Dr. Glen J. Hemberger
Director of Bands
Glen J. Hemberger is Professor of Music, Director of Bands, and conductor of the Wind Symphony at Southeastern Louisiana University. As a clinician, conductor, and lecturer, Dr. Hemberger has appeared throughout the United States, Europe, Scandinavia, Asia, and Australia. Prior to his appointment at Southeastern in 1999, he served as Associate Director of Bands at Oklahoma State University, on the ensemble and conducting faculty at the University of Rhode Island, and as Director of Bands at Thornton High School in Colorado.
Dr. Hemberger received the Bachelor's degree in Music Education and Master of Music degree in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Colorado at Boulder, studying with Allan McMurray, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Wind Conducting and Repertoire from the University of North Texas where he was a student of Eugene Migliaro Corporon.
Professor Hemberger has given educational workshops and seminars for numerous schools and professional associations, including the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, the Beijing Band Directors Association, the Society for American Music, and state conventions of the Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Rhode Island Music Educators Associations. He has conducted a variety of musical ensembles around the globe, including the National Taiwan University Wind Orchestra, the Melbourne Youth Symphonic Wind Band, the New Orleans Civic Symphony Orchestra, and the United States Coast Guard Band. Dr. Hemberger is the first American to ever conduct the Chinese Military Armed Police Band housed at Tiananmen Square in Beijing. In recent years, he has adjudicated the Yamaha European Open International Band Festival and the Norwegian School Band Championships held in Hamar, Norway, the Norwegian National Wind Band Championships in Trondheim, and served as guest conductor for the Association for Music in International Schools Festival Honor Band at the American School of The Hague, The Netherlands.
He has appeared as a conductor at regional conferences of the College Band Directors National Association, National Band Association, and the Percussive Arts Society, as well as the 1996 international conference of the Asia and Pacific Band Directors Association in Hong Kong. His performances have been heard and seen on radio and television broadcasts including Georgia Public Radio, and NPR.
Dr. Hemberger has collaborated in performances with many of the world's most respected instrumentalists, including John Bruce Yeh, Philip Smith, Brian Bowman, Scott A. Hartman, Ed Shaughnessy, and Eugene Rousseau. He has received praise for his innovative programming and quality performances from numerous composers including Karel Husa, Frank Ticheli, Richard Prior, and Mark Camphouse. He is active in commissioning new works and has conducted many premiere performances, including the Concertino for Horn and Wind Symphony, premiered at the 2004 Southern Division Conference of the CBDNA/NBA in Atlanta, Georgia with virtuoso Eric Ruske. Dr. Hemberger's service to the music profession has most recently been recognized with the 2004 Hammond Regional Arts Award. He is a contributing research associate to five volumes of the educational series Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. Dr. Hemberger is a member of Phi Beta Mu, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and has been listed in Who's Who in American Education, Who's Who in the World, and the millennium edition of Who's Who in America.