Under the guidance of Winthrop University Director of Bands, William Malambri, nationally known adjudicators listen, evaluate and comment on your group's performance. Below you will find more information about our 2013 instrumental and choral adjudicators and their adjudication dates.
Bandmaster - William Malambri
Bill Malambri is a native of Fairmont, North Carolina. He earned degrees from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke (B.S.), East Carolina University (M.M.) and the University of South Carolina (D.M.A.) where he was a student of Dr. William J. Moody. Additional conducting study was with Frederick Fennell. He is professor of Music and Director of Bands Emeritus at Winthrop University, the institution where he taught from 1978 through 2011. While at Winthrop, Dr. Malambri conducted the Wind Orchestra, taught applied conducting on both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and administered the annual Invitational Band Clinic. Currently, he serves as Interim Director of Bands at the University of North Carolina - Charlotte.
Conducting, clinician, adjudication, and consultation assignments have taken Dr.Malambri to 22 states, the District of Columbia, and the nations of Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, Germany, Republic of Korea, Italy, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, and frequent trips to Norway since 1988. Included in these appearances are performances with the United States Army Band, the United States Army Field Band, the United States Ait Force Band, the United States Navy Band, the United States Continental Army Band, service as the principal guest conductor for the International Music Camp in 1999, three concerts at the South carolina Music Educators Conference by the Winthrop Symphonic Band and the Wind Orchestra, two concerts by the Winthrop/Carolinas Wind Orchestra at the North Carolina Music Educators Conference, four concerts during September, 1999 with the Bergen District (Norway) Army band, a concert with the Russian Admiralty Navy Band at the Shostakovich Great Hall (Saint Petersburg) in March, 2004, performances by the Wind Orchestra at the 2005 and 2010 annual conventions of the American Bandmasters Association, and at the 2007 Southern Division of the Music Educators National Conference/South Carolina Music Educators Conference. Additional appearances include clinic/conducting sessions at the North Carolina All-State Band, the North dakota All-State band, the South Dakota All-State Band, the North Region (South Dakota) Honor Band, the Birmingham-Southern College (Alabama) Honor Band, the Augustana College (South Dakota) Honor Band, the Armstrong-Atlantic University (Georgia) Honor band, the University of Akron (Ohio) Honor Band, the Tennessee Technological University Honor Band, the Mount Rushmore (South Dakota) International Music Camp, and region/district honor bands throughout the southern region of the United States. Dr. Malambri also served as the sole American judge for the Italian National Marching Show Band competition in Como, Italy during July, 2006, and for the same event in Busto Arsizio, Italy in 2007. He has provided the same service to the Malgrat de Mar (Spain) International Music Festival annually since 2005, and is scheduled to return 2011. During June, 2007, he conducted concerts by municipal bands in Amares, Portugal, and Padova, Italy, conducted concerts by the Wind Orchestra in Malgrat de Mar and Narvacles, Spain during October, 2007, and served as a judge for the Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia World Marching Band Competition during December of that year. Dr. Malambri adjudicated the Singapore Music Festival in 2007, 2008, and 2009. During July, 2009, he served the World Music Contest in kerkrade, Netherlands as a judge of Fanfare and Concert Bands, and in July, 2012 was a judge for the Rastede, Germany Music Festival. During the next 12 months he is scheduled to judge in Spain, Texas, Florida and North Carolina.
Professional affiliations include membership in the prestigious American bandmasters Association, College Band Directors National Association, Music Educators National Conference, South carolina Music Educators Association, South Carolina Band Directors Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonis, and Pi Kappa Lambda. The National band Association has twice awarded him with their Citation of Excellence. Dr. malambri is a rehearsal clinician for Conn-Selmer, Incorporated, and available for guest conducting/clinician appearances through grants from that company.
