University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

14th Annual Concert Band Festival


Monday, April 13, 2015

Application Deadline: March 20, 2015
Submit Applications to: Mark Norman normanm@uwm.edu

The 14th Annual UW-Milwaukee Concert Band Festival will take place on Monday, April 13, 2015. For this year’s festival, each band will have a warm up location, perform in Bader Hall and receive comments from three clinicians, and then receive an individual clinic session regarding their own performance.

Clinicians

Shawn Vondran, Associate Director of Bands, Northwestern University
John A. Climer, Director of Bands, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Mark A. Norman, Associate Director of Bands, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

vondranConductor of the Northwestern University Symphonic Band, Shawn Vondran teaches conducting, wind repertoire, and other courses in the music performance and education curricula. Prior to his appointment at Northwestern, he served as the assistant director of bands at Ball State University. Recognized for his excellence in teaching and dedication to students while at Ball State, Vondran received the College of Fine Arts Dean's Teaching Award in 2013. In addition, the Ball State University Symphony Band was selected to perform at the 2012 and 2014 Indiana Music Education Association Conference. Vondran also served on the faculties at Western Illinois University and Youngstown State University, respectively. He began his professional teaching career at Mentor High School in Ohio, where his concert, jazz, and marching bands consistently received superior ratings and accolades for their outstanding performances during his four-year tenure.

Vondran maintains an active schedule with engagements throughout the United States as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator. In addition to performance engagements, he is an ongoing contributor to the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series published by GIA and has appeared in the National Band Association journal. During his career as a conductor, Vondran has worked with a number of notable composers in the preparation, performance, and/or recording of their works for the wind band medium. Recent artistic collaborations include John Corigliano, Christopher Rouse, David Maslanka, Michael Daugherty, Steven Bryant, and Joel Puckett. His professional affiliations include the College Band Directors National Association, National Band Association, National Association for Music Education, and Pi Kappa Lambda.

Vondran received his doctor of musical arts degree in instrumental conducting, with an emphasis in music education, from the University of Miami (FL). Vondran completed a master of music degree in instrumental conducting at Youngstown State University and earned a bachelor of music education degree (magna cum laude) at The Ohio State University.

Information

Clinic Fee: $250 non-refundable fee. Do not send the check at the time of application. Accepted bands will be contacted upon receipt and acceptance of their application.

Application deadline: March 20, 2015.

Contact:
UW-Milwaukee Bands
Band Office - (414) 229-5641
Applications and Inquiries - normanm@uwm.edu

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