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James W. McRoy

Dr. James McRoy

Director of Wind StudiesConductor, LIU Post Wind Ensemble & Wind SymphonyProfessor of Music

Doctor of Arts in Instrumental Conducting, Ball State University, 2003Master of Science in Music Education, Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, CUNY, 1991Bachelor of Arts in Music Education, Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, CUNY, 1986

Description

Dr. James W. McRoy is currently Professor of Music and Director of Wind Studies at LIU Post. At Post, Dr. McRoy directs all aspects of the Wind Band Program, conducting the Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony. Dr. McRoy also teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting classes and lessons, and teaches instrumental music education courses.

A native New Yorker, Dr. McRoy holds a doctoral degree in Instrumental Conducting from Ball State University in Indiana, and bachelors and masters degrees in Music Education from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, CUNY. He taught high school band in New York for ten years and for two years was the Associate Director of Bands at Ball State University. Dr. McRoy is also Past President of the New York State Band Directors Association.

Under his leadership and direction the wind band ensembles at LIU Post have performed by invitation at two New York State Music Conferences, and at Carnegie Hall. They have produced 25 CD/DVD recordings, sponsored thirteen regional band festivals, hosted multiple performance workshops, and commissioned and premiered seven original works for wind band. They have toured and performed to standing ovations in Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean.

Dr. McRoy was the recipient of the 2012 David Newton Award for Excellence in Teaching from Long Island University, and the 2009 New York Outstanding Band Director Award, chosen and presented by the New York State Band Directors Association. A much sought after conductor, clinician, speaker, and adjudicator, he has presented research at national and international forums, including state conferences and symposia. Dr. McRoy has guest conducted honor ensembles in many states throughout the United States, as well as extended engagements in Southeast Asia.

Dr. McRoy holds professional memberships in the National Association for Music Education, College Band Directors National Association, National Band Association, College Music Society, New York State Association of College Music Programs, New York State Band Directors Association, Kappa Delta Pi, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

Website: jamesmcroy.net

Specialties

Instrumental Conducting, Wind Band Performance and Education, Music Education

Publications

  • Author, “An Analysis of Three Works for Band by David R. Gillingham: ‘Heroes, Lost and Fallen’; ‘Apocalyptic Dreams’; and ‘Cantus Laetus,’” published through Ball State University (2003)
  • Author, “A Study and Comparison of Arnold Schoenberg’s Theme and Variations Opus 43A and 43B,” published through Ball State University (1999)
  • Editor, “Band Stand,” the official newsletter of the New York State Band Directors Association (2009-present)

