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Caroline Beatty is Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music at Texas State University. Her responsibilities include providing administration and oversight of the university band program, conducting the Wind Symphony, and teaching conducting and band literature courses. During the 2014-2015 academic year, she also served as Interim Conductor of the Texas State Symphony Orchestra. Performances under her direction garner consistent accolades from audience members, composers, and fellow performers for their artistry, excitement, beauty, and craft. While honoring the standard repertoire, Dr. Beatty actively invests in the commissioning and performance of new works. Recent commissioning projects and premiere performances have included compositions by Robert Beaser, Carter Pann, Michael Ippolito, DJ Sparr, Margaret Brouwer, David Maslanka, Ryan Chase, and Andrew Rindfleisch.
Dr. Beatty maintains a vibrant conducting and teaching schedule outside of the university. She has been engaged as a conductor with the Austin Symphony, the Victoria Bach Festival, for various composers’ recording projects, and for honor bands throughout the country. Her diverse teaching engagements have included serving as a conducting workshop clinician and providing presentations on a variety of educational and historical topics ranging from 19th century harmoniemusik, to music in American history, and conducting pedagogy. Additionally, she is a sought-after rehearsal clinician for high school and middle school bands.
Prior to her current position, Dr. Beatty held the position of Associate Director of Bands at Texas State University and Northwestern State University Louisiana. Her secondary school teaching experience includes thirteen years as a high school band director. She holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Conducting from the University of Michigan and holds both a Master of Music degree in Instrumental Conducting and a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Beatty is a member of the College Band Directors National Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, and Phi Beta Mu.
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Kyle Glaser serves as the Associate Director of Bands at Texas State University. His responsibilities include conducting the Symphonic Winds, overseeing all athletic bands, and teaching various methods classes. He holds a Doctor of Music degree in Conducting from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, a Master of Music degree in Conducting from Rutgers University, and a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from the Pennsylvania State University. He has studied saxophone performance with Daniel Yoder and Otis Murphy.
Prior to his appointment at Texas State, Glaser served as the Director of Bands at the East Stroudsburg Area South High School in northeastern Pennsylvania. Under his direction, bands at East Stroudsburg received numerous Superior ratings at PMEA and PBA Concert Band Adjudications, and were chosen in 2002 and 2005 to perform at the Annual PMEA In-Service State Conference. He has also served as the interim director of the East Stroudsburg University/Community Concert Band, and was the co-director of the COTA Cats, a regional high school honors jazz ensemble that was founded by jazz legend Phil Woods.
Glaser maintains an active schedule as a clinician, guest conductor, and adjudicator, and has also served as a contributing author to the GIA Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series. His professional memberships include the College Band Directors National Association, the National Band Association, the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, the National Association for Music Education, and the Texas Music Educators Association.
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Matthew Holzner serves as Lecturer in Music and Assistant Director of Bands at Texas State University. His responsibilities include conducting the Concert Band, assisting with the Bobcat Marching Band and Basketball Band, teaching instrumental conducting, and supervising student teachers. He holds a Master of Music degree in Conducting from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has studied tuba performance with Mark Moore and Daniel Perantoni.
Prior to his appointment at Texas State, Holzner served as the Director of Bands at Mendota Township High School in the far west suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. Under his direction, ensembles at Mendota received numerous Superior ratings at the IHSA State and Solo/Ensemble contests. In 2014, the MHS Percussion Ensemble was chosen to perform at the Annual Illinois Music Education Association (ILMEA) State Music Education Conference.
Holzner has served as a contributing author to the GIA Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series and assisted in the filming of GIA series The Marching Band Director's Video Toolbox. Holzner served on several committees for ILMEA, and regularly served as adjudicator for IHSA and IMEA festivals and auditions. His professional memberships include the College Band Directors National Association, the National Band Association, the National Association for Music Education, and the Texas Music Educators Association.
Jordan Stern is a freelance educator, composer, arranger and performer based in the San Antonio area. He currently serves as the Marching Percussion Coordinator for the Texas State University Bobcat Marching Band. In addition, he teaches a class at Texas State on arranging.
Jordan served as an Associate Band Director at Claudia Taylor Johnson and William Brennan High Schools. During his tenure at Johnson, the marching band distinguished itself with such honors as 1st place at the Bands of America San Antonio Super Regional, 3rd place at the U.I.L. 6A State Marching Contest, and was a recipient of the John Philip Sousa Foundation Sudler Shield. As a concert band director, his ensembles at Brennan and Johnson consistently received first division ratings at UIL Concert and Sight Reading contest. Jordan also has been on the percussion staff at Winston Churchill High School and the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps.
As a private teacher, Jordan has enjoyed helping many students develop into successful performers over the years. Since 2006, 13 of his students have been placed into the TMEA All-State ensembles, with his students winning the first chair at All-State auditions in 2014, 2015 and 2016. In addition, 4 of his students have won first place at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention Solo Marimba Competition.
Mr. Stern is an active arranger and composer, writing for both percussion and wind band. While at William Brennan High School, Jordan composed the School Song and Fight Song, and arranged for the marching winds and percussion. Jordan has also arranged for the marching bands of Claudia Taylor Johnson, Ronald Reagan, Winston Churchill, Cedar Park, Mustang (OK), Plano, Foster, Kerrville Tivy and Gregory Portland High School, among others.
Jordan Stern received Bachelors degrees from Texas State University in Percussion Performance and Music Studies with Teacher Certification. He is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Music Education from Texas State. His percussion teachers have included Genaro Gonzalez, Tony Edwards, Matt Strauss, and Thomas Burritt. Jordan has performed as a member of the Concord Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps, and spent several summers at orchestral festivals, including the International Festival Institute at Roundtop and the Texas Music Festival. He has also performed with the Texas Mozart Festival Orchestra, and as a substitute percussionist with the Austin Symphony Orchestra and National Repertory Orchestra. Jordan can be seen often playing drum set in the San Antonio area with various jazz groups, and is part of the Vibraphone/Marimba duo group Blue and Green with Eric Carraway.
Kim grew up in Crestwood, KY where she began participating in color guard in high school. While attending college at Northern Kentucky University and earning her degree in Elementary Education, she began teaching various color guard programs in Ohio and Kentucky. For 15 years, Kim participated with the Onyx Winter Guard organization from Dayton, Ohio either as a marching member or a staff member. She also spent 5 summers as a staff member for Cincinnati Glory and Marion Glory Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps. Over the years, Kim has served as a color guard adjudicator for various marching band and winter guard events along with participating in MEPA, Tri-State, and OIPA color guard circuits. She continues to serve as a color guard clinician, choreographer, and consultant.
Kim moved to San Antonio in 2008 where she is currently the Color Guard Director at Judson High School. She is also a staff member with Identity Winter Guard, the 2013 WGI IO World Champion from San Marcos, Texas and is serving the TCGC Circuit as a member of the Task Force.