Dr. Cynthia Johnston Turner
Cynthia Johnston Turner is Director of Bands, Professor of Music, and co-Artistic Director of Rote Hund Muzik at the Hodgson School of Music, University of Georgia. Turner conducts the Hodgson Wind Ensemble, leads the MM and DMA programs in conducting, and oversees the entire band program including the 400+ member Redcoat Marching Band. She is "VIP Educational Clinician" with Conn-Selmer.
Before her appointment at the Hodgson School at the University of Georgia, Cynthia was Director of Wind Ensembles at Cornell University. Earlier in her career, Cynthia was a high school music educator, taught middle school beginning instrumental music in Toronto and choral music in Switzerland.
A Canadian, Cynthia completed her Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education degrees at Queens University and her Master of Music in music education and conducting at the University of Victoria. Touring with her ensembles inspired her master’s thesis on the musical and personal transformations that occur on tours, and her D.M.A. thesis at the Eastman School of Music centered on the music of William Kraft, one of this generation’s leading composers. At Eastman, Cynthia was the recipient of the prestigious teaching award in conducting. She received the National Leadership in Education Award (Canada), the Excellence in Education Award (Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation), and the Marion Drysdale Leadership Award (also from OSSTF). She is also the recipient of the Donald A. Reick Memorial Award for research with wearable technologies and music pedagogy, grants from the UGA Willson Center for Creative Activities, multiple awards from the UGA career center, and the American Prize for innovative programming with wind bands.
Cynthia has commissioned numerous new works for wind band, contemporary music ensembles, and orchestra, and she continues to actively promote commissions by today’s leading and emerging composers around the world. Under her direction, the Cornell Wind Ensemble was invited to perform at the College Band Directors National Association’s Eastern Division Conference in 2007 and 2012, and the Hodgson Wind Ensemble performed at GMEA in 2015 and CBDNA National in Kansas City in 2017. In 2008, the Merrill Presidential Scholars at Cornell recognized Cynthia as an outstanding educator, and in 2009, she was awarded the Kaplan Family Distinguished Faculty Fellowship. Her performances have been praised by such composers as Steven Stucky, William Kraft, Steven Bryant, Marc Mellits, Nancy Galbraith, John Mackey, Peter Lane, Eddie Mora Bermudez, Dana Wilson, Roberto Sierra, and Karel Husa.
From January 2006, Cynthia led the Cornell Wind Ensemble on biennial performing and service tours to Costa Rica that included performances across the country, conducting masterclasses with Costa Rican teachers, instrument master classes for Costa Rican musicians, and the donation of over 250 instruments to music schools across the country. She led the Hodgson Wind Ensemble to Panama in January 2016 to teach, perform, and donate instruments.
Among other recent engagements, Cynthia has guest conducted the Thornton Wind Ensemble at the University of Southern California, Pacific Conservatory Wind Ensemble, National Youth Wind Ensemble of Great Britain, the Syracuse Symphony (“Symphoria”), the National Youth Band of Canada, Concordia Santa Fe, the Ithaca College Wind Ensemble, the Eastman Wind Ensemble, the Latin American Honor Band, the National Band of Costa Rica, the National Orchestra of Heredia, and numerous state honor bands and intercollegiate ensembles. Cynthia has been invited to present her research with teaching and technology, innovative rehearsal techniques, and service-learning and music performance at numerous conferences nationally and internationally. She is published in such journals as Interdisciplinary Humanities, International Journal of the Humanities, Music Educators Journal, NAfME "Teaching Music," NewMusicUSA.org, Journal of the World Association of Bands and Ensembles, Fanfare Magazine, and Canadian Winds, and has recorded CDs with the Innova and Albany labels.
Cynthia has served as a board member with WASBE and is an active member of CDBNA, Conductor’s Guild, College Music Society, Humanities Education and Research Association, the National Association for Music Education, and National Band Association. She currently serves on the board of the Western International Band Clinic (WIBC) and faculty at WIBC University. She is an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi and a National Arts Associate member of Sigma Alpha Iota.
Dr. Jaclyn Hartenberger
Jaclyn Hartenberger serves as Associate Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Georgia where she conducts the Wind Symphony and teaches undergraduate conducting. Dr. Hartenberger received her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from The University of Texas at Austin, under the tutelage of Jerry F. Junkin. While serving as a graduate conducting associate, she conducted various ensembles, wrote transcriptions and arranged and charted for the Longhorn Band. She received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of North Texas, where she performed and recorded with the prestigious UNT Wind Symphony. Dr. Hartenberger’s teaching experiences in developing successful award-winning band programs at the secondary education levels include serving as Associate Director of Bands at Forestwood Middle School in Flower Mound, TX and Associate Director of Bands at Centennial High School in Frisco, TX.
