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Directors Circle

A podcast featuring insight from music educators and school leaders discussing their philosophies on the administrative leadership of a comprehensive music program.

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Dennis Glocke - Episode 35

This episode features my interview with my friend and mentor, Mr. Dennis Glocke. Dennis has recently retired as the Director of Concert Bands at Penn State University where he has led several ensembles and taught courses in conducting. In our conversation, Dennis shares many lessons on music-making and teaching that he has learned over his career as a music educator.  Topics include: - Dennis discusses his career as a music educator and conductor  - Inspiring students through the creation on significant musical experiences  - Repertoire quality and selection  - Making music come to life  -Growing as a conductor, musician, and educator Links:  Denis’s Penn State page: https://music.psu.edu/faculty/dennis-glocke Dennis conducting the Penn State Symphonic Band: https://youtu.be/Q9hfWf4j3CI Bio:  Dennis Glocke was appointed director of concert bands at Penn State in 1996.  He received degrees in conducting from Northwestern University, where he studied with John P. Paynter, and in music education from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where his principal conducting teachers were H. Robert Reynolds and Eugene Corporon.   Prior to joining the Penn State faculty, Professor Glocke was associate director of bands at the University of Michigan, director of bands at the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point, and a band director in the Oconomowoc (WI) public schools. Professor Glocke is frequently invited to serve as a guest conductor and clinician throughout the United States.  His ensembles have performed at the Eastern Division Conference of the College Band Directors National Association, the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association State Conference, and the Midwest Clinic in Chicago.  The Penn State Symphonic Wind Ensemble was invited to open the 2005 Flicorno D’Oro international band festival in Riva del Garda, Italy, the first American band to be so honored.  He has also conducted in some of the country’s finest performing venues, including the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center (Dallas), Heinz Hall (Pittsburgh), the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, D.C.), the Kimmel Center (Philadelphia), the Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater (Chautauqua, NY), The Music Center at Strathmore (North Bethesda, MD), and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center (New York).

1hr 35mins

8 May 2020

Rank #1

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Stephen Gage - Episode 17

This episode features Dr. Stephen Gage from Youngstown State University. In this interview, he shares his thoughts on a wide array of subjects ranging from imagination to repertoire selection.  Topics include: (04:33) Dr. Gage talks about his life and professional background (07:30) Dr. Gage talks about his ensembles at YSU (10:08)  Working with the legendary coach, Jim Tressel, as the YSU President (14:45) Repertoire Selection (27:24) Symphonic Repertoire (36:12) Ways conductors can improve their craft (46:03)  Budgeting time with a busy career  (55:27)Building and maintaining relationships (01:10:38) Favorite rehearsal tactics (01:13:53) Why do we teach music?  (01:20:57) Dr. Gage discusses leaders that have made an impact on his life  (01:27:02) Advice for music educators Links:  Gage’s YSU Site https://ysu.edu/directory/people/stephen-l-gage Performances by Gage conducting:  Up by Anthony O’Toole - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MaOvtK26DT8 Symphony No. 4 by David Maslanka - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_e48XTWBxP Bio:  Stephen L. Gage has served as Professor of Conducting and Director of Bands & Orchestra at Youngstown State University's Dana School of Music since 1993. In fall 2014, Dr. Gage was appointed as the conductor of the YSU Dana Symphony Orchestra and he conducts the music school’s annual opera production orchestra in addition to his work with the YSU Wind Ensemble, the Dana Chamber Winds & Strings. Professor Gage leads the MM in Instrumental Conducting program and he has been the YSU Dana School Recruitment Coordinator for his entire residency on the faculty. Stephen holds degrees from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, the Eastman School of Music (University of Rochester), and the State University of New York at Fredonia where he also earned the Performers Certificate and was a concerto winner. Stephen studied conducting with Harry John Brown, Donald Hunsberger, David Effron, Roy Ernst, James Keene, Isaiah Jackson, H. Robert Reynolds, Randall Craig Fleischer, and Paul Vermel. In September 2012, Dr. Gage was appointed as the Conductor/Music Director of the W. D. Packard Concert Band in Warren. Stephen is in his 26th season as the Edward Zacharias Memorial Chair/Conductor of the Youngstown Symphony Youth Orchestra. Previous teaching positions include serving as Director of Bands & Orchestra at Emporia State University (KS) and as Director of Bands at Auburn High School (NY) from 1980-1989. Professor Gage has written numerous published articles on conducting, rehearsal techniques, and wind band literature, and he is an active wind band and orchestral guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator of international repute. Stephen has guest conducted and cliniced high school regional and all state honor bands and orchestras as well as a number of university wind bands and orchestras throughout the United States. In April 2017, Stephen Gage was the guest conductor for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) All-State HS Symphony Orchestra in Erie, PA and he has had the privilege of guest conducting the Louisiana Music Educators Association (LMEA) All State HS Symphony Orchestra, the Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA) HS Symphonic Band, the West Virginia Music Educators Association (WVMEA) All-State HS Symphony Orchestra (three times), and the PMEA All-State HS Concert Band. His list of guest conducting appearances includes the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, the U.S. Air Force Band & Singing Sergeants, the U.S. Army Band: “Pershing’s Own”, and the U.S. Army Field Band & Chorus among others. The list of guest conducting and clinics includes experiences in Canada, Ireland, and in 35 states. Dr. Gage has received critical acclaim from a number of distinguished composers, including a number of Pulitzer prize winners: Joseph Schwanter, Carter Pann, John Mackey, Samuel Adler, Karel Husa, Frank Ticheli, John Mackey, Michael Colgrass, Donald Grantham, D.J. Sparr, Jerry Ascione, Joel Puckett, Brian Balmages, Anthony O’Toole, and David Gillingham for his interpretation and recordings of their music. Stephen’s professional affiliations include memberships in the CBDNA, NBA, OMEA/MENC, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Kappa Delta Pi, Phi Beta Mu, Sigma Alpha Iota, and Phi Kappa Phi. Dr. Gage has been inducted into the prestigious American Bandmasters and was named as both Distinguished Professor and Faculty Mentor of the Year at YSU; he has served on the NBA Foundation Board of Directors and is currently on the Board of Directors for the Ohio Chapter of Phi Beta Mu. In 2012, Gage was awarded the Marty Manning Faculty Mentor Award at the University and in 2014 he gave a Last Lecture at YSU. In January 2018, Dr. Gage was honored in the first Auburn High School (NY) Music Hall of Fame. Stephen and the YSU Wind Ensemble made their historic NYC Carnegie Hall debut in 2005 and the band gave an encore performance in this venue in November 2015. The wind ensemble has released seven CD recordings and the sixth CD in this series, Urban Requiem, was released on the NAXOS International Recording Label in June 2009 and the seventh, Old Wine in New Bottles was released by NAXOS in August 2013. Both of these NAXOS recordings have earned critical praise from numerous critical reviewers and represented composers for their artistically convincing performances and musical and technical quality. YSU Wind Ensemble CD, Spin Cycle, won Downbeat Magazine’s University Symphonic Recording of the Year. There are two new YSU Wind Ensemble CD recordings that will be released during the 2018-2019 academic year. Former YSU Dana School of Music alumni and students currently hold conducting positions in 13 university music schools across the country, and YSU Dana School of Music (DSOM) band and orchestra alumni have attended virtually all of America’s finest graduate music schools and conservatories. In addition, a number of former DSOM students are members of the premiere and regional U.S. military bands, are members of numerous professional symphony orchestras and chamber music ensembles, and hold elementary, middle, and high school music teaching positions across the country. Stephen lives in Poland, Ohio with his wife, Stephanie, who has taught at the Dana School for thirteen years, and one of his three children, Brendan, a French horn and piano performance major at the Dana School and a YSU University Scholar. Daughter, Claudia, a YSU alum and former University Scholar, works as a resident-actress and lives in Connecticut; and Gage’s oldest son, Matthew, is in the coffee business, is a commercial guitar player,  and his 5-year old daughter, Zoey, live in Austin, TX.

