March 8, 2017

UMD graduate conductor Joseph Scott recently participated in the 2017 Frederick Fennell Conducting Workshop at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.  Joseph spent three days conducting the Eastman Wind Ensemble and worked directly with clinicians Dr. Mark Scatterday, Dr. Donald Hunsberger, and Professor Craig Kirchhoff.  Joseph was selected as a tier one participant by th...

December 29, 2016

University of Maryland doctoral conducting students Brian Coffill and David Wacyk have been selected, through a juried application process, to give poster presentations at the 2017 College Band Directors National Conference in Kansas City, Missouri.

David will be presenting his paper, "Stravinsky's Symphonies of Wind Instruments: Toward a New Understanding of Pitch Structure​," on Thurs...

December 7, 2016

UMWO was honored to host Lt. Col. Jason Fettig, the conductor of "The President's Own" United States Marine Band and University of Maryland conducting alumnus, on December 6th. Lt. Col. Fettig coached the conducting studio on Gustav Holst's "Hammersmith: Prelude and Scherzo," as well as Paul Hindemith's Symphony in B-flat.

October 2, 2016

Sir Neville Marriner, the well-known British conductor, violinist, and founder of the Academy of St. Martin's in the Fields, has passed away after a long life and career. Many Americans first came in contact with Marriner's work through the soundtrack to the 1984 film, Amadeus, one of the best-selling classical albums of all time.

Collected obituaries:

- BBC

- Was...

July 10, 2011

Robert Austin Boudreau is a singular figure in the world of professional conductors. He is the founder and conductor of the American Wind Symphony Orchestra, an ensemble which travels to various cities within the US and abroad on a barge which serves as a floating stage. Typically, the barge ("Point and Counterpoint II") will float up to a suitable river bed in a city and perform its c...

July 5, 2011

As a tribute to the 4th of July holiday weekend, today's post will feature Keith Brion, one the foremost scholars/conductors of the music of John Philip Sousa, who holds a unique and important place in the world of conductors. He built the early part of his career primarily as a director of orchestral pops concerts, and since the founding of his New Sousa Band,...

June 29, 2011

It is important to, once in a while, step back and recognize how the wind ensemble has grown in popularity and has become the focus of serious composers of the last few decades. Today we will focus on Frank L. Battisti.

Mr. Battisti has been a driving force for the improvement of the wind band/ensemble. Even in his early appointment as director of bands at a Ithaca High School, he encou...

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