The following 2018 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 Jason Fettig, "The President's Own" United States Marine Band
Col. Jason K. Fettig is the 28th Director of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band. He joined in 1997 as a clarinetist and assumed leadership of the Marine Band in July of 2014. He was promoted to his current rank in August 2017 by President Donald J. Trump, becoming the third Director of “The President’s Own” to be promoted to colonel in a White House ceremony.
As Director, Fettig is the music adviser to the White House. He regularly conducts the Marine Band and Marine Chamber Orchestra at the White House and led the band for its featured performances during the 2017 presidential inauguration. Fettig is a fervent advocate for traditional and contemporary American music, and live performances by the Marine Band under his direction are often heard on NPR. In 2014, he was elected as a member of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association.
Throughout his career with the Marine Band, Fettig has been deeply committed to music education. He began a Young People’s Concert series in 2006 and authored, hosted, and conducted this popular annual event until 2015. He has also made it a priority to maintain a significant presence in schools throughout the nation during the band’s national concert tours. In 2014, shortly after assuming command of the Marine Band, Fettig launched an ambitious project to re-record all the marches of John Philip Sousa and provide free performance and educational materials online to schools throughout the world.
Concert Band Conductor:
Gary Green, Univ of Miami (Retired)
Gary D. Green is Emeritus Professor of Music and Director of Bands at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. While teaching at the University of Miami Frost School of Music, in addition to supervising all band activities, he was the conductor of the Frost Wind Ensemble, supervised all graduate conducting students in the wind and percussion area, and served as the chair of instrumental performance for 17 years.
Under his direction, the Frost Wind Ensemble has performed twice for both the convention of the American Bandmasters Association and for the convention of the College Band Directors National Association. During his tenure at the University of Miami, Green continued the commissioning and performance of important new repertoire for winds and percussion. Urban Requiem by Michael Colgrass was commissioned by the Abraham Frost Commission Series and has become a standard in the repertoire for wind ensemble. Among other new compositions written for winds and percussion was the commission for the Frost Wind Ensemble of Christopher Rouse’s Wolf Rounds.
Green is a member of ABA, CBDNA, NAfME, the Florida Bandmasters Association, and the Florida Music Educators Association. In March 2007, he joined the ranks of Frederick Fennell, William Revelli, and John Paynter in the Bands of America Hall of Fame. Green is an active conductor and clinician and has appeared with international, national, and regional bands and intercollegiate bands in each of the continental United States and Hawaii. He has conducted Texas All-State Bands multiple times.
5A Symphonic Band Conductor:
Michael Colburn, Butler Univ
Col. Michael Colburn joined the faculty of Butler University as Director of Bands in August 2014. In addition to conducting the Butler University Wind Ensemble, he offers instruction in conducting, euphonium, and the history and literature of the wind band. Before coming to Butler, Colburn served for 27 years in “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, where he held a variety of positions including Principal Euphonium, Assistant Director, and Director from 2004 to 2014. As Director, he was music adviser to the White House and regularly conducted the Marine Band and Chamber Orchestra at the White House and at presidential inaugurations. He was promoted to colonel by President George W. Bush in a private Oval Office ceremony in 2007, and in 2014 he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal by Gen. James Amos, Commandant of the Marine Corps, and the Medal of Honor by the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic Board of Directors.
Colburn is an active guest conductor and clinician. He regularly conducts bands at numerous state and regional festivals and has guest-conducted several professional and university bands and wind ensembles. Committed to the commissioning of new music, Colburn serves as the co-chair of the Sousa-Ostwald Award, a prize sponsored by the American Bandmasters Association to promote new works for wind band. He has served as an adjudicator for the Sudler Award, the Barlow Endowment, Music for All, and the Col. George S. Howard award for excellence in military bands. Colburn is a member of Washington D.C.’s prestigious Gridiron and Alfalfa Clubs and the American Bandmasters Association and is a board member of the John Philip Sousa Foundation.
Jazz Ensemble I Conductor:
Ndugu Chancler, USC Thornton School of Music
Ndugu Chancler is a drummer, percussionist, producer, composer, clinician, and educator.
As a studio musician, Chancler has recorded with such greats as Frank Sinatra, Herbie Hancock, Weather Report, John Lee Hooker, Kenny Rogers, and Michael Jackson. Working on Thriller and Bad, Chancler was the drummer on the hit single “Billie Jean.” He has also played on a number of movie soundtracks including An Officer and a Gentleman, Indecent Proposal, and The Color Purple.
As a songwriter Chancler cowrote hits including “Dance Sister Dance” for Santana, “Reach For It” for George Duke, and “Let It Whip” for the Dazz Band. His production credits include Flora Purim, Bill Summers, and Toki, along with his own solo recordings. He has coproduced recordings for Santana, George Duke, The Crusaders, Joe Sample, Wilton Felder, Tina Turner, and The Meeting, a group he co-leads with Patrice Rushen and Ernie Watts. These associations have brought many gold and platinum albums and Grammy Awards.
