Mary Land is Director of Bands at Young Harris College in Young Harris, Georgia. Dr. Land received the Educational Doctorate in Music Education from the University of Georgia in 2015. 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. 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. 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. Land is a member of the National Band Association and has served as a national representative on the NBA executive board of directors. Land is also on the faculty of the prestigious Interlochen Arts Camp as the conductor of the Intermediate Division Wind Symphony.
Bands under 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.
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.
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.
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.
Louis Bergonzi is Professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago, where he is Head of Music and directs the UIC Orchestra. Previous positions have included Professor and Daniel J. Perrino Chair in Music Education at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where he specialized in conducting and string education; and at the Eastman School of Music, where he was on the Music Education Faculty and served as Director of the Rochester-Eastman Urban String Project, a multifaceted program for preparing studio and group string teachers for work in urban settings. His career as began as Gr. 4-12 string specialist and orchestra conductor for the Lexington (Massachusetts) Public Schools. From 1998-2000, he served as President of the American String Teachers Association (1998-2000).
In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Dr. Bergonzi has served as a guest conductor for all-state and regional honors youth orchestras throughout Asia, Australia, and North America. He has been on the faculties of the Eastman Summer Seminar in Hamamatsu (Japan), and the International String Workshops. 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 is co-author of Effects of Arts Education on Participation in the Arts (National Endowment for the Arts, 1996) 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.