Next Retreat:

June 26- July 14, 2019


Kenneth Kiesler

Founder and Director; Score-study and Conducting

Kenneth Kiesler, GRAMMY nominee, is one of the most prominent conductors of his generation, and one of the world’s most sought-after mentors to conductors. He has been Director of Orchestras and Professor of Conducting at the University of Michigan since 1995.  He has conducted many of the world’s leading ensembles, led many world premiere performances, and directed several acclaimed recordings. Kiesler’s complete recording of the L’Orestie, a stage work for large orchestra, chorus and soloists by Darius Milhaud, a 3 CD set released by Naxos in September of 2014, was nominated for a 2015 GRAMMY Award for Best Opera Recording. His recording of Evan Chambers’ orchestral song cycle The Old Burying Ground, was released on the Dorian Sono Luminus label in 2010. Donald Rosenberg, in Gramophone Magazine, said, "The performance is a luminous reflection of Chambers' sympathetic vision. Kenneth Kiesler shapes the score with a keen ear for balance, pacing and nuance."  Of his 2008 debut with The Chamber Orchestra of Paris, critic Roger Bouchard stated, “There do exist great American conductors, and Kiesler is one of them!  Standing on behalf of the music he serves, he conducts from memory with unaffected gestures both precise and passionate.  Nothing is unnecessary in his conducting; yet everything is there. Very beautiful work!"

Kiesler’s conducting students have won top prizes in many of the worlds’ major international competitions such as the Maazel/Vilar, Eduardo Mata, Donatella Flick, and Nicolai Malko Competitions, and hold positions with major orchestras, opera companies, and music schools worldwide. 

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Jerald Schwiebert

Movement and Expression
Jerald Schwiebert has been a principal faculty member at the Conductors Retreat at Medomak since the summer of 2002.  He recently retired from the faculty of the University of Michigan, School of Music, Theatre & Dance where he taught Movement and Acting (Improvisation), and directed several productions. Before joining the Michigan faculty, he was Master Movement Teacher for the Graduate Acting Program at Southern Methodist University’s distinguished Meadows School of the Arts.  
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William Marvin

Aural Skills

William Marvin is Associate Professor of Music Theory at the Eastman School of Music, where his teaching is devoted to undergraduate and graduate courses in aural musicianship and tonal analysis, with an emphasis on Schenkerian theory and analysis of nineteenth century opera. He has been awarded the University of Rochester’s Edward Peck Curtis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.  He is currently the editor of the Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy, reviews editor of Theory and Practice, and is past president of the Music Theory Society of New York State.

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