Dr. Cynthia Johnston Turner
Cynthia Johnston Turner is Director of Bands, Professor of Music, Area Chair of Conducting, and 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 430-member Redcoat Marching Band.
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, 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 will perform at 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, 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 master classes 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 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. 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 Music Educators Journal, Interdisciplinary Humanities, International Journal of the Humanities, 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.
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 and Director of The Sudler Trophy Award winning Redcoat Marching Band at the University of Georgia. His duties include teaching courses in music education and conducting as well as conducting the Symphonic Band and directing the 440-member Redcoat Marching 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 and Associate Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Georgia. He shares responsibility for design, instruction, and administration of the Redcoat Marching Band. He also directs the Basketball and Volleyball Pep Bands, guest-conducts concert bands, supervises student teachers, and teaches courses in a variety of areas including Instrumentation/Arranging and Marching Band Techniques. He previously administered the UGA Middle School Band Festival and January High School Band Festival. He created the UGA Summer Marching Band Camp and served as its Associate Director from 2003 to 2014. Dr. Bawcum also co-created the modern UGA Summer Music Camp and shared direction of the camp from 2002 to 2011.
Dr. Bawcum has been the creative force behind many beloved performances of the Redcoat Marching Band and Georgia Football traditions. 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 also conceived and implemented the “Larry Munson Battle Hymn” tradition in the Redcoat Band Pregame Show, along with composing Mr. 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 among the presentations that incorporate live marching band and pre-recorded stadium video and audio. 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. 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.
Bradley J. Esau
Bradley J. Esau., a native of Central Islip, NY, is currently in his second year of study at the University of Georgia in pursuit of the Masters of Music degree in Conducting. Mr. Esau’s duties involve all aspects of the band and wind ensemble program including organization, logistics, and instruction.
Mr. Esau taught for five years in Florida, most recently as the Assistant Director of Bands of Electa Lee Magnet Middle School in Bradenton. Mr. Esau helped assist with the operations of the 300-member program which included 3 concert bands and 3 jazz bands, as well as the orchestra and several chamber ensembles. Mr. Esau was also the director of Forest Grove Middle School in Fort Pierce, FL for 3 years. During this time, he won the Outstanding First Year Teacher Award and the Distinguished Minority Educator Award, and helped lead the program to its first Superior rating in four years. The ensembles under Mr. Esau’s supervision have earned either Excellent or Superior ratings at Florida Bandmasters’ Association District Music Performance Assessments.
Mr. Esau earned a Bachelor’s of Music Education degree from the University of South Florida, where he studied under the direction of John Carmichael and Matthew McCutchen. Mr. Esau is also an accomplished saxophonist, having recorded on several studio jazz albums with a successful saxophone studio in the Tampa area. His professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education, the Florida Bandmasters’ Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
Mr. Esau is a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Jonathan F. Poquette
Jonathan Poquette is a second-year doctoral student at the University of Georgia studying conducting with Cynthia Johnston Turner. His responsibilities include leading various ensembles on campus, serving as a teaching assistant within the conducting classes, and helping to organize logistics within the entire band program.
After earning his Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education from Southern Illinois University, where he was a Presser Scholar, Poquette taught instrumental music at the middle and high school levels in Illinois and Wisconsin for four years. While teaching, he directed concert bands, jazz bands, marching bands, chamber ensembles, and taught private lessons for students on all instruments.
Prior to his acceptance into the UGA music program, Poquette attended the University of Central Missouri, where he earned his Master of Arts degree in wind conducting studying with Scott Lubaroff. His conducting responsibilities included guest conducting the UCM Wind Ensemble, UCM Chamber Winds, UCM Symphonic Band, and UCM Symphony Orchestra. His teaching responsibilities included general music education course and serving as the teaching assistant for the undergraduate conducting course.
Professionally, Poquette is a member of College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), National Association for Music Education (NAfME), and Pi Kappa Lambda, Music Honor Society.
When not studying or conducting, Jonathan enjoys spending time with his wife Kelly, experiencing the outdoors, cooking, and traveling.
Matthew Sadowski is a third-year doctoral conducting student at the University of Georgia Hugh Hodgson School of Music. As a teaching assistant in the band department, Sadowski works closely with faculty and students in concert ensembles, athletic bands, and instrumental conducting courses. He holds a Master of Music degree in Wind Conducting from Ithaca College (2015) where he studied with Stephen Peterson and Jeffery Meyer, and a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Michigan State University (2007).
From 2008 to 2013, Sadowski directed high school band programs in Newport and Beaverton, Oregon, and Federal Way, Washington. During this time, he increased the size and strength of his band programs, taught Advanced Placement Music Theory, and was a founding member of the Beaverton Friends of Music advocacy organization. He performed on euphonium for three seasons with the Southwest Washington Wind Symphony in Camas, Washington.
For the past four summers, Sadowski has taught conducting and music theory at the Ithaca College Summer Music Academy, and has served as the Wind Division Program Coordinator since 2016. He was invited to conduct at the 2015 Frederick Fennell Memorial Conducting Masterclass at the Eastman School of Music, and appeared as a guest conductor with the Auburn Chamber Orchestra in Auburn, New York in the same year.
In addition to music, Sadowski enjoys being active outdoors, playing Cribbage, and visiting friends and family across the country. He is a member of the College Band Directors National Association, the National Association for Music Education, Kappa Kappa Psi Music Service Fraternity (honorary), Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society, and the Blue Key Honor Society.