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Travis Weller

Travis Weller
David M. Blon

David M. Blon

When Conductor and Composer are One

Clinic Synopsis:

Conductors utilize [living] composers as a resource when deciphering their musical intent. This can (and should) be perceived as a critical component to recreation of each composer’s music. This panel discussion will explore the experiences of composers who conduct, if they sometimes find themselves at odds with what they’ve written, and how the physical musical gestures impact their analysis and communication of their own work.

Travis Weller - Biographical Information

Travis J. Weller serves as Assistant Chair to the Music Department at Messiah University. In addition to his administrative duties, he serves as Director of Music Education, conducts the Symphonic Winds, and teaches courses in the graduate conducting and music education programs at Messiah. As a composer, he is published with several companies and maintains an active clinician, commission, and guest conducting schedule.

David M. Blon - Biographical Information

Dr. David Blon joined Purdue Bands & Orchestras in fall 2021 as a Clinical Assistant Professor. Blon had previously served as Artist-in-Residence for the department during the 2019-2020 academic year. He received his Bachelor of Music at Slippery Rock University, his Master of Music at Youngstown State University, and his Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. Prior to pursuing his doctoral degree, Blon was Director of the University of Hawai’i Symphonic Band and the “Rainbow Warrior” Marching Band. He also served as the Graduate Teaching and Conducting Assistant for the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. For three summers, he was the Ensemble Manager for the World Youth Wind Symphony at Interlochen Center for the Arts. Most recently, Blon was the Director of Athletic Bands at West Virginia Wesleyan College.