Timothy Carney is Associate Professor of Music at Chaminade University of Honolulu and Music Director of Hawaii Vocal Arts Ensemble. He began his conducting career in France, where he founded La Chorale américaine de Paris. Since then, he has conducted choruses across the United States, in New York, Tennessee, Minnesota, and Illinois, as well as in Sweden, Australia, and New Zealand.

Miguel Ángel Felipe was born and began his musical studies in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Today, Dr. Felipe is Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. He also serves as director of music and liturgy at the Lutheran Church of Honolulu, home to one of the state's largest church music programs.

Richard Nace is one of the Pacific Northwest's foremost choral educators and conductors. Mr. Nace is in constant demand as conductor, lecturer, workshop leader, and retreat specialist throughout the US and across Canada.

Granville Oldham is a choral conductor, clinician, and adjudicator, having made nearly two hundred appearances in more than half of the United States, as well as in Kenya, Jamaica, and Mexico.

George Torbay, Choral Conductor, obtained a Bachelor of Music with distinction from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, USA and a Graduate Diploma in Education from the University of Sydney.

During the past decade Geoffrey Paul Boers has emerged as one of this region’s leading choral conductors and teachers. His choirs have performed at national and regional conventions of choral conductors and music educators, earning high praise for their expressiveness and technical mastery.

ANDRÉ J. THOMAS, the Owen F. Sellers Professor of Music, is Director of Choral Activities and Professor of Choral Music Education at Florida State University. A previous faculty member at the University of Texas, Austin, Dr. Thomas received his degrees from FriendsUniversity (B.A.), Northwestern University (M. M.), and the University of Illinois (D.M.A).

Heather J. Buchanan conducts the 160-voice Chorale, 60-voice University Singers, and 24-voice Vocal Accord. Choirs under her direction have been critically acclaimed for their performances in collaboration with a variety of renowned artists including Meredith Monk, Mícheál ÓSúílleabháin, Tarik O’Regan, and Joseph Flummerfelt; and performed major choral works with conductors Neeme Järvi, Jacques LaCombe, and John Maucceri and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.

Professor of Choral Music, Florida State University (USA)

Director of Choral Activities, California State University Fresno (USA)

In demand as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator, Anna Hamre’s work has taken her beyond the continental United States to Hawaii, Mexico, China, and Europe. She has guest-conducted twice at Carnegie Hall, and she is scheduled to conduct in Italy (June 2011) and England (June 2012).

Director of Choral Activities, California State University Sacramento (USA)

Donald M. Kendrick  is the Calgary, Alberta-born director of choral activities at California State University, Sacramento (CSUS) and the director of music at Sacred Heart Church where he conducts Schola Cantorum and Vox Nova (Men's Chorus, and the founder and artistic director of the Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra (a 200 voice volunteer/auditioned symphony chorus and professional orchestra). He is also the founder and past artistic director of the Sacramento Children's Chorus.

One of North America's most sought after choral conductors, Professor Jing Ling-Tam, Director of Choral Studies and Coordinator of Vocal Arts at UTArlington has garnered international recognition in North America, Europe and Southeast Asia.

Dr. Amanda Quist conducts the Westminster Chapel Choir and teaches Techniques of Conducting and Group Vocal Techniques. She also shares conducting responsibilities for the Westminster Symphonic Choir with Joe Miller. Additionally, she is a member of the faculty of the Westminster Chamber Choir/Festival Chorus program, held in Princeton each summer.

Jo-Michael Scheibe chairs the Thornton School of Music’s Department of Choral and Sacred Music at the University of Southern California, where he conducts the USC Chamber Singers, teaches choral conducting and choral methods, and supervises the graduate and undergraduate choral program.

Dr. Sharkova, Artistic Director of the Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale, joined the Music Department at San José State University in the fall of 1998, where she served as assistant professor of music and Director of Choral Activities until June 2006.

Paul A. Smith began his music career early as a young piano student of the late African-American pianist/composer, Margaret Bonds. His formal education has included an undergraduate degree from Chapman University; a Master’s degree from the University of Southern California; and he is ABD toward a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Music at the University of Southern California.

