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  • Repertoire selection is one of the most challenging tasks for music educators. Musical training emphasizes the importance of repertoire selection, however, few methods are offered to support the search for music of artistic merit. This session will provide educators with user-friendly techniques to evaluate repertoire. The presentation will include a demonstration of these techniques using middle and high school repertoire.
  • Jamal Duncan (duncan23@uark.edu)
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  • Jamal Duncan joined the faculty at the University of Arkansas in the fall of 2013. A native of Flint, Michigan, Duncan received a doctorate of musical arts in wind conducting and a master of music in wind conducting from Michigan State University where he studied under the direction of Kevin L. Sedatole. At the University of Arkansas Duncan serves as Director or the Hogwild Pep Band, the University of Arkansas Symphonic Band and he is assistant Director of the Razorback Marching Band. He also teaches the first semester of Instrumental Conducting in the Music Education curriculum. An advocate of new Music, Duncan also conducts the University of Arkansas New Music Ensemble. Duncan is actively involved in the commissioning of new works and performing works of the cutting edge of contemporary concert music. Duncan taught in the public schools of Lansing Michigan for seven years where he taught middle school band, music appreciation and elementary general music. Duncan served as the music director and conductor of the Flint Youth Wind Ensemble, one of several youth ensembles in the Flint School of Performing Arts. Duncan received a bachelor of music in clarinet performance with teacher certification from the University of Michigan. He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity, College Band Directors National Association, and the Arkansas School Band and Orchestra Association.
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  • Armand V. Hall, II
  • Armand Hall, Assistant Professor and Associate Director of Bands, conducts the Symphony Band and teaches courses in Music Education. He earned his Doctorate of Music Arts in wind conducting at Michigan State University and Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees in music education from the University of Michigan. From 2002-10, Dr. Hall served as director of bands at Dunckel Middle School and, from 2003-09, Assistant Director of the North Farmington High School "Raider" Marching Band in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Dedicated to teaching, he is the educational director for the Archipelago Project, a non-profit organization charged with engaging students in music and their instruments by teaching multiple folk idioms using pedagogical techniques based on the Venezuelan El Sistema. With the Archipelago Project, he has traveled throughout the country and Venezuela teaching music students and performing for their communities. He is also active as an adjudicator and clinician; and is a member of the College Band Directors National Association, National Association for Music Education, College Music Society, Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America, and Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity. Dr. Hall joined the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music in 2012.
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  • Leah J. McGray
  • Leah McGray is the Director of Instrumental Studies for the Department of Music at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. McGray conducts the Rhodes Orchestra, Rhodes Wind Ensemble, teaches classes in conducting and music appreciation. In addition to her work at Rhodes College, she is the conductor for Memphis Symphony Orchestra's "Leading from Every Chair" program and a guest conductor with the Memphis Youth Symphony Orchestra. Dr. McGray earned her Doctor of Musical Arts in conducting at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where she studied with Dr. Mallory Thompson. She is the co-director of a Toronto-based wind and choral chamber group Windago, that is dedicated to the performance of music by emerging Canadian composers. A two-time winner of Social Science Humanities and Research Council grants from the Canadian government, her research focuses on new works written for the wind ensemble, with an emphasis on the works for winds by Baltimore composer Joel Puckett. McGray received her Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education degrees from Acadia University, in Nova Scotia, Canada and taught band and orchestra in public schools in Eastern Canada before completing the Master of Music degree in wind conducting from the University of Toronto. Professional affiliations include the College Band Directors National Association, College Music Society, Canadian Band Association, Canadian Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education, and the Nova Scotia Band Association.
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