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




Rob Deemer

Rob Deemer
Catrina Tangchittsumran-Stumpf

Catrina Tangchittsumran-Stumpf

Cory Meals

Cory Meals

Erik Kar Jun Leung

Erik Kar Jun Leung

Diversifying the Repertoire: Strategies & Resources

Clinic Synopsis:

In 2022, the Midwest Clinic and the Institute for Composer Diversity have partnered to create resources for both participating conductors as well as conference attendees. At the request of the Midwest Clinic, members of the Institute for Composer Diversity will discuss strategies and best practices for educators interested in diversifying their programming. In addition, they will discuss their work in researching and analyzing how orchestral and wind band programming has changed over the past few years and how they are creating resources through which educators can include more works by underrepresented composers within their own repertoire and curricula.

Rob Deemer - Biographical Information

Dr. Rob Deemer is a composer, conductor, educator, author, and advocate. His works have been commissioned and performed by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the President’s Own Marine Band, the U.S. Army Orchestra (Pershing's Own), the wind ensembles at the University of Texas and the University of Missouri at Kansas City, the Rasçher Saxophone Quartet, the Gaudete Brass Quintet, and the Akropolis Reed Quintet. His work as an advocate for underrepresented composers led him to create the Institute for Composer Diversity and the Composer Diversity Database which received the 2018 ASCAP Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Internet Award. As an author, Deemer has become well known for his writings for NewMusicBox, Sequenza21, and the New York Times. Deemer is a Professor and Head of Composition at the State University of New York at Fredonia, the State Chair of the NYSSMA Composition/Improvisation Committee, and the National Chair of the NAfME Composition Council.

Catrina Tangchittsumran-Stumpf - Biographical Information

Catrina Tangchittsumran-Stumpf, Ed.S., is the Director of Bands at Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Arlington Virginia. She is a National Board Certified Teacher and regularly leads professional learning sessions on instructional strategies to promote equity and inclusion in music and classroom settings. She is the chair of the VBODA Inclusion Committee and was named one of School Band and Orchestra Magazine’s “50 Directors Who Make A Difference” in 2020.

Cory Meals - Biographical Information

Dr. Cory Meals teaches undergraduate courses in secondary instrumental music education focusing on band and graduate courses in music education research. A native of northwestern Pennsylvania, he earned his Bachelor of Music Education from VanderCook College of Music, a Masters of Music in Wind Conducting from the University of Houston, and a Doctorate in Music Education from the University of Washington. Dr. Meals’ research interests include ensemble conducting, perception and cognition of gesture in music, music and human learning, individual and ensemble instrument pedagogy, sociocultural interaction within music ensembles, and preservice teacher preparation. His work has been published in several journals including Frontiers in Psychology and he has presented at research and professional development conferences across North America, Asia, Australia, and the United Kingdom. He previously served as Assistant Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music Education at Kennesaw State University (GA), and additionally served as a public-school band director in the Waller (TX), Klein (TX), and Keller (TX) school districts. He has an established history in the marching arts, both as an instructor for numerous groups including The Cavaliers, Santa Clara Vanguard, and the Boston Crusaders and as a visual designer for groups across North America. He is an active clinician in schools across Texas and is keenly interested in the cross-pollination of research and practice within instrumental music education.

Erik Kar Jun Leung - Biographical Information

A native of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Erik Leung serves at the Director of Bands at Oregon State University, where he conducts the Wind Ensemble, teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting, and oversees all aspects of the band program at OSU. Prior to this appointment at Oregon State, Leung was the Director of Bands at Fresno Pacific University. Groups under his direction have been featured at the Western International Band Clinic, the Percy Grainger Wind Festival, the first-ever Small Band Program Showcase at the College Band Directors National Association, and the Western/Northwestern Division Conference of the College Band Directors National Association. Leung completed his DMA in Wind Conducting from Northwestern University and has earned degrees from the University of Toronto (M.Mus) and the University of Calgary (B.Mus with distinction, B.Ed). His teachers include Mallory Thompson, Gillian Mackay, Glenn Price, Mark Hopkins, and Jeremy Brown. Leung has written articles for the Canadian Winds and recently created the critical edition of Jan Meyerowitz’s Three Comments on War for concert band, published through E.B. Marks Music Company. He has presented at a variety of conferences throughout North America and Europe including the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, the national College Band Directors National Association convention, and the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles in Utrecht, Netherlands.