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2019 Clinicians

Alexander Kaminsky was appointed Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music at VanderCook College of Music in 2019 after a highly successful tenure at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL. He holds degrees from the University of Florida and Indiana University, is active as an adjudicator, and is in demand as a guest conductor/clinician across the country. Throughout his 30-year career as a high school band director, Kaminsky’s ensembles consistently earned Superior ratings at all levels of evaluation. In addition to earning Superior ratings at the FBA State Concert Band Assessment for an unprecedented 23 consecutive years (the last 13 of those years being with both his first and second bands), he is the only director in the history of the Florida Bandmasters Association to have had three concert bands from one school earn straight Superior ratings at State, and he achieved this three times (2009, 2018 and 2019).

Kaminsky’s bands have performed at the Midwest Clinic (2005, 2009, 2014, and 2018), ABA Convention (2014), CBDNA/NBA Southern Division Conference (2004 and 2014), FMEA State Convention (2014), National Concert Band Festival (2002 and 2012), and the National Wind Band Festival at Carnegie Hall (2009 and 2018). In 2018, the Stoneman Douglas Wind Symphony was named a National Wind Band Honors winner as one of only ten 6A bands in the nation. His marching bands consistently placed in the Florida Marching Band State Championship Finals, winning consecutive FMBC State Championships (2013 and 2014, 2017 and 2018) as well as being named a finalist band at BOA regional competitions.

Kaminsky is a ten-time recipient of the National Band Association’s Citation of Excellence and has been recognized with numerous achievement awards for education including Florida’s 2019 FMEA Secondary Music Educator of the Year Award, FBA Oliver Hobbs Award, FBA Andrew J. Crew Award, National Honor Roll’s Outstanding American Teacher, Nobel Educator of Distinction, Teacher of the Year, and is listed in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. He is a Conn-Selmer Educational Clinician and is an elected member of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association and the American School Band Directors’ Association.

Dr. Linda R. Moorhouse serves as Professor of Music and Associate Director of the School of Music at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is also a member of the conducting faculty. Prior to her current position, she served as Interim Director of Bands at the University of Illinois and taught graduate and undergraduate conducting, and wind band history.

Before joining the University of Illinois School of Music in fall 2010, Dr. Moorhouse served on the faculty at Louisiana State University for over 20 years, where she was the recipient of LSU School of Music and several campus-wide awards for teaching excellence. While at LSU, she taught conducting, directed the LSU Symphonic Winds, and served as drill designer, auxiliary choreographer, co-director and teacher of record of the LSU Tiger Marching Band, one of a select few award-winning college marching bands in Division I universities. Under her leadership, the LSU Tiger Band received the Sudler Trophy (the "Heisman trophy" of college marching bands), and won the 2008 ESPN "Battle of the Bands" contest. She also served as director and administrator of the LSU Summer Music Camps.

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. Concert ensembles under her direction at two different universities have been featured at both national and regional conferences of the College Band Directors National Association and the North American Saxophone Alliance International Conference. She currently serves as President of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association, and is a past President and the current Executive Secretary of the National Band Association, the largest professional organizaton for bands, where she also serves as Editor of the NBA Journal. She is also a past President of the Women Band Directors International, where she is a recipient of the organization's "Silver Baton" and "International Golden Rose" awards for outstanding leadership and service to the music profession. Honored as a Member Laureate (member of international distinction) of Sigma Alpha Iota, the professional fraternity for women in music, Dr. Moorhouse is also a recipient of the "Diploma of the Sudler Order of Merit" from the John Philip Sousa Foundation in recognition of extraordinary service to the music community. She is also a member of the Sousa Foundation's Sudler Trophy Committee. The National Band Association has recognized her contributions to bands and band music on numerous occasions with the NBA Citation of Excellence, along with election to NBA's Academy of Wind and Percussion Arts (AWAPA), considered the "Oscar" of the band world. She is the 72nd inductee to this honored academy of prominent musicians and educators. Dr. Moorhouse is a member of the VIP community within the Division of Education at Conn-Selmer, and is also recognized in Grove Music Online.

In addition to her conducting and teaching obligations, Dr. Moorhouse has several notable publication credits including research contributions to multiple volumes of both the Composer's Insight–Thoughts, Analysis and Commentary on Contemporary Masterpieces for Wind Band (Meredith Music) series and Teaching Music Through Performance in Band (GIA), along with other Meredith Music publications.

Dr. Moorhouse received a Doctor of Musical Arts in Instrumental Conducting degree from the University of Washington in Seattle, where she studied with Peter Erös and Timothy Salzman. She holds a Master of Music Education degree from LSU, and a Bachelor of Music Education degree with Honors from the University of Florida, where she is a member of the University of Florida Bands Hall of Fame.

Recent international engagements include serving as an adjudicator on two jury panels for the World Music Contest in Kerkrade, Netherlands, and as a speaker for the International Round Table Conference as part of the World Music Contest. She also served as a conducting clinician and conductor with Portugal's Wind Ensemble of Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa, and has served multiple times as an adjudicator for the Singapore National Youth Music Festival, in addition to working as a clinician and adjudicator in Western Australia.

Dr. Shanti Simon is the Director of Bands at the University of Oklahoma where she conducts the Wind Symphony and leads the graduate and undergraduate wind conducting programs. Prior to joining the faculty at OU, Dr. Simon was the Flight Commander and Associate Conductor with The United States Air Force Academy Band in Colorado Springs. Before moving to Colorado, Simon served as Flight Commander and Associate Conductor with The United States Air Force Band in Washington, D.C., where she conducted performances in the national capital region and around the country including the 2011 National Tree Lighting Ceremony with the Airmen of Note hosted by President Obama and the First Family. Simon was on the faculty of Shenandoah Conservatory as the Associate Director of Bands for the 2013-2014 academic year. In 2016, she deployed to the Middle East with the United States Air Force Central Command band as the Officer-In-Charge, overseeing musical troop-support, community-outreach and partnership-building missions in seven countries.

Before joining the Air Force, Simon earned her MM and DMA degrees in conducting from the University of Minnesota where she studied with Craig Kirchhoff. She received her BME and BM degrees from Stetson University with Bobby Adams. Hailing from Florida, Simon served as the Associate Director of Bands at Vero Beach High School for four years, where her ensembles consistently earned top ratings in all areas of district and state assessment. Simon is active nationally and internationally as a guest conductor and clinician.