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December, 17, 2014
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM


Meeting Room W185


Mark Camphouse

Mark Camphouse
Stephen Peterson

Stephen Peterson
Bruce Paynter

Bruce Paynter

The Life and Legacy of John P. Paynter (1928-1996): His Impact on Music and the World

Clinic Synopsis:

This session will offer a glimpse into the life and career of iconic Northwestern University Director of Bands, long-time Midwest Clinic President, and Northshore Concert Band Director John P. Paynter, who contributed greatly to music education throughout his life as an outstanding teacher, conductor, leader, role model, innovator, and motivator. Joining Mark Camphouse will be John Paynter’s son Bruce and Stephen Peterson, Professor of Music/Director of Bands at Ithaca College School of Music.

Mark Camphouse - Biographical Information

Composer-conductor Mark Camphouse holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Music from Northwestern University, where he studied conducting with John P. Paynter, composition with Alan Stout, and trumpet with Vincent Cichowicz. Camphouse began composing at an early age, with the Colorado Philharmonic premiering his First Symphony when he was 17. Camphouse has served as a guest conductor, lecturer and clinician in 43 states, Canada, Europe, and China. He was elected to membership in the American Bandmasters Association in 1999 and has served as founding coordinator of the National Band Association Young Composer Mentor Project since 2000. He conceived and edits the unique multi-volume book series for GIA, Composers on Composing for Band. Camphouse has taught full-time in higher education for 36 years. He is currently Professor in the School of Music at George Mason University, where he conducts the wind symphony and teaches courses in conducting and composition.

Stephen Peterson - Biographical Information

Stephen Peterson was appointed director of bands at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY, in 1998, where he currently conducts the Wind Ensemble, teaches courses in conducting and wind literature, and heads the band and MM wind conducting programs. From 1988–1998 he served as associate director of bands at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. He was also conductor of the renowned Northshore Concert Band. Peterson maintains a busy schedule as conductor and clinician, having appeared on 4 continents and in 40 states. He is a member of MENC, CBDNA, WASBE, New York State Band Directors Association, New York State School Music Association, and has been honored with membership in the prestigious American Bandmasters Association. He is currently president of the College Band Directors National Association. Dr. Peterson was the first to receive the Doctor of Music degree in wind conducting from Northwestern University and earned Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from Arizona State University.

Bruce Paynter - Biographical Information

Bruce Paynter was born in 1951, fortunate to have been born the son of John and Marietta Paynter and the brother of Megan Anderson Paynter. From the start, they did their best to imbue in him the value of a life balanced between personal achievement, working with others and serving great causes. From an early point, the Paynter family life was centered on music and Northwestern University. Virtually every day (and certainly every weekend) brought activities associated with John Paynter’s position as Director of Bands for Northwestern. Bruce was encouraged, but not ordered, to be involved in choral and instrumental music. He was allowed to find his own path when he enrolled at Northwestern University in the fall of 1969, obtaining his law degree 1976. Aside from the practice of law, Bruce has served on the boards of directors for Music for All, Inc., and the Northwestern Gridiron Network—stewardships that represent the two halves of his father’s and his family’s lives.