Conductors for the 2017 Wind Band Conference
Dr. Linda R. Moorhouse joined the Illinois faculty in the fall of 2010 and currently serves as Associate Director for Undergraduate Affairs in the School of Music. She also holds an appointment in the Bands Division as Senior Associate Director, where she teaches courses in graduate and undergraduate conducting. Ensembles under her direction have been featured at both national and regional conferences of the College Band Directors National Association, and the 2014 North American Saxophone Alliance International Conference. While Dr. Moorhouse is a proponent of new music for wind band and has been part of several commissioning consortiums, she believes firmly in the historical value of the wind band's treasured masterworks and their importance to future music educators. Prior to her Illinois appointment, she served on the faculty at Louisiana State University for over 20 years, where she was the recipient of select campus-wide awards for teaching excellence.
Dr. Moorhouse is active as a conductor, clinician and adjudicator both nationally and internationally and her service to the band profession is a matter of record. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association, and is both a past president and the current Executive Secretary of the National Band Association, where she also serves as Editor of the NBA Journal. Recognized internationally as a Member Laureate of Sigma Alpha Iota (professional fraternity for women in music), she was also awarded the "Diploma of the Sudler Order of Merit" from the John Philip Sousa Foundation in recognition of extraordinary service to the music community. The National Band Association has recognized her contributions to bands and band music on numerous occasions with the NBA Citation of Excellence. She is also a past President of Women Band Directors International.
In addition to her conducting and teaching obligations, Dr. Moorhouse has several notable publication credits including contributions to multiple volumes of both the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band (GIA) and A Composer's Insight (Meredith Music) series, along with other Meredith Music publications.
Dr. Moorhouse received a Doctor of Musical Arts in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Washington, where she studied with Peter Erös and Timothy Salzman. She has a Master of Music Education degree from LSU, and a Bachelor of Music Education with Honors degree from the University of Florida. In the fall of 2010, she was inducted into the University of Florida Bands Hall of Fame.
After receiving his Bachelor’s degree from Northwestern State University in 1990, Dr. Jeffrey C. Mathews taught high school band for seven years in the public schools of Louisiana and Texas. Dr. Mathews' received the Master of Music Education degree from the University of North Texas, where he served as a Teaching Fellow. He continued his studies with Thomas Fraschillo at the University of Southern Mississippi where he earned his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in conducting pedagogy.
He has been on the faculty of Northwestern State University since 1998 where he is the Director of Bands and an Associate Professor of Music. He has served as Assistant Director of Bands, Director of Athletic Bands, Director of Student Activities and Organizations, and Associate Director of Bands while at Northwestern State. He has taught Band, Marching Band Techniques, Music Theory, Conducting, and Music Education. His research has been published by the Journal of Band Research and he has presented clinics at the Louisiana Music Educators Association Convention and the Texas Music Educators Association Convention. He is also a regular guest conductor with the Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra in the United Kingdom.
Dr. Mathews served for 15 years as the Commander and Conductor of the Texas Air National Guard Band. He led this band on a tour of the Czech Republic during the summer of 1999 and to Afghanistan and Iraq in 2007. In 2011, he was appointed Chief, Air National Guard Bands. In this capacity he advises, directs policy, and provides budgets for all the Air National Guard Bands in the United States.
Dr. Christopher Dye serves as Assistant Professor of Instrumental Music Education at Middle Tennessee State University. He teaches courses in instrumental methods and materials, supervises Residency I and II student teachers, leads the Music Education Seminar, and teaches graduate course in assessment and music technology. Dr. Dye holds degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Ed.D.), Columbus State University (M.M.), and Texas Lutheran University (B.M.).
Prior to his appointment at MTSU, Dye was a Visiting Lecturer in Music Education at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he taught undergraduate and graduate coursework, supervised student teachers, and coordinated the graduate associate instructors for the instrumental methods sequence and student teaching supervision. Previously, he served as a graduate teaching assistant with the University Bands and Music Education divisions at the University of Illinois. In that capacity, he directed concert and basketball bands, assisted with the Marching Illini, and taught coursework in conducting, pedagogy, and field experience. Dye also taught for several years as a middle school and high school band director in the Frenship Independent School District in Wolfforth, TX.
Dye is an active researcher in music education policy and instrumental music pedagogy, presenting papers and clinics at numerous national and state conferences. Recent publications include articles in Psychology of Music, the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, and Tennessee Musician. He currently serves on the board of the Tennessee Music Education Association as Advocacy and Government Relations Chair and as the state's representative to the National Association for Music Education Advocacy Leadership Force. He resides in Murfreesboro with his wife Brittany and their two sons, Alexander and Matthew.