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Bridging the Gender Gap: Developing Strategies for Creating Equity in Ensemble Programming

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  • This session aims to engage with gender equality in ensemble programming. The panel will outline statistical evidence among school and university wind bands, discuss the importance of moving towards balance in programming, present potential programming strategies, and offer resources for teachers to expand their knowledge of works by women composers for a variety of levels.
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  • An accomplished conductor, educator, and writer, Jacob Wallace is an emergent personality in the performance of contemporary instrumental music. His efforts to present innovative and approachable programming of new works have brought modern trends to atypical places. Ensembles under his direction have presented world, national, and regional premieres by such composers as Rusty Banks, Jennifer Jolley, John Mackey, Michael Markowski, Jonathan Newman, and James Syler, among others. Dr. Wallace is currently on the faculty of South Dakota State University, where he serves as Director of Concert Bands and administrates the wind ensemble activities of the School of Performing Arts as a whole. Prior to this, he served as Director of Bands at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. During summers, has served on the conducting faculty of the Cortona Sessions for New Music in Tuscany, Italy. Dr. Wallace holds the degree Doctor of Musical Arts from The University of Georgia. He also has degrees from Baylor University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His principal conducting teachers have been John Lynch, Kevin Sedatole, and Carolyn Barber. He remains active as an adjudicator, conductor, and clinician throughout the United States. He is a member of the Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity as well as the Pi Kappa Lambda music honor society and holds honorary membership in the Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Service Sorority and the Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity.
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  • Jeffrey Boeckman
  • Dr. Jeffrey Boeckman is the Director of Bands at the University of Hawai'i, Manoa. He conducts the Wind Ensemble, teaches courses in conducting and wind literature, and oversees the entire UH Bands program. Under his direction, the UH Bands have embarked on an ambitious agenda of programming, commissioning, touring, and professional development, including collaborations with guest artists, the UH Conductors Workshop, and a composer residency program, all with the goal of developing the UH Bands into a national- and international-profile band program. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Boeckman held positions at California State University-San Bernardino (where he founded the Inland Empire Youth Wind Symphony) and Texas A&M University-Commerce. He also directed the bands and orchestra program at Shasta High School in Northern California and served as conductor the Redding Symphony Youth Orchestra and guest conductor for the Redding Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Boeckman has served as conductor with the Hawai'i Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Music Hawai'i, and has guest conducted with both the O'ahu Band Director Association and Central District Honor Groups. He has served as an adjudicator and clinician across the country, and as a guest conductor in several states, including the Indiana University Summer Music Clinic Symphony Orchestra and the San Diego Winds. His scholarly work has been presented at the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, International Conference, College Band Directors National Association National Conference, and the California & Hawai'i Music Educators Association State Conferences. His book, A Counterpoint of Characters: the Music of Michael Colgrass, was published by VDM Verlag. Dr. Boeckman holds degrees from the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Arizona, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His principal conducting teachers include Michael Senturia, Gregg Hanson, and James Smith.
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  • Jennifer Jolley
  • Composer Jennifer Jolley's diverse catalog includes choral, orchestral, wind ensemble, chamber, and electronic works. She has been commissioned by ensembles and institutions across the United States, including the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, University of Texas at Austin, Bowling Green State University, and the University of Cincinnati, among others. She is on the faculty of Ohio Wesleyan University. In addition to her professorship at Ohio Wesleyan, she is a member of the composition faculty at Interlochen Arts Camp. In recent years, Jennifer has been increasingly drawn toward subjects that are political and even provocative. Her 2015 collaboration with librettist Kendall A, Prisoner of Conscience, sets to music statements made by the Russian punk-rock band Pussy Riot as they stood trial in Moscow for "hooliganism" and "religious hatred." Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble has performed the piece widely and will release a recording in Spring 2018. Jennifer's 2017 piece The Eyes of the World Are Upon You, commissioned by the University of Texas at Austin Wind Ensemble, reflects on the first-ever campus shooting in America, which took place at UT-Austin in 1966. Jennifer deeply values the relationship that is created between composers and the communities with whom they collaborate. She has been composer-in-residence at Brevard College, University of Toledo, and the Vermont Symphony, and will be in-residence at the Central Michigan University School of Music and the Alba Music Festival in Italy in 2018. Jennifer Jolley has been a finalist for the American Prize and the Symphony Number One Call for Scores. She holds degrees from the University of Southern California and the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where her principal teachers included Stephen Hartke, Frank Ticheli, Michael Fiday, Joel Hoffman, and Douglas Knehans. Jennifer's works are distributed through ADJ*ective New Music.
