Canyon County Symphony Conducting Workshop

The Canyon County Symphony is excited to offer our first annual Conducting Workshop on Saturday, October 21, 2023. Those who participate will have the opportunity to refine their conducting skills through a 20 minute session with our esteemed conductors.

Conductors will be assigned a slot between 10:00 am and 2:30 pm, to take place (tentatively) in the Orchestra Room at Caldwell High School.

Conductors will be able to choose excerpts from:

  • Sibelius | Finlandia
  • Faure | Pelleas et Melisande Suite Op. 80
  • Brahms | Hungarian Dance No. 5
  • Dvorak | Symphony No. 9

Participants – $25 Observers – $10

Also – If you would like to bring your instrument and sit in, that is perfectly fine as well. Please print and bring your own music. All excerpts are available on IMSLP.

Dr. Nick Harker
Artistic Director and Conductor of the Canyon County Symphony
Dr. Nick Harker
Artistic Director and Conductor of the Canyon County Symphony

Nick Harker, one of the co-founders of the Canyon County Symphony, is an innovative and flexible conductor with a decade of experience in professional, community, and educational ensemble conducting. He has not only conducted in orchestral settings but also in the opera and ballet pits, as well as recording and film studios. He recently served as an interim conductor for the College of Idaho Sinfonia and is currently teaching at the prestigious Idaho Arts Charter School. He recently led the Keene State College Chamber Orchestra in New Hampshire and has also held conducting positions with the Salt Lake Symphony, Utah Philharmonic, Utah Philharmonia, West Jordan Symphony, and Evanston Civic Orchestra. He has worked regularly as a clinician and guest conductor with public schools across Idaho, New Hampshire, and Utah. As a violinist, he has performed with the Salt Lake Symphony, Idaho Falls Symphony, West Jordan Symphony, Utah Philharmonic, and others.

Growing up in a musical family, he developed a love of music from an early age. He obtained his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Utah where he studied primarily with Dr. Robert Baldwin, and his Masters in Music in Orchestral Conducting at Brigham Young University, studying under Kory Katseanes and Dr. Don Peterson. As an undergraduate at Brigham Young University-Idaho, he studied violin under Dr. Dallin Hansen and earned an undergraduate degree in music education. Some of his other mentors include Jeffery Meyer, John Nardolillo, Thomas Heuser, Roger Kalia, Mark Gibson, and Kenneth Kiesler.

He is married to his wonderful wife and has two young boys. He also enjoys composing, playing basketball, and skiing.

Dr. John Dally
Director of Music Education and Instrumental Activities at Northwest Nazarene University

John grew up in Southern California and received both his BA in Music Education and teaching credentials from Point Loma Nazarene University. Before graduating, he began his public music teaching career at Point Loma High School in San Diego. During his tenure there, John transformed a band of fewer than 30 students into a comprehensive music program, including multiple bands, choir, orchestra, music theory and dance. In 2008, John moved to Mira Mesa High School where he elevated an already prominent program of over 170 students to new heights, including high awards in marching and concert festivals. During this time, John completed his Master of Music from Sam Houston State University via American Band College. In 2011, he joined the music faculty at Point Loma Nazarene University as the Director of Bands and Music Education. There he directed concert and jazz ensembles and taught general education and music education courses. In 2020, John completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Music Education from Boston University. His dissertation focused on undergraduate music teacher preparation and field experience. During his time as an educator in San Diego, John served on the board for the California Music Education Association Southern Section for over 13 years, including VP, Band Rep and Collegiate Liaison. Additionally, he was a founding board member of the San Diego Winds, a professional wind ensemble with educational programs. He is also an active clinician, adjudicator and guest conductor.