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Celebrating 50 Years of Women Conductors: Our Trailblazers, the Present, the Future

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  • WBDI 50th Anniversary Celebration of Women on the Podium: Where did we come from? How did we get here? Where are we going? Women band directors of "yesteryear" opened doors, inspired and influenced women a few generations back. Those passed the art on to the women standing on podiums today, who are expanding opportunities for future generations of women band directors. Join us as we recognize, honor and thank those who paved the way for others to follow: the Trailblazers.
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  • 12/19/2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Meeting Room W185
  • Barbara Lambrecht has taught band, orchestra and flute at every level, elementary through university. Her honors include: 2015 Texas Bandmaster of the Year, Women Band Directors International Hall of Fame, Texas Bandmaster Hall of Fame, Texas Tech University’s Distinguished Music Educator Award, Tau Beta Sigma's Outstanding Service to Music Award, NBA Achievement Award, TMEA Achievement Award, 2000 Outstanding Musicians of the 20th Century, and Who's Who of American Women. Her bands’ honors include the Sudler Cup of Excellence, Texas Music Educators Association Honor Band, New Mexico Music Educators Honor Band, and New Mexico State Concert Band championship. Her groups have performed at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, TMEA, and NMMEA. She has presented clinics at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, and numerous state meetings, including TBA, TMEA, Oklahoma Bandmasters, Mississippi Bandmasters, Nebraska Bandmasters, NMEA, and for the WBDI summer meetings. She has been a member of both Sudler Flag & Cup committees, served as Contributing Editor for The Instrumentalist, and on the Board of Directors of International Phi Beta Mu. Her articles have been published in The Instrumentalist, Southwestern Musician, and Texas Bandmasters Journal. Her concert band and orchestra music is published by: Hal Leonard, E.C. Schirmer, TRN, and RBC Music. Mrs. Lambrecht organized a Young Educator Seminars (YES) in El Paso, (YES/SI - Sharing Information), and CBDNA’s Small College Intercollegiate Band. Founder of the Edge of Texas Concert Band, she serves as its Artistic Director and Conductor. She is an active clinician and adjudicator and was recently named Visiting Assistant Professor of Flute/ Music Education at the University of Texas at El Paso.
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  • Gladys Stone Wright
  • Gladys Stone Wright started on clarinet in Wasco, OR in 1937 with a woman band director, Evelyn Scott. She attended the Univ. of Oregon where Charlotte Plummer, conductor of the Women’s Marine Band during WWII, also graduated. Although very few women conducted bands during that period, Gladys always felt she had two real mentors. Her first position was Elmira HS (enrollment 200) in a poor lumbering community. That year the band qualified for State Finals and was one of only 4 superiors given. At the end of her fifth year, her band played at the NWMENC in Bellingham, WA. In 54, with Al now at Purdue, she began teaching at Otterbein HS (enrollment 100), taking them to Indiana MENC in 59 and subsequently to Mid-West in 60 as the first woman with a high school band to perform there. When Otterbein consolidated she started teaching at Klondike (enrollment 300). She organized the WBDNA. She organized La Banda de Amistad, a summer traveling band (Mexico and Central America). Klondike consolidated into Wm. Henry Harrison HS, where she taught the remainder of her career. This band’s main achievements were an ASBDA National Convention performance and a Gold Medal in Open Class at the World Music Contest in Kerkrade, Holland. Gladys was the first woman elected to the ABA, the first women to be inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame, the first honorary woman member of Phi Beta Mu and the third woman to be inducted into ASBDA. Gladys and Al organized the US Collegiate Wind Bands who traveled over 30 summers throughout Europe and England. Some of the numerous awards Gladys has received are: Tau Beta Sigma Service to Music Award Sudler Gold Medal, Sousa Foundation International Women’s Conductor Hall of Fame. As a couple they have received The Midwest Clinic  Medal of Honor, and Lifetime Achievement Award, plus ASBDA Goldman & Harding awards, and the Phi Beta Mu’s Intl. Bandmasters award. Al, 103, and Gladys 94, are having a wonderful life together in the band world.