1hr 35mins

30 Oct 2019

Rank #2

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Bob Matchett - Episode 7

Bob Matchett discusses his work as a band director at Seneca Valley Senior High School in Harmony, PA. With an accomplished career as an educator and musician, Bob discusses characteristics of an outstanding leader, taking over a new program, and how working as a professional musician can impact teaching. In April, Bob will conduct the Seneca Valley High School Wind Ensemble at the NAfME All Eastern Conference in Pittsburgh, PA.

55mins

4 Feb 2019

Rank #3

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Ryan Beeken - Episode 3

Dr. Ryan Beeken shares his thoughts of effectively connecting with students and building a choral program of over 300 musicians during his time as an educator in public schools. In addition to his work as the director of choral studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Beeken frequently serves as a clinician and conductor across the country. 

44mins

15 Nov 2018

Rank #4

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Christopher Kiver - Episode 21

This podcast episode features my interview with Dr. Christopher Kiver. Dr. Kiver is the Director of Choral Activities at Penn State University where he directs the concert choir and glee club. In addition to discussing the importance of music and quality repertoire, Dr. Kiver also gives insight into the role that gender plays in a comprehensive music program. Topics include: (02:57) Kiver talks about his life and background as starting out as an instrumentalist (05:27) The differences between music education in the USA and the UK  (30:03) What constitutes quality repertoire (38:40) The role of classical music in a comprehensive music program (43:19) The role gender plays in a music program (58:17) Favorite rehearsal tactics (1:00:00) Why do we teach music?  (1:02:01) Kiver discusses leaders that have made an impact on his life  (1:06:57) Advice for music educators Links:  Kivers’s Penn State Page: https://music.psu.edu/faculty/christopher-kiver Kiver conducting the Penn State Concert Choir: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpozk4UG9fM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpBJTPAI_yM Kiver conducting the 2011 PMEA All State Choir: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4e_2sAVIFzA Bio:  Christopher Kiver conducts the Concert Choir and Glee Club, oversees the graduate choral conducting program, and teaches classes in choral conducting and choral literature. He is founder and director of The Orpheus Singers and serves as Director of Music at the University Baptist and Brethren Church in State College. Kiver is a graduate of the University of London, Florida State University and the University of Michigan where he received the D.M.A. in choral conducting.   Choirs under Kiver’s direction have performed at state and regional conventions of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and National Association for Music Education. He has taught at the Westminster Choir College Summer and Saturday Seminar programs, and appeared as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator in the United States, Australia, China, and New Zealand. Kiver is national chair for the Repertoire and Standards Committee on Male Choirs for the American Choral Directors Association, and a past-president of the Pennsylvania chapter of ACDA. A native of England, he has received numerous prizes and scholarships including a Fulbright Award, and the 2002 Sydney World Symposium Foundation Scholarship. In 2006, he was a double Grammy Award winner ("Best Choral Performance" and "Best Classical Album") as a chorus master for the critically acclaimed Naxos recording of William Bolcom’s monumental Songs of Innocence and of Experience. Kiver was the recipient of Penn State's "President’s Award for Engagement with Students" in 2017.