As an educator, Chancler has worked with the Jazz Mentorship Program in Los Angeles and on the faculties of the Stanford Jazz Workshop and the Diaz Music Institute. He presents clinics around the world. Chancler is an Adjunct Professor of Jazz and Popular Music Studies at the University of Southern California, Flora L. Thornton School of Music.
Jazz Ensemble II Conductor:
Miles Osland, Univ of Kentucky
Miles Osland has distinguished himself as an educator, recording and performing artist, author, arranger, and composer. Currently the Director of Jazz Studies and Professor of Saxophone at the University of Kentucky, he has appeared throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia as a guest conductor, performer, and clinician for Selmer (France) Saxophones, D’Addario Woodwinds, and Jody Jazz mouthpieces. His compositions and arrangements, available through ejazzlines, have been recognized and supported by fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Kentucky Arts Council, and by numerous other arts foundations. He is also a recipient of the Kentucky Governor’s Award in the Arts for excellence in education.
Osland has over a dozen CDs released on Sea Breeze Jazz, Open Loop, and Mark Custom records. Ten of his recordings have been submitted for Grammy nominations. Osland has authored three books available through Dorn Publications and three books/CDs published by Alfred. He also has published a scholarly work (which includes over 75 articles and reviews on saxophone technique and jazz improvisation) in a variety of publications including Downbeat, Jazz Educators Journal, Jazz Player Magazine, Saxophone Journal, Selmer Woodwind Notes, and Windplayer Magazine.
Symphony Orchestra Conductor:
Jung-Ho Pak, World Youth Symphony Orchestra
Described by the New York Times as a conductor who “radiates enthusiasm,” Jung-Ho Pak is known for his unique vision of the role of classical music. Since 2007 he has been Artistic Director and Conductor of the Cape Symphony. From 2003 to 2013, he was Director of Orchestras and Music Director of the World Youth Symphony Orchestra and at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. In 2012, Pak stepped down after six seasons as Artistic Director and Conductor of Orchestra Nova (San Diego), an orchestra recognized for its innovative programs and business model.
Pak is also Music Director Emeritus of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. As Music Director of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra (1997–2002), Pak led the orchestra from bankruptcy to unprecedented financial success. As a nationally recognized educator, he served as Music Director with the University of Southern California Symphony and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Orchestra. He has also served as Principal Conductor of the Emmy-nominated Disney Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra and as Music Director of the Debut Orchestra, International Chamber Orchestra, NEXT Chamber Orchestra, Colburn Chamber Orchestra, and Diablo Ballet. Guest-conducting has taken him to Europe, Russia, South America, and Asia. Pak is also a frequent speaker on television and radio, including TED Talks and NPR appearances, and he often serves as a clinician and conductor at national music festivals.
Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor:
Miriam Burns, The McLean Orchestra
Miriam Burns is in her sixth year as Music Director and Conductor of the McLean Orchestra of northern Virginia and continues as Music Director of the Orchestra of the Redeemer in New York City where she resides.
Recent prior music directorships include the Kenosha Symphony of Wisconsin and the Tallahassee Symphony, where Rotarians designated her a Paul Harris Fellow for six years of outstanding contribution to the cultural life of Tallahassee.
Following a competitive audition, Maestro Kurt Masur appointed Burns to the staff of the New York Philharmonic for eight years as one of their cover conductors. As such, she was entrusted as an assistant conductor on call for countless specific, fully prepared programs under many guest conductors of international repute, including assisting Lorin Maazel on his inaugural tour as new music director with the orchestra to Asia. Internationally, Burns has conducted in England and Taiwan, most recently debuting at the Sydney Opera House in Australia and the Magdeburg Philharmonic in Germany. Within the United States, she has appeared with orchestras in Houston, Phoenix, Oregon, Memphis, Virginia, Grand Rapids, Milwaukee, Syracuse, and elsewhere, as well as at various summer music festivals including annual appearances at the MasterWorks Festival.
Burns has received conducting awards from the Aspen Music Festival and the Conductors Guild. Awarded full merit scholarships for her entire training in orchestral conducting, Burns has advanced degrees in orchestral conducting from both Yale School of Music, where her mentors were Lawrence Leighton Smith and Gunter Herbig, and the Mannes College of Music.
String Orchestra Conductor:
Jeffrey Grogan, Oklahoma City University
Jeffrey Grogan is an internationally known conductor and teacher dedicated to the pursuit of his craft and nurturing musical excellence among young musicians. Grogan has served as adjudicator, conductor, and clinician for many prestigious national and international festivals, including the Honor Orchestra of America sponsored by Music for All, the Association for Music in International Schools Orchestra (Singapore), the National Orchestra Cup at Lincoln Center, and the Honors Performance Series Orchestra and Band at Carnegie Hall. Other recent international appearances include the Harpa Concert Hall in Iceland, the Opera House in Sydney, Australia, and in Bangkok, Thailand.
Grogan serves as Director of Orchestral Activities and Professor of Music at Oklahoma City University and Artistic Director of the Oklahoma Youth Orchestras. Previously, Grogan served for 11 seasons as Education and Community Engagement Conductor of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and as Conductor and Artistic Director of the NJSO Youth Orchestras, the InterSchool Orchestras of New York, and the New Jersey Youth Symphony. His youth orchestras have performed to capacity crowds at some of the greatest concert halls in the world, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and the Musikverein in Vienna. In addition, Grogan was founding Artistic Director of two El Sistema inspired music programs, the Paterson Music Project in Paterson, New Jersey, and the NJSO CHAMPS in Newark. He has also conducted numerous all-state orchestras and bands throughout the United States. Grogan is excited to return to Texas for his third appearance with the Texas All-State Orchestras.
Mixed Choir Conductor:
Dr. Andre Thomas, Florida State Univ
Andre J. Thomas, the Owen F. Sellers Professor of Music, is Director of Choral Activities and Professor of Choral Music Education at Florida State University. A previous faculty member at UT/Austin, he is in demand as a choral adjudicator, clinician, and director of honor choirs throughout North America, Europe, Asia, New Zealand, Australia, and Africa. Thomas has conducted choirs at state, division, and national conventions. His international conducting credits are extensive. Since 1988, he has also served as Artistic Director of the Tallahassee Community Chorus.
Thomas has also distinguished himself as a composer/arranger. He has produced two instructional videos, “What They See Is What You Get” on choral conducting, with Rodney Eichenberger, and “Body, Mind, Spirit, Voice” on adolescent voices, with Anton Armstrong. His recent book Way Over in Beulah Lan’: Understanding and Performing the Negro Spiritual has quickly become a major source in this area of study. In March of 2017, ACDA presented Thomas with its highest honor, the Robert Shaw Award, and in November of 2017 NCCO presented Thomas with its Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a past-president of the Florida ACDA and the past-president of the Southern Division of ACDA.
Treble Choir Conductor:
Dr. Pearl Shangkuan, Calvin College
Pearl Shangkuan is a sought-after conductor, lecturer, and clinician across the United States and internationally. Director of Choral Activities and Professor of Music at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, she is also chorus master of the Grand Rapids Symphony, a Grammy-nominated professional orchestra. Her conducting and teaching engagements have taken her to Australia, Brazil, Canada, South Africa, Europe, and across Asia. Shangkuan has a signature choral series with earthsongs and is the music editor of the Calvin choral series, published by GIA. In 2013, Michigan ACDA honored her with their Maynard Klein Choral Award for “artistic excellence and lifetime leadership in choral music.” Her choirs have performed at ACDA national, division, and state conferences and for other professional music organizations. She has conducted ACDA division honor choirs, all-state and honor choirs, and festivals in numerous states and internationally and has headlined several ACDA state conferences. She has also served on the jury of several international choral competitions and has been a guest faculty for programs in the United States such as the Chorus America conducting master classes and the University of Michigan Choral Conducting Symposium.
Tenor-Bass Choir Conductor:
Dr. Andrew Last, Luther College/Nordic Choir
Andrew Last serves as the Director of Choral Activities at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, where he conducts the Nordic Choir, teaches choral methods and conducting, and serves as the Artistic Director for the nationally broadcast Christmas at Luther. Last is part of a vital choral program at Luther College that includes four choral faculty, nearly 600 singers, six choral ensembles, numerous regional and national ACDA convention performances, and that regularly presents choral/orchestra works. Additionally, Last serves as director for the Dorian Summer Music Camps that annually welcome over 700 campers to the Luther College campus. Prior to his appointment, Last served on the voice faculty of Concordia University (Neb.).
Small School Mixed Choir Conductor:
Matt Oltman, Director Emeritus, Chanticleer
Matthew Oltman is Music Director Emeritus of the Grammy-award winning male vocal ensemble Chanticleer and Artistic Director Emeritus of the New York-based Empire City Men’s Chorus. He currently serves on the faculty at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, where he teaches graduate choral literature and conducts the Chamber Singers and All-Collegiate Choir. He is also the associate director of CORO and helps lead the CORO/Simpson College summer master’s program in choral conducting. Oltman joined Chanticleer in 1999, singing in the ensemble until his appointment as its Music Director in 2009. He led the ensemble through three critically acclaimed seasons, which included over 300 concerts in more than a dozen countries. He helped launch the Chanticleer Live in Concert or “CLIC” recording label and was the editor of the Chanticleer Choral Series, published by Hinshaw Music.