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  • Susan D. Creasap
  • Susan D. Creasap is Professor Emerita of Music and former Associate Director of Bands and Interim Director of Bands at Morehead State University. Dr. Creasap earned her Doctor of Arts in Wind Band Conducting/Horn Performance from Ball State University, Master of Arts in Music Education/Music History from the University of Minnesota, and Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Creasap’s career included teaching band/orchestra in the public schools of Meadville, Pennsylvania and Memphis, Tennessee; horn instructor at Allegheny College (PA); freelance horn player; and Director of Bands/Horn Professor at Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Creasap is a Research Associate for the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series. Her dissertation, American Women Composers of Band Music, 1865-1996, was named the Ball State University School of Music “Outstanding Dissertation” and her Master’s thesis, Johannes Brahms and the Horn, earned the University of Minnesota School of Music “Excellence in Scholarship” award. Her clinic presentations include the Kentucky Music Educators Association Conference, Kansas State Honor Band Clinic, Women Band Directors International Summer Conferences, College Band Directors National Association Athletic Bands Symposium, and The Midwest Clinic and earned the Women Band Directors International Silver Baton, Kentucky Music Educators Association University Teacher of the Year, and Bandmaster of the Year (2017) by the Kentucky Chapter of Phi Beta Mu. Dr. Creasap is the Mentor Coordinator for the National Band Association, Chair of the National Band Association Foundation, Treasurer of the Women Band Directors International Foundation, and has held numerous other national, regional, state, and district leadership positions. She is a guest conductor and adjudicator throughout the country. Dr. Creasap and her husband, Dr. John Hennen, reside in Virginia and are active in animal rescue.
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  • Virginia Allen
  • Virginia Allen has conducted ensembles on stages around the U.S. and in Europe, South America, and Asia. As a pioneer for women in military bands, she was the first woman conductor of The U.S. Army Field Band and The Soldiers' Chorus in Washington, D.C., The U.S. Military Academy Band at West Point, The U.S. Army Forces Command Band in Atlanta, and the West Point Glee Club. She is Artistic Director Emerita of the Philadelphia Wind Symphony which she founded. Dr. Allen is an adjunct faculty member at The Juilliard School, where she previously served as Associate Dean for Administration, Assistant Dean for Orchestral Studies, and Artistic Director of the Conducting Workshop for Music Educators. She also taught conducting at Juilliard, The Curtis Institute of Music, University of the Arts, and Teachers College, Columbia University. As a published composer and arranger, Dr. Allen’s music has been premiered, performed and recorded by members of the Chicago Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the Washington Opera Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, The Juilliard Trombone Choir, The U.S. Army Band, The U.S. Army Field Band, and The U.S. Military Academy Band. Dr. Allen studied French horn and conducting and earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree and a Master of Music degree in Performance from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and a Diploma in Wind Conducting from the University of Calgary. She received a Doctor of Education in the College Teaching of Music at Teachers College, Columbia University.
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  • Catherine Rand
  • Dr. Catherine Rand is the Director of Bands at the University of Southern Mississippi where she conducts the Wind Ensemble, teaches graduate wind conducting, and guides all facets of the University of Southern Mississippi’s comprehensive band program. Active in scholarly and creative endeavors, Dr. Rand has presented workshops to music educators on festival preparation, rehearsal techniques, meaningful conducting gestures, and building curriculum for band programs. She has conducted numerous honor bands and All-State ensembles through-out the country. Dr. Rand was a founding member of the Creative Music Project, which promotes student-based musical creativity by providing improvisation and composition activities accompanied by technology-based, multi-disciplinary methodology. She is published in volume 5 of “A Composer’s Insight: Thoughts, Analysis and Commentary on Contemporary Masterpieces for Wind Band,” and in the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band Series, distributed by GIA Publications. Dr. Rand has served as assistant producer for several commercial recordings by the NAXOS record label. Her first compact disc with the University of Southern Mississippi’s Wind Ensemble entitled ALCHEMIZE was released December 2017 on the NAXOS label. She will release her second compact disc in 2019. Most recently The University of Southern Mississippi’s Wind Ensemble, under her direction, was chosen to perform at the National Conference of College Band Directors National Association in Tempe, AZ, February 2019. The Southern Miss Wind Ensemble was chosen to perform at the CBDNA Southern Regional Conference held in Tampa, FL in February 2018. Dr. Rand maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and guest lecturer throughout the United States and abroad as a Conn-Selmer Educational Clinician. She is the state representative for CBDNA and President of the Women Band Director’s International.
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  • Courtney Snyder
  • Dr. Courtney Snyder is Associate Director of Bands at the University of Michigan. She teaches conducting and directs the Concert Band and Michigan Youth Symphonic Band. Previously, she served as Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Nebraska-Omaha and was Music Director of the Nebraska Wind Symphony. Snyder is published in Music Educators Journal, The Instrumentalist, several volumes of Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. In 2018 she received the Paula Crider Outstanding Band Director Award and earned 2nd Place in the American Price in Conducting, Band/Wind Ensemble Division Competition. Snyder is President-Elect of Women Band Directors International.