John Boyd Joins Singapore's Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music

June 6 2006

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- An Indiana State University professor will serve as a visiting professor at Asia's newest music conservatory for the 2006-2007 academic year.

John Boyd, director of Bands, professor of music, and coordinator of ISU's Wind/Percussion Division, will serve as the first full-time conductor the chamber winds ensemble at Singapore's Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music and teach classes in conducting and wind literature beginning in August.

The Conservatory was established in 2001 in collaboration with the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University and the National University of Singapore, a leading university in the Asia-Pacific region. The Conservatory offers undergraduate degrees in performance in orchestral instruments, piano, and composition, and has an enrollment of 180 students representing 12 countries, including the United States and New Zealand.

"This is a wonderful opportunity to be on the "ground floor" of a major conservatory that is working toward international recognition. I look forward to instructing some of the finest young instrumentalists in Asia," Boyd said.

Considered to be one of the most dynamic wind conductors in the country today, Boyd is equally at home with educational and professional organizations. He has guest conducted The U.S. Army Band twice and conducted/lectured at the Royal Northern College of Music at Manchester, UK.

Boyd recorded two critically-acclaimed albums with the Kent State University Wind Ensemble which was released on ELF as "John Boyd Conducts American." In 1995, he released, to rave reviews, the compact disc "Capriccio" with the Indiana State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Faculty Winds. Three additional compact discs were released: "Tapestries and Wind Songs," featuring the ISU Faculty Winds, and "Symphonic Moments," featuring the ISU Symphonic Wind Ensemble.

Working with internationally-acclaimed conductor Frederick Fennell, he founded Philharmonia a Vent, a professional wind orchestra in residence at ISU.

The ensemble, under the direction of Boyd, released two recordings in less than one year for internationally-known Klavier Music Productions. "Ghosts," recorded in ISU's Tilson Auditorium in August 2004, features Richard Rodney Bennett's "Morning Music," "Ghosts" by Stephen McNeff, Gustav Holst's "Capriccio," and "L'Homme Arme Variations" by Christopher Marshall.

"Laude," featuring the music of influential educator, conductor and composer Howard Hanson, was recorded June 2005. In addition to its title track, works featured include "Chorale and Alleluia," "Dies Natalis," "Centennial March" and "Merry Mount Suite," a tribute to Fennell, who passed away in December 2004.

An active arranger and composer of all forms of wind ensemble music, he has published works in the catalogs of Ludwig, G. Schirmer, Barnhouse, Cole, and Associated Music.

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Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, (812) 237-3783 or pmeyer4@isugw.indstate.edu,/b>

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