The Wanda L. Bass Music Center on the OCU Campus

Summer Music Instructors

Oklahoma City University
Wind Band Conducting and Teaching Symposium

June 8-12, 2015 – Owasso High School, Owasso Oklahoma

Dr. Matthew Mailman

Dr. Matthew Mailman

Dr. Matthew Mailman is Professor of Conducting in the Wanda L. Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University, a position he has held since 1995. Dr. Mailman has had extensive and diverse experience conducting operas, musicals, orchestras, choirs, bands, and chamber music. He serves as Music Director for the Oklahoma Opera and Music Theater Company and Conductor of OCU's award-winning Wind Philharmonic.

At OCU, Dr. Mailman has conducted thirty-six operas and musicals and has led the Wind Philharmonic in twelve world premieres, on five tours, at two OK Mozart Festivals, and at eight convention performances. He teaches graduate and undergraduate conducting and coordinates OCU's Masters in Conducting program. Recent opera performances include Gianni Schicchi, Le Nozze di Figaro, Die Zauberflöte, La Bohème, Die Fledermaus, and Dialogues des Carmélites. Recent musical performances include Sweeney Todd, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Light in the Piazza, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Into the Woods. For the 2013-14 season, he conducted Street Scene by Kurt Weill and Our Town by Ned Rorem, and for the 2014-2015 season he will conduct the musical Bonnie and Clyde and Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance.

As Conductor/Artist in Residence at Opera in the Ozarks, he conducted Carlisle Floyd's opera Susannah in the summer of 2007 and Mozart's Cosí fan Tutte in 2008. He was a fellow for the 2014 Baltimore Chamber Orchestra Summer Conducting Seminar with Markand Thakar and Henry Fogel. He has conducted several performances of orchestral works by nationally acclaimed composer Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate with future collaborations in progress.

Dr. Mailman has been an associate conductor with the Oklahoma Youth Orchestras, Inc. (formerly Guy Fraser Harrison Academy) since 1997 and is the conductor and founder of the Oklahoma Youth Winds, which was selected to perform for the first time at the 2013 OMEA In-service. His work has been published in The Instrumentalist and Teaching Music, and he is a research associate and writer for 8 volumes in the series Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. Southern Music published his arrangement of Mozart's Flute Concerto No. 2, K. 314 for Harmonie. For five years, Dr. Mailman hosted a weekly radio program, "No Strings Attached," on 90.1 FM KCSC Edmond-Oklahoma City/ 91.9 KBCW McAlester during which time he wrote and produced 180 new shows.

Dr. Mailman is a native of Denton, Texas. His father, the internationally renowned composer Dr. Martin Mailman was Composer-in-Residence at the University of North Texas for thirty-four years. His mother, Mary Nan Mailman, a student of Rosina Lhévinne at the Juilliard School of Music, was a concert pianist and teacher at the University of North Texas and is now retired.

 

 

Dr. Michael Raiber Dr. Michael Raiber

Dr. Michael Raiber is a Professor of Music and holds the Busey Chair of Music Education at Oklahoma City University. For the sixteen years previous to his current appointment, he taught undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University.  His public school teaching experience includes thirteen years at schools in Missouri and Oklahoma.  Mike is native Oklahoman. He attended high school in the Tulsa area and then earned both a BME and MME from the University of Tulsa. He completed his Ph.D. in music education at the University of Oklahoma. Music teacher education is his passion and his primary focus.  His greatest desire is to help prepare quality music educators who will inspire the next generation of music students.

Dr. Raiber recently co-authored (David Teachout) a new text titled The Journey from Music Student to Teacher: A Professional Approach.  Equally founded in research and practice, this book espouses a new approach to preparing music education majors as they become quality professional music educators.

Dr. Raiber is the Immediate Past President of the Oklahoma Music Educators Association. He also serves as the National Association for Music Education Southwest Division President Elect.

 

 

Mr. Chris Harris 

Chris Harris has taught in Owasso since 2004. In June of 2014 he was named Director of Bands for Owasso Public Schools. He conducts the Wind Ensemble and Concert Band 2, teaches AP Music Theory and coordinates the PRIDE of Owasso Marching Band. 

Mr. Harris previously instructed the Symphonic Band, the 8th Grade Concert Band, the Basketball Pep Band and the 8th Grade Steel Drum Band. In 2006, 2010 and 2014 the Symphonic Band was selected to perform as an Honor Band at the OMEA Convention. His 8th Grade Concert Band received straight Superior ratings at OSSAA District Contest for 9 consecutive years.

Harris graduated from the University of Oklahoma with Bachelor and Master degrees in Music Education in 1990 and 1992 respectively. He has also taught in the Moore, Union and Broken Arrow school systems.