Lectures and Presentations

  • Guest Conductor/ Clinician, W. Tresper Clarke High School Wind Ensemble, East Meadow, NY, May 2017
  • Guest Conductor/Clinician, Kwazulu Natal Youth Wind Band, Durban, South Africa, March 2017
  • Guest Conductor/Clinician, Vista Murrieta High School Wind Ensemble, Murrieta, CA, March 2017
  • Guest Conductor/Clinician, Cerritos High School Wind Ensemble, Cerritos, CA, April 2016
  • Guest Conductor/Clinician, Arroyo High School Wind Ensemble, El Monte, CA, March 2016
  • Guest Conductor/Clinician, Whitney M Young High School Wind Ensemble, Chicago, IL, March 2016
  • Guest Conductor/Clinician, Lincoln High School Wind Ensemble, Stockton, CA, March 2016
  • Guest Conductor/Clinician, Lincoln High School Symphonic Band, Stockton, CA, March 2016
  • Guest Conductor/Clinician, Elk Grove High School Wind Ensemble, Elk Grove, CA, April 2015
  • Guest Conductor/Clinician, Foothills High School Wind Ensemble, Pleasanton, CA, April 2015
  • Guest Conductor/Clinician, Rancho Cotate High School Wind Ensemble, Rohnert Park, CA, March 2015
  • Guest Conductor/Clinician, Hellgate High School Wind Ensemble, Missoula, MT, March 2015
  • Guest Conductor/Clinician, Dobyns-Bennett High School Wind Ensemble, Kingsport, TN, March 2015
  • Guest Conductor/Artist-in-Residence, Glen Bard East High School, Lombard, IL, Spring 2015
  • Guest Conductor/Artist-in-Residence, Verona High School, Verona, WI, Spring 2015
  • Guest Conductor/Clinician, NSW Public Schools Symphonic Wind Ensemble, New South Wales, Australia, December 2014
  • Guest Conductor/Clinician, Dublin High School Concert Band, Dublin, CA, April 2014
  • Guest Conductor/Clinician, The Harker School Orchestra, San Jose, CA, April 2014
  • Guest Conductor/Clinician, H.C. Crittenden Middle School Concert Bands, Armonk, NY, April 2014
  • Guest Conductor/Clinician, H.C. Crittenden Middle School Concert Bands, Armonk, NY, January/May 2013
  • Guest Conductor/Clinician, Briar Woods High School Symphonic Winds, Ashburn, VA, February 2013
  • Guest Conductor/Clinician, Iolani High School Wind Ensemble, Honolulu, Hawaii, March 2012
  • Guest Conductor/Clinician, Madisonville North Hopkins High School Symphonic Band, Madisonville, KY, February 2012
  • Guest Conductor/Clinician, Whitney M Young High School Wind Ensemble, Chicago, IL, February 2012
  • Guest Conductor/Clinician, Bremerton High School Wind Ensemble, Bremerton, WA, April 2011
  • Guest Conductor/Clinician, Cerritos High School Wind Ensemble, Cerritos, CA, April 2011
  • Guest Conductor/Clinician, Kasukabe Wind Orchestra, Tokyo, Japan, April 2011
  • Guest Conductor/Clinician, Music Tours Unlimited, April 2011
  • Guest Conductor/Clinician, Music Tours Unlimited, April 2011
  • Guest Conductor/Clinician, New York Pops, February 2011
  • Guest Conductor/Clinician, H.C. Crittenden Middle School Concert Bands, Armonk, NY, March/April 2011
  • Guest Conductor and Speaker, Young People’s Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble Conference, Singapore, August 2010
  • Workshop Clinician, Balanced Mind Arts Curriculum Conference, Long Island, NY, November 2009
  • Guest Conductor/Clinician, Cappy Smart Band, Calgary, Canada, June 2009
  • Guest Conductor/Clinician, East Lake High School Wind Ensemble, Tarpon Springs, FL, June 2009
  • Guest Conductor/Clinician, Murray High School Symphonic Band, Murray KY, March 2009
  • Guest Conductor/Clinician, South Lakes High School Wind Ensemble, Reston, VA, March 2009
  • Workshop Clinician, Balanced Mind Arts Curriculum Conference, Long Island, NY, November 2008
  • Guest Conductor/Artist-in-Residence, Baldwin High School, Spring 2008
  • Guest Conductor/Clinician, William Floyd Middle School Bands, April 2008
  • Guest Conductor/Clinician, Ang Mo Kio Secondary School Band, Singapore, March 2008
  • Workshop Clinician, Balanced Mind Arts Curriculum Conference, Long Island, NY, November 2007
  • Coordinator/Moderator, First Ever United States-Singaporean Music Education Summit Meeting, LIU Post, Brookville, NY, October 2007
  • Keynote Speaker, Presenter, and Guest Conductor, 2007 Singapore Band Conference, Singapore, August 2007
  • Guest Conductor/Clinician, North Shore High School Wind Ensemble, Sea Cliff, NY, May 2007
  • Guest Conductor/Clinician, H.C. Crittenden Middle School Concert Bands, Armonk, NY, May 2007
  • Guest Conductor/Clinician, New Paltz High School Wind Ensemble and Concert Band, New Paltz, NY, April 2007
  • Guest Conductor/Clinician, Guam Territorial Concert Band, April 2007
  • Guest Conductor/Clinician, Carlmont High School Concert Band, Belmont, CA, March 2007
  • Guest Conductor/Clinician, Silas Wood Middle School Concert Band, South Huntington, NY, January 2007
  • Conductor/Clinician/Adjudicator, World Projects International, 2007-present
  • Conductor and Master Teacher, InterAsia Conducting Symposium, Bangkok, Thailand, Fall 2006
  • Guest Conductor/Clinician, Silas Wood Middle School Concert Band, South Huntington, NY, May 2006
  • Guest Conductor/Clinician, St. Benedicts Prep High School Concert Band, Newark, NJ, April 2006
  • Guest Conductor/Clinician, William Floyd High School Wind Ensemble, Mastic Beach, NY, April 2006
  • Guest Conductor/Clinician, Port Washington High School Wind Ensemble, Port Washington, NY, April 2006
  • Guest Conductor/Clinician, North Shore High School Wind Ensemble, Sea Cliff, NY, March 2006
  • Guest Conductor/Clinician, Plainview/Old Bethpage High School Wind Ensemble, Plainview, NY, March 2006
  • Conductor/Clinician/Adjudicator, New York Off-Stage, 2006-present
  • Workshop Clinician, Balanced Mind Arts Curriculum Conference, Long Island, NY, November 2004
  • Workshop Clinician, New York State Band Directors Association, Spring 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
  • Adjudicator, New York State Field Band Conference, 2003-present
  • Clinician/Adjudicator, Performing Arts Consultants, 2000-present
  • Clinician/Adjudicator, Educational Programs Network and Music in the Parks, 1998-present
  • Clinician/Adjudicator, Brass and Major Organizations, New York State School Music Association, 1998-present
  • Resident Conductor/Teacher, Eastern U.S. Music Camp, Colgate College, Hamilton, NY, 1999-2007
  • Presented Research at Indiana Music Educators Association State Conference Research Session, March 1998

