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Meet our Conn-Selmer Institute Faculty

Learn about our world-class faculty who are certain to share priceless information in the most engaging and inspirational fashion. All the Conn-Selmer Institute clinicians are headliners in the music world. Be encouraged to reach out to your colleagues and staff. You will quickly realize the time between the classes is equally as valuable as the treasury of knowledge shared in each presentation.

Tim Lautzenheiser

Tim Lautzenheiser

Senior Vice President of Education, Senior Educational Clinician at Conn-Selmer, Inc.
  • Board of Directors, The Midwest Clinic
  • Board of Directors, American Band College
  • Founder, Attitude Concepts for Today
  • Co-Author of “Essential Elements” band method
Dr. Paula Crider

Dr. Paula Crider

Senior Educational Clinician, Conn-Selmer, Inc.
  • Professor Emerita, University of Texas at Austin
  • Board of Directors, The Midwest Clinic
  • Co-Author, “Masterworks Studies” series, Hal Leonard
  • Author, "The Composer's Legacy: Conductors on Conducting for Wind Band", GIA
Richard Saucedo

Richard Saucedo

Senior Educational Consultant, Conn-Selmer, Inc.
  • Indiana Bandmasters Association “Bandmaster of the Year” 1998-99
  • Music for All Hall of Fame 2015
  • Composer and arranger
  • Chief Judge, Bands of America
Frank Troyka

Frank Troyka

Senior Educational Clinician, Conn-Selmer, Inc.
  • Director of Bands, Coordinator of Fine Arts (retired), L.V. Berkner HS
  • Bands of America Hall of Fame 2016
  • Texas Bandmaster of the Year 2019
  • Senior Educator and Clinician, BD Performing Arts
Erin Cole

Erin Cole

Director of Educational Programs, Senior Educational Clinician, Conn-Selmer, Inc.
  • Director of Bands, Tapp Middle School, GA (1995-2017)
  • Tapp Band, Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic Performing Ensemble, 2004
  • Contributing Author, Teaching Music Through Performance and Rehearsing the Middle School Band
  • Hal Leonard Educational Clinician and Essential Elements Contributing Editor
Dr. Soo Han

Dr. Soo Han

Director of Orchestral Studies, Reva and Sid Dewberry Family School of Music at George Mason University
  • Board of Directors, The Midwest Clinic
  • Contributing editor, “Essential Elements for Strings”, Hal Leonard
  • Former National American String Teachers Association's K-12 Committee Chair
Alfred L. Watkins

Alfred L. Watkins

Director of Bands, Lassiter High School GA (retired)
  • Co-founder, Musical Director and Conductor of the Cobb County Wind Symphony
  • Co-founder and President, Minority Band Directors National Association
  • Phi Beta Mu Georgia Bandmasters Hall of Fame
Frank Tracz

Frank Tracz

Director of Bands, Kansas State University
  • Adjunct Faculty, American Band College
  • Contributing author, “Teaching Music Through Performance in Band”, GIA Publications
  • Sudler Trophy Award winner, Kansas State Marching Band 2015
Lynne Jackson

Lynne Jackson

Assistant Professor of Music Education, Southern Methodist University
  • Founder, Young Educator Seminars
  • Texas Bandmasters Association Meritorious Achievement Award 2010
  • Phi Beta Mu Texas Bandmasters Hall of Fame 2020
Dr. David Vandewalker

Dr. David Vandewalker

Coordinator of Performing Arts (Retired), Fulton County Board of Education
  • Founder, Strategic Booster System
  • Executive Director, Conn Selmer Parent Boosters Community
  • Executive Director, Servant Leadership Association for Music
Dean Westman

Dean Westman

Department Chairman, Orchestra Director, Avon High School
  • Former Educational Director, Music for All
  • Texas Young Bandmaster of the Year 2002
  • Served on the teaching staff, Bands of America Rose Parade Honor Band of America
Larry Livingston

Larry Livingston

Educational Clinician, Conn-Selmer, Inc.
  • Chair, University of Southern California, Department of Conducting
  • Former Vice-President, New England Conservatory of Music
  • Former Dean, Shepherd School fo Music at Rice University
  • Founding Music Director, Illinois Chamber Orchestra
Dr. Matthew Arau

Dr. Matthew Arau

Associate Professor Music, Lawrence University
  • Founder, Upbeat Global
  • Conducting Faculty, American Band College
  • Author, “Upbeat! Mindset, Mindfulness, and Leadership in Music Education and Beyond”, GIA Publications
Antonio J. Garcia

Antonio J. Garcia

Director of Jazz Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Board of Directors, The Midwest Clinic
  • Associate Jazz Editor, International Trombone Association Journal
  • Author, “Jazz Improvisation: Practical Approaches to Grading”, Meredith Music
  • Author, "Cutting the Changes: Jazz Improvisation via Key Centers," Kjos Music
Colonel Lowell Graham

Colonel Lowell Graham

Director of Orchestral Activities and Professor of Conducting, University of Texas at El Paso
  • Former Commander and Conductor of the United States Air Force Band in Washington D.C.
  • President and CEO of the John Phillip Sousa Foundation
  • Vice-President of the American Bandmasters Association
Dr. Nola Jones

Dr. Nola Jones

Director of Educational Programs (retired), Conn-Selmer, Inc.
  • Director of Visual and Performing Arts for Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (retired)
  • Member DCI Judge Administration Team
  • BOA Chief Judge Team Member
  • Adjudicator for Winter Guard International, Bands of America, and Drum Corps International
Dr. Mary Land

Dr. Mary Land

Associate Professor of Music Education, Western Michigan University
  • Director of Instrumental Music Education, WMA
  • Board of Directors, The Midwest Clinic
  • Conductor, Interlochen Arts Camp
Mickey Smith Jr.