1hr 9mins

3 Jan 2020

Rank #5

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Todd Stefan - Episode 24

In the episode, I have the pleasure of speaking with Todd Stefan from Wexford (a.k.a Pittsburgh), PA. Todd oversees a large high school band program in the North Allegheny School District that has featured ensembles at PMEA state conferences, NAfME All-Eastern conferences, and the inaugural parade for Barack Obama’s presidency. In this interview, we chat about a wide variety of topics including administrative tasks involved with a large music program, staying mentally healthy with the stresses of the profession, and quotes from the “Rocky” movie franchise! Topics include: (04:28) Todd talks about his life and professional background and his band program at North Allegheny Senior High School (20:57) Building relationships with students in a large program (25:00) Defining excellence in a music program (31:22) Staying mentally healthy as a music educator (54:28) Favorite rehearsal tactics (56:09) Why do we teach music?  (59:47) Todd discusses leaders that have made an impact on his life  (1:04:15) Advice for music educators Links:  Todd’s NASHS faculty page: https://www.northallegheny.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=8111 2019 NASHS Winter Concert: https://youtu.be/gO9uwjl0Ybw 2019 NASD Tiger Marching Band: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbp6KOBp2tw A 2016 interview featuring Todd in “The Instrumentalist” magazine: https://www.tarleton.edu/band/documents/2016september.pdf Bio:  Mr.Stefan is the Director of Bands at North Allegheny High School.  He earned a Bachelor of Music Education, Percussion Applied from the Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University (YSU).  Prior to his current position at North Allegheny, Mr. Stefan was the Director of Bands at Thomas Jefferson High School in Jefferson Hills, PA, Director of Bands at Cumberland Valley High School in Mechanicsburg, PA, Director of Bands at Sharpsville Area High School in Sharpsville, PA, and served on the faculty at Grove City College in Grove City, PA as a part-time applied Percussion Instructor.  At North Allegheny, Mr.Stefan teaches the Senior High School Honors Wind Ensemble, the Senior High School Symphonic Band, the Senior High School Concert Band, the Intermediate High School Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensembles 1 and 4, and the North Allegheny High School "Tiger" Marching Band. Mr. Stefan has studied percussion with Mr. Joseph Parlink and conducting with Dr. Stephen Gage.  Mr.Stefan's bands have all been judged excellent and superior and have been awarded numerous first place trophies and best overall band awards at festivals and parades including, the MasterCard Alamo Bowl halftime show and band competition in San Antonio, TX, the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl Parade and band competitions in Atlanta, GA, the North American Music Festivals in Virginia Beach, VA, Festival Disney in Orlando, FL, the Windy City Classic in Chicago,IL, and Festivals of Music in Myrtle Beach, SC, Chicago, IL, Virginia Beach, VA, Cincinnati, OH, and Nashville, TN, Atlanta, GA. The Senior High School Honors Wind Ensemble has appeared in Downbeat Magazine twice; in 2008 and 2010 for winning the Best Overall High School Classical Group in the 31st and 33rd Annual Student Music Awards. The band has also appeared at the 2009 PMEA All-State Conference in Valley Forge, PA, at the 2012 PMEA All-State Conference in Lancaster, PA, and the 2015 PMEA All-State Conference in Hershey, PA. Both the Honors Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble I were selected to perform at the MENC All-Eastern Division Conference in Baltimore Maryland in 2011 and Jazz Ensemble I was selected to perform at the 2017 NAfME All-Eastern Division Conference held in Atlantic City. The “Tiger”Marching Band has appeared in the Disney Spectro-Magic New Year's Eve Parade and the Disney Dreams Come True Parade in the Magic Kingdom of Walt Disney World,has been awarded the Jack Shea President's trophy for “Best Overall Band” in the City of Pittsburgh Labor Day Parade for the past fifteen years, and has been winners of the Allegheny County trophy for the “Best Overall Band” in the City of Pittsburgh Veteran's Day Parade since 2003. In February of 2006 the Marching Band was honored to be the lead band in the Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl XL Victory Parade. The band also was invited to perform in the 2009, 2016, and 2017 Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup Championship Parades. The 2009 Marching Band was also selected and honored to perform in the 56th Presidential Inaugural Parade in Washington D.C. In 2019 the Marching Band performed a pre-show at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN. Finally the band was awarded the 2014 and 2018 Basil Caumissar Grand Champion Award; given to the Grand Champion of the Kentucky Derby Pegasus Parade. Mr.Stefan in an active member of NAfME, PMEA, The National Band Association (NBA),The Percussive Arts Society (PAS).  Mr.Stefan is a proud resident of the North Allegheny School District residing in Wexford, PA with his son Tyler.

1hr 7mins

22 Jan 2020

Rank #6

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Derrick Fox - Episode 18

In this episode, I chat with Dr. Derrick Fox from the University of Nebraska-Omaha on what it’s like to have a background in instrumental music and leading a renowned collegiate choral program.  Topics include: (05:34) Fox talks about his life and professional background (15:52) Building community within your program.  (17:22) Repertoire Selection (29:14) Managing a career as a conductor, educator, and composer (37:04) Fox discusses his book “Yes You Can: A Band Director’s Guide to Teaching Choirs.” (43:07)  Things needed to successfully lead a choral program  (51:33) Motivating students to sing (55:05) Utilizing singing in an instrumental rehearsal (59:37) Favorite rehearsal tactics (01:04:05) Why do we teach music?  (01:08:44) Fox discusses leaders that have made an impact on his life  (01:13:09) Advice for music educators Links:  Fox’s UNO Site -  https://www.unomaha.edu/college-of-communication-fine-arts-and-media/about-us/faculty/music/derrick-fox.php Videos :  UNO Chamber Choir - https://www.facebook.com/15920971/posts/10107660564634020?d=n&sfns=mo UNO Honor Choir - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lvsjFfh8Bg “I Am With You”/Fox - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0L1J3x_CHg “Jubilate Deo”/Fox - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVJlTtHkwBI Bio:  Dr. Derrick Fox is the Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.  He earned a BME from Arkansas State University, a MM in Choral Conducting from the University of Missouri – Columbia and a DMA in Choral Conducting from Michigan State University, where he was awarded the prestigious University Enrichment Graduate Fellowship.  Dr. Fox has conducted all-state choirs, honor choirs and led professional development workshops across the United States and internationally. His professional workshops focus on assessment in the choral classroom, building classroom community, rehearsal strategies, choral conducting techniques and shape note singing in the African American community. Dr. Fox’s recent engagements included and teaching residencies at the Latvian Academy of Music and Syracuse University, performance tours through Lithuania and Estonia as well as conducting the 2018 Texas All-State MS/JH Honor Choir and the SWACDA 7–10 Men’s Honor Choir. Highlights from his upcoming engagements include presentations at Nebraska ACDA, Kansas ACDA, Kentucky ACDA, South Carolina MEA and North Dakota MEA as well as conducting the Hawaii All-State Festival Choir, Alabama All-State Choir, New York All-State MS/JH Choir, and the National ACDA Middle School/Junior High Mixed Honor Choir. As a baritone soloist, Dr. Fox has collaborated with various organizations; among them are the Arkansas Symphony, Lansing Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Columbia Chorale, the University of Nebraska at Omaha, University of Missouri, Michigan State University, Webster University and the Espaço Cultural (Brasilia, Brazil). He can be heard singing selections from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess on the compact disc In This Hid Clearing, available on the Naxos Classical Music label. Dr. Fox is delighted to sing Elijah this season at the University of Missouri Columbia and with the Omaha Symphonic Choir. Dr. Fox serves on the National ACDA Diversity Subcommittee, the Missouri Music Educators Association Diversity Council and is the Collegiate Coordinator for Student Activities for Nebraska Choral Directors Association. As an author, he has written articles for many organizations and was a contributing author in the Hal Leonard/McGraw Hill choral textbook Voices in Concert. His compositions and arrangements are published by Hal Leonard Sacred Music Series, G. Schirmer Andrea Ramsey Choral Series and BriLee Music. His newest book, Yes You Can: A Band Director’s Guide to Teaching Choirs will be published by Brilee/Carl Fischer. 

