Grainger

Song of Hope – Peter Mechaan

More TBA soon


The fees for the 2020 symposium are as follows:

1)    Observer track – $50.00

Includes zoom access to all sessions, including the DSU Symphonic Band Concert.

2)    Conductor track – $75.00  (limited number of participants for 2020)

Includes access to all sessions on DSU campus, dinner on Friday evening, Lunch on Saturday, and a live 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. or 435-652-7997.

We look forward to seeing you on November 20-21, 2020 for this amazing experience!