Outside activities include performing lead steel pan for Something Steel, an island based cover band from Tulsa, and performing with and coordinating Shock Wave, the official drum line of the WNBA’s Tulsa Shock. Harris also enjoys playing, coaching and officiating soccer matches.

Mr. Harris has been married to his wife Marti since 1996. His daughter Claire is in the Owasso Band Program as a percussionist. 


 

Special Presenters' Bios

Donny Longest 

Donny Longest is in his 32nd year of teaching in Oklahoma, having taught in Hennessey, Shawnee, and the last twenty years in Konawa.

Mr. Longest is a member of several professional organizations such as the Oklahoma Bandmasters Association, Oklahoma Music Educators Association, Phi Beta Mu, Kappa Kappa Psi, and the National Association for Music Education. Donny is a Past-President of the Oklahoma Bandmasters Association, the East Central Band Directors’ Association, and the Oklahoma Music Adjudicators Association. He was named the Oklahoma Bandmasters Association Band Director of the Year in 2004. In 2006 he was one of the twelve finalists for the Oklahoma Teacher of the Year. Mr. Longest currently serves as the Executive Secretary for the Oklahoma Bandmasters Association.

The Konawa Band has received a Superior rating at the OSSAA Regional Marching Contest for nineteen consecutive years and a Superior rating at the OSSAA District Concert contest for eighteen consecutive years. The Konawa Band has received the OSSAA Sweepstakes award eleven time since 2000.

Mr. Longest is a graduate of Southeastern Oklahoma State University and holds a Masters degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University.

Mr. Longest enjoys fishing and playing golf when he is not at the bandroom. Mr. Longest and his wife Karen attend the Northridge Church of Christ in Shawnee. Karen teaches at Oklahoma Baptist University and their daughter Catherine is a sophomore at Abilene Christian University and is a flute player in the ACU Band. 

Mike Lowery 

Mike Lowery taught public school for 41 years with 33 years in Edmond, Oklahoma following eight years in Missouri. 

Mr. Lowery was the director of bands at Santa Fe High School in Edmond, Oklahoma and Instrumental Music Coordinator for the Edmond Public Schools.  He has served as adjudicator and clinician throughout the U.S and in London and Paris. 

Mike was honored to be on staff with the Stan Kenton Jazz Orchestra in Residence for seven years.  He was long time Executive Secretary for the Central Oklahoma Directors Association (CODA).  Mr. Lowery was named the Oklahoma and Section 6 (Tx, Ar, Co, Ks, Ok) Outstanding Music Educator in 2003 by the National Federation of High Schools, the Santa Fe High School Teacher of the Year in 2005 and the Oklahoma Bandmasters Association Director of the Year for 2008 and the 2014 OMEA Exemplary Teacher Award.  Mr. Lowery’s bands have been named “Outstanding” in festivals in Chicago, St. Louis, Dallas, New Orleans, Nashville and San Antonio. They have traveled five times to London and once to Paris and once to Rome for their respective New Year’s Day Parade.  They were also selected as OMEA Honor Band on five occasions.

Kevin Zamborsky

A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Kevin Zamborsky is in his eleventh year of teaching at Stillwater High School. His current duties include teaching the beginning trumpets, the seventh grade brass, the high school Wind Ensemble, and marching band. Mr. Zamborsky received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois in 1997, and his Master’s Degree in Conducting from Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York in 2004. From 1997 to 2002, Mr. Zamborsky was the Director of Bands at Nottoway Middle and Intermediate Schools and the Associate Director of Bands at Nottoway High School in Nottoway, Virginia. Groups under his direction have received numerous Superior ratings, and have performed in Missouri, Georgia, Indiana, Florida, Washington, D.C., New York, and Paris, France. Mr. Zamborsky has conducted the Stillwater High School Wind Ensemble at the Oklahoma Music Educators Association state convention in 2007, 2010, and 2013. In 2007, the Wind Ensemble performed under Mr. Zamborsky at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Mr. Zamborsky has composed and arranged music and written marching drill for schools throughout the country. He has taught private French horn lessons and worked as a clinician for Superior Marching Band Enterprises. He was the Oklahoma Arts Alliance State Superintendent Music Educator of the Year in 2014, the Stillwater High School Teacher of the Year in 2013, the Nottoway Middle School and Nottoway County Teacher of the Year in 2000, and was the Florida Keys Council of the Arts Artist-in-Residence in 2003. Professional memberships include the National Association for Music Education, Oklahoma Music Educators Association, Oklahoma Bandmasters’ Association, Phi Beta Mu, Phi Mu Alpha, and the North Central Directors Association. Mr. Zamborsky lives in Stillwater with his wife, Lindy, their eleven-year-old son, Connor, and their nine-year-old daughter, Emma.


