April 14, 2009
Former Longhorn Band director to conduct at wind festival concert
The Northwest Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band will each perform during a special Festival of Winds and Percussion concert scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts. Carl Kling, assistant professor of music and Northwest director of bands, will share the podium with guest conductor Paula A. Crider, the legendary former director of the Longhorn Band at the University of Texas at Austin. The concert is free and open to the public.
Program selections will include works by such composers as Morton Gould and John Philip Sousa in addition to "Scenes from 'The Louvre'" by the American composer Norman Dello Joio. The five-movement suite is based on an Emmy Award-winning score Dello Joio composed for a 1965 NBC television special about the famous French national museum in Paris.
"Scenes from 'The Louvre'" will be performed by the Wind Symphony and conducted by Crider, who will also lead the Symphonic Band in Sousa's "The Washington Post" march.
The weekend concert will follow two days of lectures and other events featuring Crider and aimed at Northwest students and faculty, including "In Praise of Teachers" at 3 p.m. Friday, April 17, in room 116 of the Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building. Music education students and music department faculty are especially encouraged to attend this presentation.
Now retired after a 33-year teaching career, Crider continues share a life-long passion for making music as a guest conductor, lecturer, clinician and adjudicator. She has performed in 46 states, Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom, France, Italy and Australia and is currently professor emerita at The University of Texas, where she was twice awarded the Eyes of Texas Award for distinguished teaching.
Crider has taught in public schools at all levels and holds the distinction of having been the first woman in Texas to serve as director of bands at a class 5-A high school. Her Crockett High School bands in Austin earned 12 consecutive University Interscholastic League Sweepstakes Awards for musical excellence and received national recognition on the concert stage.
During her tenure at the University of Texas at Austin, Crider conducted the Symphony Band, the Longhorn Band -- known as the Showband of the Southwest -- and concert bands, and served as instructor for undergraduate conducting, brass methods and graduate wind literature. She supervised student teachers and served as administrator for the Longhorn Music Camps. The 380-member Longhorn Band enjoyed national acclaim under her leadership. Crider has also served as interim director of bands at Columbus State University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
The author of numerous journal articles and published manuals on brass techniques, marching band methods and instrumental conducting, Crider is co-author of the Hal Leonard "Masterwork Studies" series, a text for high school bands. She also edits "A Conductor's Legacy," published by GIA.
Crider currently serves as coordinator for the National Band Association's Young Conductor/Mentor Program and was recently appointed to the Conn/Selmer Educational Board. A past president of the National Band Association, she is president-elect of the American Bandmasters Association.
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