National Band Association Young Composer-Conductor Mentor Project, June 13-16
Professor Mark Camphouse served as host, coordinator, and composition mentor for the National Band Association Young Composer-Conductor Mentor Project, June 13-16. Camphouse conceived the Project in 2000. It convenes every other year. 3 outstanding young composers and 3 outstanding young conductors are selected from a large national pool of applicants who come to study over an intensive 4-day period with 3 leading composer and 3 leading conductor mentors who donate their professional services for this tuition-free enterprise. (Mason music professor Anthony Maiello served as a conducting mentor). Project seminars, lessons, and masterclasses were held in Mason School of Music facilities. Rehearsals, performance, and recording session were held at Joint Base Anacostia Boling with the Project’s 2017 ensemble-in-residence, the famed United States Air Force Band. Read more
Composition mentee Joshua Hobbs of Tampa commented: “This was by far the most rewarding experience I have ever been a part of and it’s one that I will never forget.” Northwestern University graduate student and conducting mentee David Regner stated: “The YCCMP event was the most inspiring week of my life to date!” US Air Force Band Commander/Conductor Colonel Larry Lang expressed keen interest in having The Air Force Band serve again as ensemble-in-residence.