Professor of Instrumental Conducting
In his 28th year on the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin, where he holds the Vincent R. and Jane D. DiNino Chair for the Director of Bands, Jerry Junkin is recognized as one of the world’s most highly regarded wind conductors. He also holds the title of University Distinguished Teaching Professor. Previously, he served on the faculties of both the University of Michigan and the University of South Florida. In addition to his responsibilities as Professor of Music and Conductor of the Texas Wind Ensemble, he serves as Head of the Conducting Division and teaches courses in conducting and wind band literature. He is a recipient of multiple teaching awards, and students of Mr. Junkin hold major positions throughout the world.
He has served as Music Director and Conductor of the Hong Kong Wind Philharmonia since 2003. Additionally, 2012 marks the beginning of his 20th season as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Dallas Wind Symphony. In 2005 he was presented the Grainger Medallion by the International Percy Grainger Society in recognition of his championing of Grainger’s works.
Performances under the direction of Mr. Junkin have won the praise of such notable musicians as John Corigliano, David Del Tredici, Gunther Schuller, Karel Husa, William Kraft, Jacob Druckman and Michael Colgrass, among many others. Mr. Junkin has released over 30 compact disc recordings for the Reference, Klavier and Naxos labels. The New York Times named his recent release on the Reference Recordings label, Bells for Stokowski, one of the best classical CD’s of the year. His performance of Circus Maximus with The University of Texas Wind Ensemble was recently released on the world’s first Blu Ray audio disc in 5.1 surround sound by Naxos. In 2014 he will lead The University of Texas Wind Ensemble on a four week tour around the world.
Jerry Junkin is an enthusiastic advocate of public school music education, having conducted All-State bands and festivals in forty-eight states and on five continents. He spends his summers in residence at the Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan, as well as appearing at major music festivals throughout the world.
Mr. Junkin has served as President of the Big XII Band Director’s Association and is a member of the Board of Directors of The John Philip Sousa Foundation, is Past-President of the American Bandmasters Association, and is Past President of the College Band Directors National Association. Regularly making guest appearances with ensembles such as the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra and the Taipei Symphonic Winds, the 2012-13 season finds him conducting throughout the United States in addition to appearances in Japan, China, Spain and Austria.
Senior Lecturer in Conducting
Scott S. Hanna serves as Associate Director of Bands at The University of Texas at Austin, Music Director and Conductor of the Wind Symphony, and Director of the Longhorn Band. A member of the Butler School of Music faculty since 1999, he teaches courses in conducting and chamber music, and was from 2003 to 2008 Associate Director of the Butler School of Music. As Music Director of the UT Chamber Winds, Dr. Hanna has led performances of that ensemble at the 2002 and 2004 College Band Directors National Association Southwestern Division Conferences. Dr. Hanna is also the director of The University of Texas Longhorn Music Camps, serves as faculty sponsor for the Alpha Tau chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, and serves as Editor of the College Band Directors National Association Report.
Prior to his appointment at The University of Texas, Dr. Hanna taught in the public schools of New Braunfels and Austin, Texas. Dr. Hanna is one of ten faculty, staff and administration members at The University of Texas to receive the 2003 Eyes of Texas Excellence Award for outstanding contributions to student life. His professional memberships include the College Band Directors National Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Phi Beta Mu, Phi Kappa Phi, and Pi Kappa Lambda.
Lecturer in Conducting
Ryan S. Kelly currently serves as Assistant Director of Bands, Associate Director of the Longhorn Band, conductor of the Symphony Band, and Director of Longhorn Music Camps at The University of Texas at Austin. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Kelly was Associate Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Central Florida, where his responsibilities included serving as Director of the Marching Knights, conducting the Symphonic Band, and teaching courses in music education. He has also previously served as Director of Bands at Lincoln High School in Tallahassee, Florida, and Lakeland High School in Lakeland, Florida.
A native of northern Virginia, Dr. Kelly received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education from Florida State University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in wind conducting from The University of Texas at Austin. His primary conducting teachers include Jerry Junkin, Robert Carnochan, and Richard Clary. Ensembles under Dr. Kelly’s direction have appeared at the 2009 Music for All National Concert Band Festival and the 2011 JanFest High School Band Festival at the University of Georgia, and he was awarded the Citation of Excellence from the National Band Association in 2011.
Dr. Kelly has previously served on the Board of Directors for the Florida Music Educators Association and the FSU Band Alumni Association. He has published articles in Research Perspectives in Music Education and Florida Music Director, and his wind ensemble transcription of Kevin Puts’ Network is published by Aperto Press. Dr. Kelly’s professional affiliations include the College Band Directors National Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Kappa Kappa Psi, and Tau Beta Sigma.
Lecturer in Conducting
Joshua Gall joins the faculty of the University of Texas at Austin where he will serve as the Director of the Longhorn Pep Band, Assistant Director of the Longhorn Band, and Assistant to the Director of Bands. Prior to his appointment at the University of Texas at Austin, Mr. Gall was a Doctoral Conducting Associate at the University of Florida and also taught in the public schools of Hanover and Stafford, Virginia.
Mr. Gall has an extensive background in the marching arts. He served as a both a member and brass specialist for The Cadets, is currently on staff with the 2014 DCI Silver Medalist, The Bluecoats, and designs drill for the 2014 DCI Open Class Bronze Medalist, Genesis Drum Corps from Austin, TX. Currently, he serves in the role of guest clinician, program coordinator, music composer and arranger, and drill writer for over fifteen programs annually and has written over 40 original shows receiving medal distinction in BOA (Bands of America), USSBA (U.S. Scholastic Band Association), TOB (Tournament of Bands), and WGI (Winter Guard International). He is also frequently in demand as a guest conductor for concert ensembles around the country.
As an entrepreneur, Mr. Gall actively contributes to the music industry as an owner of Ultimate Drill Book which supports programs such as Genesis, Bluecoats, Santa Clara Vanguard, Phantom Regiment, the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band and over 50 other high school and collegiate programs around the country. He also has an extensive background in recording and production as he coordinated a family-owned recording and production company for 12 years that specialized in the recording of the performing arts. Mr. Gall oversaw the production of over 4,000 audio and video recordings that were distributed nationally and included events such as the Richmond Symphony Concert Series, USSBA National Championships, WGI Regionals, All-Virginia Band and Orchestra Concerts, State Marching Festivals, and approximately seventy other events annually.
Mr. Gall holds the Bachelor of Music Education degree from Virginia Commonwealth University where he studied conducting with Dr. Terry Austin and Daniel Myssyk, Tuba with Dr. Ross Walter, and percussion with Sergeant Major William Messerschmidt of the United States Army Band. He also holds the Master of Music degree in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Florida where he studied with Dr. David Waybright. He is currently completing his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Music Education with a cognate in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Florida.
Mr. Gall’s professional affiliations include Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), and Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA).