The Symphonic, Concert, and Campus Bands present an evening of music for wind band ensembles. The program features works by Gustav Holst, Percy Grainger, John Philip Sousa, Gordon Jacob, Steven Bryant, and others.
Steven Morrison and Cory Meals, conductors
First Suite in Eb (Gustav Holst)
Dancer in the Dark (Björk Guðmundsdóttir)
Arrival Platform Humlet (Percy Grainger)
Movements from "People Who Live in Glass Houses" (John Philip Sousa)
UW Campus Band
Dan McDonald, and David Sloan, conductors
Suite Dreams (Steven Bryant)
William Byrd Suite (Gordon Jacob)
Erin Bodnar, Jiannan Cheng, conductors
Cyprian Suite (Carol Barnett)
First Suite in F (Thom Ritter George)
Steven Morrison, Symphonic Band
Dr. Steven Morrison is Professor and Chair of Music Education at the University of Washington. An instrumental music specialist, Professor Morrison teaches courses in music education, music psychology, and research methodology and conducts the UW Symphonic Band. He has taught at the elementary, junior high, and senior high levels in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Louisiana and has conducted and arranged for bands, orchestras, and chamber groups throughout the United States.
Dr. Morrison is co-director of the Laboratory for Music Cognition, Culture and Learning, investigating neurological responses to music listening, perceptual and performance aspects of pitch-matching and intonation, and use of expressive gesture and modeling in ensemble teaching. His research also includes music preference and the variability of musical responses across diverse cultural contexts.
Prior to joining the UW faculty, Morrison served as Lecturer of Fine Arts at the Hong Kong Institute of Education. He has spoken and presented research throughout the United States, as well as in Australia, China, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Japan, Jordan, Korea, Italy, the Netherlands, Thailand, and the United Kingdom. During 2009 he served as a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities and as a Visiting Scholar in the Center for Music and Science at the University of Cambridge.
Morrison’s articles have appeared in numerous academic journals including Music Educators Journal, Journal of Research in Music Education, Bulletin for the Council of Research in Music Education, Music Perception, Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, Missouri Journal of Research in Music Education, Southwestern Musician, Recorder: Ontario Music Educators Association Journal, College Music Society Newsletter, and Southern Folklore.
He is also a contributing author to The Science and Psychology of Music Performance, published by Oxford University Press, the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Music Education, and the text Musician and Teacher: An Orientation to Music Education, authored by UW colleague Patricia Shehan Campbell and published by W.W. Norton.
Morrison is the Associate Editor and Editor Elect of the Journal of Research in Music Education for which he also served on the editorial board. He is also on the editorial boards of Reviews of Research in Human Learning and Music and the Asia-Pacific Journal for Arts Education. Morrison has served on the executive board of the Society for Research in Music Education and is currently a member of the advisory board for the Asia-Pacific Symposium on Music Education Research. He is past University Curriculum Chair for the Washington Music Educators Association and an honorary member of the Gamma chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi.
He holds a B.M. from Northwestern University, an M.M. from the University of Wisconsin, and a Ph.D. from Louisiana State University.
Erin Bodnar, Concert Band
Erin Bodnar is in her second year of study in the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in instrumental conducting. She received a Master of Music in wind conducting from the University of North Texas and a Bachelor of Music in music education from the University of Victoria. Her primary conducting teachers at these institutions were Eugene Corporon, Dennis Fisher and Gerald King.
Bodnar has participated in conducting workshops at the University of North Texas, State University of New York at Fredonia, and the University of Michigan, where she had the opportunity to work with James Jordan, Jack Stamp, Paula Holcomb, and Steve Davis. This year, she was chosen as one of three Young Conductors for the National Band Association’s Young Conductor and Composer Mentorship Project. Bodnar has also contributed to the GIA Teaching Music Through Performance Series for Volume 7 and the revised Volume 1.
She excelled at teaching both middle and high school band in Alberta, Canada, for which she received the Keith Mann Young Band Director’s Award and the prestigious Edwin Parr First Year Teacher Award. In addition, Bodnar has served on the board of directors for the Alberta Band Association and has presented at their annual conference.
She is an accomplished bassoonist, having performed with the New Edmonton Wind Sinfonia, the University of North Texas Wind Symphony and the Madera Winds. She has recorded with the University of North Texas Wind Symphony for the GIA Teaching Music Through Performance CD series as well as the GIA Composer Collection CDs.
Cory Meals, Symphonic Band
Cory Meals is currently working toward his PhD in Music Education at the University of Washington and serves as a Graduate Assistant Director for the Husky Marching Band and the UW Symphonic Band.
Previously, he served as Director of Bands for Waller High School (2006-2010), northwest of Houston, TX. During his tenure there ensembles received numerous ‘Superior’ ratings and UIL "Sweepstakes" awards, and advanced each year eligible to the prestigious UIL 4A Texas State Marching Contest (2007, 2009).
He has also held instructional positions in Klein ISD (TX), and Keller ISD (TX), and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Instrumental Music Education from VanderCook College of Music (IL) where he studied under Dr. Charles Menghini. Most recently he was Graduate Teaching Assistant for the University of Houston Band program, earning a Master of Music degree in Instrumental Wind Conducting with Prof. David Bertman and Mr. Eddie Green. He is an active member of CBDNA, TMEA, TBA, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Kappa Kappa Psi, and maintains an active schedule as a visual designer, program consultant, and ensemble clinician.
Jiannan Cheng, Concert Band
Jiannan Cheng is from Chengdu, China and is in her first year at the University of Washington School of Music where she is enrolled in the MM program in instrumental conducting. She just received her Bachelor’s degree in choral conducting from the China Conservatory of Music (Beijing) in July of 2012.
During her undergraduate study, Jiannan studied choral conducting with Prof. Lingfen Wu and instrumental conducting with Dr. Youqing Yang. She also served as conductor of the College of Computer and Information Choir at Renming University of China, Beijing; the No. 5 Middle and High School Choir; and the Beijing Children’s Palace Choir. Additionally, she founded the College of Civil Engineering Choir at Tsinghua University in May of 2010. Jiannan started her musical training when she was quite young and, in addition to singing, plays piano, violin and flute.
Dan McDonald, Campus Band
Dan McDonald is a second year Doctor of Musical Arts student in instrumental conducting and serves as a Graduate Assistant Director for the Husky Marching Band. McDonald earned both a B.A. in Music (Saxophone) and M.M. in Conducting (Instrumental) from the University of Connecticut where he studied with Jeffrey Renshaw, David Mills, Michelle Holt and Marvin McNeill. He also attended the Northeast Conducting Symposium at Ithaca College with Craig Kirchhoff and Stephen Peterson.
Prior to his graduate work, McDonald taught grade 4-8 band and lessons in Ashford, CT and was Director of Instrumental Music at The Norwich Free Academy in Norwich, CT. At NFA, he directed the award-winning Concert Band, Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Chamber Ensembles, Pep Band, and the “Wildcat” Marching Band.
At UConn, McDonald was assistant conductor for the Symphonic Band and Concert Band, as well as assisted with undergraduate conducting. He was a graduate assistant for the UConn Athletic Bands who performed at the 2011 Tostito’s Fiesta Bowl and conducted the pep band at the 2011 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship in Houston, TX. McDonald is a member of Music Educators National Conference, New England Music Festival Association, Kappa Kappa Psi, College Band Directors National Association, and World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles.