The All-Illinois Junior Band is pleased to announce Dr. Linda Moorhouse as the inaugural guest conductor for the 2016 Festival.
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.