1hr 15mins

15 Nov 2019

Rank #7

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Brad Townsend - Episode 8

In this episode, I speak with Dr. Brad Townsend who is the director of bands at the University of Pittsburgh. He shares his thoughts on developing music programs at multiple universities, entering as a new director in a program that is rich in tradition, taking student input into consideration for show planning, and implementing growth in a collegiate program.  Topics discussed: Entering a new program, working at the university level, effective problem solving through teaching, program growth, utilizing student leaders to advocate for your program,  Dr. Brad Townsend is Director of Bands at the University of Pittsburgh and oversees the University of Pittsburgh Varsity Marching Band, Pep Bands, and Symphonic Band.  Since his appointment in 2013 the band has grown in size and performance quality. The Pitt band has performed at numerous bowl games as well as high school and college band exhibitions across the state of Pennsylvania. Prior to his appointment at Pitt, Dr. Townsend taught at Oregon State University, Temple University,  Ramapo High School in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, and Iroquois High School in Erie, Pennsylvania.

33mins

26 Mar 2019

Rank #8

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Frank Battisti - Episode 19

In this episode, I have the pleasure of speaking with Mr. Frank Battisti about his views on music and music education. Known affectionately to many of his students as “Mr. B”, Battisti has led a prolific career as an educator at Ithaca High School (NY) and the New England Conservatory. Bonus features of this episode include ideas on the importance of music to the human experience and a remarkable story of an impromptu performance featuring Benny Goodman playing a student’s clarinet.  Topics include: (03:02) Battisti talks about his life and professional background (05:19) The educational objectives of any academic institution  (07:07) The role of music in a comprehensive education  (11:32) Finding quality in repertoire selections (13:00) Getting kids to fall in love with music (21:45) Using repertoire to build and enrich audiences (24:41) Using repertoire to build lifelong consumers of music  (27:47) Getting students to bring out the expressive elements of music (30:20) Better to illuminate than to shine!  (35:41) The role of adjudications/contests in music education (46:41) Battisti shares stories from his career  (55:47) Favorite rehearsal tactics (58:25) Why do we teach music?  (01:00:26) Battisti discusses leaders that have made an impact on his life  (01:13:53) Measuring the impact educators make on students (01:05:57) Advice for music educators Links:  Banddirector.com Interview with Battisti - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2k1giCGTlg Battisti’s lecture at TMEA 2001 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0BC9F7znSw&list=PLB2D441350229D202 New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble Recordings featuring Battisti as conductor -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inZ1bMGHucI&list=OLAK5uy_kZQaNmdXJI8xy4HbvWVdvL4LYxNQK978s https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_mEOFWHilHoCi0l3nhfu07tM1HHCilIwr8 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0v1XCZteVts&list=OLAK5uy_kyPcTwdJzP2d39r3UuqtB-G1Lq2yAH97E Bio:  Frank Battisti began his teaching career as an instrumental teacher in the Ithaca (New York) Public Schools in 1953. He became Director of Bands at Ithaca High School in 1955 and remained there until 1967. He also served as chairperson of the Instrumental Music Department from 1961 - 67. The Ithaca High School Band, under Battisti’s direction, achieved national recognition as one of the finest and most unique high school bands in the nation. The concert band performed at the Ithaca College School of Music, Eastman School of Music, Music Educators National Conference (MENC), Mid-West National Band and Orchestra Clinic (Chicago 1965), Rockefeller Center, the New York World’s Fair (1964) and at other regional and national music events. In 1997 the John Philip Sousa Foundation selected Battisti’s Ithaca High School Concert Band for their Historic Roll of Honor of High School Concert Bands, 1920-1980. Eugene Migliaro Corporon, Director of Wind Studies at North Texas State University, hails the Ithaca High School Band under the leadership of Frank Battisti “as one of the truly great achievements of instrumental music education in the twentieth century.” From 1958 - 67, the Ithaca High School Band commissioned 24 works for band. The commissioned composers included Warren Benson, David Borden, Carlos Chavez, Barney Childs, Walter Hartley, Vincent Persichetti, Armand Russell, Alec Wilder and Pulitzer Prize in Music winners Leslie Bassett, Karel Husa, Robert Ward, Gunther Schuller. Guest soloists and conductors appearing with the Ithaca High School Band from 1955-67 included Benny Goodman, Carl “Doc” Severinson, Donald Sinta, Harvey Phiillips, The New York Brass Quintet, Jimmy Burke, Vincent Persichetti, Norman Dello Joio, Thomas Beversdorf, Clyde Roller, Frederick Fennell, William D. Revelli and Walter Beeler. Battisti was conductor of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and a faculty member at Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music from 1967 – 69. In 1969 President Gunther Schuller invited him to come to the New England Conservatory in Boston to start the wind ensemble. Under his 30 years of leadership the ensemble became recognized as one of the premiere ensembles of its kind in the United States and throughout the world. The ensemble recorded for Centaur and Albany records and its performances were broadcast over the National Public Radio Network (NPR) and other classical music radio stations throughout the United States and world. While at the Conservatory Battisti commission works from distinguished national and international composers such as Robert Ceely, John Harbison, Robin Holloway, Witold Lutoslawski, William Thomas McKinley, Michael Colgrass, Daniel Pinkham, Gunther Schuller, Robert Selig, and Sir Michael Tippett. When he retired from the Conservatory in 1999 he was named Conductor Emeritus of the NEC Wind Ensemble. Dr.Battisti has guest conducted numerous university, college, military, professional and high school bands and wind ensembles and served as a visiting teacher/clinician throughout the United States, England, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Scandinavia, Australia, China, Taiwan, Canada, South America, South Korea, Iceland and the former U.S.S.R. Past President of the U.S. College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), Battisti is also a member of the American Bandmasters Association (ABA) and founder of the National Wind Ensemble Conference, World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE), Massachusetts Youth Wind Ensemble (MYWE), New England College Band Association (NECBA) and the Tanglewood Institute’s Young Artists Wind Ensemble. In 1986 and 1993 Dr. Battisti was a visiting fellow at Clare Hall, Cambridge University, England. He is the recipient of many awards and honors including an Honorary Doctor of Music degree from Ithaca College in 1992 and the Ithaca College Alumni Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003, the first Louis and Adrienne Krasner Excellence in Teaching Award from the New England Conservatory of Music in 1997, the Lowell Mason Award from the Massachusetts Music Educators Association in 1998, the New England College Band Association's Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999, Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic's Medal of Honor in 2001 and the National Band Director’ AWAPA in 2006.

