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Karel Husa: A Retrospective

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  • Sponsored by the Big Ten Band Directors Association, Scott Teeple will lead a discussion with a panel of distinguished conductors on the life and significance of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Karel Husa (1921-2016). Topics discussed will include Husa's work as a professor at Cornell University and Ithaca College, impact on composers, composition output, and Husa's influence on art music and performance.
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  • 12/21/2017 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
  • Meeting Room W185
  • Scott Teeple, Professor of Music, serves on the conducting faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His duties include conducting the wind ensemble, teaching conducting at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and sharing responsibilities with the concert band. During the academic year, he conducts the Winds of Wisconsin, an honors band comprised of high school musicians from around the state. Under his leadership, ensembles have played at state music teacher conventions, toured the Midwest, the East coast of the United States, performed in Carnegie Hall and have been heard on Public Radio. Mr. Teeple is in demand as a clinician and guest conductor throughout the United States and abroad. He has guest conducted all-state honor bands throughout the United States, and abroad. On campus, ensembles have engaged in residencies with guest composers. His ensembles have performed with guest soloists and conductors of international renown. The UW Wind Ensemble continues to join former UW–Madison conducting faculty and graduates in the “Wisconsin Summit,” an annual workshop for middle and high school band directors. Mr. Teeple received degrees in Music Education and Conducting from the University of Michigan where he studied with H. Robert Reynolds. He is a member of the College Band Director’s National Association, the Music Educator’s National Conference, and the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles. Currently, Teeple serves as the president of the Big Ten Band Directors’ Foundation. He is the recipient of the UW–Madison Edna Weicher’s Award. Other honors include membership in Phi Mu Alpha, Kappa Kappa Psi, Pi Kappa Lambda and Phi Eta Sigma.
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  • Mallory Thompson
  • Mallory Thompson is director of bands, professor of music, coordinator of the conducting program, and holds the John W. Beattie Chair of Music at Northwestern University. In 2003 she was named a Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence. As the third person in the university's history to hold the director of bands position, Dr. Thompson conducts the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting, and administers all aspects of the band program. Thompson has recorded five albums with the Northwestern University Symphonic Wind Ensemble on the Summit Records label. Dr. Thompson received the Bachelor of Music Education degree and Master of Music degree in conducting from Northwestern University, where she studied conducting with John P. Paynter and trumpet with Vincent Cichowicz. She received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Donald Hunsberger. Dr. Thompson maintains an active schedule as guest conductor, conducting teacher, and guest lecturer throughout the United States and Canada. She has had the privilege of teaching conducting to thousands of undergraduate students, graduate students, and professional educators. Dr. Thompson has served as a conductor or clinician at the College Band Directors National Association regional and national conventions, the Midwest Clinic, the Interlochen Arts Academy, the International Trombone Association, the International Trumpet Guild, the American Bandmasters Association, numerous state music conventions, and the Aspen Music Festival. In addition to conducting all-state ensembles throughout the United States, she has had professional engagements as guest conductor with the United States Air Force Band, the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” the United States Army Field Band, the United States Coast Guard Band, the United States Navy Band, the West Point Band, the Dallas Wind Symphony, Symphony Silicon Valley, the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings, Monarch Brass Ensemble, and Banda Sinfônica in Sao Pãulo, Brazil. Her professional affiliations include Pi Kappa Lambda, the College Band Directors National Association, and the American Bandmasters Association.
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  • H. Robert Reynolds
  • 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 30 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), and Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles). 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 has received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” and is a Past President of the College Band Directors' National Association as well as 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 served for many years on the National Awards Panel for the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) 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 (among others) the Eastman School of Music, New England Conservatory, Oberlin Conservatory, Northwestern University, Manhattan School of Music, the Tanglewood Institute, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Robert Reynolds has been a featured conductor and lecturer at international conferences in Austria, 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.
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  • Stephen G. Peterson
  • Dr. Stephen G. Peterson was appointed Director of Bands at the University of Illinois in the fall of 2015. As Director of Bands, he conducts the Wind Symphony, leads the graduate wind conducting program, teaches courses in wind literature, and guides all aspects of one of the nation’s oldest, largest, and most storied band programs. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Illinois he served as Director of Bands at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, for seventeen years. From 1988-1998 he served as Associate Director of Bands at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Dr. Peterson was also conductor of the renowned Northshore Concert Band. He held positions as Associate and Interim Director of Bands at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas and has several years of successful teaching experience in the public schools in Arizona. Dr. Peterson maintains a busy schedule as a conductor and clinician, and as such, has appeared on four continents and in forty-two states. He is a member of the National Association for Music Education, the College Band Directors National Association, the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, the Illinois Music Educators Association, and has been honored with membership in the prestigious American Bandmaster’s Association. He is also member of Phi Mu Alpha, Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Kappa Lambda, and an honorary member of Sigma Alpha Iota, and Kappa Kappa Psi. He is past 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. In 2012 he was awarded the prestigious Ithaca College Faculty Excellence Award, recognizing his contributions to Ithaca College. His ensembles have appeared before national conventions of the American Bandmaster’s Association, the College Band Director’s National Association, the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors, the American School Band Director’s Association, at Orchestra Hall with the Chicago Symphony Chorus, and at Lincoln Center.
