17th Annual Conducting Symposium
Friday, January 18th – Saturday, January 19th, 2013
with guest clinicians
Composer and Music Technology Instructor
at Mesa Academy
for Advanced Studies, Mesa, Arizona
Associate Director of the School of Music and Professor of Music
George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia
UNC Symphonic Band
and Trail Ridge Middle School Band, Sue Riffe, Conductor
Douglas Akey began his musical training in the public schools of Elmhurst, Illinois. He went on to attend Arizona State University on a performance scholarship, earning a Bachelor of Music degree in Instrumental Music (1979) and a Master of Music in Solo Performance (1985). He also studied brass performance at the Banff Centre for the Performing Arts in Alberta, Canada. He has studied horn with Carroll Simmons – Grant Park Orchestra (Chicago), Ralph Lockwood – Arizona State University, William Strickland – free-lance hornist (New York), and Roland Pandolfi – Principal Horn, St. Louis Symphony.
Since 1979, he has been teaching middle level band in the Phoenix area. His school ensembles have been invited to perform at numerous education conferences, including the Midwest Clinic and the Music Educators National Conference. He is often called upon to serve as a clinician, having directed many junior high and high school honor bands, as well as presenting sessions for music educators both throughout the United States and as far afield as Singapore.
In 1985, Mr. Akey received the Stanbury Award of the American School Band Directors Association as the outstanding young junior high school band director in the United States. Since that time, he has become recognized as an accomplished composer of band music. His works have appeared on dozens of state contest lists and are performed throughout North America, Europe, Australia and the Far East. In 1996, he was honored as the National Federation of Secondary Schools Music Educator of the Year for Section 7 (Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah). He has composed thirty-five commissions for bands throughout the United States and has more than forty-five published works.
Anthony J. Maiello received both his bachelor's and master's degrees in music from Ithaca College in l965 and l967, respectively. He also studied at the National Conducting Institute in Washington, D.C., under the direction of Mr. Leonard Slatkin, former Musical Director of the National Symphony Orchestra. He has served as a Cover Conductor for the National Symphony Orchestra at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.
Mr. Maiello's academic experience includes extensive teaching in the public schools. He served as Professor of Music and Chairman of Performance at the Crane School of Music, Potsdam College of SUNY, Potsdam, New York, where his duties included advanced instrumental conducting, applied clarinet, woodwind and percussion techniques; and conductor of the Crane Wind Ensemble. Under his direction, the ensembles at Crane and George Mason University have commissioned many new works, made numerous recordings and appearances statewide and at regional and national conferences in the United States and Canada. He is the author of Conducting: A Hands-On-Approach, Conducting Nuances: Little Things Mean a Lot, and co-author of the 21st Century Band Method.
Anthony Maiello travels widely presenting clinics, lectures and workshops, and guest conducting and adjudicating numerous music festivals. He is presently an Associate Director of the School of Music and Professor of Music at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia where he conducts the GMU Repertory Orchestra and teaches several conducting courses.
Registration materials will be posted on the website in October.
Please contact the University Bands Office at (970) 351-2273 or
email Jennifer Beck, Program Coordinator, at email@example.com
if you have any questions.