Johan de Meij (Voorburg, 1953) studied trombone and conducting at the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague. He has earned international fame as a composer and arranger. His catalogue consists of original compositions, symphonic transcriptions and arrangements of film scores and musicals. (Visit his website)

Frank Ticheli's music has been described as being "optimistic and thoughtful" (Los Angeles Times), "lean and muscular" (The New York Times), "brilliantly effective" (Miami Herald) and "powerful, deeply felt crafted with impressive flair and an ear for striking instrumental colors" (South Florida Sun-Sentinel).

Dr. Jeffrey Boeckman is the Director of Bands at the University of Hawai’i. He conducts the Wind Ensemble, teaches courses in conducting and wind literature, and oversee the entire UH Bands program. In just their first year under his direction, the UH Bands have embarked on an ambitious program of programming, commissioning, touring, and professional development, including a collaborative Chamber Winds program between members of the Hawaii Symphony and the UH Wind Ensemble; a Summer Conducting & Rehearsing Workshop; and a composer residency program.

Ralph Hultgren resides in Newmarket, Queensland, with his wife Julie and two of his five children. His professional music career has spanned a number of decades and includes work as a trumpet player, composer, conductor and teacher.

As a professional Clarinetist, he is enjoying a rewarding career as a Clarinetist, Soloist, Educator, and Conductor. He has extensive experience as a professional Clarinetist in Chamber Orchestras, Symphony Orchestras, Chamber Music, Musical Orchestras, and Wind Bands.

William Johnson has been Professor of Music at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California, since 1966. He is presently the conductor of the Cal Poly Wind Orchestra.

Dr. Lawrence Sutherland served as Director of Bands and Professor of Music at California State University, Fresno from 1969 until 2006.

Frederick Speck, Director of Bands and Professor of Music, conducts the Wind Symphony and New Music Ensemble, and teaches conducting and composition. Under his leadership, the Wind Symphony has been invited to perform at KMEA Conferences, CBDNA Southern Division Conferences, the MENC National Conference and the CBDNA National Conference.

Dr. Thomas Root is Professor of Music at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. Thomas Root is a native of Minnesota. After completing his bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Minnesota, he received a Doctorate in Music Composition from Michigan State University.

Dr. James W. McRoy is currently Professor of Music and Director of Bands at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University. At C.W. Post, Dr. McRoy directs all aspects of the band program, conducting the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Pep Band.

Dr. Tony Mazzafero (born and raised in San Francisco) received his Bachelor of Music degree from San Francisco State University. During his undergraduate years, he served as the Principal Tubist in the Symphonic Band and Symphony Orchestra.

Dennis L. Johnson is presently Director of Bands and Orchestra and Associate Professor of Music at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. At Murray State he conducts the Chamber Winds, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the University Symphony Orchestra and the pit orchestra for the opera and musicals.

Dr. Robert Halseth, Professor of Music Emeritus and Director of Bands at California State University, Sacramento, conducts the CSUS Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Concert Band, teaches conducting, and is the founder and co-clinician of the Summer Wind Conducting Workshop, which each June since 1994 has brought to campus some of the finest wind conductors and conducting teachers in the world, including Mallory Thompson, H. Robert Reynolds, Frederick Fennell, Allan McMurray, Gary Hill, Craig Kirchhoff, Eugene Corporon and Jack Stamp.

Leslie Hicken, Director of Bands, joined the faculty of Furman University in the fall of 1993. In the Department of Music, his responsibilities include the directorship of the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Chamber Winds; instructor of instrumental conducting; instrumental music education coordinator; and assistant to the Marching Band.

JAY S. GEPHART joined the faculty of Purdue University in the fall of 1995 after having completed 12 years as a public school band director. In July of 2001, he was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure and in November 2006 was appointed Director of Bands.

Peter P. Fournier, former conductor of the University of California, Irvine Wind Ensemble, retired from full time teaching in 2003. He is associate conductor of the Irvine Youth Symphony, founded in 1991, that has performed throughout Europe, China, Australia and Carnegie Hall.

Past-Director of the “The Presidents Own” United States Marine Band (USA)

Twenty-sixth Director of “The President’s Own” Timothy W. Foley led the United States Marine Band into its third century of service to the President of the United States and the United States Marine Corps. Foley was a strong and visionary leader for “The President’s Own,” lifting the organization to new heights in terms of its musical and ceremonial reputation.

