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Jason Noble

Jason Noble
John Mackey

John Mackey

Conducting, Composing, and Performing With Disabilities: An Accessible, Inclusive, and Empathic Vision for Neurodiverse Music

Clinic Synopsis:

The range of disabilities encountered by band and orchestra directors are under-researched and poorly understood phenomena. This presentation will share the highly personal vignettes of three musicians who have worked through disabilities (neurological, learning, and psychological). The clinic will provide practical advice for the progressive educator who wishes to incorporate strategies to better reach neurodivergent or disabled band and orchestra students.

Jason Noble - Biographical Information

Dr. Jason Noble (he/him/his) currently serves as Director of Instrumental Music Education Studies at New York University as a member of the Core Music Education Faculty, where he conducts the NYU Wind Symphony, teaches instrumental lab ensemble, and prepares future music educators through the instrumental materials, techniques, and conducting for music educators course sequence. He also concurrently serves as Assistant Professor of Music Education at the City University of New York’s Lehman College. Prior to his appointment at NYU, Dr. Noble served as conductor of the Columbia University Wind Ensemble, garnering national and international acclaim, leading the commission of new works by diverse composers, and leading the group to its first three full-length performances at Carnegie Hall since 1965. As Director of Bands from 2007-2022 at Scarsdale High School (Scarsdale, NY), he piloted, tested, and implemented a progressive and successful Democracy in Band curriculum focused entirely on intrinsic motivation, student choice/voice, and shared responsibility without the typical exogenous rewards systems found in most school band programs. He began his career as Director of Bands at Miami Coral Park High School in Miami, Florida. His primary teachers and mentors were Gary Green (University of Miami), Nicholas DeCarbo (University of Miami), David Elliott (NYU), Paul Cohen (NYU), Justin Dello Joio (NYU), Maxine Greene (Teachers College, Columbia University), and Randall Everett Allsup (Teachers College, Columbia University).

John Mackey - Biographical Information

John Mackey (he/him) has written for orchestras (Brooklyn Philharmonic, New York Youth Symphony), theater (Dallas Theater Center), and extensively for dance (Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Parsons Dance Company, New York City Ballet), but the majority of his work for the past decade has been for wind ensembles (the fancy name for concert bands), and his band catalog now receives annual performances numbering in the thousands. Recent commissions include works for the BBC Singers, the Dallas Wind Symphony, military, high school, middle school, and university bands across America and Japan, and concertos for Joseph Alessi (principal trombone, New York Philharmonic) and Christopher Martin (principal trumpet, New York Philharmonic). In 2014, he became the youngest composer ever inducted into the American Bandmasters Association. In 2018, he received the Wladimir & Rhoda Lakond Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He resides in San Francisco, California, with his spouse, a philosopher who works on the ethics of technology, and also titles all of his pieces; and their cats, Noodle and Bloop.

Michael Martin - Biographical Information

A native of Marietta, Georgia, Michael Martin joined the trumpet section of the Boston Symphony and the Boston Pops as Fourth/Utility trumpet in October 2010. Mr. Martin attended Northwestern University where he received both his bachelor's and master's degrees in trumpet performance studying with Barbara Butler and Charles Geyer. Mr. Martin was a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center in 2006 and 2008, receiving the Roger Voisin Trumpet Award both summers. He has performed with orchestras across the country and around the world including the Atlanta, Baltimore, and Chicago symphonies and with the Pacific Music Festival of Sapporo, Japan, and the Grand Teton Music Festival of Jackson, Wyoming. He has performed as guest principal trumpet with the Honolulu Symphony and the Seoul Philharmonic and with the Malaysian Philharmonic of Kuala Lumpur. From 2006 to 2009, Michael was a regular member with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the training orchestra of the Chicago Symphony. A champion of new music, Mr. Martin has performed with acclaimed contemporary music groups eighth blackbird and the Pacifica Quartet and has also performed with members of the Chicago Symphony as part of their "MusicNow" series at the Harris Theater.