Geared toward students at the graduate conducting level or in the early stages of a conducting career, The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” will offer this unique workshop and provide its participants conducting opportunities with The U.S. Army Concert Band.
Jul 17, 2023 - Jul 21, 2023
8th Annual U.S. Army Band Conductors Workshop
Geared toward students at the graduate conducting level or in the early stages of a conducting career, The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own”, the premier music organization of the U.S. Army, will offer this unique workshop and provide its participants conducting opportunities with The U.S. Army Concert Band. This intensive 5-day program will include coaching with special guest clinician
Dr. Emily Threinen of The University of Minnesota, and COL Bruce Pulver, The U.S. Army Band’s Leader and Commander.
Sessions will include pertinent profession-related topics of score study, baton and rehearsal techniques, and open rehearsals with Dr. Threinen. Rehearsals will culminate in a public concert on Friday, July 21.
Conductors will receive a complimentary recording of their sessions and the July 21 performance will be archived on YouTube. Repertoire will include standards written for symphonic band; the list will be provided upon workshop acceptance.
Five (5) active participants will be accepted; however, auditors are welcome to all sessions and may also have a brief conducting opportunity.
*Tuition is free; travel and accommodations are the responsibility of the participant.
Dr. Emily Threinen
Dr. Emily Threinen
Emily Threinen is an Associate Professor of Music and serves as Director of Bands at the University of Minnesota School of Music in the Twin Cities. In this position, she conducts the acclaimed University Wind Ensemble, guides the graduate wind band conducting program, assists in undergraduate conducting, and provides administrative leadership for all aspects of the University of Minnesota-TC Band Program.
Prior to her position here, Threinen served as Director of Bands and Artistic Director of Winds and Brass at Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Director of Bands at Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia; Director of the Duke University Wind Symphony in Durham, North Carolina; Director of the Concordia University Wind Ensemble in Ann Arbor, Michigan; Conductor of the Dodworth Saxhorn Band in Ann Arbor, Michigan; and Director of Bands and Instrumental Music at Harding High School in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she received the Outstanding Teacher Award.
Threinen consistently works with composers, arrangers, and performing artists of varied disciplines. Residencies and projects with composers are integral to her creative work. Threinen is published in multiple volumes of the GIA Teaching Music Through Performance in Band book series, where she has been recognized as a strong scholarly contributor. She is active, across the nation and abroad (appearances in Australia, Spain, Brazil, and Canada), as a guest conductor, clinician, and conference presenter.
A strong advocate for music education, Threinen is a proud Yamaha Master Educator and has served on the Executive Council of the Institute for Composer Diversity. In 2019, Threinen conducted the NAfME All-National Concert Band at the National Conference in Orlando, Florida. Additionally, she is an active member of these organizations: American Bandmasters Association (ABA), World Association for Symphonic Band and Ensembles (WASBE), College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), Big Ten Band Directors Association, National Band Association (NBA), National Association for Music Education (NAfME), and Pi Kappa Lambda and Kappa Kappa Psi as an honorary member.
Threinen is a native of Minnesota and is a proud alumna of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Class of 1999: Bachelor of Music Degrees in Clarinet Performance and K-12 Music Education.
Cody Ray is currently pursuing his master's degree in Wind Conducting at the University of South Carolina. He studies with Dr. Cormac Cannon and serves as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the USC Bands. Cody received his Bachelor of Arts in Music Education (‘18) from the University of Alabama at Birmingham under the mentorship of Dr. Sue Samuels, Dr. Gene Fambrough, Dr. Cara Morantz, and Dr. Sean Murray.
Prior to graduate studies, Cody served as the Assistant Director of Bands at Cairo High School from 2020-2022. Additionally, he held positions as the Director of Bands at Sipsey Valley High/Middle School from 2019-2020 and Sulligent High School from 2018-2019.
Tina DiMeglio is the Associate Director of Bands at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. She conducts the USF Symphonic Band and teaches courses in conducting and music education. She has served as the Music Director of the Tampa Brass Band since 2021, and often works as a clinician and guest conductor for local band programs and honor bands around the nation.
Recently, Dr. DiMeglio won first prize at the Inaugural Frederick Fennell International Conducting Competition, held in Modica, Italy in November 2021. She was a Conducting Fellow in the 2019 Midwest Clinic Reynolds Conducting Institute, and was also a recipient of the 2019 CBDNA Mike Moss Diversity Conducting Fellowship Study Grant. She actively works toward increased diversity and inclusion in the wind band medium, collaborating with composers and artists from historically marginalized communities and mentoring conductors of all genders.
DiMeglio earned a Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) degree from the University of Miami, where she studied Instrumental Conducting with Dr. Robert Carnochan. She holds a Master of Music Degree in Wind Conducting from West Chester University, where she studied with Dr. Andrew Yozviak, and a bachelor’s degree in music education, clarinet concentration, from Temple University’s Boyer College of Music where she studied clarinet with Paul Demers of the Philadelphia Orchestra and graduated Magna Cum Laude as a member of the academic honors program.