As an accomplished clinician and guest conductor, Dr. Hartenberger has served as a visiting conductor in concert with the West Point Band in New York; the University of Missouri Wind Ensemble in St. Louis, Missouri; and most recently traveled to Zlin, Czech Republic to work with Larry Rachleff and the Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic. Dr. Hartenberger has presented professional workshops/clinics that focused on ensemble concepts for the developing performer at the Missouri State Music Educator’s Annual conference; at the Texas Independent School District In-Services, and at the National Association for Music Education – Southwest Division Conference in Dallas, Texas.
Her professional affiliations are the College Band Directors National Association, Texas Music Educators Association, and the National Association for Music Education.
Dr. Michael Robinson
Dr. Michael C. Robinson serves as Professor of Music Education and conducting. His duties include teaching courses in music education and conducting as well as conducting the Symphonic Band. A native of Florida, Robinson received the B.M. and M.M. degrees in Music Education and the D.M.A. degree in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Miami. Prior to this appointment, he served as Associate Director of Bands at the University of South Florida in Tampa and Director of Bands at Fort Hays State University in Kansas. Robinson also taught eleven years in the public schools of Florida, most notably as Director of Bands at Seminole High School in Pinellas County Florida. During his teaching career, Robinson has received numerous honors and awards including; Pinellas County Teacher of the Year, City of Seminole Educator of the Year, USF College of Visual and Performing Arts Outstanding Service Award, The Orpheus Award from Phi Mu Alpha, and The Friend of the Arts award from Sigma Alpha Iota, among others. Robinson is active as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator throughout the United States. He also has extensive experience in the marching arts having served in a variety of capacities with top DCI Drum and Bugle corps such as the Boston Crusaders, The Cadets, Carolina Crown, Iowa Colts, Madison Scouts, and Suncoast Sound.
Dr. Brett Bawcum
Brett Bawcum is Assistant Director of Bands, Associate Director of Athletic Bands, and Acting Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Georgia. He directs the Redcoat Marching Band and Basketball Band, guides and administers other athletic bands, guest-conducts concert bands, and teaches courses in other areas including Songwriting and Marching Band Techniques.
Dr. Bawcum has been a creative force behind many beloved performances and traditions of the Redcoat Marching Band and Georgia Football. He was a key member of the inaugural UGA Spirit Committee that developed the Dawg Walk. He designed the celebrated post-9/11 tribute by the Redcoat Band. He created the “Angel Tag” version of “Glory to Georgia” by fusing existing Tom Wallace arrangements into the modern signal of Bulldog victory. He conceived and realized the “Battle Hymn of the Bulldog Nation” segment of the football pregame show, along with composing the late Larry Munson’s now legendary spoken celebration of the past and future of Georgia Football. This production, which builds upon Jeff Simmons’ arrangement of the UGA school song, is unique in its integration of pre-recorded stadium video and audio, amplified trumpet solo, and live band performance. It was recently voted “Greatest Georgia Football Tradition” by Georgia fans.
Dr. Bawcum is an active composer and arranger for marching and concert bands. His conducting, arranging, and/or performing work can also be found on commercial recordings by such artists as Band of Horses, Half Dozen Brass Band, and Modern Skirts. He has also served as producer, associate producer, or editor for seven recordings on the Mark, Summitt, and Naxos labels.
Dr. Bawcum’s professional affiliations include the National Band Association, Georgia Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education, College Band Directors National Association, Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Mu Alpha, and Kappa Kappa Psi (Honorary).
Mr. Rob Akridge
Rob Akridge is a retired music educator with 27 years experience throughout the state of Georgia and assists with all aspects of the Redcoat Marching Band. His most recent position was at North Oconee High School in Bogart. During his tenure at North Oconee, both concert and marching bands consistently received superior ratings. The marching band received numerous class, division, and grand champion awards. A former Redcoat, Mr. Akridge received his Bachelors (1987) and Masters (2010) of Music Education from the University of Georgia. He was a Star Teacher state finalist in 1998. Mr. Akridge is an active drill writer, consultant, and adjudicator. His professional affiliations include GMEA, NAfME, and NBA. Mr. Akridge lives in Bogart, GA with his wife, Carolyn, and children, Abby and Ben.
