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The UTA Wind Symphony is the select wind and percussion ensemble at UTA. Conducted by Dr. Douglas Stotter, the ensemble has performed at numerous conventions of the Texas Music Educators Association and the College Band Directors National Association. In addition, the Wind Ensemble has toured extensively throughout Texas, Mexico, and, most recently, performed in Carnegie Hall in New York City. Concert literature ranges from chamber music to full concert band pieces. The ensemble is actively involved in promoting and commissioning new pieces for wind band. The Wind Ensemble meets both Fall and Spring semesters.
The UTA Symphonic Winds, under the direction of Dr. Chris Evans, have continually provided audiences with programs of diverse musical styles and the highest quality literature. The ensemble seeks to provide its members with a broad range of literature as well as challenging them to reach their maximum musical potential in an ensemble setting. The Symphonic Winds meet during the Spring semester only and is open to all University students. Performing two concerts each semester, the group focuses on excellence combined with the enjoyment of music making.
The Symphonic Band offers a creative and positive music-making environment for students of all majors and academic disciplines within the University. The band creates a comfortable venue for students to enjoy making music as a diversion to their academic schedule. The Symphonic Band is co-conducted by the entire band faculty and is open to all UTA students with at least 3 years of high school band experience. The Symphonic Band meets both Fall and Spring semesters.
Department of Music
Professor, Director of Bands, Brass and Percussion Area Coordinator
Area: Conducting, Bands, Brass and Percussion
Bio: Dr. Douglas Stotter is Director of Bands, Professor of Music and Coordinator of the Brass/Percussion Area in the UTA Music Department. He conducts the Wind Symphony and teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting and wind literature courses while 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. Prior to his appointment at UTA, Dr. Stotter served for seven years as Assistant Director of Bands at Indiana University, where he conducted the Concert and Symphonic Bands and taught advanced undergraduate and graduate instrumental conducting courses in the IU School of Music. Previously, Dr. Stotter was Director of Bands and head of instrumental music education at Valdosta State University, where he conducted the Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, and Marching Band and taught courses in conducting, marching band techniques and secondary instrumental methods. Dr. Stotter has also served as Director of Bands at the University of Missouri-Rolla, Doane College in Nebraska and at Galesburg (Illinois) High School. Dr. Stotter's textbook, Methods and Materials for Conducting, was published in 2006 by GIA Publications and is now in use at numerous universities across the country. His other publications include contributions to the text Teaching Music Through Performance in Band (Volumes 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9), as well as research into the history of Edwin Franko Goldman and the Goldman Band published in the Journal of Band Research. His arrangement for concert band of songs by Ralph Vaughn Williams, Three Dorset Songs, was published in 2003 by Daehn Music and performed in 2004 at the Midwest Clinic. His latest arrangement, a setting of Percy Grainger's Sussex Mummer's Christmas Carol, was published in 2006 by Daehn Music. Dr. Stotter also served for 9 years as Editor of the College Band Directors National Association Report. Dr. Stotter received Bachelor's and Master's degrees in music education from The University of Michigan and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from The University of Iowa. He is a member of the Conductors Guild, the Music Educators National Conference, the National Band Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, the Texas Music Educators Association and is an active member of the College Band Directors National Association, serving on the National Executive Board as treasurer. He is an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma chapters at Indiana University, the University of Missouri-Rolla, Valdosta State University and the University of Michigan.
Department of Music
Assistant Professor in Practice, Associate Director of Bands, Director of the Maverick Marching Band
Area: Marching Band, Winds and Percussion
Office: FA 314
Bio: Dr. Chris Evans is the Associate Director of Bands and Director of the Maverick Marching Band at UTA. In addition to the marching band, Dr. Evans teaches the Symphonic Winds, Symphonic Band, Marching Band Techniques, and Instrumental Methods and Materials. Previously, Dr. Evans was the Associate Director of Bands at Flower Mound High School. While at Flower Mound, he primarily taught the Concert Band and the JV marching band while assisting with all other aspects of the program. Dr. Evans also served as Assistant Director of Bands at Juan Seguin High School and was a graduate assistant at the University of Oklahoma. While at OU he assisted with the concert ensembles, the Pride of Oklahoma marching band, and conducted the women’s basketball band for 2 years. Before graduate school, he taught middle school in Georgia for three years. Dr. Evans, a native of Birmingham, Alabama earned his Bachelors of Music Education from Auburn University. He earned his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Oklahoma. His professional associations include the Texas Music Educators Association, Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (honorary), and Tau Beta Sigma (honorary).