A native of the Philadelphia area, Dr. DiMeglio was a high school band director from 2011 - 2018. She maintains a private lesson studio and performs professionally as a conductor, clinician, and clarinetist. When not teaching or performing, she enjoys spending time with her husband Jonathan and their many rescue animals.
Anthony Morris is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Wind Conducting at the University of Georgia where he studies with Dr. Nicholas Williams and Dr. Jaclyn Hartenberger and serves as a Master’s Conducting Associate for the UGA Bands. Mr. Morris received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education with a dual concentration in Instrumental and Choral education with Cum Laude distinction from Kennesaw State University. Prior to graduate study, Mr. Morris served as the Director of Bands & Choirs at Wildwood Middle High School where he was responsible for the instruction and administration of the middle & high school concert bands, marching band, music theory, and choir program.
Recently, Mr. Morris was named a Conducting Fellow for the H. Robert Reynolds Conducting Institute at the 76th Annual Midwest Clinic in Chicago, Illinois. His passion for music education has led him to create the Relative Pitch Podcast which discusses modern issues regarding music education and helps pave the way for much-needed change to make a more diverse, enriching, and equitable music community. Through these endeavors, Mr. Morris and Relative Pitch Podcast presented sessions entitled “Changing of the Guard: Shifting Perspectives of Education” at the College Band Directors National Association National Conference and “Pushing for Change From the Inside: Bringing Equity to Middle and High School Bands” at the annual Georgia Music Educators Association In-Service Conference.
Professional affiliations include Collegiate Band Directors National Association, National Association for Music Educators, Georgia Music Educator Association, Florida Music Educator Association, Florida Bandmasters Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
Meijun Chen is currently a third year Doctor of Music student in Wind Band Conducting, under the supervision of Dr. Angela Schroeder, at the University of Alberta in Canada. She was the Conducting Intern with Edmonton Youth Orchestra in 2020 and 2022. Her research interests include wind band and orchestral music education in Canada and China, and the historical developments of university band and orchestra pedagogies, repertories and composers. Meijun is an active guest conductor of University of Alberta Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Summer Band, University Symphony Orchestra, community orchestras and choirs. She is selected as one of the ten Conducting Fellows of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music’s International Wind Festival and Conductor’s Academy 2023, working with Dr. Kevin Holzman and Colonel Jason Fettig, as well as the musicians from “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band. She also recently received The Johann Strauss Foundation Music Award for Advanced Study of Music in Austria, with a scholarship to study Orchestral Conducting at Vienna Opera Academy with Professor Toby Purser, in August 2023. She has been invited to guest conduct the Edmonton Winds, Cosmopolitan Music Society Concert Band, and Festival City Winds Music Society in their 2023-2024 season.
Meijun is also an award-winning clarinetist with 18 years of international wind ensemble and orchestra’s performances and competitions experiences in more than 13 countries in Europe (Austria, Germany, United Kingdom, Hungary, Netherlands, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia), Asia (China, Japan, Korea) and North America (Canada, United States). She was invited as a Visiting Artist to teach a woodwind masterclass, to guest speak at the undergraduate conducting class, to have guest rehearsals with the University Wind Orchestra, and to play a clarinet recital at the University of Lethbridge in 2023. She was selected to play in the National Youth Band of Canada in 2018, won the 2019/20 University of Alberta Concerto Competition, and held various Principal Clarinet positions. She is a frequent Guest Clarinetist with the Royal Canadian Artillery Band and The Loyal Edmonton Regiment Band.
Meijun is passionate about music education and is an experienced conducting and clarinet clinician at various junior high schools, high schools and the Red Deer Royals Marching Show Band across the Province of Alberta, Canada. Her clarinet, piano, and music theory students won gold medals and first place at national level, and the acceptance to Canadian universities’ Performance and Music Therapy programs. Meijun continues to immerse in the music performance and education community, not only to inspire younger generations, but also bring the joy of music to connect people and encourage community engagement.
Weston Lewis is currently pursuing a Doctor in Musical Arts degree in Wind Conducting at the University of Texas at Austin, where he serves as a graduate teaching assistant for the band department. He joined the UT Department of Bands in the Fall of 2021 and assists with all ensembles and undergraduate conducting courses. Weston holds an undergraduate degree in Music Education from the University of Houston (2014) and Master of Music in Conducting from Louisiana State University (2021).
Weston taught at Klein Oak High School from 2014-2019. In his role, he worked with all concert bands and oversaw the IB Music program. At Louisiana State University, Weston assisted with all ensembles including the Golden Band from Tiger Land, Bengal Brass, and the LSU Concert Ensemble. He was also a Co-Chair of the LSU School of Music Student Diversity and Inclusion Organization and is currently a chairperson for the Graduate Wind Conductors Association.
How to Register
By April 15, email a resume, cover letter, and a video sample (YouTube is fine) to: SFC Matthew T. Evans. Notification of acceptance will be NLT: June 1