Stephen Williams – conductor
Stephen Williams has established himself as one of Australia’s most versatile conductors, distinguishing himself with an impressive record of achievement in a variety of musical settings. In addition to conducting most of the Orchestras for Symphony Services International he has conducted, recorded and toured with many of Australia’s finest Symphonic Bands and Jazz Ensembles. He has directed and performed with Australian groups at the North Sea, Montreux, Edinburgh and Monterey Jazz Festivals, has conducted concerts in Carnegie Hall and taken Australian orchestras, symphonic bands and jazz ensembles to conferences in the U.S.A, Japan, Europe, the U.K, Singapore and China.
In 1989 Stephen was awarded a conducting scholarship by Symphony Australia and for three years studied orchestral conducting under Werner Andreas Albert, during which time he conducted concerts and made recordings with many of the Symphony Australia Orchestras. In 1994 he was awarded the Harry Begian Conducting Scholarship, which enabled him to study advanced Symphonic Band conducting at the University of Illinois under Professor James Keene. In 1995 he was awarded a Master’s Degree in Orchestral Conducting and Research from the University of Queensland.
Stephen is currently Chief Conductor Instrumental for The Arts Unit, a specialist unit in the N.S.W Department of Education & Communities, taking up this position at the beginning of 1999. He is the musical director for the NSW Schools Spectacular, the world’s biggest variety show and has been since 1991. He also is the founding Musical Director of the Northern Beaches Symphony Orchestra.
Prior to this Stephen had a full time position as conducting coordinator for the School of Instrumental Music in Perth. He was also a member of staff at the W.A Conservatorium of Music, Edith Cowan University, lecturing and conducting in the Classical, Jazz and Education departments.
Between 1992 and 1995, Stephen was a full time member of staff at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, occupying the position of Director of the Wind Symphony as well as lecturing in Conducting, Instrumental Pedagogy and Jazz studies.
Over the last ten years he has been a conductor in concerts and on many tours with Orchestra Victoria (one of two professional orchestras in Melbourne). He is the chief conductor for their innovative education program ‘On the mOVe’, a program which allows students in country regions to be tutored and mentored by Orchestra Victoria players in two-day workshops. For several years he was also engaged by Symphony Services International to present and conduct concerts for schools with the Sydney Sinfonia. Stephen also works as a freelance conductor and instrumental consultant and is frequently called upon to lecture, conduct clinics and adjudicate both in Australia and overseas.
Stephen Williams will be in residence between 19 August and 30 August 2013.
Christopher Anderson – conductor
Dr. Christopher Anderson serves as the Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music at Arkansas Tech University. As Program Director, he is responsible for all aspects of instrumental Music Education and ensembles. He conducts the Symphonic Wind Ensemble which has recently been selected to perform at the 2014 CBDNA Southwestern Division Conference. Christopher is also the Executive Director of the ATU summer music programs that provide music education to over 1000 student musicians each year. His former students hold positions in prestigious Middle School, High School, and Collegiate music programs all over the United States.
Prior to his appointment at Arkansas Tech University, Christopher Anderson was the Associate Director of Bands and the Director of the Goin’ Band from Raiderland, the 440-member marching band at Texas Tech University. His bands have performed in the Cotton Bowl, Gator Bowl, Holiday Bowl, Alamo Bowl, Houston Bowl, and the Insight Bowl. He held similar posts at Stephen F. Austin State University and Abilene Christian University. He began his career teaching in the public schools at Keller High School, an award-winning music program near Fort Worth, Texas.
Having transcribed over 125 works for wind ensemble, marching band, jazz ensemble, and saxophone quartet, his most recent publication is a wind transcription of John Corigliano’s Elegy published by G. Schirmer. He is currently working on a transcription of John Corigliano’s Tournaments which will be premiered in early 2014.Additionally, he served as an engraver for Merlin Patterson’s transcriptions of Charles Ives’ Concord Symphony and Gustav Holst’s The Planets.
Christopher Anderson is an active clinician and conductor throughout the United States with frequent appearances conducting honor bands and teaching masterclasses in conducting and performance techniques. He served as a programming assistant for the Dallas Wind Symphony in 2010-2011, and has served as the Secretary for the Big 12 Band Directors Association. His research has been presented at conferences such as the Texas Music Educators Association, Arkansas Music Educators Association, and the College Band Directors National Association.
Christopher Anderson holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin, a Masters of Music in Conducting from the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Music Education from Abilene Christian University. His primary conducting teachers include Jerry F. Junkin, John Paynter, and Fred J. Allen.
He is a member of ASBOA, ABA, CBDNA, WASBE, and Phi Beta Mu. He also holds honorary memberships in Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma.
Christopher, his wife Amy, and their children, reside in Russellville, Arkansas.
Christopher Anderson will be in residence between 17 September and 28 September 2013.
John Lynch – conductor
Dr. John Lynch is the Director of Bands and Professor of Music at The University of Georgia where he guides all aspects of the band and graduate and wind conducting programs. Previous positions include those at the University of Kansas, Northwestern University, and Emory University. He has ten years of high school teaching experience in his native New York State where he was the national recipient of the Stanbury Award for outstanding teaching and conducting. Dr. Lynch holds degrees from Indiana University, the Eastman School of Music, and CCM. He has conducted throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia including invited tours of China, Argentina and Europe, and has performed at the national conferences of CBDNA, ABA, MENC, The Midwest Clinic, and at GMEA, KMEA and Interlochen. Recent conducting engagements include the West Point Band, the Army Field Band, and the United States Marine Band. Dr. Lynch has held residencies at the Vivaldi Conservatory in Alessandria, Italy, the Conservatory in Vilnius, Lithuania, and the University of Costa Rica. He has three recordings on the Naxos label including the debut of the Wind Band Classics Series. His recordings have been broadcast throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. He is a member of the American Bandmasters Association, CBDNA, Phi Beta Mu, and WASBE, and is the recent recipient of The American Prize and UGA’s Creative Research Medal, and a Northwestern Fellow for Teaching Excellence.
John Lynch will be in residence between 20 October and 3 November 2013.