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December, 21, 2023
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM




Scott Hippensteel

Scott Hippensteel

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Programming Paradoxes: Choosing Repertoire that Resonates

Clinic Synopsis:

Ensemble directors are responsible for selecting which music our students will study and perform. The purposes of this clinic are to: 1) provide insights into our programming philosophies, 2) examine conductor bias or imbalances, 3) explore student-oriented program priorities, 4) review a list of questions pertaining to learning and program goals, and 5) identify additional resources to assist with our decisions.

Scott Hippensteel - Biographical Information

Dr. Scott Hippensteel is an Associate Professor and the Director of Instrumental Studies at Shepherd University. He conducts the Shepherd Wind Ensemble, Ram Band, Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, and Pep Band. In addition to conducting ensembles, he teaches classes on instrumental music education, wind and orchestra literature, instrumental techniques, and conducting. Dr. Hippensteel completed his undergraduate degree at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana and earned his Masters and Doctoral degrees in Wind Conducting and Music Education from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Prior to his appointment at Shepherd University, Dr. Hippensteel was an Assistant Professor of Music at Huntington University for three years. He served as the Assistant Band Director at Huntington North High School in Huntington, Indiana for thirteen years. Dr. Hippensteel serves as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator throughout Delaware, Indiana, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. Dr. Hippensteel remains active as a performer on bass trombone with the Village Brass, Masterworks Orchestra, Hagerstown Municipal Band, and Martinsburg Jazz Orchestra. Dr. Hippensteel is a proud member of the College Band Director’s National Association, Kappa Kappa Psi, National Association for Music Education, National Band Association, Phi Kappa Phi, West Virginia Music Educators Association, and West Virginia Bandmasters Association. Dr. Hippensteel also serves as Pipe Sergeant for the City of Winchester Pipes and Drums where he plays the Great Highland bagpipes.