Retired conductor pens hefty textbook

John Colson, retired music professor, of Brookings, authored “Conducting and Rehearsing the Instrumental Music Ensemble,” a college textbook for students studying to be conductors. p18-Colson-w--horn

That was the first time the retired faculty member has had a book published by a large publisher. Colson has had two books on brass playing that were locally published.

The 520-page conducting book is billed as “the most comprehensive guide on the rehearsal process for conducting instrumental music ensembles.” It was released Aug. 9 by Scarecrow Press, Lanham, Md.

Scarecrow Press is a member of the Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group and is known for scholarly bibliographies, historical dictionaries, library science monographs and reference works in the humanities, particularly music and film.

p18-Book-coverColson, who retired in 2002 after 38 years at SDSU, says, “Most conducting courses and books are based on how to wave the arms. This book emphasizes learning to rehearse the ensemble. My feeling was we needed to get this in the conducting curriculum.”

Colson also was the conductor and music director of the SDSU-Civic Symphony Orchestra for 34 years.

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