Army Band Guest Conductor Showcase Concert

Army Band Guest Conductor Showcase Concert

The U.S. Army Concert Band

Dr. Mallory Thompson, showcases six up-and-coming young conductors from across the country as they lead the The U.S. Army Concert Band in an evening of great concert band music. Free; no tix required.

Thu / Jul 21 / 8 pm


Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center / Alexandria, VA

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American Overture
Joseph Wilcox Jenkins
CPT Richard Viglucci, conducting

Early Light
Carolyn Bremer
Drew Eary, conducting

Solemn Prelude
Ulysses Kay
Janet Kim, conducting

William Schuman
Trevor Butts, conducting

Sound and Smoke
Viet Cuong
I. Feudal Castle Lights
Henry Dorn, conducting

II. Avalanche of Eyes
Alexander Gonzales, conducting

Chorale and Alleluia
Howard Hanson
Megan Cooney, conducting

Symphony in B-flat
Paul Hindemith
I. Moderately Fast, with Vigor
Dr. Mallory Thompson, conducting

Jay Kennedy

The Stars and Stripes Forever
John Philip Sousa


Dr. Mallory Thompson

Mallory Thompson

Professor, Conducting and Ensembles


Mallory Thompson '79, '80 MMus is director of bands, professor of music, coordinator of the conducting program, and holds the John W. Beattie Chair of Music at Northwestern University. In 2003 she was named a Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence. As the third person in the university's history to hold the director of bands position, Dr. Thompson conducts the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting, and administers all aspects of the band program. She has recorded five albums with the Northwestern University Symphonic Wind Ensemble on the Summit Records label. Thompson received the Bachelor of Music Education degree and Master of Music degree in conducting from Northwestern University, where she studied conducting with John P. Paynter and trumpet with Vincent Cichowicz. She received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Donald Hunsberger. Maintaining an active schedule as guest conductor, conducting teacher, and guest lecturer throughout the United States and Canada, Thompson has had the privilege of teaching conducting to thousands of undergraduates, graduate students, and professional educators. She has served as a conductor or clinician at the College Band Directors National Association regional and national conventions, the Midwest Clinic, the Interlochen Arts Academy, numerous state music conventions, and the Aspen Music Festival. In addition to conducting all-state ensembles throughout the United States, she has had professional engagements as guest conductor with the United States Air Force Band, the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” the United States Army Field Band, the United States Coast Guard Band, the United States Navy Band, the West Point Band, the Dallas Wind Symphony, Symphony Silicon Valley, the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings, Monarch Brass Ensemble, and Banda Sinfônica in Sao Pãulo, Brazil. Her professional affiliations include Pi Kappa Lambda, the College Band Directors National Association, and the American Bandmasters Association. Dr. Thompson is especially proud of her 53 graduate conducting students and the hundreds of outstanding Symphonic Wind Ensemble members with whom she has had the joy of making music at Northwestern. She treasures her relationship with the Wildcat Marching Band and is honored to preserve and grow Northwestern’s legacy.

Guest Conductor Bios

Henry Dorn
(b. Little Rock, AR) composer/conductor. Each of his compositions is created with distinct creativity, having been performed by noteworthy ensembles across the country. These performances range from Minnesota Orchestra, the Grammy-winning Harlem Quartet, Aizuri Quartet, the Elysian Trombone Quartet, Argento Ensemble, the Sanctuary Jazz Orchestra, the Dallas Wind Symphony.

He is the former assistant director to the Memphis Area Youth Wind Ensemble, and former director to the Memphis-based Nu Chamber Collective. He’s proud to have received multiple awards for his unique style, including an Inaugural Future of Music Faculty Fellowship from the Cleveland Institute of Music and an ASCAP Foundation’s Morton Gould Young Composer Award.

Dorn holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Conducting degree from Michigan State University and has completed studies at the University of Memphis and at Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. He is currently a doctoral candidate in composition at Michigan State University. He has studied conducting with Kevin Sedatole, Harlan D. Parker, and Kraig Alan Williams. His composition teachers include Ricardo Lorenz, Alexis Bacon, David Biedenbender, Oscar Bettison, Kamran Ince, and Jack Cooper, and has had additional studies with Kevin Puts, Joel Puckett, Derek Bermel, Aaron Jay Kernis, and Joseph Schwantner.

Dr. Janet 성은 Kim (any pronouns) is the newly appointed Assistant Professor of Music and Director of the Wind Ensemble at the University of Connecticut. In this role, they will conduct the Wind Ensemble in addition to teaching conducting and wind literature classes. Before this appointment, Kim most recently served as the Director of Instrumental Activities and Assistant Professor of Music at Nebraska Wesleyan University, where they taught courses in Conducting, Arranging and Orchestration, and Saxophone Lessons, while leading the Pep Band, Jazz Ensemble, and University Symphonic Band.

Kim earned their doctorate of musical arts degree in conducting from The Herb Alpert School of Music at the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to obtaining their doctorate, Kim earned a master of arts degree in instrumental conducting from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and their bachelor of music degree in music education and jazz studies, magna cum laude, from Montclair State University. Their primary conducting teachers include Dr. Travis J. Cross, Dr. Timothy A. Paul, Dr. Jason Worzbyt, and Dr. Shelley Axelson.

Kim has appeared as a guest conductor and clinician across the United States, and has active invitations to work with honor bands nationally and in South Korea. Additionally, as a proud member of the BIPOC and LGBTQ+ community and ardent advocate for DEI, Kim is the founder and director of the Early Career Program under the non-profit organization Girls Who Conduct and works for And We Were Heard.

Dr. Alexander Gonzalez
is the Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he conducts the Tuesday Night University Band, assists the University of Wisconsin Marching Band, directs the Men’s Hockey Band, and teaches courses in conducting.

Prior to his appointment at UW-Madison, Alexander previously taught conducting at Capital University Conservatory of Music (OH), served as Music Director of the Professional School Orchestra (OH), served as the director of the Middleton Symphony Orchestra’s Wind Octet (WI), taught music history at Hillsborough Community College (FL), and was a public-school educator in Florida and Colorado where he taught an array of courses at the middle and high school levels.

His current research centers around the body of works commissioned by Robert Boudreau for the American Wind Symphony Orchestra. In partnership with Editions Peters, Alexander has created a critical edition of Eugène Bozza’s Children’s Overture and will create forthcoming editions of other works in this unique catalogue.

Dr. Gonzalez received a Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from The Ohio State University, where he studied with Dr. Russel Mikkelson. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the University of Florida and a Masters in Wind Conducting from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Additionally, Alexander is an active member in the National Association for Music Education, the College Band Directors National Association, the National Band Association, the National Association for Music Education, Phi Mu Alpha, Kappa Kappa Psi, and Tau Beta Sigma.

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