1hr 7mins

26 Nov 2019

Rank #9

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Jerry Blackstone - Episode 25

This episode features my interview with the legendary Dr. Jerry Blackstone. Jerry is a Grammy award-winning conductor who is well known for his work as a professor of choral music at the University of Michigan. In our discussion, Jerry shares his views on repertoire, inspiring musicians, and the art of music-making.  Topics include: (04:09) Jerry talks about his life, background, and current role as a visiting professor at Wheaton College (12:32) Score study (30:05) Connecting students to the music they perform (34:20) Rehearsal methodology (42:31) Framing verbal instruction (47:28) Jerry’s approach to conducting  (1:11:37) Getting musicians to fall in love with music (1:15:04) Favorite rehearsal tactics (1:16:24) Why do we teach music?  (1:20:15) Todd discusses leaders that have made an impact on his life  (1:24:20) Advice for music educators Links:  Jerry’s University of Michigan page: https://smtd.umich.edu/about/faculty-profiles/jerry-blackstone/ Jerry conducting Ein deutsches Requiem, op. 45 at UoM: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAGxnqRpiF0 Jerry conducting William Brehm’s “Allulia” and “Jubilee!” at UoM: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWVFUfXRkzE Jerry giving a clinic on compelling musical performances: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw8FtiyRXMo Bio:  Grammy Award winner Jerry Blackstone is a leading conductor and highly respected conducting pedagogue.  Now emeritus professor of conducting, he served on the faculty of the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance for thirty years where as director of choirs he led the graduate program in choral conducting and oversaw the University’s eleven choirs.   In February 2006, he received two GRAMMY Awards (“Best Choral Performance” and “Best Classical Album”) as chorusmaster for the critically acclaimed Naxos recording of William Bolcom’s Songs of Innocence and of Experience. The Naxos recording of Milhaud’s monumental L’Orestie d’Eschyle, on which Blackstone served as chorusmaster, was nominated for a 2015 GRAMMY Award (“Best Opera Recording”). Opera Magazine reviewer Tim Ashley wrote: “the real stars, though, are the University of Michigan’s multiple Choirs, who are faced with what must be some of the most taxing choral writing in the entire operatic repertory. Their singing has tremendous authority and beauty, while the shouts and screams of Choéphores are unnerving in the extreme. Their diction is good too: the occasions when we don’t hear the words are Milhaud’s responsibility, rather than theirs. It’s an extraordinary achievement, and utterly mesmerizing.” The University of Michigan Chamber Choir, conducted by Blackstone, performed by special invitation at the inaugural conference in San Antonio of the National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO) and presented three enthusiastically received performances in New York City at the National Convention of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA).  As conductor of the University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club from 1988-2002, Professor Blackstone led the ensemble in performances at ACDA national and division conventions and on extensive concert tours throughout Australia, Eastern and Central Europe, Asia, South America, and the United States. In 2017, NCCO presented him with its prestigious Lifetime Achievement Membership Award and, in 2006, for “significant contributions to choral music,” he received the ACDA-Michigan chapter’s Maynard Klein Lifetime Achievement Award.  From 2003-2015, Dr. Blackstone served as conductor and music director of the University Musical Society (UMS) Choral Union, a large community/university chorus that frequently appears with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) and the Ann Arbor Symphony and presents yearly performances of Handel’s Messiah and other major works for chorus and orchestra. Choirs prepared by Blackstone have appeared under the batons of Valery Gergiev, Neeme Järvi, Leonard Slatkin, Hans Graf, Michael Tilson Thomas, John Adams, Helmuth Rilling, James Conlon, Nicholas McGegan, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Peter Oundjian, and Yitzak Perlman. Professor Blackstone is considered one of the country’s leading conducting teachers, and his students have been first place award winners and finalists in both the graduate and undergraduate divisions of ACDA’s biennial National Choral Conducting competition.  His 2016 rehearsal techniques DVD, Did You Hear That? (GIA Publications) deals with the conductor’s decision-making process during rehearsal.  Santa Barbara Music Publishing distributes Blackstone’s acclaimed educational DVD, Working with Male Voices and also publishes the Jerry Blackstone Choral Series. Blackstone is an active guest conductor and workshop presenter and has appeared in forty-two states as well as New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Sicily. In the summer, he leads the Adult Choir Camp and the Choral Conducting Institute at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. Prior to coming to the University of Michigan in 1988, Dr. Blackstone served on the music faculties of Phillips University in Oklahoma, Westmont College in California, and Huntington University in Indiana.

