Laura Sindberg is Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the School of Music at the University of Minnesota, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in music education. She also serves as Project Director of Band Project, a teaching apprenticeship in which preservice educators provide instruction to beginning band students in high-poverty schools in Minneapolis. Now in its eighth year, Band Project has touched the musical lives of over 120 young band students and over 35 music education students. Prior to her appointment at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Sindberg was Visiting Associate Professor at Lawrence University, where, in addition to teaching, she conducted the Wind Ensemble of the Lawrence Academy of Music.
Sindberg’s work in higher education follows a successful career in the public schools, where she taught music in Wisconsin for 17 years in Milwaukee (her beloved hometown) and in Waukesha, where she initiated the Central Bands Commissioning Project and attended her first CMP workshop, led by the late Will Schmid. Dr. Sindberg has served on the Wisconsin Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance (CMP) Project since 1990 and is Past Chair of the Project. She has presented numerous sessions on topics related to comprehensive musicianship regionally and nationally, and published Just Good Teaching: Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance in Theory and Practice (Rowman & Littlefield/NAfME) in 2012. With a focus on the Wisconsin CMP Model, Just Good Teaching includes applications in Band, Choir, and Orchestra, with examples from myriad classrooms and teacher-conductors as well as connections to related topics. Her research has been published in the Bulletin for the Council for Research in Music Education, Contributions to Music Education, Music Educators Journal, and Music Education Research.
In addition to her scholarly work, Dr. Sindberg frequently adjudicates and conducts ensembles around the Midwest. Through her work, she seeks to bridge research and practice in music through collaboration, inclusion, and kindness. She received a B.F.A. and a M.M. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University. When not pursuing writing, conducting, and teaching, Dr. Sindberg might be found baking or spending time with family, including the family pup, Bettie White.
Trey Davis is the Associate Director of Choral Studies and the Stephanie Landry Barineau Endowed Professor of Choral Studies at Louisiana State University where he conducts the LSU Women’s Chorale and the LSU Tiger Glee Club and teaches courses in graduate and undergraduate conducting and literature. Recent research interests include the choral works of David Lang, for which he is the recipient of the Julius Herford Dissertation Prize for outstanding research in choral music. His writing has been described as “exceptional for it its level of details, insight, contextual grasp and elegance.” He has presented at regional and national conferences of the American Choral Directors Association, for the Louisiana Music Educators Association, for the Texas Music Educators Association, and for international conferences of the College Music Society, most recently in Stockholm, Sweden and Helsinki, Finland. This season, both LSU choirs under Dr. Davis’s direction have been honored with an invitation to perform at the Louisiana ACDA conference in New Orleans.
Dr. Davis is the founder and conductor of Red Shift, the premier professional choir of Louisiana, which was recently featured at The College Music Society National Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Tobin Stewart is the Symphony Orchestra Director and Assistant Professor of Music at Montana State University where he leads the orchestra program and teaches conducting and music education courses. Tobin’s love for music and music education began as a student growing up in Montana. His education and teaching experience then developed in the Midwest at Saint Olaf College and the University of Nebraska- Lincoln, with teaching positions ranging from middle school to college in Omaha, Bellevue and Lincoln, Nebraska. Tobin now thoroughly enjoys helping new music educators find their groove in the teaching field. Before returning to his home state, Tobin ventured to the Bower School of Music at Florida Gulf Coast University as the Orchestra Director.
Tobin regularly presents at regional and national conferences in the areas of conducting and music education. Tobin also remains active as a guest conductor with groups ranging from Middle School to Professional in the US, Bulgaria, and China. Under his direction, the MSU Symphony has been invited to perform at a National Association for Music Education regional conference and a College Orchestra Directors Association national conference.
Outside of the music world, Tobin devotes his time to his three kids, Elijah, Samuel, and Lydiana, and his wife, Kirsten. He loves to cook and enjoys hiking, skiing and mountain biking in the Big Sky Country.