EMU's director of bands to be inducted into American Bandmasters Association

Mary Schneider to be recognized for significant contributions to the profession

by Pamela Young, Published May 24, 2013

YPSILANTI - Mary Schneider, associate professor of music and director of bands at Eastern Michigan University, will be inducted into the American Bandmasters Association (ABA) during the organization's annual convention March 6-8, 2014 in Montgomery, Ala.

Schneider will be recognized for her "significant, artistic and prolific" contributions to the profession, said Thomas Leslie, immediate past president and chairman of the board for the association.

The band association represents conductors, composers and music business professionals who have served as leaders of American bands during the past 100 years. With fewer than 300 members, membership in the organization is considered a great honor and is only offered to leaders in the profession. Membership, which is by invitation only, recognizes the significant accomplishments and contributions of its members to the advancement of the wind ensemble and its literature.

Dr. Mary Schneider

An ensemble is a group of musicians who perform instrumental or vocal music under a distinct name. In classical music, trios or quartets either blend the sounds of musical instrument families (such as piano, strings and wind instruments) or group together instruments from the same instrument family, such as string ensembles or wind ensembles.

Schneider is conductor for the Eastern Michigan University Wind Symphony, which presents five concerts a year at Eastern Michigan's Pease Auditorium, and performs at high schools throughout the state as part of its annual Spring Performance Tour.

Schneider also teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in conducting and music education, and oversees and guides all aspects of EMU's comprehensive band program. 

Her teaching experience includes numerous years as a public school music educator in New Jersey, where she taught all grade levels of instrumental music and maintained a busy performing schedule as a horn player.

Prior to her appointment at EMU in fall 2008, Schneider was a faculty member of the School of Music at the University of Minnesota.

Active nationally and internationally as a guest conductor and a judge for competitions, Schneider is a strong advocate for new wind music. She has been a contributing editor for the series Teaching Music Through Performance in Band, and has extensively researched writings and presentations about Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Corigliano's Symphony No. 3 for large wind ensemble, "Circus Maximus."

Schneider earned a doctorate in conducting from the University of Texas; a master's degree in music education from the University of Connecticut; and a bachelor's degree from the New England Conservatory of Music.

The American Bandmasters Association was founded in 1929 by several famous band directors, including John Philip Sousa and Edwin Franko Goldman.


Pamela Young

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