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John Stewart (B.M.E. in Music Education, 1996)
John R. Stewart is Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Concert Bands at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire where he conducts the Wind Symphony, teaches courses in conducting and repertoire, supervises student teachers, and coordinates the concert band program. Dr. Stewart maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor and clinician. He completed his Doctorate of Philosophy in Music Education (2013) at the University of Minnesota while studying conducting with Craig Kirchhoff. Dr. Stewart earned his Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Central Florida (1996), and a Master of Arts in Music Education from the University of South Florida (2009).
Prior to his appointment at UWEC, Dr. Stewart was Interim Conductor of the St. Cloud State University Wind Ensemble (Minnesota). Dr. Stewart served as Director of Bands at Saint Cloud High School (Florida) from 1996-2010 where he directed the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, Chamber Winds, Percussion Ensemble, and Marching Band. In 2006, he earned his National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and in 2008 was named the St. Cloud High School “Teacher of the Year.”
Dr. Stewart contributed to the Teaching Music through Performance in Band: Solos with Wind Band Accompaniment book published by GIA Publications, Inc., and has been published in the Minnesota Music Educators Association Journal. His current research interests include Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance (CMP) and incorporating students with special needs in the performance ensemble. His professional affiliations include College Band Directors National Association, National Association for Music Education, Wisconsin Music Educators Association, National Band Association, and the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Wind Ensembles.
Dr. Stewart lives in Eau Claire and enjoys spending time with his wife, Crisinda, and daughter, Hannah.
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