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  • Frank Battisti
  • Frank L. Battisti is Conductor Emeritus of the New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble which he founded and conducted for 30 years (1969-99). During this time his performances and recordings with the Ensemble earned high critical praise and accolades. Battisti was also Principal Guest Conductor of the Longy School of Music Chamber Winds, Cambridge, MA from 2000 – 2008 and founder and Music Director of the Tanglewood Institute’s Young Artists Wind Ensemble from 2000 - 2004. In 2005 he became the ensemble’s Conductor Emeritus. As a guest conductor he has conducted wind ensembles/bands throughout the United States, England, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Scandinavia, Australia, China, Taiwan, Canada, South America, South Korea,Iceland and the former U.S.S.R. Battisti commissioned and premiered over 60 works for wind ensemble by distinguished American and international composers including Warren Benson, Leslie Bassett, Robert Ceely, John Harbison, Robin Holloway, Witold Lutoslawski, William Thomas McKinley, Vincent Persichetti, Michael Colgrass, Daniel Pinkham, Gunther Schuller, Robert Selig, Ivan Tcheripnin, Sir Michael Tippett, William Kraft, Robert Ward and Alec Wilder. His commitment to contemporary music as well as his outstanding performances have earned him high praise from critics, composers and colleagues. Past President of the U.S. College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), Battisti is also a member of the American Bandmasters Association (ABA) andfounder of the National Wind Ensemble Conference (1970), World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (1981), Massachusetts Youth Wind Ensemble (1970) and New England College Band Association (1981). He also served on the Standard Award Panel of American Society for Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and the National Foundation for Advancement of the Arts Recognition and Talent Search Panel (ARTS). Battisti has been the recipient of many awards and honors including Honorary Doctorates from Ithaca College in 1992, Rhode Island College in 2010, New England Conservatory of Music in 2012; the Ithaca College Alumni Association Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003, New England Conservatory Alumni Association Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008; the first Louis and Adrienne Krasner Excellence in Teaching Award from the New England Conservatory of Music in 1997, the Lowell Mason Award from the Massachusetts Music Educators Association in 1998, the New England College Band Association's Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999, American School Band Directors Association Edwin Franko Goldman Award in 1989, Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic's Medal of Honor in 2001 and the National Band Association’s AWAPA in 2006. In 1986 and 1993 he was a visiting fellow at Clare Hall, Cambridge University, UK. Battisti is the author of ten books including Winds of Change, On Becoming a Conductor and The Conductor’s Challenge as well as numerous articles on wind ensemble/band literature, conducting and music education for national and international professional journals and magazines. He has also been an editor for various music publishers and is currently a consulting editor for The Instrumentalist. Battisti lives in Leverett, Massachusetts with Charlotte, his wife of 62 years.
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  • Mark Scatterday
  • Mark Davis Scatterday is Professor of Conducting and Chair of the Conducting and Ensembles Department at the University of Rochester's Eastman School of Music. As only the fourth conductor of the Eastman Wind Ensemble, Scatterday joined a prestigious line of conductors in the past sixty-five years of the famed ensemble - Frederick Fennell, Clyde Roller, and Donald Hunsberger. Since his appointment, he has led the EWE on tours to Japan, Taiwan, China and Europe. He also conducted the EWE in highly acclaimed performances at Carnegie Hall, the Canadian National Musicfest and the Midwest Clinic, and has recorded 5 CDs with the EWE and the Eastman Music Nova. Professor Scatterday has directed wind ensembles and orchestras throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Previous to his appointment at Eastman, Dr Scatterday was Professor and Chair of the Department of Music at Cornell University. Professor Scatterday maintains an active guest conducting schedule as well as researching and writing articles involving score analysis, performance practices, and conducting. Dr. Scatterday has conducted the premiere recording of Roberto Sierra's Cancionero Sefardi with members of the Milwaukee Symphony (2001), Judith Weir's Consolations of Scholarship with Ensemble X (2005), Danzante with James Thompson and the EWE (2006), Barcelonazo with Musica Nova (nominated for a 2008 Latin Grammy), Manhattan Music with the EWE and the Canadian Brass (2008, nominated for a 2009 JUNO), a CD with the EWE and the Eastman Virtuosi featuring Stravinsky’s music and celebrating the EWE’s 60th year (2013, AVIE, London) and recently a live recording of Roberto Sierra’s music (Summit, 2016). A new recording of Jeff Tyzik’s music, Images, is scheduled to be released in 2018.