1hr 28mins

8 Feb 2020

Rank #10

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Mike Kamuf - Episode 22

Being a music educator is an occupying job with regards to time and balance. Imagine having the job of being a prominent composer in addition to that! In this interview, I had the privilege to chat with Mike Kamuf on how he balances a busy schedule of being a working composer in addition to leading the band and orchestra program at John T. Baker Middle School in Damascus, MD.  Topics include: (03:24) Mike talks about his life and background as a composer/educator (04:45)  Mike talks about how he began composing music (09:03) Balancing a career as a composer and educator (11:03) What educators should know about the composing/publishing business  (21:58) How being an educator influences Mike’s approach to composing music (25:25) Advice for composing your own music (27:19) Quality in musical repertoire  (30:34) Favorite rehearsal tactics (32:34) Why do we teach music?  (34:07) Mike discusses leaders that have made an impact on his life  (38:18) Advice for music educators Links:  Mike’s website: https://www.mikekamuf.com/ Mike’s page on Alfred Music Publishing: https://www.alfred.com/authors/mike-kamuf/ Videos of Mike performing with the Mike Kamuf Little Big Band:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elY-DT_HY_s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ttdGvh9Qd4 Compositions/arrangements by Mike -  Red Clay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=29&v=_7xotU5GrBo&feature=emb_title Watermelon Man: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpxHbie4Q9c&feature=emb_title Such Sweet Thunder: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWo9pNDrQUU&feature=emb_title L’improviste Vignette: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3&v=aWCFlbKI9j0&feature=emb_title Allegory: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=9&v=Nmpilas3KpE&feature=emb_title Onore!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=34&v=BX4hDi03DPo&feature=emb_title Bio:  A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Mike Kamuf holds Bachelor of Music degrees in both Jazz Performance and Music Education from the Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University (Youngstown, OH) and a Master of Arts degree in Instrumental Conducting from George Mason University (Fairfax, VA). Mike’ s compositions and arrangements have been performed by numerous jazz artists and ensembles including the Woody Herman and Glenn Miller Orchestras, the USAF Airmen of Note, James Moody, Eddie Daniels, Sean Jones, Terell Stafford, Bill Watrous and Nick Brignola to name a few.  Mike is an exclusive writer for the Belwin Division of Alfred Music Publishing with titles in the jazz, string orchestra and concert band catalogs. He also has compositions for jazz ensemble published by UNC Jazz Press, the Neil A. Kjos Music and the FJH Music Company.  Mike has performed with the Woody Herman and Tommy Dorsey Orchestras and has recorded as a member of the Alan Baylock Jazz Orchestra. He served as assistant principal trumpet of the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra under Maestro David Effron. Currently, Mike leads his own jazz octet, the Mike Kamuf Little Big Band, comprised of outstanding musicians from the Baltimore and Washington DC areas.  Mike has taught instrumental music for Montgomery County (Maryland) Public Schools (MCPS) since the fall of 1992. He has been in his current teaching position since 1995 as the Director of Bands and Orchestras and Music Department Chairperson at John T. Baker Middle School (Damascus, MD). Under his direction, the Baker ensembles consistently receive high ratings at music festivals and have commissioned four works for young concert bands. In 2007, Mike received the Superintendent’s Above and Beyond the Call of Duty (ABCD) Award for his efforts in involving students in the commissioning process and has directed the MCPS Senior Honors Jazz Band and Junior Honors Band. He has served as a jazz faculty member at Youngstown State University and Montgomery College (Rockville, MD). Mike has become an in demand arranger, clinician and adjudicator for schools, professional development conferences and music festivals across the country.

40mins

8 Jan 2020

Rank #11

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Scott Koter - Episode 5

Scott Koter sits down with us to discuss his extensive carrier that includes experience as an assistant superintendent, band director, and program coordinator for several DCI drum corps. In this episode, Scott will share his thoughts on building a comprehensive program, working with administrators, and the planning that goes into a championship winning season. Scott will also give us a sneak peak on his upcoming presentation at the 2018 Midwest Clinic that focuses on increasing professional credibility and effectiveness by learning to think as an administrator.  

1hr 22mins

17 Dec 2018

Rank #12

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Scott Lang - Episode 20

This episode features my interview with leadership expert, Scott Lang. Scott is an internationally known speaker and advocate for music education. As a lead author and contributor to publications like “Leader Of The Band” and “Be Part Of The Music”, Scott has helped in leading thousands of students in start their adventures in music.  Topics include: (04:37) Scott talks about his life and professional background (05:27) Scott talks about his background of being an administrator (10:05) The most exciting aspects of leadership  (14:37) The most important leadership quality to have (18:20) Scott’s favorite resources on leadership development (21:37) Teaching leadership to different demographics (30:26) Scott talks about how he began Be Part Of The Music (34:34) The biggest things needed to get a kid hooked on music.  (38:37) How do we define musical success?  (41:07) Favorite rehearsal tactics (47:14) Music Advocacy - No One Cares! (and what we can do to change it!) (51:32) Why do we teach music? (and what really matters in making administrative decisions!) (56:05) Scott discusses leaders that have made an impact on his life  (58:34) Advice for music educators Links:  Scott’s Website: http://www.scottlang.net/ Be Part Of The Music website: https://www.bepartofthemusic.org/ Bio:  For over a decade, Scott Lang has been educating and entertaining audiences of all ages. As a nationally known leadership trainer, Scott conducts over 120 workshops annually and works with some of our countries finest educational groups and performing ensembles. 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 Music Educators National Biennial Conference and for the President of the United States, William Jefferson Clinton. Scott is a well regarded author with over ten publications to his credit including; Seriously?!, Leader of the Band, Leadership Success, Leadership Travel Guide, Leadership Survival Guide, Sound Leadership and is the creator of the highly successful Be Part of the Music series. Mr. Lang currently resides in Chandler, Arizona with his beautiful wife Leah and their sons, Brayden, Evan and their highly irrational Golden Retriever Rexie. He has breathed in and out approximately 264 million times and plans to keep on doing so until he doubles that number.

