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December, 23, 2017
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM


Ballroom W183


LCDR Adam R. Williamson

LCDR Adam R. Williamson
H. Robert Reynolds

H. Robert Reynolds

The Music-Driven Life: An Exploration of the 'Life-Long' Learner Phenomenon

Clinic Synopsis:

Lieutenant Adam Williamson and The Coast Guard Band are joined by special guests as they endeavor to illustrate that, regardless of musical skill, education, and experience, a lifelong dedication to the pursuit of excellence remains essential to the artistic spirit and health of the music community. In a conducting clinic platform, with the help of ‘master-conductor(s),' LCDR Williamson and The Coast Guard Band explore how and why musicians of diverse backgrounds, from 1st year teachers to experienced professionals, maintain the passion and drive to continually strive for excellence.

LCDR Adam R. Williamson - Biographical Information

Lieutenant Commander Adam R. Williamson has served as the 7th director of the United States Coast Guard Band since 2013. Under LCDR Williamson's direction, the Coast Guard Band has performed concerts and supported official Coast Guard functions at every corner of the continental United States, playing for Congressmen, the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Coast Guard Commandant, and the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard. LCDR Williamson's leadership philosophy to "Encourage, Enable, Support, Reflect" has further tapped into the creative ideas of the Band musicians, generating new ensembles, such as the Guardians Big Band, and developing new performance platforms, such as the Coast Guard Chamber Concert Series. His efforts to create and strengthen local and regional partnerships have created numerous performance opportunities for the Coast Guard Band and Coast Guard Band small groups, and further developed the Band's Community Outreach Initiative, performing educational concerts and recitals for thousands of school students in Connecticut and Washington DC. LCDR Williamson earned a Bachelor of Music in music education and saxophone performance from the Crane School of Music at the State University of New York College at Potsdam in 2001, and began graduate work at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music and the University of Hartford's Hartt School. His wife, Lisa, the former Coast Guard Band vocalist, has an active career as an in-demand lyric soprano, taking her across the globe.

H. Robert Reynolds - Biographical Information

H. Robert Reynolds is the Principal Conductor of the Wind Ensemble at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California where he holds the H. Robert Reynolds Professorship in Wind Conducting. This appointment followed his retirement, after 26 years, from the School of Music of the University of Michigan where he served as the Henry F. Thurnau Professor of Music, Director of University Bands and Director of the Division of Instrumental Studies. In addition to these responsibilities, he has also been, for over 35 years, the conductor of The Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings, which is made up primarily of members from the Detroit Symphony. Robert Reynolds has conducted recordings for Koch International, Pro Arte, Caprice, and Deutsche Grammophon. In the United States, he has conducted at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center (New York), Orchestra Hall (Chicago), Kennedy Center (Washington, D. C.), Powell Symphony Hall (St. Louis), Academy of Music (Philadelphia), Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles), and Tanglewood. In Europe, he conducted the premiere of an opera for La Scala Opera (Milan, Italy), and concerts at the prestigious Maggio Musicale (Florence, Italy), the Tonhalle (Zurich, Switzerland), and at the Holland Festival in the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam, Holland), as well as the 750th Anniversary of the City of Berlin. He has won the praise of composers: Leslie Bassett, William Bolcom, Aaron Copland, John Corigliano, Henryk Gorecki, Karel Husa, Gyorgy Ligeti, Darius Milhaud, Bernard Rands, Gunther Schuller, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and many others for his interpretive conducting of their compositions. Robert Reynolds has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Duquesne University, and in addition, holds degrees in Music Education and Performance from the University of Michigan where he was the conducting student of Elizabeth Green. He began his career in the public schools of Michigan and California before beginning his university conducting at California State University at Long Beach and the University of Wisconsin prior to his tenure at the University of Michigan. He received the Citation of Merit from the Music Alumni Association of the University of Michigan for his contributions to the many students he has influenced during his career and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Michigan Band Alumni Association. He is also an Honorary Life Member of the Southern California School Band & Orchestra Association. Professor Reynolds was Past President and the very first recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the College Band Directors’ National Association as well as being Past President of the Big Ten Band Directors’ Association. He has received the highest national awards from Phi Mu Alpha, Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Beta Mu, the National Band Association, and the American School Band Directors’ Association, and he was awarded the “Medal of Honor” by the International Mid-West Band and Orchestra Clinic. He is the recipient of a “Special Tribute” from the State of Michigan, and he was a member of the National Awards Panel for the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) for over 10 years and in 2001 received a national award from this organization for his contributions to contemporary American music. He is also listed in the New Groves Dictionary of American Music, and his frequent conducting appearances have included the Eastman School of Music, New England Conservatory, Oberlin Conservatory, Northwestern University, Manhattan School of Music, as well as the Wind Ensemble at the Tanglewood Institute. Robert Reynolds has been a featured conductor and lecturer at international conferences in Austria, Australia, Norway, Belgium, England, Holland, Slovenia, Sweden, Germany, Denmark, and Switzerland. He has conducted in many of the major cities of Japan, Spain, and Sweden including concerts with the Stockholm Wind Orchestra, the Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra and professional wind ensembles in Bilbao and Barcelona, Spain. Many of his former students now hold major conducting positions at leading conservatories and universities, and several have been National Presidents of CBDNA.