Joseph Gifford - New Pathways in Musical Performance
Joseph Gifford - teacher and coach of instrumentalists and performers
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Workshops: Towards New Pathways

In recent years, Mr. Gifford has extended his field of teaching to working with singers and instrumentalists, as well as conductors -- privately and in workshops.

For over twenty years he was on the faculty of the "Donald Thulean Conducting Workshops" for the American Symphony Orchestra League until the League discontinued those workshops in 2006.

He has taught many workshops for singers and conductors in Boston, and for conductors on the Italian island of Elba.

Several years ago he coached all the instrumentalists in the musical ensemble, BRAVE NEW WORKS, based in Ann Arbor, MI. The success in this venture encouraged him to broaden his attention to include the teaching of orchestral musicians. He did this in 2006 and 2007 for the Department of Music, UCLA, and the Norwegian Academy of Music, Oslo, Norway, as well as in private sessions in Boston.

Recently, a new pathway has opened up in his teaching. He has discovered that the principles of teaching that guide him has helped mitigate and even in some cases clear up the pain of musicians with whom he has been working. With so many musicians afflicted by tension/pain, he plans to pursue this avenue in the future.

Upcoming Workshops and Events:

  • May 18-22, 2014
    Nashua, NH - Workshop for Conductors with the Nashua Chamber Orchestra.
    For further information contact David Feltner,

  • May 25, 2014, 2-4 PM
    The Legacy of Joseph Gifford
    , Documentary by Jill Uchiama
    Coolidge Corner Theater, Brookline
    Subsequent showings in various cities across the USA (TBD)

Past Workshops:  

  • The Legacy of Joseph Gifford, Documentary by Jill Uchiama
  • Boston University - Workshop for Conductors.
  • Nashua, NH - Workshop for Conductors with the Nashua Chamber Orchestra
  • Visiting professor, School of Music, University of Arizona
  • Visiting professor, Governor's School for the Arts, Norfolk, VA
  • Workshop, Conductors with the Nashua Chamber Orchestra, Nashua, NH.
  • Return visit to UCLA's Department of Music
  • Return visit to the Norwegian Academy of Music
  • Two five-day workshops for conductors in Wardsboro, Vermont,
  • Private lessons by appointment


"In doing this, leave yourself alone. Focus on the task in front of you, and not YOU working at the task. In forgetting yourself you will find yourself.

~ Joe Gifford

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