UNT band directors achieve honors at state convention

Eugen Corporon
Regents Professor of Music Eugene Migliaro Corporon, conductor of the Wind Symphony
Dennis Fisher
Symphonic Band conductor and College of Music Professor Dennis Fisher
Nicholas Williams
Nicholas Williams, Concert Band conductor and director of the North Texas Green Brigade Marching Band
Thursday, August 8, 2013 - 09:48

DENTON, Texas (UNT) – UNT's three College of Music wind conductors were recognized for their achievements at the Texas Bandmasters Association Convention held in July in San Antonio.

Regents Professor of Music Eugene Migliaro Corporon, conductor of the Wind Symphony, was only the 13th person in more than 60 years to be awarded an Honorary Life Membership to the association. Symphonic Band conductor and College of Music Professor Dennis Fisher was named a recipient of the 2013 Meritorious Achievement Award. And, Dr. Nicholas E. Williams, Concert Band conductor and director of the North Texas Green Brigade Marching Band, conducted the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra Wind Symphony before an audience of 2,000 members and students.

Corporon was awarded the Honorary Life Membership as gratitude for a lifetime of support and service to the world of music. As director of wind studies at the College of Music, he guides all aspects of the program, including the master's and doctoral degrees in wind conducting. Corporon has recorded more than 600 works, and his groups have released more than 100 recordings on Toshiba/EMI, Klavier, Mark, Naxos and other labels. Many of those recordings are aired regularly on radio broadcasts throughout Asia, Europe and the Americas. Corporon has been a primary contributor of recordings and written content for the highly successful Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series of books and music CDs, which guides band directors in teaching musical concepts through repertoire for wind band. The series started in 1996 and has published nine volumes containing theoretical, practical and analytical insights on a variety of current wind band literature with chapters written by leaders in the wind studies profession.

Fisher has a wide variety of experience and expertise as a conductor, arranger, clinician and consultant. Currently a principal guest conductor of the Volga Band, a professional wind band in Saratov, Russia, he has appeared throughout the United States and internationally in Thailand, Japan, Europe, Canada, Brazil and other locations. Fisher has recorded extensively on the Mark, Klavier and G.I.A. labels with the Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony.

Williams' work with the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra exemplifies the type of professional development work UNT music faculty carry out in arts organizations throughout the Metroplex. He is also a frequent conductor and guest conductor for the Dallas Wind Symphony and Dallas Wind Symphony Brass Choir. Williams is a clinician, conductor, adjudicator, consultant and arranger who works in the United States, Canada, Australia and Asia. He been involved with recordings on the Klavier, Mark, G.I.A. and UNT labels.

About the Texas Bandmasters Association

The Texas Bandmasters Association promotes the value of music education and the important role instrumental music plays in cultural, intellectual and social lives. More than 6,000 band directors, music teachers, and university music students from across the state attended the 66th annual TBA convention and clinic July 21-24 in San Antonio. More than 60 educational clinics and professional concerts were presented to the association's members, who work in or are retired from the music education profession. More information about the association can be found on the Texas Band Masters website, including educational material for band directors, music teachers and students.

About the UNT College of Music

The UNT College of Music is one of the largest and most respected comprehensive music schools in the country. About 1,500 music students attend UNT each year, participating in more than 50 widely varied ensembles and pursuing specialized studies in performance, composition, music education or music scholarship. UNT faculty members and students have made appearances on the world's finest stages and have produced numerous recordings, many receiving Grammy awards and nominations. Distinguished UNT alumni can be found around the globe, in top music ensembles, opera companies, universities and schools.

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