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Emmett O’Leary

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Emmett O’Leary is a Ph.D student in music education at Arizona State University. Prior to starting his graduate studies he served as an assistant band director at the University of Notre Dame. At Notre Dame he co-directed several concert bands, worked extensively with “The Band of the Fighthing Irish”, Notre Dame’s 400-member marching band, taught courses in instrumental conducting and brass techniques, and directed the tuba-euphonium and horn ensembles. Prior to his appointment at Notre Dame, Emmett served as a high school band director in the Meridian (ID) and Lake Havasu City (AZ) school districts.

Emmett earned a Bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Idaho, a Master of Arts in Music from Washington State University, and most recently a Master of Science in Music Technology from Indiana University.

Brandon Houghtalen

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Brandon Houghtalen is the Associate Director of Bands and an Assistant Professor of Music at Abilene Christian University. His responsibilities include directing the Big Purple Marching Band, conducting the Concert Band, supervising the instrumental music education program and studio horn. He previously held positions at the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of New Mexico and in the public schools of Fayette County, Georgia.

Dr. Houghtalen frequently collaborates with emerging and established composers, and has premiered and commissioned works by Doug Farrell, Paul Hembree, Daniel Kellogg, Carter Pann, Greg Simon, Steven Snowden, and Joseph Turrin. His editions of the music of James Reese Europe and the 369th Infantry Regiment Band were premiered at Arizona State University in January 2012.

As a hornist, Dr. Houghtalen has performed with professional ensembles throughout the United States, including the Traverse (MI) Symphony, Oak Ridge (TN) Symphony, Waltham (MA) Symphony, the U.S. Army Ground Forces Band (GA) and the Salt River Brass (AZ). As a member of the University of Colorado Horn Choir he performed at the 2008 International Horn Symposium in Denver, CO. He has presented at state and national conferences on the topics of conducting, horn pedagogy, and music technology.

Dr. Houghtalen holds degrees in music education and conducting from the University of Tennessee, University of Colorado, and Arizona State University. His primary conducting teachers include Gary W. Hill and Allan R. McMurray. He is an active member of the Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Educators Association, National Band Association and the College Band Directors National Association, for which he serves as a member of the Committee on Technology.

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