David E. Becker
David E. Becker accepted the invitation from The Ohio State University beginning August, 2017 to serve as a Visiting Professor-Interim Orchestra Conductor for 2017-18.
Professor Becker was appointed Interim Director of Orchestral Studies for 2013-14 at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, and he accepted the permanent position beginning September,2014. The TTU Symphony Orchestra was the featured University Orchestra at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention in 2015, and the TTU Chamber Orchestra and University Choir will be performing in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in May,2017. He also served as the Interim Conductor of the Lubbock Youth Symphony Orchestra for 2014-15.
Professor Becker, Professor Emeritus, was the Director of Orchestral Studies and Conductor of the Symphony, Chamber, and Opera Orchestras at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music (WI) from 2005-2012. He was the recipient of the Lawrence University 2010 Excellence in Teaching Award and received the Honorary Degree of Master of Arts in recognition of meritorious achievement in 2012. He received the Distinguished Service Award from the Fox Valley Symphony (WI) for his work as the Interim Conductor of the Fox Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra (Appleton, WI) during 2011.
Awarded Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2005, he was Director of Orchestras and Professor of the Graduate Orchestral Conducting Program from 1984-2005. Maestro Becker and the UW Symphony Orchestra received critical acclaim for their international tours to Central Europe (1998) and Spain (2001). He was the Associate Conductor of the Madison Symphony (1985-1992), Music Director/Conductor of the Racine Symphony (WI) (1989-1993), and the recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Service Award from the Wisconsin Chapter of ASTA.
Before moving to Madison in 1984, Professor Becker was Director of Orchestras and Graduate Conducting at the University of Miami, Coral Gables. He went to Miami in 1980 from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music where he was Associate Professor of Applied Viola and Conductor of the String Arts Ensemble. During the 1980-82 seasons, Mr. Becker was appointed Assistant Conductor for Maestro Rainer Miedel and the Florida Philharmonic (Miami). Other resident conducting appointments have included the Northern Ohio (Oberlin), Greater Miami (FL) Youth Symphony Orchestras, and the Brevard (NC) Summer Music Festival.
Mr. Becker’s career as an artist violist has included the Atlanta, Syracuse, Savannah, Louisville, Memphis, and Madison Symphonies, the Santa Fe and Miami Operas, the Sewanee (TN), Brevard (NC), and Peninsula (WI) Summer Music Festivals, the resident faculty string quartets at the Universities of Miami, Georgia, Memphis State, Oberlin Conservatory, and the Eduard Melkus String Quartet touring in the U.S. and Europe.
Mr. Becker is widely recognized for his dedication to teaching student musicians which has resulted in high school/university orchestra clinics, and guest conducting Regional and All-State Honor Orchestras in 45 states. Professor Becker was invited to guest conduct the Zhuying Symphony Orchestra in China, the MENC All-National Honors Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, the New England Music Festival Orchestra, and serve as a clinician/conductor for the ASTA National Orchestra Conference, Ohio State University Summer String Teacher’s Workshop, Texas Orchestra Directors Association Convention, and the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic.
Scott A. Jones
Scott A. Jones is Associate Professor of Music and Associate Director of University Bands in the School of Music at The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. In addition to conducting The Ohio State Symphonic Band, he also leads the undergraduate conducting curriculum. Jones also serves as Director of the Ohio State Youth Summer Music Programs. Prior to joining the faculty at Ohio State, Dr. Jones was Director of Bands at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. He also garnered 15 years of teaching experience in the public schools of Apple Valley, MN and Ashville, OH.
An ardent supporter of the “composers of today,” Dr. Jones has commissioned more than 40 new compositions for wind band and chamber winds. Among commissioned composers are David R. Gillingham, Augusta Read Thomas, Libby Larsen, Clark McAlister, Michael Weinstein, Adam Gorb, Daniel Kallman, Scott McAllister, Timothy Mahr, Rolf Rudin, Lowell Liebermann, Elliott Schwartz, Shelley Hanson, Johan de Meij, Brian Balmages, Andrew Boysen, and Martin Ellerby.
A firm believer in creating opportunities for students to interact with great artists of our time, musicians under Jones’ leadership have collaborated with artists Frederick Fennell, Eiji Oue, Aaron Jay Kernis, Frank Battisti, Seiji Ozawa, David R. Gillingham, Augusta Read Thomas, Eddie Daniels, Frank Ticheli, Mark Camphouse, The Empire Brass Quintet, The American Brass Quintet and a host of other distinguished musical figures.
A native of Fairfax, Virginia, Dr. Jones received his undergraduate degree in Music Education from The Ohio State University (Columbus, OH), a Master’s Degree in Music Education from the Vander Cook College of Music (Chicago, IL), and a Ph.D. in Music from the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN).
Dr. Jones was the recipient of the 2015 Ohio State University Distinguished Teaching Award, the 2014 Ohio State School of Music Distinguished Teaching Award, was named “Music Educator of the Year” by the Minnesota Music Educators Association, and was one of three school band conductors from the United States selected to participate in the National Band Association International Conducting Symposium in Rome, Italy. His guest engagements regularly include All-State Bands and Honor Bands, as well as international engagements throughout Asia.
His professional affiliations include The National Association for Music Education, Ohio Music Education Association, World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, College Band Directors National Association, National Band Association, and Phi Beta Mu.
