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SSC Music Educator Retreat 2017

in collaboration with Summer Music Festival‏

Eric Laprade, Program Director

July 14-15, 2017
One Conservatory Drive, Hingham

sponsored by

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TheSSC Music Educator Retreat brings together creative artists and gifted educators with the goal of nurturing our artistry while refining our teaching effectiveness. During this two-day retreat, participants will observe teaching-in-action and are given time to reflect upon and discuss the essence of effective teaching in a collaborative, artistry-focused environment that aims to inspire and nurture the creative musician in each educator. The retreat features special guest clinician Malcolm W. Rowell, Jr., Director of Bands Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Morning coffee and light refreshments will be provided.

SSC Faculty and alumni are FREE! Click here to register

Friday, July 14: 9:30 am to 5 pm
Saturday, July 15: 9:30 am to 4 pm

both days
July 14 only
July 15 only
Music Education Majors $50
both days
Music Education Majors $25
July 14 only
Music Education Majors
July 15 only

2017 Schedule


Music Educator Retreat Faculty

Eric Laprade

Eric M. Laprade
Music Director and Festival Wind Ensemble Conductor,
South Shore Conservatory Summer Music Festival

A dedicated and passionate musician, conductor and educator, Eric M. Laprade currently serves as the Music Director and Festival Wind Ensemble conductor of South Shore Conservatory's Summer Music Festival. Appointed to the position at only 24 years of age and building on the tradition of past music directors Frank Battisti and Malcolm W. Rowell, Jr., Laprade has continued the festival’s legacy as one of the premier programs of its kind in New England.  Laprade has also conducted many of the nations premier wind bands, including The United States Army Band, "Pershing's Own", The University of Michigan Symphony Band and the Eastman Wind Orchestra.

From 2008-2013, Eric was an educator for the Randolph, MA public schools, where he served as the K-12 Music Department Chairperson and taught instrumental music at the elementary, middle school and high school levels. During his tenure in Randolph Eric was named one of "40 under 40 emerging leaders" by the South Shore Stars organization and is credited with implementing new curricula, creating partnerships and residencies with community arts organizations and greatly expanding the program. Eric is also the founding music director of the Randolph Community Band, a community music ensemble which has given over 25 concerts since its inception, commissioned new works and given over $10,000 back to local community in the form of scholarships and donations.

Laprade is currently a Doctoral conducting student at the Eastman School of Music where he is also a Catherine Filene Shouse Arts Leadership Fellow. At Eastman, Eric is an Assistant Conductor of the Eastman Wind Ensemble and Wind Orchestra, teaches undergraduate conducting and musicology, and serves as a research assistant for the Institute for Music Leadership.  Prior to his time at Eastman, Eric earned a Master of Music degree in wind conducting from the University of Michigan where he worked with the Symphony Band, Concert Band, University Band, Campus Band and conducted multiple world premiere performances. In recognition of his exemplary work at UM, he was recipient of honorary memberships in Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma. He completed his undergraduate education at the Eastman School of Music where he majored in tuba performance and music education and was awarded the school's prestigious Performer's Certificate. His principal conducting mentors include Mark Scatterday, Michael Haithcock and Malcolm W. Rowell, Jr.


Bill Rowell

Malcolm W. Rowell, Jr.
Professor of Music
Director of Bands
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Director of Bands and Professor of Music Emeritus, at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Malcolm W. Rowell, Jr. is a strong proponent of new music, having commissioned and premiered numerous wind compositions with the University Wind Ensemble and Symphony Band, of which he served as principal conductor from 1980 – 2003.

Professor Rowell’s conducting style has been influenced by Walter Beeler, Dr. Frederick Fennell and H. Robert Reynolds.  His musical interpretations have won the praise of such composers as Warren Benson, David Maslanka, Mary Jeanne Van Appledorn, Michael Colgrass, Leslie Bassett, Frank Ticheli, Dana Wilson, Martin Mailman, Ron Nelson, Cindy McTee, Gene Young, Karel Husa and John Corigliano.
The University Wind Ensemble has released four CD’s under the baton of Professor Rowell:  The Wind Music of David Maslanka (1991), Symphonic &

Wind Music of Charles Bestor (1994), Tears (1996)  and Wind Currents (2001). 
In recognition of his professional work, Professor Rowell has received the National Band Association’s  “Citation of Excellence” and the Kappa Kappa Psi “A. Frank Martin” Award for his contributions to college bands.  In 1979, he was recognized for outstanding performance at the “Band Conductor’s Art” conducting symposium at the University of Michigan.  He has also been frequently recognized as a University of Massachusetts Distinguished Teacher.  In 1983 he conducted at the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles Conference in Skein, Norway and was twice selected as conducting participant at the CBDNA National Conducting Symposium at the University of Colorado.  Professor Rowell was invited to conduct at the 1994 National Concert Band Festival at the Royal Northern Conservatory in Manchester, England.  In March 1997, Professor Rowell was elected to The American Bandmasters Association, the most prestigious organization of its kind in the world. 

Professor Rowell’s outreach activities include the founding of the University of Massachusetts Youth Wind Ensemble in 1980.  From 1984 to 2005 served as Artistic Director/Conductor of the South Shore Conservatory Summer Music Festival in Hingham, MA.  In 1985 he initiated the UMass All-Senior Honor Band Festival, attracting outstanding high school musicians from throughout the East.  He served as Musical Director of the Metropolitan Wind Symphony of Boston from 1986 – 1991, bringing this ensemble into national prominence among adult band organizations.  From 1994- 1997, Professor  Rowell served as Visiting Conductor of the Boston University Wind Ensemble, presenting twelve concerts in the Tsai Performance Center in Boston.   In the fall of 1991, Professor Rowell founded the Massachusetts Wind Orchestra, a professional wind ensemble that has been broadcast on NPR’s “Performance Today” and presented five concerts at Tanglewood’s Ozawa Hall.  The MWO has produced two CD’s:   Prevailing Winds Live!  (HDP, 1995) and Chilling Winds! (Albany Records, 2005)

Malcolm W. Rowell, Jr. is Past-President of the College Band Directors National Association Eastern Division and Past-President of the New England College Band Directors Association.  He frequently serves as guest conductor, clinician, lecturer and adjudicator at state and regional festivals throughout the United States, Canada and England.

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