The following 2017 All-State Conductors are sure to inspire and educate our All-State students and all who observe them in rehearsal and performance.
All-State Band Conductors
Symphonic Band Kevin Sedatole, Michigan State Univ
Kevin Sedatole serves as Director of Bands, Professor of Music, and Chair of the conducting area at the Michigan State University College of Music. At MSU, Sedatole serves as administrator of the band program totaling over 700 students. This includes the Wind Symphony, Symphony Band, Concert Band, Chamber Winds, Campus Bands, Spartan Marching Band, and Spartan Brass. He also guides the graduate wind-conducting program in addition to conducting the MSU Wind Symphony. Prior to joining MSU, he was director of bands and associate professor of conducting at Baylor University.
Previous to his appointment at Baylor he served as associate director of bands at UT/Austin and director of the Longhorn Band, and as associate director of bands at the University of Michigan and Stephen F. Austin State University.
Sedatole has conducted performances for the College Band Directors National Association, American Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association, and the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, as well as performances in Carnegie Hall. He has conducted across the U.S., Europe, and Japan. The MSU Wind Symphony, under Sedatole’s direction, has given featured performances at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, the convention of the College Band Directors’ National Association, the prestigious American Bandmasters Association convention, and Carnegie Hall.
Sedatole serves on the summer faculty of the Interlochen Music Camp and the Board of Directors of the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic. Additionally, he serves as vice president of the north central division of the College Band Directors National Association.
Concert Band Conductor:
Cynthia Johnston Turner, Univ of Georgia
Cynthia Johnston Turner is in demand as a conductor and ensemble clinician in the U.S., Latin America, Europe, and Canada. Before her appointment as Director of Bands at the Hodgson School at the University of Georgia, Turner was Director of Wind Ensembles at Cornell University. Earlier in her career she was a high school music educator, and she taught middle school beginning instrumental music in Toronto and choral music in Switzerland.
A Canadian, Turner completed her bachelor of music and bachelor of education degrees at Queens University and her master of music in music education and conducting at the University of Victoria. She received the National Leadership in Education Award (Canada), the Excellence in Education Award (Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation), the Merrill Presidential Scholars award and Kaplan Distinguished Faculty Fellowship at Cornell, and the Marion Drysdale Leadership Award. She is also the recipient of the Donald A. Reick Memorial Award for research with wearable technologies and music pedagogy, the American Prize for innovative programming with wind bands, and has presented concerts and clinics at numerous CBDNA, WASBE, and Midwest conferences. As Director of Bands and Professor of Music at the Hodgson School, Turner conducts the Wind Ensemble, teaches conducting, leads the MM and DMA programs in conducting, and oversees the entire Hodgson band program.
5A Symphonic Band Conductor:
Rodney Dorsey, Univ of Oregon
Rodney Dorsey is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Bands at the University of Oregon, where he teaches graduate courses in wind conducting and repertoire and conducts the Oregon Wind Ensemble. Dorsey comes to Oregon from a position as the Associate Director of Bands at the University of Michigan, where he conducted the Concert Band, taught undergraduate conducting, and conducted the Michigan Youth Band. Prior to this appointment at UM, Dorsey served on the faculties of DePaul and Northwestern Universities.
Dorsey studied conducting with Mallory Thompson, John P. Paynter, and James Croft. He was a clarinet student of Fred Ormand and Frank Kowalsky. Dorsey gained extensive experience teaching in the public schools of Florida and Georgia. Ensembles under Dorsey’s direction have performed at several state and national events including the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival. He is active as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator in the U.S., Canada, Hungary, and Bulgaria.
Dorsey holds a number of professional memberships that include CBDNA, NAfME, Oregon Music Educators Association, Oregon Band Directors Association, Kappa Kappa Psi, Tau Beta Sigma (honorary), Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated. Dorsey is also a member of the Midwest Clinic Board of Directors and an elected member of the American Bandmasters Association.
Jazz Ensemble I Conductor:
Denis DiBlasio, Rowan Univ
Baritone saxophone and flute artist Denis DiBlasio directs the jazz program at Rowan University in New Jersey. He is also the Executive Director of the Maynard Ferguson Institute of Jazz at Rowan. With nine recordings of his own along with published texts, arrangements, and compositions, DiBlasio is known throughout the world.
After five years as music director with Maynard Ferguson, along with touring on his own, DiBlasio continues to travel around the world performing and teaching. His approach of keeping things simple, informative, and positive keeps his schedule extremely busy, booking dates sometimes three years in advance. His inspirational connection with young musicians is what makes a DiBlasio clinic so special. Keeping things attainable and fun make up the foundation of his friendly approach.