Andrew Blair is a second-year Masters Conducting student at the University of Georgia. Andrew graduated with Honors as a NC Teaching Fellow, Sudler Trophy winner, and Instrumental Performer of the Year from Western Carolina University in 2010 with a BSEd in Music Education. Prior to his appointment at UGA, Mr. Blair taught on the Middle, High School, and Collegiate levels for 8 years in NC, with his ensembles earning consistent Superior ratings in grades 1-6 in Concert, Marching, and Solo and Ensemble performance assessments across the Southeast.
Other honors include serving as an assistant conductor with the Charlotte Youth Wind Ensembles from 2015-2018, being named a finalist for Teacher of the Year at both Hickory Ridge MS and Harris Road MS as well as the NC South-Central Band Directors Association Young Director Award. Andrew earned a Citation of Excellence from Cabarrus County Schools and was the 2016 recipient of the American School Band Directors Association Encore Award for Young Band Directors. Andrew holds memberships in NAfME and the Percussive Arts Society and has also been an educational artist and clinician for Innovative Percussion since 2010.
As a performer, Andrew has most recently held positions as a section Percussionist in the Union Symphony Orchestra (NC), as well as Principal Percussionist of the Carolinas Wind Orchestra (SC).
As an arranger and sound designer, Andrew’s music for high school and collegiate marching band has been performed all across the United States, ranging from small, non-competitive ensembles, up to SC and TX State Finalists as well as NCAA Division I and II Athletic Bands.
Currently, Andrew and his wife Molly, a musician and educator, live in Athens, GA with their two dogs, Chaco and Fritz.
Emily Mariko Eng
A native of New Hampshire, Emily Mariko Eng is a second-year doctoral student at UGA's Hugh Hodgson School of Music, studying conducting with Dr. Cynthia Johnston Turner. Prior to coming to UGA, she earned a Master of Music in Conducting with honors from New England Conservatory (NEC), studying with Charles Peltz. Prior to that, she graduated summa cum laude from Brandeis University with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Music Composition, where she was a composition student of David Rakowski.
As a conductor, Emily’s experience ranges from wind ensemble to orchestra, opera to musical theater. She has worked with the New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble, NEC Symphonic Winds, the North End Music and Performing Arts Center’s Opera Project (MA), the Waltham Philharmonic Orchestra (MA), Needham Community Theater (MA), and Brandeis University Undergraduate Theater Collective. For two years, she has been engaged to conduct readings of new works by current New England Conservatory composition students. Recent conducting highlights include the world premiere of Michael Gandolfi’s Polymath, a fanfare written to commemorate NEC’s 150th Anniversary year. The promotion of new music by living composers is a pillar of Emily’s artistic philosophy.
Asa composer, she was selected to participate in the highSCORE Composition Festival in Pavia, Italy where she studied with Christopher Theofanidis, Amy Beth Kirsten, Dmitri Tymoczko, and Martin Bresnick. A winner of the Reiner Prize in Composition at Brandeis University, Emily’s wind ensemble piece, Lumen, was premiered by the Waltham Philharmonic Orchestra Winds at the 2015 Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Arts.
Emily is a member of College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) and Pi Kappa Lambda, Music Honor Society.
David J. Stanley is a master’s conducting student at the University of Georgia in the studio of Cynthia Johnston Turner. A graduate assistant for the Hugh Hodgson School of Music, Mr. Stanley is actively involved in band program planning, logistical support, performances, and instruction.
From 2014-2018, Mr. Stanley served as Director of Bands for William Fleming High School in Roanoke, Virginia. Responsible for overseeing a class reorganization that established two concert bands, percussion ensemble, and theory class, Mr. Stanley’s tenure facilitated enrollment and adjudication improvements for concert, marching, and jazz programs.
Mr. Stanley earned the Bachelor of Music Education from Furman University (Greenville, South Carolina), magna cum laude. At Furman, Mr. Stanley studied with Dr. Leslie W. Hicken and Jay Bocook, serving as the Paladin Regiment’s Drum Major from 2011-2014, which included leading the Basketball Band.
A native of Emory, Virginia and a product of Virginia’s public school system, Mr. Stanley is a strong advocate for music education. His professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA), and the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA). Mr. Stanley is married to Molly, who serves as an academic advisor in the Hodgson School of Music. They reside in Athens.