Georgia State University Bands
The Georgia State University Bands program is widely recognized as one of the most outstanding collegiate band programs in the Southeast. The Band Department offers a comprehensive program to the university community. More than 250 students participate in our performing ensembles, making Georgia State Bands one of the most visible groups on campus. Ensembles within the band program have accepted invitations to perform at prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, the College Band Directors National Association Southern Division Conference, the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Parade in Washington, D.C., and the 2014 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
The Band Department offers several programs for secondary school students each year, including Marching Band Day, the High School Concerto Competition, and the Summer Leadership Institute. Each year nearly 1000 secondary school students visit our campus as part of these programs. In addition, Georgia State Bands hosts and sponsors the Metropolitan Atlanta Youth Wind Ensemble (MAYWE), a select high school honor ensemble drawing from among the most talented high school instrumentalists throughout the greater Atlanta area.
Ensembles and Performing Groups
- Symphonic Wind Ensemble
- Wind Orchestra
- Chamber Winds
- Concert Band
- Metropolitan Atlanta Youth Wind Ensemble
- Robert J. Ambrose, Director of Bands
- Chester B. Phillips, Associate Director of Bands
- David Vandewalker, Assistant Director of Bands
- Thomas McConnell, Director of Band Operations
- Reese Burgan, Band Operations Assistant
- T. Devin Reid, Graduate Assistant
- Chee Weng Yim, Graduate Assistant
- Katie Rogers, Graduate Assistant
- Lanae Dickstein, Graduate Assistant
The Georgia State University Bands are pleased to offer a wealth of scholarship opportunities to qualified students. Students do not need to be music majors in order to be considered for scholarships. For more information contact Director of Bands Robert J. Ambrose.
Opportunities for Middle and High School Students
- High School Concerto Competition: March 5, 2015
- Metropolitan Atlanta Youth Wind Ensemble: Academic Year
- Music For All Southeastern Regional Concert Band Festival: February 19-20, 2015
- Summer Leadership Institute: May 31-June 2, 2015
Master of Music in Wind Band Conducting
The objective of the Master of Music in Wind Band Conducting degree program is to train highly competent conductors of wind music. Students in the program study intensively under Robert J. Ambrose and the other band faculty. The conducting studio is highly selective, affording students a great deal of podium time. Students typically conduct two pieces publicly each semester. Additional conducting and coaching experience is provided through a unique arrangement with the brass, woodwind and percussion chamber ensembles.
Graduates will be prepared to function effectively in professional and academic settings. Recent graduates of the program hold conducting positions at the university and public schools level and have gained entrance into prestigious wind conducting doctoral programs. Please view the program description for more information and audition requirements.
Annual Conducting Symposium
The 9th Annual Conductor's Art Conducting Symposium will be held February 21, 2015. This year’s clinicians will be University of Miami Director of Bands Gary Green and Georgia State Univesrity Director of Bands Robert J. Ambrose.This workshop provides wind conductors of all levels with a positive environment in which to expand their musicianship. In addition to attending lectures, participants have the opportunity to conduct the Georgia State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Wind Orchestra while receiving feedback from the workshop faculty. Over 150 conductors have participated in this workshop since its creation in 2007. For more information visit theconductorsart.org.
Undergraduate Conducting Workshop
The second annual Undergraduate Conducting Workshop will be held on April 24, 2015. The symposium is designed for undergraduate students at any university to conduct and receive clinic feedback from Georgia State University and guest faculty. The event, sponsored by the Nu Alpha chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, creates a positive and welcoming atmosphere for undergraduate conductors to improve their conducting skills and musicianship. For more information contact Associate Director of Bands Chester B. Phillips.