Dr. Rebekah Daniel will begin her appointment as the Visiting Director of Wind Ensemble at the University of Utah in Fall 2021. In this capacity, she will conduct the wind ensemble, teach undergraduate and graduate conducting, and assist with courses in Music Education. Dr. Daniel recently completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Wind Conducting at Michigan State University (MSU) as a student of Dr. Kevin Sedatole. As a doctoral conducting assistant at MSU, she conducted instrumental ensembles, taught undergraduate conducting courses, taught conducting lessons to undergraduate students through independent study, co-directed Spartan Brass, and was a member of the Spartan Marching Band instructional staff.
Prior to attending MSU, Dr. Daniel taught in the Georgia public schools, where ensembles under her direction enjoyed notable success in both district and statewide performance evaluations. Most recently, she served as the Associate Director of Bands at Houston County High School in Warner Robins, Georgia, where she conducted multiple concert bands, coached student-led chamber ensembles, and instructed the award-winning Houston County “Black and Silver Brigade.”
Dr. Daniel completed the Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music in Wind Conducting degrees at Georgia Southern University where she studied with Dr. Robert Dunham and Dr. Colin McKenzie. As an advocate for music education, she has presented at state conferences including the Georgia Music Educators Association’s In-Service Conference and most recently, the 2021 Texas Music Educators Association’s Convention. Dr. Daniel is also in demand as an honor band clinician and concert and marching band adjudicator. In 2018, she was named a Fellow and participant in the inaugural H. Robert Reynolds Conducting Institute through the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. Her professional affiliations include College Band Directors National Association, National Association for Music Education, Georgia Music Educators Association, and Texas Music Educators Association.
Dr. Stephanie DeLuca is the Assistant Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Utah. Dr. DeLuca recently completed the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Music Education with an emphasis in Wind Band Conducting at the Florida State University. She also completed the Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music in Wind Band Conducting degrees at Baylor University.
While at FSU, Dr. DeLuca served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and Conductor for the FSU Bands, Athletic Bands, undergraduate conducting courses, marching band techniques, Commencements Brass, and produced the PRISM Concert Series. While at Baylor, she served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and Conductor for the Baylor Bands, Athletic Bands, and undergraduate conducting courses. She was also a featured guest conductor with the Baylor Symphony Orchestra. She has studied conducting under the batons of Prof. Richard Clary, Dr. Patrick Dunnigan, and Dr. Eric Wilson.
Prior to attending FSU, Dr. DeLuca served as Associate Director of Bands at Clifton High School and Middle School in Clifton, TX. At the Texas State Marching Band Championships, the Clifton High School Marching Band placed second in 2015 and seventh in 2017. Dr. DeLuca also maintained superior ratings with the Clifton Middle School Band program and placed in the Texas Outstanding Performance Series.
Dr. DeLuca is an active guest conductor and has served as a clinician and adjudicator for concert and marching festivals across the south. Her professional affiliations include College Band Directors National Association, Women Band Directors International, Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Pi Kappa Lambda, Omicron Delta Kappa, and Mu Phi Epsilon.