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December, 20, 2022
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM




Julia Baumanis

Julia Baumanis
Tanya Mitchell-Spradlin

Tanya Mitchell-Spradlin

Cynthia Johnston Turner

Cynthia Johnston Turner
Kerry Anne Simon

Kerry Anne Simon
Nikole Roebuck

Nikole Roebuck

Empowering Female Conductors: A Focus on Allyship, Mentorship, and Representation

Clinic Synopsis:

The purpose of this panel is to bring attendees together to hear and learn of perspectives through the lens of female conductors and educators. This session will allow panelists to share their experiences, knowledge, and words of encouragement to attendees. Even though this session targets female conductors, all are welcome to attend, participate, and gain insight to step in and aid where needed in their respective music programs and organizations.

Julia Baumanis - Biographical Information

Dr. Julia Baumanis is Assistant Professor of Professional Practice serving as Assistant Director of Bands at Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts and is the first female band director in the university’s history. Her duties include serving as the Conductor of the Rutgers Symphony Band, Assistant Director of the Marching Scarlet Knights, Director of Pep Bands, and teaching courses in instrumental music education. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Baumanis served as the Assistant Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Central Missouri. Dr. Baumanis has also serves within the music community as a member of the Education and Repertoire Committee for the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE), as Mentorship Co-Chair for Women Band Directors International (WBDI), and as Design Editor for The Woman Conductor, the official publication of WBDI.A graduate of The Florida State University College of Music, Dr. Baumanis received her bachelor’s in Instrumental Music Education, her master’s degree in Instrumental Conducting, and her PhD in Music Education and Instrumental Conducting. Prior to graduate school, she taught public school in south Florida as the Associate Director of Bands and Orchestras at J.P. Taravella High School and the Director of Orchestras at Ramblewood Middle School. An active performer, educator and researcher, Dr. Baumanis has presented her research nationally, including at the NAfME Research Symposium, the CBDNA National Conference, and the Desert Skies Music Education Research Symposium. Most recently, her research has focused on developing a conductor’s baton that records data collected from a conductor’s expressive gestures. She hopes to implement this technology in the conducting classroom as a technological tool to assist beginning conductors in developing their craft.

LaToya A. Webb - Biographical Information

Dr. LaToya A. Webb serves as Assistant Professor of Practice in Conducting and Assistant Director of Bands at The University of Texas at Austin. Her responsibilities include teaching instrumental conducting, wind band literature, and directing the Longhorn Band (marching and concert) and Longhorn Pep Band. Before joining the UT faculty, Dr. Webb served as an instructor of wind conducting at Auburn and Grambling State universities. She holds degrees from Norfolk State University, George Mason University, and Auburn University, and currently serves as the Tau Beta Sigma National Vice President for Professional Relations. A versatile educator and conductor, Dr. Webb is an active researcher and presenter appearing at state, national, and international conferences. She is also an active consultant, adjudicator, and guest conductor. Dr. Webb is published in the Music Educators Journal, the Teaching Music Magazine, and the Podium for Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma. Dr. Webb has the distinct honor of being a conducting fellow in the 2019 U.S. Army Band Conductors' Workshop and the 2019 Midwest Clinic Reynolds Conducting Institute. As a passionate advocate for improving educational opportunities through diversity, equity, inclusion, and access, Dr. Webb is the Special Projects Manager for United Sound, Inc. She also serves on the Southwestern Division Committee for the William P. Foster Project. She is the co-founder of I See You: Affirming Representation in Music, and frequently lecturers on DEIA topics for state and local music programs of all levels and mediums.

