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Cavalcade of Music

Cavalcade of Music
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PROFILE OF ADJUDICATORS

Dr. William Clark is currently Professor of Music at New Mexico State University where he previously served as Director of Bands and Chairman of the Music Department. He was Director of Bands at Arkadelphia Arkansas, for 11 years and Director of Bands at Delta State University for 14 years before he came to New Mexico State University. Dr. Clark is currently Conductor and Music Director of the Mesilla Valley Concert Band which he founded in 1987 William Clark is a member of American Bandmasters Association, American School Band Directors Association, Phi Beta Mu, College Band Directors National Association as well as other professional service organizations. He was selected Citizen of the Year in Las Cruces, New Mexico in 1989, New Mexico Music Educator of the Julie Papen Arts Patron Award in 1996. Dr. Clark has degrees from Henderson State University, The University of Arkansas, and University of Southern Mississippi. He serves as guest conductor and adjudicator throughout the US.

J. Steven Moore is Director of Bands at Colorado State University where he conducts the wind ensemble, directs the marching band, and teaches conducting. He also directs the Rocky Mountain Summer Music Camp. Dr. Moore has a B.M.E. from the University of South Carolina and M.M. and D.M.A. in instrumental conducting from the University of Kentucky. He has 10 years experience as the band director at Lafayette High School and Jessie Clark Middle School in Lexington, Kentucky and 4 years as the Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Kentucky. Additionally he has served as the Director of Orchestras of UK and as the Conductor for the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras. Under his direction, the Lafayette Band received many awards including an appearance at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, the Sudler Shield, the Macy's Parade, as well as 6 State Marching Band Championships. The Department of Education in 1993 selected him as the Kentucky High School Teacher of the Year. His wife, Tara, is a mucis teacher at Irish Elementary in Fort Collins.

Dan Gailey, saxophonist/composer/arranger, is the Director of Jazz Studies and Associate Professor of Music and Dance at the University of Kansas, where he directs Jazz Ensemble I and Jazz Combo I, produces the annual KU Jazz Festival. Previously, Dan was Visiting Director of Jazz Studies at Pacific Lutheran University and Associate Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Northern California. Dan has been active as a freelance saxophonist in Seattle, Denver and Kansas City, and has appeared as a guest artist/clinician throughout the US, Canada and Sweden.

Dana Landry has been recently appointed as director of Jazz Studies at the University of Northern Colorado where he directs UNC Jazz Lab I and the Northern Colorado Voices, the top vocal jazz group at UNC. Prior to joining UNC, Landry was Coordinator of Jazz Studies at Middle Tennessee State University. While at MTSU, he directed MTSU Jazz Ensemble I, the MTSU Singers, jazz combos, and taught improvisation, jazz pedagogy, jazz theory, jazz piano, and jazz history. He was the founding director of the Middle Tennessee Jazz Orchestra, a professional big band in residence at MTSU. Landry established the MTSU Jazz Artist Series and was instrumental in the formation of the Main Street Jazz Festival, one of the largest jazz festivals in the mid-south. In addition, he wrote the curriculum for a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies. Landry, a pianist, has performed with jazz artists such as Milt Jackson, Bela Fleck, Bill Watrous, Billy Pierce, Lew Tabackin, Alan Dawson, Tony Reedus, Ricky Woodard, Jeff Coffin, David Liebman, Marvin Stamm, Slide Hampton, and others. He has made club and festival appearances in Europe, Australia, and throughout the U.S. While living in Tennessee, he served as the principal pianist with the Tennessee Philharmonic and performed several concerts each year with the Nashville Symphony and the Stones River Chamber Players. He has recently completed his first CD as a leader, to be released next year, Featuring Gary Burton on vibraphone. Landry has presented workshops and master classes at colleges and universities throughout the country and has adjudicated high school and college jazz ensembles at festivals in Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, Virginia, Alabama, and Tennessee. He also serves on the faculty of the Yellowstone Jazz Camp, the Britt Jazz Workshop in Oregon and the Rocky Mountain Vocal Jazz Camp in Colorado. Landry holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from Berklee College of Music and a Master of Music Degree from the University of Northern Colorado and was the winner of a 1994 Down Beat Student Music Award as an outstanding soloist.

