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Clinician(s)

Rob Deemer

Rob Deemer

deemer@fredonia.edu
Alana Richardson

Alana Richardson

Cory Meals

Cory Meals

Courtney Snyder

Courtney Snyder

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.

Alana Richardson - Biographical Information

Alana Richardson is an educator, musician, and a catalyst for change. Known for refining and elevating programs and organizations to achieve their highest impact, Alana updated and expanded Tucson Symphony Orchestra’s community engagement work in her role as Director of Education, a position she held for 5 years serving 35,000 students and teachers annually. There Alana shifted seven established education programs to student-led programming through a series of participant think-tanks, strengthening student buy-in and long-term impact. A strategic collaborator, Alana built a team of composition instructors and worked closely with Music Director Jose Luis Gomez and TSO artistic staff to reestablish the 25-year-old Young Composers Project’s position as an industry-leading music education initiative. During the pandemic when change in the arts sector was desperately needed and in-person learning was impossible, Alana worked with industry leader Aubrey Bergauer to shift her Leadership Development for Young Professionals course to an online model, shaping and marketing the program to rising leaders across the U.S. and abroad. Alana’s ability to communicate clearly and consistently while leading and supporting diverse teams helps people and organizations realize previously unattainable goals. Now as Associate Director of the Institute for Composer Diversity, her authentic and enthusiastic leadership motivates and moves people forward towards achievement of long term vision, as she quickly identifies big picture goals and simultaneously prioritizes immediate opportunities.

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.

Courtney Snyder - Biographical Information

Dr. Courtney Snyder is Associate Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Conducting at the University of Michigan where she conducts the Concert Band, teaches conducting, and conducts the Michigan Youth Symphonic Band. Previously, Snyder served as the Assistant Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. While in Omaha, she was Music Director for the Nebraska Wind Symphony. Bands under her direction have been selected to perform at state and regional conferences. An active guest conductor and clinician, Snyder is published in several journals: Music Educators Journal, The Instrumentalist, several volumes of Teaching Music Through Performance in Band, The Woman Conductor, School Band & Orchestra Magazine, and Association of Concert Bands Journal. She received the Tau Beta Sigma Paula Crider Outstanding Band Director Award, earned 2nd Place in the American Prize in Conducting, Band/Wind Ensemble Division Competition, was given a Citation of Excellence award by the National Band Association and serves on the editorial board of The Woman Conductor. Prior to directing college ensembles, Snyder taught high school and middle school band and orchestra for six years in the Michigan public schools. She is Immediate Past President of Women Band Directors International, serves on the editorial board for The Woman Conductor journal, and is a Conn-Selmer clinician.

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.

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