Jamal Duncan joined the faculty of Arizona State University in the Fall of 2020 as associate director of bands and assistant professor of instrumental conducting. His primary responsibilities are conducting the Wind Symphony and teaching classes in conducting. Duncan also serves assistant director of undergraduate music studies. Prior to his appointment at ASU, Duncan served as the assistant director of bands at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.
Duncan’s research interests include conducting pedagogy, wind literature, and re-defining the traditional concert experience. He has presented on these topics at various state and international conferences including the Midwest Clinic.
An ardent supporter of growing the repertoire of wind bands and chamber ensembles, Duncan is actively involved in the commissioning of new works from established and emerging composers, including Steven Bryant, Andrea Clearfield, Viet Cuong, Kevin Day, Giovanni Santos, Alex Shapiro, Jim Territo, and Dana Wilson.
Duncan is also committed to programming music that tells the stories of different cultures with an intentional focus on the diverse composers who tell these stories.
A winner of the 2022 American Prize in Band/Wind Ensemble conducting, Duncan has conducted and adjudicated nationally and internationally.
Redefining the Concert Experience: Creating dynamic concerts for our audiences and students.
It is imperative that we look at the way we present music in our communities. We must reimagine the concert experience for our musicians and audience members alike. How our students and audiences engage with, and digest music today is very different than it was even five years ago. At the same time, audiences have more options than ever in terms of how to spend their time and financial resources. Post-pandemic audiences are not returning at pre-pandemic levels.
This clinic session will offer a framework for reinvigorating our standard concert presentations to be more meaningful for all involved.