Summer Institutes - Instrumental

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Headshot of Mary Schneider

Week 1: June 10-14

Mary K. Schneider is Professor of Conducting and Director of Bands at Eastern Michigan University where she conducts the EMU Wind Symphony, teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in conducting and music education, and oversees the comprehensive university bands program. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Schneider held a teaching position at the University of Minnesota School of Music and had a successful career as a secondary school instrumental music educator. Elected to the prestigious American Bandmasters Association in 2013, Dr. Schneider served as President of the North Central Division of the College Band Directors National Association from 2021-2023. A strong advocate for new wind music, she has participated in commissioning and/or premiering over three dozen works for wind band, and her ensembles frequently collaborate with a diverse group of composers. In addition to published articles in the GIA book series, Teaching Music Through Performance in Band, she has presented on the topic of wind band repertoire at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago. Active nationally and internationally as a guest conductor and clinician, Dr. Schneider is a frequent guest conductor of regional and All-State honor bands throughout the United States.

Dr. Schneider holds a doctoral degree in conducting from the University of Texas at Austin, and degrees in horn performance and music education from the New England Conservatory of Music and the University of Connecticut.

Headshot of Kevin Sedatole

Week 2: June 14-17

Kevin Sedatole serves as Director of Bands and Professor of Music at the Michigan State
University College of Music. At MSU, Professor Sedatole serves as administrator of the entire
band program totaling over 700 students that includes the Wind Symphony, Symphony Band,
Concert Band, Chamber Winds, Campus Bands, Spartan Marching Band, and Spartan Brass. He
also guides the graduate wind-conducting program in addition to conducting the MSU Wind
Symphony. Prior to joining MSU, he was director of bands and associate professor of
conducting at Baylor University. Previous to his appointment at Baylor he served as associate
director of bands at the University of Texas and director of the Longhorn Band, and as associate
director of bands at the University of Michigan and Stephen F. Austin State University.
Sedatole has conducted performances for the College Band Directors National Association,
American Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Michigan School Band
and Orchestra Association, and the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, as
well as performances in Carnegie Hall. Most recently the MSU Wind Symphony, under the
direction of Professor Sedatole, has given featured performances at the Midwest International
Band and Orchestra Clinic held in Chicago and at the national conventions of the College Band
Directors’ National Association held in Austin, Texas and Kansas City, Missouri. Professor
Sedatole is the president of the CBDNA North Central division.