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Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 0405
Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 0405
Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 0405
Biography

 

Gary W. Hill is Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Arizona State University, where he conducts various ensembles and teaches graduate conducting.

 

Prior to Hill's appointment at ASU, he was Director of Bands at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music, where he also served as Music Director for the Kansas City Youth Wind Ensemble, and conducted two professional groups: the Kansas City Symphony Brass Ensemble and newEar, a chamber ensemble devoted to contemporary music.  Previously, he held a similar post at East Texas State University and was Associate Director of Bands at the University of Colorado, Boulder.  Hill began his teaching career in Michigan where he served as Director of Bands for the West Bloomfield and Traverse City public schools.

 

High school, university, and professional ensembles under Hill's direction have given performances for the National Band Association, the Music Educators National Conference (NAfME), the College Band Directors National Association, the American Bandmasters Association, the International Horn Symposium, the National Flute Association, at many state conventions, and throughout North America, Europe, and Asia.  Performances conducted by him have consistently drawn praise from composers, performing musicians, and critics alike for their insightful, inspired, and cohesive realizations, and for their imaginative programming.  

 

As a guest conductor and clinician, appearances in more than a dozen countries and throughout most of the United States have included performances with myriad high school honor bands, numerous college and university wind bands and orchestras, many professional ensembles, at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, and at World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles' conferences.  Gary W. Hill is one of the most sought after guest conductors and clinicians in the instrumental music education field; during the past four decades, he has presented more than one hundred workshops on conducting and rehearsal technique for music teachers of all levels and has served as a clinician for thousands of bands and orchestras.

 

Hill’s current creative/research agenda includes: an exploration of biochemical reactions spawned by the musical process and work on a monograph concerning the past, present, and future of instrumental music in schools.

 

Gary W. Hill is a member of numerous professional organizations including the National Association for Music Education, The Society for American Music, World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, The American Bandmasters Association, and the College Band Directors National Association, for which he hosted the Fiftieth Anniversary National Conference (1991) as well as the joint conferences of the North Central and Southwestern Divisions in conjunction with The Society for American Music (1998), served as president of the Southwestern Division (1989-91), and as national president (2003-05).

 

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Research Interests

The biochemical reactions to the music making process.

The ongoing evolution of ensembles in educational institutions.

Publications

1. Conductor, recording of Coast of Dreams (Paul Dooley, composer) iTunes

2. Conductor, recording of Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Wind Ensemble (William Bolcom, composer) iTunes

3. Contributing author: "Motivational and Social Dynamics of Ensemble Music Making." The Oxford Handbook of Music Making and Leisure.

4. Co-author: "Cortisol and Testosterone Associations with Social Dynamic Networks." The journal Hormones and Behavior.

5. Presentation and website document for the Midwest Clinic: Losing Control and Gaining Engagement: Tips and Techniques Inspired by Science for Improving Motivation and Performance in Large Ensembles."

 

Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
MUP 442Instrumental Ensembles
MUP 494Special Topics
MUP 495Performance
MUP 496Performance
MUP 499Individualized Instruction
MUP 527Studio Instruction
MUP 540Princ of Integrated Conducting
MUP 542Instrumental Ensembles
MUP 590Reading and Conference
MUP 596Solo Performance
MUP 597Solo Performance
MUP 598Special Topics
MUP 727Studio Instruction
MUP 790Reading and Conference
MUP 796Solo Performance
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
MUP 442Instrumental Ensembles
MUP 494Special Topics
MUP 499Individualized Instruction
MUP 527Studio Instruction
MUP 542Instrumental Ensembles
MUP 590Reading and Conference
MUP 591Seminar
MUP 596Solo Performance
MUP 597Solo Performance
MUP 598Special Topics
MUP 727Studio Instruction
MUP 790Reading and Conference
MUP 796Solo Performance
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
MUP 442Instrumental Ensembles
MUP 494Special Topics
MUP 495Performance
MUP 496Performance
MUP 499Individualized Instruction
MUP 527Studio Instruction
MUP 540Princ of Integrated Conducting
MUP 542Instrumental Ensembles
MUP 590Reading and Conference
MUP 596Solo Performance
MUP 597Solo Performance
MUP 598Special Topics
MUP 727Studio Instruction
MUP 790Reading and Conference
MUP 796Solo Performance
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
MUP 442Instrumental Ensembles
MUP 494Special Topics
MUP 499Individualized Instruction
MUP 527Studio Instruction
MUP 542Instrumental Ensembles
MUP 590Reading and Conference
MUP 591Seminar
MUP 596Solo Performance
MUP 597Solo Performance
MUP 598Special Topics
MUP 727Studio Instruction
MUP 790Reading and Conference
MUP 796Solo Performance
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
MUP 442Instrumental Ensembles
MUP 494Special Topics
MUP 495Performance
MUP 496Performance
MUP 499Individualized Instruction
MUP 527Studio Instruction
MUP 540Princ of Integrated Conducting
MUP 542Instrumental Ensembles
MUP 590Reading and Conference
MUP 596Solo Performance
MUP 597Solo Performance
MUP 598Special Topics
MUP 727Studio Instruction
MUP 790Reading and Conference
MUP 796Solo Performance
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
MUP 442Instrumental Ensembles
MUP 494Special Topics
MUP 499Individualized Instruction
MUP 527Studio Instruction
MUP 542Instrumental Ensembles
MUP 590Reading and Conference
MUP 591Seminar
MUP 596Solo Performance
MUP 598Special Topics
MUP 727Studio Instruction
MUP 790Reading and Conference
MUP 796Solo Performance
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
MUP 210Begin Instrumental Conducting
MUP 442Instrumental Ensembles
MUP 494Special Topics
MUP 495Performance
MUP 496Performance
MUP 499Individualized Instruction
MUP 527Studio Instruction
MUP 540Princ of Integrated Conducting
MUP 542Instrumental Ensembles
MUP 590Reading and Conference
MUP 596Solo Performance
MUP 597Solo Performance
MUP 598Special Topics
MUP 727Studio Instruction
MUP 790Reading and Conference
MUP 796Solo Performance
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
MUP 442Instrumental Ensembles
MUP 494Special Topics
MUP 499Individualized Instruction
MUP 527Studio Instruction
MUP 542Instrumental Ensembles
MUP 590Reading and Conference
MUP 591Seminar
MUP 596Solo Performance
MUP 598Special Topics
MUP 727Studio Instruction
MUP 790Reading and Conference
MUP 796Solo Performance
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
MUP 494Special Topics
MUP 527Studio Instruction
MUP 591Seminar
MUP 598Special Topics
MUP 727Studio Instruction
Honors / Awards

Recipient of the 2014 "Distinguished Service to Music" award from the Kappa Kappa Psi National Band Fraternity.

Professional Associations

Past President of the College Band Directors National Association (2003-2005)

Past National Board Member of the College Band Directors National Association (1997-2009)

Elected member of the American Bandmasters Association

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