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Conducting Symposium set for Feb. 9

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

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Media Contact: Sue Stevens

The 2008 University of Texas at Arlington Conducting Symposium, sponsored by university bands and Band Alumni Association, will be held Saturday, Feb. 9. Clinicians and presenters are Douglas Stotter, UT Arlington director of bands, Matthew Luttrell, UT Arlington associate director of bands and Jack Delaney, director of bands at the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University. University, high school and middle school conductors from around the state have been chosen to work with the clinicians in this day-long exploration of the art of conducting.

Observers are welcome free of charge. Registration begins at 8:15 a.m. in the Fine Arts Building, at Greek Row Drive and Nedderman Street in Arlington. For more information, contact Stotter at (817) 272-2442 or dstotter@uta.edu.

Delaney conducts the Meadows Wind Ensemble, is chair of the department of conducting and ensembles and teaches courses in conducting and wind literature. Under his guidance, the Meadows Wind Ensemble has established itself as one of the leading ensembles of its kind, as evidenced by performances at significant regional, national and international music festivals and conferences throughout the United States and Europe. The BBC and other national radio stations around the world have broadcast performances by the Meadows Wind Ensemble.

Stotter conducts the UT Arlington Wind Ensemble and teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting and wind literature courses, as well as overseeing all aspects of the band program. He is active as conductor, clinician and adjudicator throughout the United States and most recently in China, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. Stotter’s new textbook, Methods and Materials for Conducting, was published in 2005 by GIA Music and is in use in college and university conducting classes across the country.

Luttrell, who joined the music faculty of the UT Arlington in 2007, is a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Arizona State University. At Arizona State, he served as assistant conductor in the Chamber Winds, Wind Symphony and Wind Ensemble, as well as an instructor for the Sun Devil Marching Band, including arranging and writing drill for the ensemble.Prior to Arizona State, he was assistant director of bands at Illinois State University, where his duties included conducting the symphonic band, teaching instrumental conducting, marching band techniques, as well as directing the 250-member Big Red Marching Machine and Redbird Basketball Band.

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