Tanya Mitchell-Spradlin - Biographical Information

Tonya Mitchell-Spradlin is Director of Wind Band Studies and Assistant Professor of Music. In addition to conducting the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, overseeing the graduate wind conducting program, teaching courses in wind band literature and wind conducting, she oversees all aspects of the concert band programs at Penn State. Her appointment at PSU follows three years as Assistant Director of Bands and Associate Director of Athletic Bands at the University of South Carolina. Prior to her tenure at U of SC, Mitchell-Spradlin taught at Valdosta State University as Director of Athletic Bands and was Director of Bands at Chamblee High School in Chamblee, Georgia. Mitchell-Spradlin has a diverse background as a clinician, adjudicator, educator, and speaker. She is a frequent guest conductor, and has presented regionally at the South Carolina Music Educators Association Conference, nationally at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, internationally at the International Society for the Promotion of Wind Band in Austria, and has served as Tau Beta Sigma’s local and national Women in Music Speaker. As a proponent of new music, she is engaged in building the wind band medium. She led the consortium and premiere of Aaron Perrine’s Beneath a Canvas of Green for wind ensemble and percussion quartet which was also the source of her doctoral dissertation. Additionally, she is active in a number of premieres and consortiums for new music. Mitchell-Spradlin serves as the National Vice President of Professional Relations for Tau Beta Sigma: National Honorary Band Sorority. She also holds memberships in Kappa Kappa Psi, the College Band Directors National Association, National Association for Music Education, and Women Band Directors International.

Cynthia Johnston Turner - Biographical Information

Cynthia Johnston Turner (she/her) is in demand as a conductor, clinician, conducting pedagogue, and speaker. She is currently Dean and Professor of Music at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, where she is spearheading curricular and program innovation and partnerships. She formerly served as Professor of Music, Director of the Bands Area, and Artistic Director of the Contemporary Chamber Lab Ensemble at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia.

Kerry Anne Simon - Biographical Information

Dr. Kerry Anne Simon currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Music at Mississippi Valley State University. Her responsibilities include teaching undergraduate and graduate Instrumental Methods, Conducting, Flute, Clarinet, and Saxophone. She is a native of Memphis, Tennessee and is a proud graduate of Mississippi Valley State University where she earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree. Dr. Simon went on to receive a Master of Education degree from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, a Master of Music Education degree from Tennessee State University, and a Ph.D. in Music Education from Florida State University. Prior to her appointment at MVSU, Dr. Simon taught in the Memphis City School District and on the faculty of Coahoma Community College in Clarksdale, MS. She is an active clinician, adjudicator, performer, consultant, and guest conductor. Her teaching and research interests are focused on music teacher education and retention particularly in low socioeconomic schools. Dr. Simon is an experienced clarinet player and has served as principal in several organizations. She is affiliated with the following organizations: The National Association for Music Education, Historically Black Colleges & Universities National Band Directors Consortium, College Music Society, Society for Research in Music Education, Society for Music Teacher Education, The Mayday Group, Golden Key International Honor Society, Women Band Directors International, Association of Black Women Band Directors, Minority Band Directors National Association, Mississippi Band Directors’ Association, Tau Beta Sigma Honorary Band Sorority, Incorporated, and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated.

Nikole Roebuck - Biographical Information

Dr. Nikole Roebuck leads as Chair of the Department of Music and Director of Bands at Grambling State University, “The Place Where Everybody is Somebody.” A native of Minden, LA and the first woman Director of Bands, Dr. Roebuck is a 21-year innovator in music and pedagogy, whose work includes performances for Beyoncé, Adidas, the NBA, and numerous national brands. Dr. Roebuck is a 2001 graduate of Grambling State University’s Music Education Program. She received her Masters of Music from the University of Louisiana-Monroe in 2005 and her Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education from the University of Memphis in 2009. During her time at Grambling State, Roebuck served as member and student leader of the university marching band she leads today. Dr. Roebuck’s long career in music includes training musicians at every level from elementary education to graduate-level musicians who have gone on to lead as educators, musical directors, and international recording artists. Her work in the classroom includes serving Grambling State students for more than 15 years and teaching a range of coursework topics from music education to history and applied instrumentation. Dr. Roebuck is an excellent music educator, an intense disciplinarian, and a superb band director. She has also developed a reputation on how to build and maintain an outstanding band program. Her current research focuses on band directors and their exposure to sound pressure levels. Dr. Roebuck believes “music is like a puzzle” and enjoys sharing with her students the practice of deconstructing and rebuilding arrangements to create a masterpiece. As Director of Bands, Roebuck is a second-generation leader of the University’s World Famed Tiger Marching Band; following in the footsteps of her fellow-alumnus and uncle Dr. Joseph “Doc” Miller who served as Assistant Director of Bands under Dr. Conrad Hutchinson, Jr. from 1980 to 1989. Dr. Roebuck is married to acclaimed percussionist and fellow educator, Esonyo Roebuck. They have one son, Nathan Roebuck, who is following in the footsteps of his parents as an up and coming musician, whose talent has also been lauded and recognized.