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December, 17, 2021
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM


W 185


David Vandewalker

David Vandewalker

Strategies for Rebuilding Music Programs in the New Era

Clinic Synopsis:

This session will explore practical strategies for music organizations and the people who lead them. The content will focus on building a sustainable community of support by reimagining advocacy to assist directors in rebuilding their programs through powerful community engagement moments and community coalitions. Join us as we share practical ways to craft your brand and share your stories to effectively communicate in diverse, meaningful ways including social media.

David Vandewalker - Biographical Information

David W. Vandewalker serves as the lead creative consultant for Strategic Musications, artistic director and conductor of the Metropolitan Atlanta Youth Wind Ensemble and the principal conductor of the Georgia Wind Symphony. Additionally, he served as the Coordinator of Performing Arts for the Fulton County Schools (2016-2020) supporting the music education and music therapy faculty who serve 96,000 students in Atlanta, associate conductor for Tara Winds (2017-2019), assistant director of bands at Georgia State University (2012-2016) and Director of Bands at Harrison High School in Kennesaw, Georgia (2000-2012). Dr. Vandewalker earned degrees at Baylor University, Central Michigan University, and Boston University where he received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Music Education. A Conn-Selmer Artist/Educator, Dr. Vandewalker has led concerts before esteemed audiences such as the CBDNA/NBA, Music for All National Concert Festival, and the Midwest Clinic. He is a recipient of the Sudler Flag of Honor, ten-NBA Citation of Excellence Awards, three National Wind Band Honors Awards, is recognized in multiple editions of Who's Who Among American Teachers, and is an elected member of the American Bandmasters Association.