Mickey Smith Jr.

Educator-Encourager, Founder, SOUND180 EDUCATORS
  • 2020 GRAMMY Music Educator Award Recipient & 6-time Teacher of the Year
  • Board of Directors, NAfME Collegiate Advisory Council
  • Director of Music at The Greene School
  • Author, "Keep On Going" and "The SOUND180 Promise Compass: Keeping Purpose in the Present"
Dr. Myra Rhoden

Dr. Myra Rhoden

Director of Bands, Fayette County High School
  • Four-time recipient, National Band Association's Citation of Excellence
  • 2017-18 NAfME National Band Director of the Year
  • Board of Directors, Southeastern United States Honor Band Clinic, Troy University
Dr. Scott Edgar

Dr. Scott Edgar

Associate Professor of Music, Lake Forrest College
  • Author, “Music Education and Social Emotional Learning: The Heart of Teaching Music”
  • Instructor, graduate courses on Musical Social Emotional Learning at VanderCook College of Music
  • Formerly held positions at Adrian College and Concordia College Ann Arbor
Freddy Martin

Freddy Martin

Director of Bands, The Westminster School
  • Founding Director and Director Emeritus, Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps
  • Former Brass Coordinator, Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps
  • Pedagogy Coordinator, Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps
  • Member, Drum Corps International Hall of Fame
John Phillips

John Phillips

Adjunct Professor, Florida Gulf Coast University
  • Judge Administrator for Drum Corps International
  • Board of Directors, Ontario Music Educators' Association and Ontario Band Association
  • Senior Advisor at Music Mentors International
Peter Warshaw

Peter Warshaw

Fine Arts Director, Leander ISD
  • Texas Bandmasters Association
  • Sudler Flag of Honor 2000
  • Texas Music Administrator of the Year, Texas Music Administrators Conference 2014
Rick Ghinelli

Rick Ghinelli

Educational Support Manager, Director of the Music Administration Collaborative, Conn-Selmer, Inc.
  • Director of Performing and Visual Arts, Spring TX Independent School District (retired)
  • Former President, Texas Music Administrators Conference
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Texas Bandmaster Association
Randy Greenwell

Randy Greenwell

Educational Support Manager, Director of the Marching Arts Educator Community, Conn-Selmer, Inc.
  • Retired Director of Bands and Chairman of the Performing Arts
  • Music Director, Greenwood Community Band
  • Adjudicator for Winter Guard International, Bands of America, and Drum Coprs International
Dr. William J. Earvin

Dr. William J. Earvin

Educational Support Manager, Director of the HBCU Collective, Conn-Selmer, Inc
  • Founder, CreativeED, LLC
  • Charter member, Louisiana Music Adjudicators Association
  • Outstanding Music Educator, Berklee College of Music 2009
  • Distinguished Music Educator, Yale University School of Music 2013
David Starnes

David Starnes

Director of Orchestras, Kennesaw Mountain High School, GA
  • Assistant Professor, School of Music and Director of Athletic Bands, Western Carolina University
  • Director of Bands, Kennesaw Mountain High, GA
  • 2004 Bands of America Grand Nationals "AAA National Champion"
  • Design Advisor for Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps
Marissa Turney

Marissa Turney

Freelance Percussion Specialist, Carmel, IN
  • Percussion Educational Staff, Mount Vernon HS (Fortville, IN)
  • Former Percussion Educational Staff, Carmel High School Marching Greyhounds
  • MM Percussion Performance, Indiana Jacobs School of Music
  • Summer Symposium Faculty, Music For All
Michael Kumer

Michael Kumer

President, Boards Made to Order
  • Former Dean, Duquesne University School of Music
  • Hall of Fame, Music for All
  • Former Aux Percussion, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
  • Governance consultant, global nonprofit organizations
Anna Radspinner

Anna Radspinner

Beginner Strings Specialist, Williamsport Area School District, PA
  • Contributing author, “Teaching Music Through Performance”
  • Presenter at Midwest Clinic & National ASTA Conference
  • String Educator of the Year, PA-Delaware ASTA, 2018
  • Music Educator of the Year, Pennsylvania State University, 2019
John Mlynczak

John Mlynczak

Vice President of Music Education & Technology, Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Online Graduate Course Instructor, VanderCook College and Boston University
  • NAMM State Advocacy Coalition
  • NAfME Advocacy Leadership Force
  • Advocacy Chairman for the Massachusetts Music Educators Association
Don P. Roberts

Don P. Roberts

K-12 Music Coordinator for DeKalb County School District, Metropolitan Atlanta
  • Oversees more than 150 schools and 200 music teachers in the DeKalb County School District
  • Director and CEO, DRUMLine Live Entertainment Group, LLC
  • Chief Band Consultant for Beyonce's Coachella Performance and the movies "Drumline" and "Captain America: The Winter Soldier"
Elisa Janson Jones

Elisa Janson Jones

Senior Product Manager - Digital, Conn-Selmer, Inc.
  • Writer and Producer, Music Ed Mentor Podcast
  • Founder of Music Educators Creating Online Learning Facebook Group
  • Conductor (former), Grand Junction Centennial Band
Michael Sweeney

Michael Sweeney

Director of Band Publications for Hal Leonard
  • Accomplished composer in all instrumental areas
  • Winner of multiple ASCAP awards
  • Commissioned composer for Eastman Wind Ensemble, Canadian Brass, and numerous middle school and high school bands

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