1hr 3mins

10 Dec 2019

Rank #13

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Len Lavelle - Episode 13

In this episode, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Len Lavelle from Pittsburgh, PA. If you are from PA, you are sure to be familiar with Len’s work with his bands at North Hills High School. If you are not from the Keystone State, make sure to check out this episode featuring one of the best in the business as he shares ideas on inspiration, teaching, and music education.  Topics include: (03:25) Len talks about his professional background  (08:55 ) Len stalks about why he decided to stay in band after once being a middle school student who wanted to quit.  (10:30) Len talks about his program and the music department in the North Hills School District. (13:58) Selecting repertoire for students. (22:23) Developing ensemble foundations. (27:36) Ways to engage students to understand the “Why” of what we do. (34:20) Important concepts of building an ensemble sound. (41:45) Honoring traditions while making modifications for today’s students. (55:50) Leaders who inspired Len in his personal and professional lives. (1:01:33) Three words to describe an outstanding leader of a comprehensive music program. (1:04:15) Advice for music educators. (1:08:10) Being remembered as a leader for your music program. Links:  North Hills Instrumental Music Website: http://www.nhipa.org/ Article on North Hills Wind Ensemble playing at 2020 Music For All National Conference: https://patch.com/pennsylvania/northhills/north-hills-wind-ensemble-receives-national-honor North Hills Wind Ensemble performing “The Earth” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSP0ZbW9F-g 2019 North Hills MArching Band performing their halftime show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sviptB5rPtc Bio:  Len Lavelle is the high school director of bands and and k-12 music curriculum leader for the  North Hills School District in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Under his leadership, the North Hills High School Band an award winning program features four concert bands, two jazz bands, and a 225 member marching band. Being well known for musical excellence, Len has featured his students at several major conferences including the PMEA All state conference and the NAFME all-eastern conference.

1hr 11mins

26 Aug 2019

Rank #14

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Joe Santanello - Episode 10

I chat with Joe Santanello as he discusses his views on attaining student excellence and transitioning into a new position. Joe is a phenomenal musician, educator, and human being and this episode is jam-packed with tons of valuable insight for anyone interested in developing a program or moving into a new music program. Topics include: (07:02) Joe discusses his program at Strayer Middle School and developing the program in both quantity and quality.   (09:30) Developing a focus on concert band within a band program. (12:06) Developing a vision for obtaining the ensemble sound you want. (24:42) Setting student goals for being a feeder program to a high school band program. (27:07) Preparing for a director change/transition. Entering a new program. (40:22) Entering a new program and building relationships with staff/students/parents. (44:52) Setting effective goals for the first year at a new school.   (48:08) Learning the ways of your new program. Making decisions on implementing change in a program. (53:12) Conducting a community band that is rich in tradition. Considerations to make when making changes in a program that has strong traditions. (58:03) Working with a wide variety of age/ability levels in different ensembles. (1:01:10) Programming/repertoire considerations. (1:07:25) Favorite rehearsal tactics. (1:10:21) Personal/professional influences on Joe’s career (1:13:55) Characteristics of an outstanding leader in a comprehensive music program.   (1:20:30) Setting high expectations for students. (1:23:20) Establishing a culture for a family atmosphere and focusing on group success. Bio: For the past ten years, Joe Santanello has served as the Director of Bands at Strayer Middle School in Quakertown, Pennsylvania. In addition to teaching at Strayer, he has been the Co-Director of the Quakertown Community High School "Panther" Marching Band and also directs one of the high school's two jazz bands. He maintains a regular performing schedule as the principal horn of the Pennsylvania Symphonic Winds, and also plays with the Berks Opera Company and the    Liberty Wind Symphony. Mr. Santanello is also the music director and principal conductor of the Quakertown Community Band, one of America’s oldest community bands. Beginning in 2019, Mr. Santanello will take on the role as the high school director of bands at North Penn High School in Lansdale PA.

1hr 27mins

11 Jun 2019

Rank #15

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Brenda Brenner - Episode 16

Have you ever wondered what it would be like having a career as a renowned performer and music education training specialist? In this episode, I speak with Dr. Brenda Brenner from Indiana University to discuss her roles as a professional musician, studio instructor, and professor of music education. She also talks about her work with the Fairview Violin Project, a program in which every first and second grader in an underserved school is taught violin as part of the curriculum.  Topics include: (03:28) Brenda talks about his life and professional background (07:50) Brenda talks about making the decision to teach in addition to performing (11:20) Brenda talks about what she has learned from teaching music education courses and leading a collegiate violin studio (15:55) Skills students need to have as the enter the workforce (29:10) Brenda talks about her work with the Fairview Violin Project (49:00) Outcomes for students who participated in the Fairview Project (53:35) Why do we teach music?  (59:31) Favorite rehearsal tactics (1:02:10) Brenda discusses leaders that have made an impact on his life  (1:04:15) Three words to describe an outstanding leader of a comprehensive music program (1:05:45) Advice for music educators (1:06:35) Being remembered as a leader for your music program Links:  Dr. Brenner’s IU website: http://info.music.indiana.edu/faculty/current/brenner-brenda.shtml Fairview Violin Project website: https://music.indiana.edu/precollege/year-round/fairview-violin-project/ Footage of Brenner teaching at the Fairview Project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fc8ArJT17W0 Fairview Project Concert: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnQVG_C8Tlo Brenner performing as a featured soloist at the 2009 Midwest Clinic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3q8dK9N5OzM Bio:  Brenda Brenner is associate professor of music in music education at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She specializes in string music education, teaching applied violin and courses in violin and string pedagogy. Brenner earned a B.M. and a B.M.E. from Wichita State University and an M.M. and a D.M.A. in violin performance from the Eastman School of Music. In addition to her appointment to the Jacobs Music Education Department, she serves as co-director of the IU String Academy, a position she has held since 1993. Her String Academy students have been featured in concerts in major venues throughout the United States and have presented tours throughout Europe, Asia, and South America. As director of the Fairview Project—a program in which every first and second grader in an underserved school is taught violin as part of the curriculum—Brenner is researching the cognitive, academic, and social outcomes of early instrumental music instruction. An active performer of chamber music throughout the United States, she partners with pianist Kenneth Huber and her husband, organist Christopher Young. She also teaches and conducts at the IU Summer String Academy and is assistant director of the IU Retreat for Professional Violinists and Violists. Additionally, she is an active international clinician, with recent appearances at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, American String Teachers Association National Conferences, and Music Educators Conferences throughout the United States. She is president of the American String Teachers Association.

