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David Maslanka: A Retrospective

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  • Sponsored by the Big Ten Band Directors Association, Emily Threinen will lead a discussion with a panel of distinguished conductors and advocates on the life and significance of the award-winning composer David Maslanka (1943-2017). Panel members include Stephen Bolstad, Gary Green, Matthew Maslanka, and Mallory Thompson.
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  • Emily Threinen currently serves as Director of Bands at the University of Minnesota School of Music in Minneapolis-Saint Paul. In this position, she conducts the acclaimed Wind Ensemble, guides the graduate wind band conducting program, instructs undergraduate advanced conducting, and provides administrative leadership for all aspects of the University of Minnesota Bands. Prior to her appointment at Minnesota, Threinen served as Director of Bands and Artistic Director of Winds and Brass at Temple University's Boyer College of Music and Dance in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.Before her work in Philadelphia, Threinen served as Director of Bands at Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia; Director of the Duke University Wind Symphony in Durham, North Carolina; Director of the Concordia University Wind Ensemble in Ann Arbor, Michigan; Conductor of the Dodworth Saxhorn Band in Ann Arbor, Michigan; and Director of Bands and Instrumental Music at Harding High School in St. Paul, Minnesota, receiving the Outstanding Teacher Award.Threinen consistently works with composers, arrangers, and performing artists of varied disciplines. Residencies and projects with composers and new compositions are integral to her creative work. Threinen is published in multiple volumes of the GIA Teaching Music Through Performance in Band book series where she has been recognized as a strong scholarly contributor. She is an active guest conductor, clinician, conference presenter, and performer.Threinen currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Conductors Guild and was elected to the American Bandmasters Association in March, 2016. She is an active member of these organizations: World Association for Symphonic Band and Ensembles (WASBE), College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), National Band Association (NBA), National Association for Music Education (NAfME), Pi Kappa Lambda, and Kappa Kappa Psi as an honorary member. Threinen is a Yamaha Master Educator.
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  • Matthew Maslanka
  • Matthew Maslanka is David Maslanka’s second son and the primary caretaker of David’s music. Born in New York City in 1982, he grew up listening to his father composing at the piano. From the age of 10, Matthew started helping out by making photocopies of scores and dubbing cassette tapes for David to send to conductors interested in the music. At 12, Matthew discovered the delights of engraving music with a computer. By 14, he was skilled enough to handle the preparation of his father’s music and proceeded to engrave virtually every work from that point forward. In this way, he built up a deep understanding of the underpinnings of David’s writing and long-term development as a composer. He frequently accompanied his father on trips to work with ensembles and observed his working process closely. Matthew enjoyed a particularly close personal and professional relationship with David.Matthew is a versatile musician, performing on euphonium and trombone, preparing sheet music for performance and publication, and publishing his father's music. He studied euphonium performance as an undergraduate at Michigan State University with Philip Sinder and as a master’s student at Indiana University with Daniel Perantoni. He also studied trombone as a doctoral candidate at Indiana University with Carl Lenthe. He has performed on Broadway in the orchestra of Fiddler on the Roof and plays with the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra and the Chelsea Symphony, among others. Along with performing, Matthew is an accomplished music engraver and copyist. Equally at home in the commercial and classical worlds, he has prepared music in diverse genres. Projects have included the upcoming Pixar film Incredibles 2, the hit video game Destiny 2 by Bungie Inc. and the acclaimed musicals Far From Heaven by Scott Frankel with orchestrations by Tony Award winner Bruce Coughlin, Chess by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus of ABBA, and Sycamore Trees by Ricky Ian Gordon. He has also engraved opera, wind ensemble, and chamber music for the New York-based publisher Carl Fischer and Internationale Musikverlage Hans Sikorski in Hamburg.In 2012, Matthew founded Maslanka Press to publish his father’s works. Dedicated to producing beautiful, affordable new editions, promoting David’s music, and supporting performers, educators, and enthusiasts, Maslanka Press now publishes more than 70 works worldwide. Following David’s passing in 2017, he started the David Maslanka Foundation with his brother Stephen and sister Kathryn to preserve and promote David’s music and life. As part of that mission, Matthew travels worldwide, coaching performing groups on his father's music. Matthew is an avid photographer and lives in New York City with his two dogs, Cassie and Max.