Christopher H. Cole is the grandson of the late D.C. Cole, a bandmaster and musical pioneer from Rutherford County, North Carolina, and a member of the North Carolina Bandmasters Hall of Fame. He attended Western Carolina University, earning a B.S. Degree in Music Education and an M.M.E. Degree. He began his teaching career in Kings Mountain, NC in 1976, completing a distinguished career and retiring in 2005. Mr. Cole has served as the Vice Chairman of the South Central District Bandmasters Association and recieved their "Award of Excellence" in 1992. He was the 2005 North Carolina recipient of the National Band Association's "Citation of Excellence." Mr. Cole was inducted into the North Carolina Bandmasters Hall of FAme in November 2011. His professional affiliations include membership in the NCMEA, MENC, ASBDA, Kappa Kappa Psi Honorary Band Fraternity and the International Trumpet Guild. He plays trumpet in the Winthrop/Carolinas Wind Orchestra and performs with Continental Divide, a Charlotte bases rhythm and blues band. He has served as conductor/guest clinician for numerous All County and All District bands and has served as adjudicator in North Carolina, South CArolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Georgia and Arizona. He is active as a guest adjudicator at Carowinds Festival of Music. He presently teaches at Piedmont Community Charter School in Gastonia, NC. Over the years, Mr. Cole's personal musical performances have taken him to France, Switzerland, Germany, England, Belgium, Austria, Holland, Australia, Ireland and Spain.
Col. (ret) Gary F. Lamb is a native of Hardin, Montana, Colonel Lamb is a graduate of the University og Nebraska-Lincoln where he earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree in 1971 and a Master of Music degree in performance in 1976. In 1991, Colonel Lamb earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in instrumental conducting from The Catholic University of America in washington, D.C. During his military career, he had many assignments culminating in April, 2000 when he became the seventh commander of the Army's premier musical organization, The United States Army band (PERSHING's OWN). In that capacity, Colonel Lamb performed at numerous international, national and state events including the Brisbane (Australia) International Festival and Tattoo; deployed troops in Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan and Uzbekistan; the American Bandmasters Association convention; and has conducted the Queensland Pops Orchestra in Brisbane, Australia and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Colonel Lamb has led "Pershing's Own" for both inaugural parades of President George W. Bush and for the State Funeral of President Reagan. In March 2001, Colonel Lamb was inducted into the prestigious American Bandmasters Association. In 2005, he recieved as award from the Music Educators Association, New York City, for The Army Band's New York City Schools Young Artist Series; recieved the Lowell Mason Fellow award from the National MENC; and recieved the Alumni Achievement Award in Music from the University of Nebraska. Colonel Lamb retired as Conductor Emeriusof The U.S. Army Band on Ssptember 1, 2005 with over 30 years of military service to our nation.
Stanley F. Michalski, Jr.
James Curnow was born in Port Huron, Michigan and raised in Royal Oak, Michigan. He lives in
His formal training was received at Wayne State University (Detroit, Michigan) and at Michigan State University (East Lansing, Michigan), where he was a euphonium student of Leonard Falcone, and a conducting student of Dr. Harry Begian. His studies in composition and arranging were with F. Maxwell Wood, James Gibb, Jere Hutchinson and Irwin Fischer.
James Curnow has taught in all areas of instrumental music, both in the public schools (five years), and on the college and university level (thirty years). He is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Bandmasters Association, College Band Directors National Association and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).
As a conductor, composer and clinician, Curnow has traveled throughout the
Curnow was most recently honored with a listing in the Grove Dictionary of American Musicians.
2013 Festival of Music Instrumental Adjudicators
March 30: William Malambri; Gary Lamb; Stanley Michalski
April 5 & 6: William Malambri; David Shaffer; Richard Brasco
April 12 & 13: William Malambri; James Curnow; Stanley Michalski
April 19 & 20: William Malambri; James Curnow; Ed Jones
April 26 & 27: William Malambri; Gary Lamb; Chris Cole
May 3 & 4: William Malambri; Larry Clark; Stanley Michalski
May 10 & 11: William Malambri; Lorrie Crochet; Chris Cole
May 17 & 18: William Malambri; James Swearingen; Stanley Michalski
May 24: William Malambri; Gary Lamb; Lorrie Crochet
Choirmaster - Sheila Fetner
A Graduate of East Carolina University, Ms. Fetner holds a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance with teaching certification and a Master's of Music in vocal performance. Ms. Fetner studied voice with Gladys White and Choral conducing with Brett Watson and Norman Luboff. A lecturer at UNC-Wilmington, she taught voice and conducted the UNC-W Concert Choir. After moving to Charlotte, Ms. Fetner taught choral music in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School system at Smith Middle and Olympic High School where she formed the first Show Choir in the system. Active as a church musician throughout her career, Shelia is currently the Director of Music Ministries at Central Steel Creek Presbyterian Church in Charlotte.
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