Jazz Ensemble II Conductor:
David Caffey, Univ of Northern Colorado
David Caffey is an internationally recognized jazz educator and composer. He has won awards for musical composition from ASCAP and the National Association of Jazz Educators. He served as President of the International Association for Jazz Education from 2004 to 2006 and is a Founding Member of Jazz Education Network and the International Society of Jazz Arrangers and Composers. He has appeared as a clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor at music festivals, conferences, universities, and schools throughout the U.S., in Canada, and in Europe. He was inducted into the California Jazz Education Hall of Fame in 2011. Currently, all of his published compositions and arrangements are available from UNC Jazz Press.
Caffey is presently Professor of Jazz Studies at the University of Northern Colorado, where he served as Director of the School of Music from 2005 to 2013. His work as a college professor spans over 40 years and includes previous appointments in jazz studies at California State University/Los Angeles, Sam Houston State University, and the University of Denver. His degrees are from the University of Texas at Austin.
Symphony Orchestra Conductor:
Don Schleicher, Univ of Illinois
Now celebrating his 21st season as Music Director and Conductor of the University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Donald Schleicher has also served as Music Director of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra and as Music Director and Principal Conductor/Artistic Director for the Pine Mountain Music Festival (PMMF). Schleicher has conducted the National Philharmonic of the Ukraine, the Guiyang (China) Symphony, the Gwangju (South Korea) Symphony, the Inchon (South Korea) Philharmonic, the Daegu (South Korea) Symphony Orchestra, the Orquesta Filarmonica de la UNAM of Mexico City, the South Dakota Symphony, and the orchestras of Bridgeport, Tallahassee, and Lansing, Mich. He has also appeared as a guest conductor at the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival in Detroit. This year he was a guest conductor of the Nairobi Orchestra in Kenya.
He is frequently invited to lead performances or provide conducting master classes at many music schools such as the Oberlin Conservatory, Eastman School of Music, Baylor University, University of Minnesota, Ithaca College, Ohio State University, the University of Missouri, and Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. As an enthusiastic advocate of public school music education, Schleicher has conducted all-state orchestras, festivals, and youth orchestras in nearly every state of the U.S. He is also active as a clinician for public school music educators.
As a dedicated advocate of contemporary music, Schleicher has collaborated with leading composers including Chen Yi, Michael Daugherty, and Frank Ticheli. In December of 2014, his collaboration with Augusta Read Thomas led to a recording project of her works now available on Nimbus Records.
Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor:
Joseph Young, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Increasingly recognized as one of the most gifted conductors of his generation, Joseph Young is currently the Assistant Conductor of the Atlanta Symphony. In his role, Young conducts more than 50 concerts per season with the Atlanta Symphony, which include programs on the Delta Classical Series, Concerts for Young People and Families, and various other concerts geared toward specific audiences in the community. Young also serves as the Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, where he is the driving force behind the ensemble’s artistic growth. Previous appointments have included Resident Conductor of the Phoenix Symphony, where he made his subscription debut in the 2011–12 season, and the League of American Orchestras Conducting Fellow with Buffalo Philharmonic and Baltimore Symphony.
Young made his major American orchestral debut in January 2008 with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and has since appeared with the Saint Louis Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Colorado Symphony, Charleston Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Bamberger Symphoniker, Spoleto Festival Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, Orquesta Sinfonica y Coro de RTVE (Madrid), and Chicago Sinfonietta, among others. The 2016–2017 season includes debuts with the Guanajuato Symphony Orchestra (Mexico), New World Symphony Orchestra, and Fayetteville Symphony; he will also return to the Orquesta Sinfonica y Coro de RTVE (Madrid), Little Orchestra Society and the Atlanta Symphony in subscription performances. Young earned his bachelor’s degree in music education at the University of South Carolina, and completed graduate studies with Gustav Meier and Markand Thakar at the Peabody Conservatory in 2009, earning an artist’s diploma in conducting.
String Orchestra Conductor:
Emily Freeman Brown, Bowling Green State Univ of Ohio
Emily Freeman Brown is Music Director and Conductor of the Bowling Green Philharmonia and Opera Theater at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. The first woman to receive a doctorate in orchestral conducting at the Eastman School of Music, Brown has appeared as conductor with orchestras in the U.S., Europe, Central Asia, and South America, including the Rochester Philharmonic, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Syracuse and Toledo Symphonies, Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Eastman Virtuosi, Göttinger Symphonie Orchester in Germany, Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony of Chile and Bartók Ensemble, Sibiu State Philharmonic Orchestra in Romania, Macedonia National Symphony Orchestra, National Soloists Orchestra in Astana, Conservatory Symphony Orchestra of Almaty, Kazakhstan, and American Festival of the Arts, Interlochen, and Chatauqua summer music institutes, as well as several U.S. all-state orchestras.
Brown has recorded for Naxos Records and Albany Records (with the Bowling Green Philharmonia) in addition to Opus One Records. She served as Associate Conductor of the Eastman Philharmonia and Conductor for the Eastman Opera Theater and was a winner of the internationally known Affiliate Artists’ Conductor’s Program.