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  • Mallory Thompson
  • Mallory Thompson is director of bands, professor of music, coordinator of the conductingprogram, and holds the John W. Beattie Chair of Music at Northwestern University. In 2003 shewas named a Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence. As the third personin the university's history to hold the director of bands position, Dr. Thompson conducts theSymphonic Wind Ensemble, teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting, and administers allaspects of the band program. Thompson has recorded five albums with the NorthwesternUniversity Symphonic Wind Ensemble on the Summit Records label.Dr. Thompson received the Bachelor of Music Education degree and Master of Music degree inconducting from Northwestern University, where she studied conducting with John P. Paynter andtrumpet with Vincent Cichowicz. She received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conductingfrom the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Donald Hunsberger.Dr. Thompson maintains an active schedule as guest conductor, conducting teacher, and guestlecturer throughout the United States and Canada. She has had the privilege of teachingconducting to thousands of undergraduate students, graduate students, and professionaleducators. Dr. Thompson has served as a conductor or clinician at the College Band DirectorsNational Association regional and national conventions, the Midwest Clinic, the Interlochen ArtsAcademy, the International Trombone Association, the International Trumpet Guild, theAmerican Bandmasters Association, numerous state music conventions, and the Aspen MusicFestival. In addition to conducting all-state ensembles throughout the United States, she has hadprofessional engagements as guest conductor with the United States Air Force Band, the UnitedStates Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” the United States Army Field Band, the United States CoastGuard 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, andBanda Sinfónica in São Paulo, Brazil. Her professional affiliations include Pi Kappa Lambda, theCollege Band Directors National Association, and the American Bandmasters Association.Dr. Thompson is especially proud of her 48 graduate conducting students and the hundreds ofoutstanding Symphonic Wind Ensemble members with whom she has had the joy of makingmusic at Northwestern. She treasures her relationship with the Wildcat Marching Band and ishonored to preserve and grow Northwestern’s legacy.
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  • Stephen P. Bolstad
  • Stephen P. Bolstad has served as the Director of Bands and Professor of Wind Conducting at James Madison University since Fall 2007.  In addition to overseeing the University’s comprehensive band program, his specific duties include conducting the JMU Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band, teaching courses in wind literature/conducting, and leading the Masters and Doctoral program in Wind Conducting. Under Dr. Bolstad’s direction the JMU band program has hosted a number of guest composer residencies and received accolades from composers such as David Maslanka, John Mackey, Don Freund, Michael Daugherty, Joel Puckett, Steven Bryant, Donald Grantham, Paul Dooley, Daniel McCarthy and Brian Balmages.  The JMU Wind Symphony was a featured ensemble at the 2011 and 2015 Virginia Music Educators Association Conference and the 2015 National Conference of the College Band Directors National Association in Nashville, TN.From 1994-2007 Dr. Bolstad was the Director of Bands at The University of Montana. Under his direction the Symphonic Wind Ensemble was selected to perform at the College Band Directors National Association’s Northwest/Western Divisional Conference in 1996 and 2006, and the MENC Northwest Conference in 2001 (Spokane, WA) and 2005 (Bellevue, WA). In 2004 Dr. Bolstad received the University of Montana School of Fine Arts Distinguished Faculty Award. Prior to Montana, Dr. Bolstad held similar positions in Alabama at both The University of Montevallo and Livingston University, and he was the Director of Bands at St. Marys Area High School in St. Marys, Pennsylvania. Steve Bolstad holds the Doctor of Music Arts degree in Conducting from The University of Texas at Austin, the Master of Music degree from Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, and a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. His conducting teachers include Jerry F. Junkin (Texas), Rodney Winther (Ithaca) and Stanley F. Michalski (Clarion).Dr. Bolstad is very active as a guest conductor having conducted district, regional and all-state festivals throughout the United States and Canada. He also maintains a very active schedule as an adjudicator and clinician. He has served as President of the Montana Bandmasters Association, President-Elect of the Northwest Division of CBDNA, and in 2013 Dr. Bolstad was elected into the American Bandmasters Association.
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