Richard Larson, Director of Music at the new Douglas County Chaparral High School, recently returned to Colorado after two years of teaching at Kamehameha Schools in Hawaii. Prior to this, Mr. Larson spent 13 years at Cherry Creek High School establishing himself as one of the states finest music educators. Under his direction the CCHS Meistersinger performed at many nationally recognized choral events and toured China, Ireland, Russia, Poland, and the former Czechoslovakia. While also directing the Cherry Creek Chorale for 13 years, he took this group on numerous trips including two trips to Carnegie Hall.

Dr. Tim Yontz is Associate Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He conducts the University Concert Band, serves as Associate Conductor of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, directs the marching band, and supervises the athletic bands. Dr. Yontz teaches music education courses, beginning and advanced conducting, and serves the UNOmaha Music Department as a student teacher supervisor, academic advisor, and Kappa Kappa Psi band fraternity sponsor. He has additional conducting and teaching experience as Music Director of the Nebraska Wind Syphony, Omaha's community concert band.

Dr. Yontz holds a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a Master of Music from Butler University and a Bachelor of Music Education from Indiana University. He has served as Director of Bands in New Albany, Indiana; New Palestine, Indiana; and Marinette, Wisconsin. Acknowledged for his conducting and teaching, Dr. Yontz has gained notable recognition from service to the following professional organizations: American School Band Directors Association, Association of Concert Bands, Christian Instrumental Directors Association, College Band Directors National Association, Kappa Kappa Psi Band Fraternity, Music Educators National Conference, Nebraska State Bandmasters Association, Nebraska Music Educators Association and Phi Beta Mu International School Bandmaster Fraternity. He resides in Omaha with his wife, Brenna and children, Brent and Bess.

Ann Marie Snook has distinguished herself as a versatile performer, being equally at home in opera, oratorio, or concert. As soloist, she has appeared with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Opera Theatre, Kansas City Symphony, Battle Creek Symphony, the Florentine Opera, the Traverse City Symphony, the Lansing Symphony, and the St. Joseph Symphony. In Chicago, she was a member of the prestigious Lyric Opera Center for American Artists, where she was heard in operas including The Rake's Progress, Carmen, and Peter Grimes. In Milan, Italy, Dr. Snook was heard in the European premiere of Penderecki's Paradise Lost at the La Scala Opera. Television work includes a solo recital for P.B.S. Her critically acclaimed performances include Buttercup in H.M.S. Pinafore, Meg Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Baba in The Medium, and as soloist in Verdi's Requiem. She is a former National Association Teachers of Singing Artist Award Winner, a St. Louis Symphony Award Winner, and was a recipient of the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Award. Teachers includes Ethel Armeling, Inci Bashar, and Norman Paige. Dr. Snook has held teaching positions at Michigan State University, Albion College, and is currently on the faculty at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas.

D. Brent Ballweg is Professor of Music in the School of Music at Southern Nazarene University where he directs the SNU Chorale, and Choral Society. Additionally, he teaches courses in conducting and music history. Previously, he held college and university conducting positions in Texas, Arkansas, Arizona, Oklahoma, and Missouri and has served as the artistic director ad conductor of the Plano (TX) Civic Chorus, assistant director of the Kansas City Symphony Chorus, and founder and director of the Northeast Arkansas Chorale. In 1986, Dr. Ballweg won first place in the national choral conducting competition held in Nashville, Tennessee. In 1996, he was invited to represent the United States as a participant in a conducting masterclass at the IFCM Fourth World Symposium on Choral Music and World Choirs Fuestival held in Sydney, Australia, and in 1997 was invited to conduct in masterclasses with the Phoenix Bach Choir at the Southwest Conductor's Symposium.

Professionally, Dr. Ballweg has served as the American Choral Directors Association National Chair for Two-Year College Choirs and as Past President of the Texas Two-Year College Choral Directors Association. He is the editor of the Oklahoma Choral Directors Association newsletter Sooner Style and remains active as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator for various music contests, festivals, and workshops across the country. He is included in the 2004 edition of Who's Who in America. A native of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, Dr. Ballweg received his B.M. degree from Oklahoma Baptist University and his M.M. and D.M.A. degrees in choral conducting respectively from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music. His professional affiliations include the American Choral Directors Association, International Federation for Choral Music, Oklahoma Choral Directors Association, Music Educators National Conference, Oklahoma Music Educators Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.


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