Conductor

Thomas P. Rohrer (2003-Present) is Director of Bands and Director of Music Education at Utah State University where he conducts the Wind Orchestra and the Aggie Marching Band as part of his leadership of a diverse collegiate band program and teacher training curriculum. Having established an international reputation as a conductor and clinician, he is Music Director and Conductor of the Salt Lake [Utah] Symphonic Winds (which performed at the 2006 MENC National Conference) and consistently receives high praise from colleagues and composers for meticulous preparation and insightful interpretation.

An active composer, Dr. Rohrer has twice earned honors as a winner of the Dallas Wind Symphony’s composition competition, completed several commissions, had works performed at two conferences of the College Band Directors National Association, and received the international premiere of Excessive Force for Wind Ensemble.

Under his leadership, the USU Wind Orchestra is held in high regard, twice receiving invitations to the College Band Directors National Association Regional Conference and hosting several noted artists, composers, and conductors. A frequent conductor and clinician throughout the United States and abroad, Dr. Rohrer is published in the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, UPDATE: Applications of Research in Music Education, Journal of Band Research, Instrumentalist, and several state professional journals, and he has been invited to present at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, the regional College Band Directors National Association, and individual state conferences.

Dr. Rohrer is cited numerous times for outstanding teaching, most recently as the 2007-08 recipient of the Marie Eccles Canine Foundation Young Scholar Award and the Utah State University Music Department and Fine Arts Teacher of the Year in 2004. In addition, he was honored as a top-five finalist for the campus-wide Master Teacher Award at Bowling Green State University in 1997. He also taught collegiately at Florida State University and held positions at Northern Arizona University and the University of Cincinnati. His public school experience includes teaching instrumental music in the public schools of Southwest Ohio. A proponent of music education, Dr. Rohrer has visited hundreds of classrooms, and he maintains strong ties with pre-service and in-service teachers.

Dr. Rohrer’s professional affiliations have included the College Band Directors National Association-for which he is currently Western Division Vice President, Music Educators National Conference, the National Band Association, the Conductors Guild, and the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles.

As a community member, he has served on the Community Council for Hillcrest Elementary School in Logan and coached basketball, baseball, and soccer for the Logan Parks and Recreation Department. He is a member of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma-national band service organizations-and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Dr. Rohrer has degrees in music education and wind conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a Ph.D. in music education from Florida State University.

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Christian Earl (2012-Present) is currently Director of Bands at South Davis Junior High School in Davis School District. Prior to that, he was Director of Instrumental Music at Hillcrest Junior High School in Murray School District and Director of Bands at Fairfield Junior High School in Kaysville for seventeen years. His compositions for Young Band and Concert Band have been published by both Wingert-Jones Publishing and C.L. Barnhouse Publications. His commissioned works have been performed at the junior high school, high school, and collegiate levels.

Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with an emphasis in Instrumental Music Education from Weber State University where he studied composition with Thomas Root. There he received both the Outstanding Graduate of the College of Arts and Humanities and the Outstanding Graduate of the Department of Performing Arts awards.
He has conducted both Jr. High and High School honor bands throughout Utah, and is also active as an adjudicator.

Mr. Earl holds memberships in the National Band Association, the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), Music Educators National Conference, and Utah Music Educators Association where he was editor of The Utah Educator, The Official Journal of the Utah Music Educators Association for four years
and has been in charge of reviewing new works for band for that magazine.

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