1hr 8mins

4 Oct 2019

Rank #16

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Philip Silvey - Episode 28

In this interview, I had the privilege of chatting with Dr. Philip Silvey. In addition to being an acclaimed composer and arranger, Dr. Silvey is Associate Professor of Music Teaching and Learning at the Eastman School of Music where he directs the Women’s Chorus and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in music education. Highlights from our conversation include Philip’s ideas on composing, teacher training, student motivation, and assessment strategies.  Topics include: (02:33) Philip talks about his background as an educator and composer (12:49) How being a composer influences Philip’s work as an educator (18:09) Balancing a career as an educator and composer (27:12) The role of arrangements in repertoire selection (32:23) Skills needed for teachers entering the profession (36:43) Student motivation  (47:45) Current challenges in the music education profession (53:52) The role of assessment in performance based classrooms (1:01:03) Music advocacy (1:08:15) Favorite rehearsal tactics (1:09:59) Why do we teach music?  (1:11:36) Philip discusses leaders that have made an impact on his life  (1:14:18) Advice for music educators Links: Philip’s website: https://philipsilvey.com/ Philip’s page at the Eastman School Of Music: https://www.esm.rochester.edu/faculty/silvey_philip/ Bio:  Philip Silvey is Associate Professor of Music Teaching and Learning at the Eastman School of Music where he directs the Women’s Chorus and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in music education.  Previously he served as Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education at the University of Maryland where he directed the Women’s Chorus, the Maryland Boy Choir, and the College Park Youth Choir. He has been invited to serve as guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator in numerous states and directed state honors choruses in Maryland, Virginia, New York and New Jersey.  He has served as president of the Maryland-DC chapter of the American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA) and as Repertoire and Standards Chair for Women’s Choirs for the New York state chapter of ACDA. He has presented interest sessions at national, regional, and state ACDA and NAfME (National Association for Music Education) conventions. He has contributed to two textbook series, Experiencing Choral Music and Teaching Music through Performance in Choir, Volumes II and III.  His scholarly writings have appeared in the Journal of Research in Music Education, Music Educators Journal, Choral Journal, and the Arts and Learning Research Journal.  His original choral compositions and arrangements, published by Santa Barbara Music, Carl Fischer, and Boosey & Hawkes, have been performed by all-state and national honors choruses.

1hr 17mins

12 Mar 2020

Rank #17

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Stephen Benham - Episode 6

Dr. Stephen Benham speaks about his leadership roles as a former president for the American String Teachers Association and as an Associate Professor of Music Education at the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. As a leading expert in string pedagogy and teaching, Dr. Benham shares his thoughts on music advocacy, servitude leadership, and working as an administrator at the collegiate level.

1hr 14mins

16 Jan 2019

Rank #18

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Bob Phillips - Episode 9

In this episode, I sit down with Bob Phillips to discuss his career as an educator and the Director of String Publications for Alfred Music. Topics discussed include: recruitment of student musicians, building a new program, using alternative styles in a string curriculum, and writing a method book. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/directorscircle

1hr 28mins

1 May 2019

Rank #19

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Scott Rush - Episode 15

This episode features my interview with the acclaimed author and music educator, Scott Rush. Mr. Rush is widely known for his Habits of Success book series as well as being a renowned band director in South Carolina. Scott shares stories about his career, work as an author, and his current role working in administration.  Topics include: (05:12) Scott talks about his life and professional background (07:45) Scott talks about how his background as a professional performer has affected his career in education (9:06) Scott talks about how he worked with colleagues to grow his former band program at Wando High School (13:30) Relationship building (16:20) Building a culture of excellence (19:45) Scott discusses the creation of his Habits of Success series (23:05) Scott talks about his Teaching Inventory Sheet tool  (29:23) Scott talks about his current role as an administrator for Dorchester District 2  (31:23) Things learned from working in administration  (33:27) Why do we teach music?  (36:20) Advice on getting students to have a lifelong love of music (31:23) Scott talks about a new book he is creating with Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser  (40:00) How to contact Scott and learn more about his Habits of Success series (41:02) Favorite rehearsal tactics (44:35) Scott discusses leaders that have made an impact on his life  (49:08) Three words to describe an outstanding leader of a comprehensive music program (50:45) Maintaining high standards  (53:24) Advice for music educators (55:20) Being remembered as a leader for your music program Links:  Rush’s Habits of Success series:  www.habitsofsuccess.com Performances by Wando High School Bands:  1998 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZ2-N9w_wtA 2005 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnRazTwZivs 2006 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQcpWdO9O8w Videos of Scott Rush conducting:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Fmm0ME3Jyw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIOa1Su7v-0 Interview featuring Rush advocating for arts education funding:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEi01JY6DLc&app=desktop PDF Notes from past presentations Rush has given at the Midwest Clinic:  https://www.midwestclinic.org/downloads.aspx?type=clinic&src=9ef7f390-1302-434e-8e62-70650c6ca4be.pdf https://www.midwestclinic.org/downloads.aspx?type=clinic&src=1c72eec2-e3a6-4f9f-8962-7e7a706c6595.pdf Bio:  Scott Rush is the Director of Fine and Performing Arts in Dorchester School District Two in South Carolina and is the former Director of Bands at Wando High School in Mount Pleasant, SC. He is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts and the University of South Carolina. He currently serves as conductor of the Charleston Wind Symphony, a semi-professional ensemble in Charleston, South Carolina. Under his direction, the Wando Symphonic Band performed at the 2007 Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic and were recipients of the 2007 Sudler Flag of Honor administered by the John Philip Sousa Foundation. His marching bands were two-time BOA Grand National finalist and won the South Carolina State 5A marching band championships nine consecutive years. Mr. Rush is active as a conductor, clinician and adjudicator throughout the United States and Canada. He is lead writer for the Habits series and has authored or co-authored ten highly touted books: Habits of A Successful Band Director, Habits of A Successful Musician, Habits of a Successful Middle School Musician, The Evolution of A Successful Band Director, Habits of A Successful Middle School Band Director, Habits of A Successful String Musician, Habits of a Successful Middle Level String Musician, Quality of Life Habits of A Successful Band Director, Habits of a Successful Choir Director, and Habits of a Significant Band Director for GIA Publications. Mr. Rush has served as President of the South Carolina Band Directors Association and is a former member of the Board of Directors for the National Band Association. In 2010, Mr. Rush was elected into the prestigious American Bandmasters Association and in 2011 was awarded the Bandworld “Legion of Honor.” In 2015, he was elected into the South Carolina Band Directors Association Hall of Fame and in 2016 was awarded the Edwin Franko Goldman Award by the ASBDA for contributions to music education. He and his wife, Michelle, have two children, Thomas and Caroline.

57mins

18 Sep 2019

Rank #20