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Presenter(s)

Presenters

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Michael Mapp

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Darrell Brown

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Catherine Likhuta

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Tom Davoren

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Melissa Sawyer

Bio(s)
Michael Mapp

Dr. Mapp is an Associate Professor of music and Director of Bands at New Mexico State University. He comes to NMSU from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas where he also served as Director of Bands. In addition, he has served as the conductor for the Kansas City Civc Orchestra and as Guest Conductor for the Medical Arts Symphony of Kansas City.

Darrell Brown

Darrell Brown is the Director of Bands at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, where he also teaches courses in conducting and music education. Dr. Brown is a member of the National Band Association(NBA), International Society for Research and Promotion of Wind Music(IGEB), Windjammers Unlimited(The Circus Music Historical Society), NAfME, CBDNA, and is an executive board member for the international wind band organization the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles(WASBE).

Catherine Likhuta

Catherine Likhuta is a Ukrainian-Australian composer, pianist and recording artist. She holds a bachelor's degree in jazz piano from Kyiv Glière Music College, a five-year post-graduate degree in composition from the National Music Academy of Ukraine (Kyiv Conservatory) and a PhD in composition from the University of Queensland. She is a two-time winner of the International Horn Society Composition Contest (virtuoso division) and a recipient of several awards, including two grants from the Australia Council for the Arts.

Tom Davoren

To be updated.

Melissa Sawyer

Melissa Sawyer is a native of Edmond, Oklahoma and has taught middle school, high school, and collegiate band programs in Oklahoma, Texas, Nevada, New Mexico, and Kansas. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from the University of Oklahoma and a Master of Arts in Wind Conducting from New Mexico State University. Sawyer served as the Inerim Assistant Director of Bands at New Mexico State University where she was Assistant Director of esteemed Pride of New Mexico Marching Band and Symphonic Band. Completing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Wind Conducting at the University of Kansas, she currently serves as Director of Athletic Bands/Assistant Professor of Music at Benedictine College where she directs all athletic bands, conducts the Symphonic Band, and serves as Music Education Coordinator for the Music Department. 

The Seven C's: Conductors, Composers, Commissions, Consortiums, and the Culmination of the Creatively, Collaborative Process.

Featuring a panel of conductors and composers, this presentation will focus on the relationships between the two and how the collaborative process can foster not only new music for the wind band, but more rewarding rehearsals and performances.
Discussion topics will include composing for the modern wind band, commissions, the creation of consortia, the collaborative process between the composer and the commissioning conductor/ensemble, and the benefits to both rehearsals and performances. Unique insights will be provided considering the unique backgrounds of the composers; Likhuta, whom had no formal experience in the band world, yet has found tremendous international success writing for the genre, and Davoren, who not only works as an internationally recognized composer and adjudicator, but as a wind band conductor as well.

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