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WBAS Saito Conducting Technique Workshop by Masanori Fukuda

14 - 16 December 2018

Saito Conducting Technique Workshop

by Masanori Fukuda


The Saito Conducting Technique was developed by Hideo Saito. Focused on making gestures more precise, expressive and easier to follow, the Saito Conducting Technique helps conductors develop the clarity and artistry in conducting. Graduates of the Saito conducting programme includes Seiji Ozawa and Kazuyoshi Akiyama.

Clinician - Masanori Fukuda

Masanori Fukuda was born in Hiroshima, Japan in 1962. He graduated with honors majoring in euphonium and a postgraduate diploma in performing arts from the Tamagawa University and Senzoku Gakuen College of Music specializing in conducting. He also studied with Prof. Toru Miura (Euphonium), Prof. Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Prof. Yoshitomo Kawachi, Prof. Yasuhiko Shiozawa, Mr. Douglas Bostock and Maestro Frederick Fennell (Conducting).


After winning 3rd prize in the 6th Japan Wind and Percussion Competition, he was invited to perform in various concerts including recordings with bands such as the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and Siena Wind Orchestra, amongst others. He also performs regularly as solo euphoniumist with the Tokyo Brass Society and Euphonium-Tuba Company. He appeared in International Euphonium-Tuba Conference (USA) as a member of The Euphonium Company in 1992.


With his passion and pursuit for excellence in music performance, he took part in the conducting master class directed by Maestro Fennell. He won the best conductor prize in the All Japan Band Contest in 2010 and 2012 and was also awarded the Excellent Director Award from Ibaraki Prefecture Band Federation in 2010 and 2000.


In 2013, he was awarded a special commendation from the Japan Band Directors’ Association. He is currently serving as a director with the Japan Euphonium-Tuba Association and Japan Brass Band Directors’ Association, music director of the Senzoku Gakuen College of Music British Brass Band, Sony Wind Orchestra, Tokyo Brass Society and Brass Band Spirits Nagano.


He is also a highly demanded euphonium soloist, conductor, composer, judge and clinician in Japan. In 2015, he was invited as a adjudicator and clinician by Wind Bands Association of Singapore for the 4th Singapore International Band Festival, 7th and 9th Hong Kong Winter Band Festival and appointed as one of the conductor for the 2nd WBAS Youth Band Festival. 


As a composer and arranger, a lot of works of him are published and distributed by Brain music, Sumiya Band Inn and Winds Style in Japan. His compositions are regularly performed in competitions such as the All Japan Ensemble Competition.

Workshop Schedule

Fri 14/12, 7.30 -10pm

Saito Conducting Technique 1

(with Piano)


Sat 15/12: 10am -12.30pm

Saito Conducting Technique 2

(with Piano)


Sat 15/12, 2 - 5pm

Music For a Festival by Sparke

(Lion City Brass)

Sun 16/12, 3 - 6pm:
El Camino Real by Reed 
First Suite in Eb by Holst

(NUS Wind Symphony)


In addition to band repertoire, participants are required to conduct excerpts played by the piano.




Important Information

Date & Time

14 - 16 December


National University of Singapore​, U-Town


$200 (active participant)  | Free for observers (registration required)

Closing Date

4 November 2018

Note: registration may close before deadline when class is full.


Please prepare the following before filling up the form.

  1. Curriculum Vitae

  2. Upload one of your recent HD video unto YouTube as “unlisted”. This video needs to contain you conducting a performance and/or rehearsal with an ensemble (double piano, wind band or symphonic orchestra). Video should contain a minimum of 5 mins uninterrupted music and show clearly the profile of your face to waist in the footage. Full body frontal footages are also allowed.

  3. A personal statement from you  to express (in no more than 100 words) what you hopes to achieve from the masterclass experience.