John Oelrich joined the faculty of The University of Tennessee at Martin's Music Department in 2012 as Director of Bands. His primary teaching responsibilities include conducting the Wind Ensemble and Concert Band, teaching instrumental conducting and rehearsal techniques, supervising student teachers and the oversight and continued development of the university bands.
Prior to his appointment at UT-Martin, Dr. Oelrich was the Doctoral Conducting Associate at The Ohio State University, where he conducted the Collegiate Winds and taught courses in the undergraduate conducting sequence. Dr. Oelrich taught at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa for several years, including seven years as an adjunct and one year full-time as Director of Instrumental Music. At Loras, he taught courses in music history, music education, conducting, orchestration, conducted the Wind and Jazz Ensembles and coached chamber ensembles. Prior to his time at Loras, Dr. Oelrich spent ten years teaching middle school and high school music education in Wisconsin and Iowa.
Dr. Oelrich is the founder and former conductor of the Dubuque Chamber Winds, a semi-professional chamber wind ensemble. Under Oelrich's leadership, the ensemble performed a wide variety of literature, including standard, lesser-known and newly edited historical works. The ensemble was selected to perform at the 2004 Iowa Bandmaster's Association Convention as well as numerous performances in the Dubuque area.
Classical period chamber wind literature and conducting pedagogy, specifically the use of Laban Movement Theory and Mime in the collegiate conducting class curriculum, are Dr. Oelrich's primary areas of research. His critical edition of Ignace Pleyel's Parthia in Dis has been accepted for publication by Fountayne Editions of London. Critical editions of unpublished works by Hoffmeister, Pleyel, Kurzweil and Winter are in progress.
After growing up on a dairy farm near Spencer, Wisconsin, Dr. Oelrich earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Instrumental and Vocal Music Education from the University of Wisconsin - Platteville, a Master of Music from the University of Northern Iowa and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from The Ohio State University. When not involved in music or teaching related activities, Dr. Oelrich enjoys spending time with his family, reading, hiking, and amateur astronomy. He, his wife Ruth, children Owen and Lucy, and yellow Labrador Maia, reside in Martin, TN.
Paul W. Popiel is the Director of Bands at the University of Kansas, only the seventh person to hold this position in the band's storied 125-year history. Dr. Popiel conducts the KU Wind Ensemble, directs the graduate program in wind conducting, and guides all aspects of the university band program. His previous appointments include the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and Oklahoma State University. He also enjoyed six years teaching in the public schools of Texas and Michigan.
His Carnegie Hall debut in 2013 was heralded by the New York Times: “The ensemble, conducted by Paul W. Popiel, performed with polish, assurance and copious spirit, eliciting a rousing ovation;” while New York’s Feast of Music said, “Give credit to Popiel, a strong advocate for new music, who went for broke, succeeding in showing us that there is, in fact, real, adventurous music being made over on the other side of the rainbow.”
Popiel has lectured and performed throughout North America, Europe, Singapore, and Japan. He has produced several CDs for the Wind Band Classics series on the Naxos label, leading the KU Wind Ensemble on the project, "Landscapes", featuring the music of Michael Torke, Aaron Copland, and Frank Ticheli, which was released in March 2013. His latest recording project features the premiere recording of Mohammed Fairouz’s In the Shadow of No Towers: Symphony No. 4 and Philip Glass’ Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists and Orchestra, and is slated to be released in November of 2013.
Popiel is a contributing author to several volumes of the renowned series, Teaching Music through Performance in Band, as well as the journal Alta Musica. His recent lectures on wind band literature include the University of Coimbra, Portugal in 2012 and the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore in 2011. A proponent of distinctive new music, Popiel has commissioned and premiered numerous new works for wind ensemble and chamber winds, including works by composers Mohammed Fairouz, Michael Torke, Kevin Walczyk, David Dzubay, Tamar Diesendruck, and Joni Greene. In 2013, Popiel was elected to the membership of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association, and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, known for the Grammy Awards.
Popiel holds degrees from Truman State University, the University of Notre Dame, and Michigan State University. A recipient of a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship, he also earned a Postgraduate Diploma in Twentieth-Century Music at the University of Bristol, England. Popiel was the Frank L. Battisti Conducting Fellow serving as the Resident Conductor of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute.
Paul, his wife Julie, and their two sons, Nicholas and Keith, live in Lawrence, Kansas.
A native of Jacksonville, Florida, David Hedgecoth earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Music Education from Florida State University in Tallassee in 1999 and 2003 respectively. Dr. Hedgecoth taught in the Seminole County Public School System for nine years, supervising programs of up to 350 students. He has served as a guest conductor/clinician for honor bands and leadership clinics in Florida, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, and Virginia.
After completing his in PhD in Music Education at The Ohio State University in 2012, Hedgecoth joined the music education faculty of the University of Oregon in Eugene, OR. His responsibilities included directing the Symphonic Band, wind repertoire, supervising student teaching and field experience in addition to serving as liaison to the College of Education.
As a faculty member at Ohio State, Hedgecoth’s duties include brass and woodwind methods courses, instrumental music education for choral majors, teaching instrumental music for high school students, and supervising field experience for instrumental music education music majors. A former Teacher of the Year and National Board Certified Teacher, Hedgecoth’s research interests include the numerous factors that impact classroom music educators: political influences in education, charter schools as well as public school and charter school curriculum.
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