Director, School of Music, Sam Houston State University (USA) Dr. James M. Bankhead is Director, School of Music at Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas. He is involved with all aspects of the artistic, academic and administrative life of this outstanding institution.

Terry Austin is Director of Bands and Professor of Music at Virginia Commonwealth University where he oversees all aspects of the band program and teaches courses in conducting, and music education.

Dennis J. Zeisler has been on the faculty of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia for more than two decades, serving as Director of Bands, Professor of Clarinet and Saxophone, and Chairman of the Music Department. Under his direction, The Old Dominion University Wind Ensemble has developed into a premiere performing ensemble and has received critical acclaim for performances of works by Colgrass, Ring, Sochinski, Camphouse, Hailstork, Smith and Erickson.

Past-President of WASBE (The Netherlands)

Bert Aalders  studied horn, orchestra conducting, choir conducting and band conducting at the conservatories of Arnhem and Zwolle in The Netherlands. After playing horn in the symphony orchestra of Gelderland, he became president of the Music Information Centre Gelderland in 1990.

Former Conductor, Sony Concert Band and Past-President, Japanese Band Directors Association (Japan)

Toshio Akiyama is an internationally renowned figure widely known for his contribution as the "father of the Japanese wind bands". Having received his education at the famous Eastman School of Music, USA, Mr Akiyama returned to become the Vice- President of the All Japan Band Association from 1961 to 197 and President of the Japanese Band Directors' Association from 1993 to 1997.

Musical Director, Birmingham Symphonic Winds (United Kingdom)

KEITH ALLEN was born and educated in London – he was awarded a scholarship to the Royal College of Music, studying clarinet with Basil Tchaikov and piano with Bernard Roberts. He subsequently undertook post-graduate studies in Education at Birmingham University; has been awarded a Fellowship of Trinity College, London, and also holds a Bachelors degree from Kingston University and a Masters degree from Thames Valley University.

Former Conductor, London Wind Orchestra (United Kingdom) Geoffrey Brand - one of the leaders of the modern band movement in England; conductor for numerous high quality concert band recordings by the top professional musicians in London. A popular lecturer and guest conductor in the U.S.

Director of Wind Band Conducting, Bundes-Academy and Past-President of WASBE (Germany) He studied piano , music theory and orchestral conducting at the conservatory in Lucerne . Further studies he did in the United States of America .

Renowned composter and adjudicator (United Kingdom) Philip Sparke was born in London and studied composition, trumpet and piano at the Royal College of Music, where he gained an ARCM. It was at the College that his interest in bands arose. He played in the College wind orchestra and also formed a brass band among the students, writing several works for both ensembles.

Gary W. Hill is the Evelyn Smith Professor of Music and Director of Ensemble Studies at Arizona State University, where he conducts various ensembles and teaches graduate conducting.

Prior to Hill's appointment at ASU, he was Director of Bands at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music, where he also served as Music Director for the Kansas City Youth Wind Ensemble, and conducted two professional groups: the Kansas City Symphony Brass Ensemble and newEar, a chamber ensemble devoted to contemporary music.

Colonel Michael Colburn is the 27th Director of the United States Marine Band. During his more than 20 years with “The President’s Own,” Colonel Colburn has served as principal euphonium, Assistant Director, and since July 2004, the Director of the Marine Band.

For almost a decade, Scott Lang has been educating and entertaining student and adult audiences of all ages through his workshops and keynote presentations. As a nationally known leadership trainer, Scott works with some of America's top ensembles and conducts over 100 workshops annually. He is a G.I.A. sponsored clinician and is the author of Leadership Success, Leadership Travel Guide, Leadership Survival Guide and most recently, Leader of the Band.

As a highly decorated veteran teacher of sixteen years Scott's bands have had many notable performances including the Pasadena Tournament of Rose Parade, the Fiesta Bowl National Band Championship, the Music Educators National Biennial Conference and for the President of the United States, William Jefferson Clinton.

Mr. Lang currently resides in Chandler, Arizona with his beautiful wife Leah and their sons, Brayden and Evan. He has breathed in and out approximately 264 million times and plans to keep on doing so until he doubles that number.

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