Exhibits

  • Workshop Clinician, Balanced Mind Arts Curriculum Conference, Long Island, N.Y., (2009, 2008, 2007, 2004)
  • Guest Conductor/Artist-in-Residence, Baldwin High School (2008)
  • Guest Conductor/Clinician, William Floyd Middle School Bands (2008)
  • Guest Conductor/Clinician, Ang Mo Kio Secondary School Band, Singapore (2008)
  • Guest Conductor, Mid Island High School Band Festival (2008)
  • Coordinator/Moderator, First Ever United States-Singaporean Music Education Summit Meeting, C.W. Post Campus, Brookville, N.Y. (2007)
  • Guest Conductor/Clinician, North Shore High School Wind Ensemble, Sea Cliff, N.Y. (2007)
  • Guest Conductor/Clinician, H.C. Crittenden Middle School Concert Bands, Armonk, N.Y. (2007)
  • Guest Conductor/Clinician, New Paltz High School Wind Ensemble and Concert Band, New Paltz, N.Y. (2007)
  • Guest Conductor/Clinician, Guam Territorial Concert Band (2007)
  • Guest Conductor/Clinician, Carlmont High School Concert Band, Belmont, Calif. (2007)
  • Conductor/Clinician/Adjudicator, World Projects International (2007-present)
  • Conductor and Master Teacher, InterAsia Conducting Symposium, Bangkok, Thailand, (2006)
  • Guest Conductor/Clinician, Silas Wood Middle School Concert Band, South Huntington, N.Y. (2007, 2006)
  • Guest Conductor/Clinician, St. Benedicts Prep High School Concert Band, Newark, N.J. (2006)
  • Guest Conductor/Clinician, William Floyd High School Wind Ensemble, Mastic Beach, N.Y. (2006)
  • Guest Conductor/Clinician, Port Washington High School Wind Ensemble, Port Washington, N.Y. (2006)
  • Guest Conductor/Clinician, North Shore High School Wind Ensemble, Sea Cliff, N.Y. (2006)
  • Guest Conductor/Clinician, Plainview-Old Bethpage High School Wind Ensemble, Plainview, N.Y. (2006)
  • Conductor/Clinician/Adjudicator, New York Off-Stage (2006-present)
  • Workshop Clinician, New York State Band Directors Association (2004-2008)
  • Adjudicator, New York State Field Band Conference (2003-present)
  • Clinician/Adjudicator, Performing Arts Consultants (2000-present)
  • Clinician/Adjudicator, Educational Programs Network and Music in the Parks (1998-present)
  • Clinician/Adjudicator, Brass and Major Organizations, New York State School Music Association (1998-present)
  • Presenter, Indiana Music Educators Association State Conference Research Session (1998)

Recordings

Recorded and produced twenty-five compact discs of university ensembles as part of ongoing recording project (1999–present)

Performances

  • Guest Conductor, Suffolk County Music Educators Association Division II East Concert Band, March 2014
  • Featured Guest Conductor for Windfest Band Festival, Cross River, NY, February 2014
  • Guest Conductor, New York State Band Directors Association HS Honor Concert Band, March 2013
  • Staff Conductor, LIU Performing Arts Academy Summer Concert Band, July/August 2012 - 2016
  • Guest Conductor, Nassau County Music Educators Association Division IV Concert Band, January 2012
  • Guest Conductor, Ulster County Music Educators Association All County High School Concert Band, March 2009
  • Guest Conductor, Mid Island High School Band Festival, January 2008
  • Guest Conductor, Suffolk County Music Educators Association Division III West Concert Band, March 2007
  • Guest Conductor, Orange County Music Educators Association Wind Ensemble, Newburgh, NY, March 2006
  • Guest Conductor, Hampton Music Educators Association Festival, Hampton Bays, NY, Spring 2005
  • Featured Guest Conductor for Windfest Band Festival, Cross River, NY, Spring 2004
  • Guest Conductor, Suffolk County Music Educators Association Division III East Concert Band, March 2002

Honors/Awards

  • Recipient of the 2012 David Newton Award for Excellence in Teaching from Long Island University, March 2012
  • Recipient, New York State Band Directors Association Outstanding Band Director Award (2009)
  • Nominee, David Newton Award for Excellence in Teaching, Long Island University (2003, 2004)
  • Selected as Hicksville's Founders Day Teacher of the Year (1992)

Professional Affiliations

  • College Band Directors National Association: Member, New York State Chair (2005–2010)
  • National Band Association: Member, York State Chair (2004–2007)
  • College Music Society: Member
  • National Association for Music Education: Member
  • New York State School Music Association: Member
  • New York State Band Directors Association: Past President (2007–present), President (2005–2007), 1st Vice President (2003–2005), 2nd Vice President (2000–2003), Band Stand Editor (2009–2012), Zone Representative (1995–1996, 1999)
  • Nassau County Music Educators Association: Member, All County/Area All-State Band Chairman, (1992–1996), Junior High School Jazz Chairman (1991–1992)
  • Suffolk County Music Educators Association: Member
  • Pi Kappa Lambda: Inducted Member
  • Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia: Inducted Member