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  • Chester Phillips
  • A native of Newnan, GA, Chester B. Phillips is associate director of bands and director of athletic bands at Georgia State University. His primary responsibilities include conducting the Wind Orchestra, directing the University Marching Band, teaching conducting and overseeing all facets of the Athletic Bands. Under Dr. Phillips' leadership, the GSU Marching Band has received several honors and accolades including an invitation to march in the 2014 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and participation in the 57th Presidential Inaugural Parade. In 2013, Dr. Phillips was presented the Dean's Early Career Award by the College of Arts and Sciences for his outstanding work in teaching, service and professional development. Before teaching at the collegiate level, Dr. Phillips taught for seven years as the associate director of bands at Harrison High School in Kennesaw, Georgia and for two years in the Gwinnett County public schools at the middle and high school level. As a recipient of the Sousa Foundation's Sudler Flag of Honor in 2007, the Harrison Band program under his instruction was distinguished as one of the strongest, respected, and well-rounded band programs in the United States. Throughout his tenure in public schools, Dr. Phillips led highly acclaimed concerts before the Music for All National Concert Band Festival and the Georgia Music Educators Association Conference. Dr. Phillips received the Bachelor of Music degree in music education from the University of Georgia, the Master of Music degree in music education from the University of Illinois and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in wind conducting at the University of Georgia. His principal conducting teachers have been John P. Lynch and James Keene. He is a guest clinician for concert bands throughout the Southeast and a visual designer and consultant for marching bands around the country. He serves as an adjudicator for Music for All, Band of America, Drum Corps International, and Festivals of Music.
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  • Alex Shapiro
  • Alex Shapiro aligns note after note with the hope that at least a few of them will actually sound good next to each other. Her persistence at this activity, as well as non-fiction music writing, public speaking, arts advocacy volunteerism, wildlife photography, and the shameless instigation of insufferable puns on Facebook, has led to a happy life. Drawing from a broad musical palette that giddily ignores genre, Alex's acoustic and electroacoustic works are published by Activist Music LLC, performed and broadcast daily, and can be found on nearly thirty commercial releases from record labels around the world. Alex is a familiar advocate for other artists through her speaking appearances, published writings, and volunteerism. She is the Symphonic and Concert writer representative on the Board of Directors of ASCAP, and a board member of The Aaron Copland Fund for Music and The ASCAP Foundation. Shapiro has also served on the boards of U.S. music organizations including The American Music Center, the American Composers Forum of Los Angeles, The MacDowell Colony, and The Society of Composers & Lyricists, and is past co-chair of the Program Council for New Music USA. Educated at The Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music as a student of Ursula Mamlok and John Corigliano, Alex moved from Manhattan to Los Angeles in 1983, and in 2007 relocated to Washington State's remote San Juan Island, where, surrounded by wildlife, she composes and watches out for tsunamis in her home perched on the water's edge. An award-winning nature photographer, Alex's images and music can be experienced on her blog, and her website,
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  • Courtney Snyder
  • Courtney Snyder joined the faculty of the University of Michigan in 2014 as associate director of bands and assistant professor of conducting. She directs the Concert Band, teaches conducting, and directs the Michigan Youth Wind Band, a group of select, auditioned high school students from area high schools. Previously, Snyder served as the assistant director of bands and director of Athletic Bands at the University of Nebraska-Omaha where she directed the "Maverick" Marching Band, was conductor of the Concert Band, associate conductor of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and taught courses in conducting, music education, and brass methods. Additionally, while in Omaha, she served as music director for the Nebraska Wind Symphony which was selected to perform at the Nebraska State Bandmasters Association Annual Conference. Dr. Snyder is nationally sought-after as a clinician and guest conductor. Current research interests are on conducting movement and its effect on ensemble sound and for providing necessary support to current and future women band directors. She has presented at the Midwest Clinic, international WASBE conference, national CBDNA and CMS conferences, and serves as a mentor for Maestra Network. Snyder is published in Music Educators Journal, several volumes of Teaching Music Through Performance in Band, School Band & Orchestra Magazine, and Association of Concert Bands Journal and was recently awarded the "Citation of Excellence" award by the National Band Association. She is a member of College Band Directors National Association, World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, National Association for Music Education, College Music Society, Kappa Kappa Psi, Tau Beta Sigma, and Pi Kappa Lambda.