Oklahoma City University
Navigating Music Teacher Evaluation in Oklahoma

June 17-19, Wanda Bass School of Music 

Instructor Bios

Dr. Michael Raiber Dr. Michael Raiber

Dr. Michael Raiber is a Professor of Music and holds the Busey Chair of Music Education at Oklahoma City University. For the sixteen years previous to his current appointment, he taught undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University.  His public school teaching experience includes thirteen years at schools in Missouri and Oklahoma.  Mike is native Oklahoman. He attended high school in the Tulsa area and then earned both a BME and MME from the University of Tulsa. He completed his Ph.D. in music education at the University of Oklahoma. Music teacher education is his passion and his primary focus.  His greatest desire is to help prepare quality music educators who will inspire the next generation of music students.

Dr. Raiber recently co-authored (David Teachout) a new text titled The Journey from Music Student to Teacher: A Professional Approach.  Equally founded in research and practice, this book espouses a new approach to preparing music education majors as they become quality professional music educators.

Dr. Raiber is the Immediate Past President of the Oklahoma Music Educators Association. He also serves as the National Association for Music Education Southwest Division President Elect.

 


Oklahoma City University
Sound Foundations for Teaching Beginning Band

July 13 – 17, 2015, Wanda Bass School of Music

Instructor Bios

Dr. Michael RaiberDr. Michael Raiber

Dr. Michael Raiber is a Professor of Music and holds the Busey Chair of Music Education at Oklahoma City University. For the sixteen years previous to his current appointment, he taught undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University.  His public school teaching experience includes thirteen years at schools in Missouri and Oklahoma.  Mike is native Oklahoman. He attended high school in the Tulsa area and then earned both a BME and MME from the University of Tulsa. He completed his Ph.D. in music education at the University of Oklahoma. Music teacher education is his passion and his primary focus.  His greatest desire is to help prepare quality music educators who will inspire the next generation of music students.

Dr. Raiber recently co-authored (David Teachout) a new text titled The Journey from Music Student to Teacher: A Professional Approach.  Equally founded in research and practice, this book espouses a new approach to preparing music education majors as they become quality professional music educators.

Dr. Raiber is the Immediate Past President of the Oklahoma Music Educators Association. He also serves as the National Association for Music Education Southwest Division President Elect.

Mary Ann French

Mary Ann French graduated from Arkansas Tech with a music education degree and has been active in music education for many years. She has taught in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Maryland, and Texas. Fifteen of her years were spent with the Pride of Owasso in Owasso Oklahoma. Mary Ann is an active clinician with bands as well as flute students.  She works now as an educational consultant for Palen Music serving schools in the Tulsa area as well as eastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas. 

Megan Coatney

Megan CoatneyMegan Coatney is currently a band director in Yukon, Oklahoma. At Yukon, her responsibilities include teaching beginning clarinet, 7th grade band, 7th grade Advanced Instrumental Studies, and the 9th grade band at YHS.

Ms. Coatney has consistently received super ratings with her bands at OSSAA contests and has had a large number of students selected to regional honor band and All-State Band. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2011. Her professional affiliations include NAfME, OMEA, OBA, and Sigma Alpha Iota.

Kyle Wiemar 

Kyle WiemarKyle Wiemar in his 6th year as a band director in Yukon, Oklahoma. Mr. Wiemar teaches beginning cornet classes, 8th grade Advanced Instrumental Study and directs 7th and 8th grade bands at Yukon Middle School. For the past five years, he has also directed the Pride of Yukon Marching Band at Yukon High School. Mr. Wiemar’s ensembles are a 9-time winner of the OSSAA Junior High Outstanding Achievement Award and were selected as a 2015 OMEA Honor Band. Mr. Wiemar was named the 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year at Yukon Middle School. During his tenure at the University of Oklahoma, Mr. Wiemar served as the 55th Drum Major of the Pride of Oklahoma Marching Band. His professional affiliations include NAfME, OMEA, OBA, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.  

Darby Cassaday

Mr. Darby Cassaday is in his eleventh year of teaching and second year at Deer Creek Schools.  Mr. Cassaday's responsibilities include coordinating the Deer Creek School District Band program and the Deer Creek High School Band.  Mr. Cassaday teaches the Deer Creek HS "Antler Pride" Marching Band, Deer Creek Symphonic Band, and the Beginning Flute, Trumpet, and Trombone classes at Deer Creek Intermediate School.  In addition, Mr. Cassaday assists with the 7th & 8th Grade Bands at Deer Creek Middle School.  

Prior to Deer Creek, Mr. Cassaday served as Director of Bands at Putnam City H.S. for 3 years and Assistant Director for 6 years, where the Wind Symphony was selected as an Honor Band at the OkMEA Convention. He has also served as a Lead Teaching Artist at El Sistema Oklahoma, a music education program dedicated to serving the community by engaging children within an ensemble-based music program so they can share the joy of music making and grow as responsible citizens.

