Faculty Conductor to Appear in Trinidadian Festival


Dr. Ronnie Wooten, professor in the NIU School of Music, has been chosen to direct a workshop at the National Steelband Music Festival Pan Is Beautiful XII festival at the National Academy for the Performing Arts, Port of Spain, Trinidad.

Ronnie's workshop will take place on November 15, and is geared towards music conductors who are not necessarily steelband conductors yet have responsibility for the preparation of a steelband for public presentations. Such conducting requires the interpretation of musical works and real-time communication of those interpretations to steel pan musicians through a series of specific arm movements.

The theme of Dr. Wooten's workshop is “The Maestro At Work." A native of North Carolina, Dr. Wooten received the Bachelor of Music Education degree (cum laude) from East Carolina University and the Master of Music and the Doctor of Musical Arts degrees, both in conducting, from Michigan State University. In addition to conducting the Wind Ensemble at Northern Illinois University, Dr. Wooten is a coordinator of instrumental music education and teaches in both undergraduate and graduate programms. He maintains an active schedule as guest conductor, adjudicator, lecturer and consultant for instrumental music education, and has conducted honor bands and clinics throughout the United States and Canada.

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