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“Conduct Like a Woman”: Empowering Women Band Directors Through Meaningful Mentorship

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This session aims to empower women through discussions on improving mentorship in the band field. By exploring research on the experiences of women band directors, attendees will learn about historical perspectives of women in instrumental music, how those perspectives impact women today, and how to improve the experiences of women band directors through mentorship. This session will provide attendees with concrete and successful methods to support current and aspiring women band directors.

Laura Johnson - Biographical Information

Laura Johnson is the band director at Oscar Smith Middle School, a Title 1 school in Chesapeake, Virginia. She also serves as the Assistant Conductor of the Bay Youth Wind Symphony. Laura received her Master of Music Education (Conducting Concentration) degree from Old Dominion University in 2020. Her master’s thesis, “Gender-Specific Mentorship for Collegiate Female Band Directors” was selected for Old Dominion University’s 2020 Graduate Research Achievement Day. Prior to moving to Virginia, Laura received her Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Gustavus Adolphus College. She taught middle school band and general music in Sartell, Minnesota and served as an instructor for youth summer band camps and marching programs in the Twin Cities. Laura has performed with and conducted ensembles on an international scale, making her international conducting debut with the Windiana Concert Band during their 2018 tour of Italy. She is a proud member of Pi Kappa Lambda, Women Band Directors International, National Association for Music Education, and Kappa Kappa Psi.

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