Pianist, composer, and educator Mathew Buchman is the director of jazz studies at UW Stevens Point, where he joined the faculty in 1995. A native of Appleton, Wisconsin, Buchman earned his B.M. in composition and theory (jazz emphasis) from Lawrence University and M.M. in Improvisation at the University of Michigan. Influential teachers include John Harmon, Lyle Mays, Fred Sturm, Ken Schaphorst, Ellen Rowe, Ed Sarath, and Stephen Dembski at UW Madison where he is a doctoral candidate (ABD) in composition. His music for jazz ensemble, orchestra, wind ensemble, choir and chamber groups has been performed by high school, collegiate and professional ensembles around the country.
Since becoming director of jazz studies in 2000, Buchman has been instrumental in building UW Stevens Point’s vibrant and successful program. His students have been selected for Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead; won awards such as the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and earned teaching positions at Indiana University, UT Austin, Ball State, UW Madison, Arizona State University, Oregon State University, and Kentucky State University (among others). Mr. Buchman teaches jazz improvisation, composition/arranging, jazz piano and directs the award-winning UWSP Jazz Ensemble, which regularly performs with artists such as Donny McCaslin, Dave Douglas, Jim McNeely, John Scofield, Matt Wilson, The Yellowjackets, Bobby McFerrin, Kurt Elling, Ted Nash, and Wynton Marsalis. Buchman served as a faculty leader in London and has directed UW-Stevens Point’s summer music camp, Camp COFAC, since 2011.
Buchman’s performance experience is diverse. In addition to leading his own groups, he is a regular member of the Central Wisconsin Jazz Ensemble (CWJE), Big Mouth and the Power Tool Horns, and has performed with Karrin Allyson, Karl Berger, Scotty Barnhardt, Tom Gullion, Randy Sabien, Michael Formanek, Tom Varner, Dave Pietro, Conrad Herwig and Matt Wilson. Buchman has toured the U.S., Canada and Europe. He has twice performed on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Live from the Elvehjem (now Chazen), and recorded with Ed Sarath, Bob Kase, Randy Sabien, singer-songwriter L.J. Booth, and Tom Washatka.
Buchman has presented for WSMA, WMTA and serves as clinician/adjudicator for jazz festivals around the upper Midwest. Every February, he produces UW Stevens Point’s educational jazz festival, and is the Artistic Director for the non-profit Riverfront Jazz Festival, held annually over Labor Day weekend in Stevens Point, which has presented artists such as Eddie Gomez, David Liebman, Benny Golson, Miguel Zenón, and Tom Harrell.
Edith A. Copley
Edith A. Copley is a Regents’ Professor and Director of Choral Studies at Northern Arizona University where she conducts the highly acclaimed Shrine of the Ages Choir and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in conducting and graduate choral literature. NAU choral ensembles under her direction have performed at state, regional and national ACDA and NAfME conferences, in Carnegie Hall, and toured internationally to Western Europe, Istanbul, the Peoples Republic of China, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.
In addition to her responsibilities at NAU, Dr. Copley conducts the Master Chorale of Flagstaff that performs major choral/orchestral works each spring with the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra (FSO). She has conducted numerous performances with the FSO, including Britten’s War Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Bach’s Mass in B Minor, and Brahms’s Ein Deutsches Requiem. In 1999-2000 Dr. Copley served as FSO’s resident conductor for their 50th anniversary season.
Prior to her appointment at NAU, she was the Fine Arts Coordinator at the American International School in Vienna, Austria. During her doctoral studies at the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati she served as the assistant and interim principal conductor of the May Festival Chorus that regularly performs with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Pops.
Dr. Copley has received numerous honors, including the NAU School of Music Centennial Teacher of the Year Award, Arizona Music Educator of the Year, Arizona ACDA Outstanding Choral Director Award, and the Viola Award from Outstanding Achievement in Music in Flagstaff.
Dr. Copley is an active member of NAfME, Chorus America, and the National Collegiate Choral Organization and has served the American Choral Directors Association in various capacities over the last 20 years, including President of the Western Division and Arizona State President.
She has her own choral series with Santa Barbara Music Publications, and is in high demand as a festival clinician and guest conductor in the US, conducting over 30 all-state choirs, and the ACDA and NafME National Mixed Honor Choirs. She has also conducted international choral festivals in Germany, the Netherlands, Japan, Luxembourg, Tasmania, England, Australia, China, and Turkey. In 2016 Dr. Copley will conduct an international choral festival in Muscat, Oman.
Professor Emeritus from Texas Tech University, and former choral conductor at Lawrence University, Bjella has distinguished himself as a conductor, clinician, choral pedagogue and choral arranger. He has been honored to have his choirs appear at the 2009 and 2013 National ACDA Conventions, as well as performances at Carnegie Hall, Orchestra Hall, and at TMEA conventions. In addition, Bjella’s graduate conductors also received finalist recognition in conducting competitions at two of the most recent National ACDA Conventions and one was awarded the Julius Herford Dissertation Prize.
It has also been his honor to conduct and present masterclasses throughout the world and over 400 festivals and workshops in 32 states. He is also active in the promotion of creative choral programming and is a contributing writer for the book, The Oxford Handbook of Choral Pedagogy(2017) with his chapter, The Art of Successful Programming: Study, Selection, and Synthesis.
Bjella also served as President of the WCDA (Wisconsin) and was awarded the prestigious Lawrence Excellence in Teaching Award (2007) and the Morris Hayes Lifetime Achievement Award (2013) from WCDA. Most recently, Bjella was the recipient of a 2017 Professing Excellence Award at Texas Tech University. Presently, he is the Artistic Director for the San Antonio Chamber Choir.