Director of Bands; Professor, Conducting
DMA (conducting) University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music
MM (conducting) University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music
BM (music education, trombone) University of Akron
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John Climer is Director of University Bands and Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts. At UW-Milwaukee, John oversees all aspects of the band program, guides the graduate wind conducting area, and serves as conductor of the Wind Ensemble, the University’s premiere wind band. Before his appointment in Milwaukee, he served for fourteen years as Director of Bands at Ohio University.
As a guest conductor and clinician, Dr. Climer has led performances at numerous festivals, universities, and concert venues including the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Eastman School of Music, and the Rocky Mountain Music Festival among others. Ensembles under his direction have performed for four conferences of the College Band Directors National Association including the 2013 National Conference in Greensboro, North Carolina, the North Dakota Music Educators Association, the Ohio Music Educators Association (1996, 1999, 2002, 2005, 2008), the Wisconsin State Music Conference, and the Society of Composers Inc. He holds memberships in Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Kappa Lambda, Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Beta Mu, the College Band Directors National Association, World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, and the National Association for Music Education. His biography is published in the third edition of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.
John is the recipient of the 1997 Ohio University School of Music Distinguished Teaching Award, the 2001 Ohio University College of Fine Arts Outstanding Teacher Award, and in 2007, he received the Outstanding Music Educator Alumni Award from the University of Akron. He is President of the North Central Division of the College Band Directors National Association and the former Editor of the Report, an online publication of CBDNA. He is currently working on a recording project that will showcase repertoire for soloists and winds and will feature the UW-Milwaukee Wind Ensemble and faculty artists. The project is funded with a grant from the Vilas Foundation, and will be completed in 2014.
Climer earned degrees from the University of Akron, Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music and the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music. His principal conducting teachers were Gary W. Hill and Terence Milligan, and he studied trombone with Edward Zadrozny, Tony Chipurn, and John Leisenring. He has served on the faculties of Ohio University, the University of North Dakota, Ohio Northern University, and Emory University (Atlanta, GA) where he also served as the conductor of the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony.