Mary Land is Director of Bands at Young Harris College in Young Harris, Georgia. Mary received the Educational Doctorate in Music Education from the University of Georgia in 2015. Dr. Land, a native of North Augusta, South Carolina, received her Bachelors of Music Education degree from the University of Georgia and her Masters of Music Education degree from Vandercook College of Music in Chicago, Illinois. She has served the Georgia Music Educators Association in various state and local offices. Dr. Land is currently the immediate past president of the Georgia Music Educators Association and the CNAfME state chair. She continues to make numerous appearances as adjudicator, conductor, and clinician throughout the United States. Her professional affiliations include: GMEA, NAfME, IAJE, CBDNA, and Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Professional Teacher Association. Dr. Land serves on the Board of Directors for the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic and is a member of the Zeta Chapter of Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity. Dr. Land is a member of the National Band Association and has served as a national representative on the NBA executive board of directors. Mary Land is also on the faculty of the prestigious Interlochen Arts Camp as the conductor of the Intermediate Division Wind Symphony.
Many professional awards and recognitions have been awarded Dr. Land during her career. She has been featured in many issues of the Instrumentalist magazine discussing her teaching techniques and her band program at Pickens County Middle School and her band program at Young Harris College. She has been presented the National Band Association Citation of Excellence on tweleve separate occasions and has been presented the Women Band Directors International Scroll of Excellence five times. Dr. Land was awarded the GMEA Music Educator of the Year Award for 2002. Dr. Land was presented with the John Philip Sousa Foundation Legion of Honor Award at the 2002 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic for her contributions to music education. Mary Land was selected by the national publication School Band and Orchestra in their December 2003 issue as one of “50 Directors Who make a Difference”. Mary Land’s band program was the recipient of the Georgia Senate Resolution 212 commending the success of the Pickens County Middle School Band Program. Mary Land and the Pickens County Middle School Band were the 2003 recipient of the Magna Cum Laude Award, a prestigious International Award for Middle School Bands.
Dr. Land is published in the journals for the National Band Association, the Instrumentalist, Teaching Music (NAfME), School Band and Orchestra Magazine, and the GIA series Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. Commissioning projects include works by Sam Hazo, Bill Locklear, and Barry Kopetz.
Bands under Mary Land’s direction have received invitations to perform at many music conferences and clinics on multiple years, including the Georgia Music Educators Association Conference, the Southern Division MENC Convention, the CBDNA/NBA Southern Division Conference, the University of Southern Mississippi Conductors’ Conference, and the University of Georgia Band Festival.
Dr. Mark A. Boyle, conductor, tenor, composer, and poet, is originally from Wethersfield, CT. He serves as the Director of Choral and Vocal Activities at Seton Hill University, a leading Catholic institution of higher education. He studied voice, tuba, and trombone at Susquehanna University, where he developed a passion for the choral art while singing under the direction of Prof. Cyril Stretansky. In 1995, Boyle entered the United States Navy, during which time he conducted the Recruit Choir at Recruit Training Command, NTC, and served as conductor and Leading Petty Officer for the Blue Jackets’ Memorial Choir.
During his service at the Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station, Pacific, Boyle sang with the choirs at the Lutheran Church of Honolulu, where his lifelong obsession with J. S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion began. He won the 1999 Hawai’i Public Radio/Lotte Lehmann Foundation Art Song Contest. The winners’ recital was broadcast on HPR.
Upon separation from the United States Navy, Boyle returned to college at Ball State University, to continue vocal studies with his teacher from Susquehanna, Dr. Jeffrey Ballard, who was then on faculty at BSU. While at Ball State, he studied conducting with Dr. Douglas Amman, Dr. Jeffrey Carter, Dr. Robert Kvam, and Dr. Jeffrey Pappas. He served at associate conductor of the Ball State University Chamber Choir and the associate artistic director of the Masterworks Chorale, a regional community chorus, for which he composed several choral works.
Boyle completed doctoral work at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, the arts conservatory at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. He served on faculty, conducting the historic Rutgers University Choir, and assisted his teacher, Dr. Patrick Gardner, with the Rutgers University Glee Club, the Kirkpatrick Choir, and Gardner’s New York chorus, The Riverside Choral Society. Upon graduation he began his full time collegiate career at Millersville University of Pennsylvania, founding the Marauder Men’s Glee Club, leading successful recruitment tours, and organizing a joint performance with the Bach Choir of Bethlehem.
As a conductor, Boyle has lead choirs at All State, Regional, District, and County levels. He has guest conducted at the renowned Ocean Grove Choral Festival, leading a choir of 800 and has served as a consultant for rehearsal retreats and presented topics at state and regional conferences. Students, parents, and educators alike comment on the positive experience of being part of a festival with Dr. Boyle.
Boyle’s work as a tenor has ranged from the recital hall to the opera stage. He enjoys a career as an oratorio soloist and professional chorister, singing with groups such at The Princeton Singers, Fuma Sacra, the Lycoming Baroque Choir and Orchestra, and the Kinnara Ensemble.
Boyle serves the American Choral Directors Association at the state and divisional level. He is the ACDA PA College and University Repertoire and Standards Chair and the Men’s Choir R & S Chair for the Eastern Division. In addition, he is assisting in the planning of the 2016 Eastern Division Convention to be held in Boston, Massachusetts. Boyle is also proud to serve Phi Mu Alph Sinfonia as the Deputy Province Governor of Province 39.
For the almost a quarter of a century, Boyle has enjoyed the friendship and support of his wife, music educator and pianist, Jane Boyle. Both currently work at Shadyside Presbyterian Church as professional choristers. They reside in New Stanton with their sons, Nathan (12) – a trombonist, and Patrick (8) – a story teller.
Louis Bergonzi is the Daniel J. Perrino Chair in Music Education, and Professor of Orchestral Conducting at the University of Illinois, where he specializes in conducting and string education and is Music Director/Conductor of the University of Illinois Philharmonia. Prior to his appointment at Illinois in 2005, for 17 years he was on the music education faculty at the Eastman School of Music. While at Eastman he was Director of the Rochester-Eastman Urban String Project, a multifaceted program for preparing studio and group string teachers for work in urban settings. He was string specialist and orchestra conductor for the Lexington (Massachusetts) Public Schools and President of the American String Teachers Association (1998-2000).
In addition to his teaching, conducting, and research responsibilities, Dr. Bergonzi is very active as a string clinician, having appeared at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, as well as on the faculties of the Eastman Summer Seminar in Hamamatsu (Japan), and the International String Workshops. He has served as a guest conductor for all-state and regional honors youth orchestras throughout Asia, Australia, and North America. He has also had conducting appointments with the Michigan All-State Intermediate Orchestra of the National Music Camp (Interlochen), The Michigan Youth Symphony, Boston University Musical Organizations, and the Melbourne (Australia) Summer Youth Music.
Dr. Bergonzi has received research grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Yamaha Music Education Research Project for secondary analysis of large-scale, nationally representative data to determine any predictive effects of arts/music education on arts/music participation later in life. He has written for the American String Teacher, the Music Educators Journal, and the Journal of Research in Music Education. Dr. Bergonzi contributed a chapter on teacher preparation for work in diverse classrooms in the ASTA publication, String Teaching in America: Strategies for a Diverse Society, and a chapter, “Gender and Sexual Diversity Challenges (for Socially Just) Music Education” in The Oxford Handbook of Social Justice in Music Education (2015). He was co-author of Effects of Arts Education on Participation in the Arts and Americans’ Musical Preferences (National Endowment for the Arts, 1996/2002) and of Teaching Music Through Performance in Orchestra, Volumes 1, 2, and 3 (GIA, 2002/2003/2007). His Rounds and Canons for Strings: Shaping Musical Independence and arrangements for younger orchestras are published by Kjos Publishers and Alfred Music Publishing He was co-director of Establishing Identity: LGBTQ Studies & Music Education I -III (2010/2012/2016)), symposia designed to provide energy to the discussion of how LGBTQ issues operate within music education in terms of research, curriculum, teacher preparation, and the musical lives and careers of LGBTQ music students and teachers. His current research investigates whether music classrooms, peers and teachers are more supportive of all students than non-music counterparts because of deeper connections to students and families that result from multi-year contact and the types of activities in which music students engage while in school.