Category Archives: Orchestra

MER 08: Selecting Repertoire

In this episode, Brandon and Emmett discuss repertoire selection with Jordan Sayre, associate band director at Valencia High School.

Topics include:

  • Resources for finding repertoire
  • Balancing student interests, audience appeal, personal interest, and educational goals
  • Repertoire’s importance in instructional design
  • Suitability vs. Quality

Some resources mentioned:

Jordan Sayre

Jordan Sayre is currently in his 3rd year as the Associate Band Director at Valencia High School in the Los Lunas Public School District where he directs the Symphonic band and Big Band Jazz Ensemble. He also assists with the Jaguar Marching Band which has won numerous accolades. Along with his duties at the high School, Mr. Sayre also teaches beginning band at Peralta and Bosque Farms elementary and assists with the concert band and the 4 time State champion Jaguar Band at Valencia Middle School. Mr. Sayre earned his Bachelor Degree in Music Education from The University of New Mexico.

MER 05: Preview of the 2012 CBDNA Band Education Symposium

In this episode we get a preview of the 2012 CBDNA Band Education Symposium at Arizona State University. We talk with ASU’s director of ensemble studies and host of the conference, Gary Hill, and CBDNA national president Eric Rombach-Kendall about new ideas in music education and what will be presented at the Summer Band Education Symposium.

Links discussed during show:

MER 04: Preparing for Conducting Symposiums

In this episode we welcome Trish Cornett, a doctoral student in wind conducting at the University of Michigan to talk about conducting symposiums. We discuss the benefits of attending a symposium, what to expect if you decide to go, and how to prepare for the experience.

Some of the Upcoming Summer Symposiums

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Trish Cornett

Trish Cornett is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting at the University of Michigan, where she studies with Michael Haithcock. She previously earned the Master of Music degree in conducting from Northwestern University, where she studied with Mallory Thompson, and the Bachelor of Music dual degree in saxophone performance and K-12 music education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where her teachers included Malcolm Rowell and Lynn Klock.

Cornett taught for three years at Essex High School in Essex Junction, Vermont, where she conducted three bands and taught courses in guitar and history of rock. She held a similar position at Woodland Regional High School in Beacon Falls, Connecticut from 2002-2005. Cornett is published in the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series and is a member of the College Band Directors National Association.

MER 02: Developing as a Conductor

In this podcast we discuss different strategies and resources you can use to develop your conducting skills.

Some of the text and resources we discussed and have used: