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Timothy Mahr featured Visiting Artist Series guest

Date of Release: 03/14/2006

SAN MARCOS—Timothy Mahr, renowned conductors, composers and music educators, will be the guest of the Second Annual Visiting Artist Series concert March 29 at Texas State University-San Marcos.

The program, sponsored by the Texas State Bands, will feature Mahr in a joint concert of the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band at 8 p.m. in Evans Auditorium. General admission tickets are available at the door for $2, with Texas State students admitted free with a student I.D.

During Mahr’s visit to Texas State, he will lecture to both music education and composition students. Mahr is a professor of music at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., where he is the Conductor of the St. Olaf Band and teaches courses in composition, conducting and music education. He is Past President of the North Central Division of the College Band Directors National Association (1999-2001), and has served on the Board of Directors of the National Band Association (1996-98) and was a founding board member of the Minnesota Band Directors Association. He is presently the North Central Division Representative on the CBDNA Commissioning Committee.

Active in 35 states as a guest conductor and clinician, Mahr has also appeared professionally in Norway, Mexico, Singapore and Canada. He has been in residence as a guest composer/conductor on over thirty college and university campuses and has twice conducted performances with the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra. Since 1994, the St. Olaf Band has produced nine compact disc recordings, four of which have received international acclaim.

Mahr is well known as a composer and has over 50 works to his credit, many of which are published for band. He received the 1991 ABA/Ostwald Award for his piece, The Soaring Hawk. Five other works have been finalists in national band composition contests. His works have been programmed at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in New York, numerous national and international music conferences and in twenty countries on four continents. His works are recorded on the Sony, Citadel, Crest, Mark, GIA, Cafua and St. Olaf labels.

Mahr graduated with two degrees summa cum laude from St. Olaf College in 1977 and 1978 (B.M. Theory/Composition and B.A. Music Education). In 1983 he received the Master of Arts degree in Trombone Performance from The University of Iowa, where in 1995 he earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Instrumental Conducting.