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December, 19, 2022
03:45 PM - 04:45 PM




Andrew Trachsel

Andrew Trachsel

Repertoire Becomes Us: The Importance of Choosing Quality

Clinic Synopsis:

Duke Ellington wrote, “There are simply two kinds of music: good music and the other kind...” Choosing repertoire for our ensembles is necessarily more complicated. We must approach selecting music like a teacher of literature: after all, repertoire is the curriculum, and we are only as good as our music. This clinic will discuss the hallmarks of quality repertoire, and explore resources, including Teaching Music through Performance in Band, to provide our students the best musical experiences.

Andrew Trachsel - Biographical Information

Andrew Trachsel serves as Professor of Wind Studies and Chair of the Division of Conducting and Ensembles at the University of North Texas College of Music. He is the conductor of the Wind Orchestra and teach courses in graduate and undergraduate conducting as well as the history and repertoire of the wind band. An advocate for new music, Trachsel has premiered, commissioned, or co-commissioned more than seventy new works over the past decade. He is interested in developing innovative programming through interdisciplinarity, culminating in the establishment of the Ampersand festival. Prior to this appointment, Trachsel served as Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Conducting at Ohio University for eleven years. Under his artistic direction, the Ohio University Wind Symphony performed at numerous music conferences and venues, including the College Band Directors National Association, Ireland and Rome, and New York City’s famed Carnegie Hall, and released three commercial albums on the Mark Masters label, with multiple appearances on national syndicated radio and the Grammy Entry List. In 2019 Trachsel was named series editor of GIA Publications' landmark Teaching Music through Performance in Band series after serving for fifteen years as the coordinator of research associates and as a contributor to eleven volumes. Trachsel is active internationally as a guest conductor, clinician, advocate, and recording producer, and holds professional or honorary memberships in a variety of music organizations at the state, national, and international levels.