Mr. Cassaday is a graduate of Sapulpa High School.  He earned both his BM in Trombone Performance and BME in Instrumental Music Education with an Emphasis in Jazz Studies from the University of Tulsa.  Mr. Cassaday received the School of Music Faculty Choice for Outstanding Student Award and was named a Presser Foundation Scholar.  He earned his MME in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Oklahoma, studying conducting with Dr. William Wakefield.  In 2010, on scholarship from Education Leadership Oklahoma, Mr. Cassaday completed his National Board Certification in Early Adolescent through Young Adult Instrumental Music.  Mr. Cassaday maintains a private trombone, euphonium, and tuba studio. Mr. Cassaday currently serves as the OkMEA Band Division VP.

Mr. Cassaday's professional affiliations include NAfME, OkMEA, CODA, OBA, OkJE, OMAA, NFHS Music Association, and the Int'l Trombone Association.

Shannon Lockwood

Shannon LockwoodShannon Lockwood is currently the Director of Percussion and Middle School Choir for Deer Creek Public schools.  She is in her tenth year of teaching and has been in Deer Creek for four years.  Her duties include teaching the High School Drumline and Front Ensemble, instructing all district percussion ensembles, teaching the 6th, 7th and 8th grade percussion classes, and directing the 7th and 8th grade Middle School Choir.   

Prior to her appointment in Deer Creek Public Schools, Mrs. Lockwood was an assistant Middle School band director at Parkwood Hill Intermediate School and Hillwood Middle School in Keller, Texas. Over the course of her five years there, she taught beginning percussion, flute, bassoon, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, and tuba classes in addition to being the director of the 7th and 8th Grade Symphonic Band.  Her first teaching position was in spring semester 2006.  During that semester, she was the head high school band director at Chisholm High School in Enid, Oklahoma.

Mrs. Lockwood's percussion experience began in her hometown of Edmond, Oklahoma during middle school and high school. She then attended the University of Oklahoma where she received a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education and was a member of the OU Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Orchestra, Percussion Orchestra, and Steel Drum Band.  During the summer of 2003 Mrs. Lockwood also was a front ensemble member in Magic of Orlando Drum and Bugle Corps.  Mrs. Lockwood is thrilled to have studied with many fine percussion teachers throughout her career including: Dr. Richard Gipson, Dr. Lance Drege, Dr. Iain Moyer, Colin McNutt, and Andy Heitz. 

In her spare time, Mrs. Lockwood enjoys vacationing at the beach with her husband, Jeff Lockwood.  Jeff is a realtor with Berkshire Hathaway in Edmond Oklahoma.  Mrs. Lockwood also enjoys spending time with family and her two cats and one giant fluffy goldendoodle dog.  She is currently a fitness enthusiast, knitter, scrapbooker, and painter.  Her goal is to leave everyone and everything in her life better than she found it.


 

Oklahoma City University
The Art of Teaching Class Guitar

July 13-17, Wanda Bass School of Music 

Instructor Bios

Matt Denman

denman.jpgMatthew Denman is the Instructor of Guitar at Oklahoma City University, Director of Education for the Guitar Foundation of America, and Director of the Celedonio Romero Guitar Institute. Matthew is a student of Pepe Romero who has said, "What José Antonio Abreu is to El Sistema, Matt Denman is to the Celedonio Romero Guitar Institute."

Matthew has also been faculty for Classen School of Advanced Studies where he taught music theory, international baccalaureate music, and the national award winning guitar program. Awards include the GFA Augustine Award for excellence in guitar education (2013) Images of Excellence Award (2012, 2010, 2009), and Teacher of the Year (2010-2011 Classen SAS).

In the summer of 2013 Matthew was featured on the cover of Soundboard magazine Vol 39. No. 2 with some of his national award winning students. Matthew is a sought after lecturer, clinician, and performer throughout the United States. Recently, Matthew performed in Madrid celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the debut of Andres Segovia.

Dr. Michael Raiber

Dr. Michael Raiber is a Professor of Music and holds the Busey Chair of Music Education at Oklahoma City University. For the sixteen years previous to his current appointment, he taught undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University. His public school teaching experience includes thirteen years at schools in Missouri and Oklahoma. Mike is native Oklahoman. He attended high school in the Tulsa area and then earned both a BME and MME from the University of Tulsa. He completed his Ph.D. in music education at the University of Oklahoma. Music teacher education is his passion and his primary focus. His greatest desire is to help prepare quality music educators who will inspire the next generation of music students.

Dr. Raiber recently co-authored (David Teachout) a new text titled The Journey from Music Student to Teacher: A Professional Approach. Equally founded in research and practice, this book espouses a new approach to preparing music education majors as they become quality professional music educators.

Dr. Raiber is the Immediate Past President of the Oklahoma Music Educators Association. He also serves as the National Association for Music Education Southwest Division President Elect.