A published author, articles have appeared in the BACH journal and the Journal of the Conductors Guild. She served as President of the Conductors Guild, Inc. from 2003 to 2005. Brown studied conducting and cello at the Royal College of Music in London, England, where she was twice winner of the Sir Adrian Boult Conducting Prize.
Mixed Choir Conductor:
Z. Randall Stroope, Oklahoma State Univ
Z. Randall Stroope is the Director of Choral and Vocal Studies at Oklahoma State University. He conducts the Concert Chorale and Chamber Choir and coordinates the undergraduate and graduate choral conducting program. He spends many summers as the artistic director for international music festivals in Europe. Stroope is an American composer, lecturer, and in-demand conductor with engagements around the world. His compositions have been recorded or performed by prestigious ensembles nationally and internationally, including the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Luther Nordic Choir, University of Miami Frost Chorale, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Oregon Bach Festival, Concordia Choir, Oklahoma State University, United States Navy Sea Chanters, Bella Voce, Turtle Creek Chorale, and Westminster Choir College. Stroope has directed 38 all-state choirs (including each Texas All-State choir), and music festivals in 45 states. His degrees include a master of music in voice performance (University of Colorado/Boulder) and a doctor of musical arts in choral conducting (Arizona State University).
Treble Choir Conductor:
Kristina Caswell MacMullen, Ohio State Univ
Serving as Assistant Professor of Music and Associate Director of Choral Studies at the Ohio State University, Kristina Caswell MacMullen conducts the Symphonic Choir and the Women’s Glee Club and instructs undergraduate and graduate students in the areas of conducting and choral pedagogy.
Caswell MacMullen earned a bachelor of music education and a master of music degree from Michigan State University. She completed the doctorate of musical arts at Texas Tech University. Prior to her appointment at the Ohio State University, she enjoyed a diverse career as a public school teacher, interacting with students in rural, suburban, and urban settings, elementary through high school. She has presented sessions at state, regional, national, and international conferences.
As an active adjudicator and clinician, Caswell MacMullen has conducted all-state and honor choirs throughout the U.S. In 2011, she was runner-up in the National American Choral Director’s Association conducting competition and named an alternate Fulbright Scholar. She is featured on the DVD Conducting-Teaching: Real World Strategies for Success published by GIA (2009), and her editions for treble choir are published by Musicatus Press, Boosey & Hawkes, and MusicSpoke.
Tenor-Bass Choir Conductor:
Timothy Peter, Stetson Univ
Timothy Peter is director of choral activities at Stetson University. He is a native of Minnesota, received his undergraduate degree from Luther College and completed his doctorate of musical arts degree at the University of Arizona. Before coming to Stetson University, he was professor of music at Luther College and served as the head of the music department. He has been a high school choral director and church musician in Minnesota, Iowa, Arizona, and Florida. Having joined the faculty of the Stetson University School of Music in the fall of 2012, Peter conducts the Stetson Concert Choir, the university’s touring SATB ensemble consisting of select upper-class singers. In addition, he conducts the Stetson Men and teaches choral conducting and choral repertoire courses.
Peter is involved in the National Collegiate Choral Organization and the American Choral Directors Association, having held positions as the divisional chair for repertoire and standards for college and universities and the state and divisional chair for men’s choirs.
His choirs were selected to perform at the 2011 National ACDA Conference in Chicago and at four Divisional NC-ACDA conventions held in Minneapolis, Minn., Sioux Falls, S.D., and Madison, Wis. His off-campus teaching, adjudicating, and conducting includes numerous appearances as an all-state conductor and festival clinician throughout the U.S.
Small School Mixed Choir Conductor:
Sandra Snow, Michigan State Univ
As conductor, teacher, and scholar, Sandra Snow’s work spans a wide variety of ages, abilities, and music. She holds appointments in conducting and music education at the Michigan State University College of Music, where she interacts with undergraduate and graduate students in the areas of conducting, choral pedagogy, and choral singing. She is a recipient of the MSU Teacher-Scholar Award. She conducts the MSU Women’s Chamber Ensemble, a group that has appeared as a featured choir at American Choral Directors Association conferences. As guest conductor, she travels extensively conducting all-state and honor choirs and holding residencies with singers of all ages. She recently was a principal conductor at the Festival 500 International Choral Festival in Newfoundland, Canada. Recent guest conducting appearances include all-state choirs in Colorado, Tennessee, Michigan, Maryland, and Virginia. She was the 2015 principal conductor of the Pacific International Children’s Choir and featured headliner of the 2015 Texas Choral Director’s Association convention.
Prior to joining the MSU faculty, Snow served on the faculties of the University of Michigan and Northern Illinois University and as music director of the Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus (Anima). She is author of the DVD Conducting-Teaching: Real World Strategies for Success published by GIA, a resource for conductor-teachers at all levels of teaching. She edits the choral music series In High Voice published by Boosey & Hawkes and is a member of the Choral Music Experience Choral Teacher Certification Board.