Meet the Conductors
NAfME is proud to present this year’s outstanding conductors:
Ann Howard Jones – Mixed Choir
Dr. Jones is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Boston University. She conducts the Symphonic and Chamber Choruses, supervises conducting students in the Concert Chorus and the Women’s Chorale, teaches graduate choral conducting, and administers the MM and DMA programs in Choral Conducting. Dr. Jones is also the conductor of the BU Tanglewood Institute Young Artists’ Vocal Program Chorus, an auditioned ensemble of high school singers which rehearses and performs at Tanglewood in the summer.
Recognized as a distinguished clinician, adjudicator, teacher, and conductor, she has led many all state and regional choruses, workshops, and master classes in the U.S., Europe, South America, Canada, and Asia. She has been invited to teach and conduct at North Texas, Michigan State, Missouri, University of Miami, San Diego State, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Southern Methodist University, and Westminster Choir College of Rider University, University of Kentucky, and the University of New Mexico.
Among the honors which Dr. Jones has received are the coveted Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching from Boston University, a Fulbright professorship to Brazil, and a lectureship for the Lily Foundation. At the National Conference of the American Choral Directors Association on March 9, 2011, Dr. Jones was named the recipient of the Robert Shaw Choral Award for distinguished service to the profession, the highest award given by the association.
Jung-Ho Pak- Symphony Orchestra
Described by the New York Times as a conductor who “radiates enthusiasm,” Jung-Ho Pak is known for his unique vision of the role of classical music. Since 2007 he has been Artistic Director and Conductor of the Cape Symphony (second largest in Massachusetts to the Boston Symphony Orchestra). From 2003-2013, he has been Director of Orchestras and Music Director of the World Youth Symphony Orchestra and at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. In 2012, Mr. Pak stepped down after six seasons as Artistic Director and Conductor of Orchestra Nova (San Diego), an orchestra recognized for its innovative programs and business model. Mr. Pak is also Music Director Emeritus of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. As Music Director of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra (1997-2002). As a nationally recognized educator, he served as Music Director with the University of Southern California (USC) Symphony and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Orchestra. He has also served as Principal Conductor of the Emmy-nominated Disney Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra and as Music Director of the Debut Orchestra, International Chamber Orchestra, NEXT Chamber Orchestra, Colburn Chamber Orchestra, and Diablo Ballet. Guest conducting has taken him to Europe, the Soviet Union, South America and Asia.
Eugene Migliaro Corporon- Concert Band
Eugene Migliaro Corporon is the conductor of the Wind Symphony and Regents Professor of Music at the University of North Texas. Mr. Corporon has held positions at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Michigan State University, the University of Northern Colorado, the University of Wisconsin, and California State University, Fullerton. His ensembles have performed at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, Southwestern Music Educators National Conference, Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention, Texas Bandmasters Association Convention/Clinic, International Trumpet Guild Conference, International Clarinet Society Convention, North American Saxophone Alliance Conference, Percussive Arts Society International Convention, International Horn Society Conference, National Wind Ensemble Conference, College Band Directors National Association Conference, Japan Band Clinic, and the Conference for the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles. Having recorded over 1000 works, including many premieres and commissions, his groups have released 100 plus recordings on the Toshiba/EMI, Klavier, Mark, CAFUA, Donemus, Soundmark, GIA, Albany, Naxos, and Centaur labels. These recordings, two of which have appeared on the Grammy nomination ballot, are aired regularly on radio broadcasts throughout Asia, Europe, and the Americas.
Mr. Corporon, a frequent guest conductor at the Showa University of Music in Kawasaki City, Japan, has also served as a visiting conductor at the Julliard School, the Interlochen World Center for Arts Education and the Aspen Music Festival and School. He is also the principal conductor of the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, a professional group made up of musicians from the Dallas and Fort Worth metroplex.
Sherman Irby- Jazz Conductor
Born and raised in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Sherman began playing music at the age of 12, almost immediately recognizing that it was his life’s calling. During high school he had the opportunity to play and record with Gospel immortal James Cleveland. After completing high school in 1986, Sherman attended Clark Atlanta University, graduating with a B.A. in Music Education. After college, he joined Atlanta-based piano legend Johnny O’Neal’s quintet for a time before moving to New York City in 1994.
After moving to New York, Sherman quickly connected with the fertile and vital scene at Smalls Jazz Club, where he was a regular until 1997. It was while playing at Smalls that Sherman caught the attention of Blue Note Records, the label for which he recorded his first two albums, Full Circle and Big Mama’s Biscuits, released in 1996 and 1998 respectively.
During the period in which he was performing at Smalls, Sherman also toured the U.S. and the Caribbean with the Boys Choir of Harlem in 1995; was a member of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra from 1995 to 1997; recorded/toured with Marcus Roberts, and participated in the incomparable Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead Program. At the end of this prolific period, Sherman began a four-year stint with the Roy Hargrove quintet in 1997. After departing Roy Hargrove’s ensemble, Sherman shifted his primary focus to his own group. Although this was his primary commitment, Irby took the opportunity to join the final ensemble of the peerless Elvin Jones in 2004, and after Elvin’s passing, performed with Papo Va’zquez’s Pirates Troubadours.
From 2003-2011, Sherman was a regional director for Jazz Masters Workshop, a mentoring program for young children. He has served as Artist-in-Residence for Jazz Camp West, and as an instructor for the Monterey Jazz Festival Band Camp. He was also a board member for several years for the CubaNOLA Collective.
Recognizing the shift in economics of the record industry, Sherman left Blue Note to form his own label, Black Warrior Records. Thus far, he has released Black Warrior, Faith, Organ Starter, Live at The Otto Club, and Andy Farber’s “This Could Be the Start of Something Big”.
Currently, Sherman is a member of the newly renamed Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis.
Since rejoining the orchestra in 2005, Sherman, along with most members of the orchestra, has arranged much of the vast library of music that they have performed over the last eight years. He has also been commissioned to compose new works, including “Twilight Sounds”, and his Dante-inspired ballet, “Inferno”
Todd Stoll- Jazz Conductor
Todd Stoll has spent over twenty five years as an educator, performer and leading advocate for jazz. A graduate of the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, (MM trumpet) Mr. Stoll has taught at all levels of music education from elementary through collegiate including a decade as curriculum coordinator for Westerville City Schools in central Ohio.
For twenty years he was the founding director of the Columbus Youth Jazz Orchestra, a community based ensemble, that received both regional and national accolades. Under his direction the CYJO released six CDs, was an Essentially Ellington Finalist and participated in multiple international tours to both Europe and South America. Students from this ensemble went on to study at the most prestigious music schools in the US and many have maintained high profile professional careers.
As a leader in the music education community he served as Ohio president of the International Association of Jazz Educators, the inaugural chair of jazz events for the Ohio Music Education Association, and on various national level committees. His work as a curriculum coordinator helped bring jazz to the forefront of many district and later, state music curriculums.
In 2011 Mr. Stoll accepted the position as Vice President of Education for Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City where he oversees programs that touch more than 100,000 people as young as 8 months thru the elderly. His leadership at JALC has revived the institutions commitment to the underserved while embracing 21st century technology as a means for greater access to the music. In 2014 the education department at JALC produced over 2800 individual events both in its home at Fredrick P Rose Hall and throughout the US. Through their innovative Essentially Ellington High School jazz band program, they have distributed over 150,000 previously unavailable Duke Ellington and other seminal arrangers’ scores to high schools and are on track for distributing nearly 25,000 scores in 2015