Under the guidance of Winthrop University Emeritus Professor of Music/Director of Bands, Dr. William Malambri, nationally known adjudicators listen, evaluate and comment on your group's performance. Below you will find more information about our 2016 instrumental and choral adjudicators and their adjudication dates.
Bandmaster – Dr. William Malambri Dr. 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 Emeritus Professor of Music and Director of Bands 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 the Principal Conductor of the Carolinas Wind Orchestra.
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 Air 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 regularly provided the same service to the Malgrat de Mar (Spain) International Music Festival since 2005. 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 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 Sinfonia, and Pi Kappa Lambda. The National Band Association has twice awarded him 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.
Brian Balmages (b. 1975) is an award-winning composer, conductor, producer, and performer. His music for winds, brass, and orchestra has been performed throughout the world. His active schedule of commissions and premieres has incorporated groups ranging from elementary schools to professional ensembles including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Miami Symphony Orchestra, the University of Miami Wind Ensemble, Boston Brass, Off Bass Brass, and the Dominion Brass Ensemble. World premieres have included prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. His music was also performed as part of the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service, which was attended by both President Obama and Vice President Biden. He received his bachelor’s degree in music from James Madison University and his master’s degree from the University of Miami in Florida. He is a recipient of the prestigious A. Austin Harding Award from the American School Band Directors Association and in 2016 was awarded the James Madison University Distinguished Alumni Award from the School of Visual and Performing Arts (the first year the award was given). In the same year, he was commissioned by his other alma mater, the University of Miami, to compose music for the inauguration of the institution’s 6th president, Dr. Julio Frenk. As a conductor, Mr. Balmages enjoys regular engagements with numerous all-state and regional bands and orchestras as well as university and professional groups. Notable guest conducting appearances have included the Midwest Clinic, Western International Band Clinic, College Band Directors Eastern Regional Conference, American School Band Directors Association National Conference and others. Additional conducting appearances have included the Kennedy Center and Meyerhoff Symphony Hall as well as engagements in Australia, Canada and Italy. Currently, he is Director of Instrumental Publications for The FJH Music Company and Assistant Director of Bands and Orchestras at Towson University. He resides in Baltimore with his wife Lisa and their two sons.
Larry Clark is Vice President for Carl Fischer Music in New York. At Carl Fischer he serves as Editor-in-Chief and coordinates all of Carl Fischer’s publishing in all genres of music. However, his main focus is on selecting, editing and producing concert band and string orchestra music for the company. He travels the world representing Carl Fischer Music doing clinic/workshops and guest conducting appearances. Prior to this appointment he served as an Instrumental Music Editor for Warner Bros. Publications in Miami. His diverse background as a former middle school and university band director at Syracuse University combined with his composing and editing, have placed Larry at the forefront of music for school ensembles. His music is some of the most popular and most performed by concert bands and string orchestras of all ability levels. Larry is equally adept at writing music for beginners as he is for high school and college ensembles. His music is characterized by rhythmic verve, tuneful melodies, contains a fresh harmonic perspective, is well scored and stretches the musicianship of the performers. He prides himself on producing music that is not only intriguing to performers and audiences alike but that contains a playability that comes from a keen understanding of the technical difficulties inherent in all instruments. His pieces have been performed internationally and appear on numerous contest/festival performance required music lists. He is an ASCAP award-winning composer, has over 300 publications in print and is in demand to write commissions for bands and orchestras across the country.
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 Carolinas Wind Orchestra and performs with Continental Divide, a Charlotte based 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.
Dr. Lorrie S. Crochet is currently director of bands and associate professor of music at Winthrop University. Dr. Crochet is the conductor of the Wind Symphony. Other responsibilities include chair of music education and instructor for instrumental music education courses. Dr. Crochet earned her bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, and her master’s degree in wind conducting and doctorate in music education from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, where she studied with Gary Green and Nicholas DeCarbo. Bands under Dr. Crochet’s direction have consistently earned superior ratings at concert and marching festivals and competitions throughout Florida, Kansas, and Missouri. Prior to moving to south Florida, she taught instrumental music in grades 4 through 12 in the Olathe School District in Olathe, Kansas. While attaining her master’s degree at the University of Miami, Dr. Crochet served as assistant conductor of the wind ensemble, symphonic winds, and chamber winds. From 1996 to 2000, she was the director of bands at Charles W. Flanagan High School in Pembroke Pines, Florida. Dr. Crochet has served as a clinician, guest conductor, and adjudicator in Florida, Georgia, Kansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Oregon, Virginia, Mississippi, and at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, Illinois. She has been selected for Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers for 1992, 1995, 1999, 2002, and 2004, and currently holds memberships in the American School Band Directors Association, The National Association for Music Education, College Band Directors National Association, South Carolina Music Educators Association, South Carolina Bandmasters Association, North Carolina Bandmasters Association, and Pi Kappa Lambda.
David Shaffer was born in Columbus, Ohio and attended Grove City High School, Grove City, Ohio. He holds a Bachelor Degree from the Ohio State University and a Master of Music Degree from Miami University (Ohio). Mr. Shaffer has taught in the Hamilton, Ohio; Northridge, Ohio; and Wyoming, Ohio schools. Mr. Shaffer has been associated with the Miami University Marching Band for 30 years as Graduate Assistant Director (1978-80), Assistant Director (1980-97) and as Director (1997 – 2009). The Miami Band has performed for seven regional Bands of America Contests. In 2003 the Miami Band was selected as the “Santa Band” in the 77th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. In addition to his involvement with Miami University, Mr. Shaffer has over 400 compositions and arrangements in print. His compositions have been used at clinics and music festivals around the world and have been placed on contest required-performance lists in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and Asia. Mr. Shaffer has been the recipient of the ASCAP Standard Award in Music Composition for 21 years. Under the direction of Mr. Shaffer, the Wyoming High School String Orchestra performed as the opening group at the 1984 Mid-West National Band and Orchestra Director's Clinic in Chicago. Additional Mid-West conducting appearances were in 2000 and 2001 when Mr. Shaffer guest conducted his compositions with the Robinson School Band, Fairfax, Va., and the South Central Middle School Band, Carterville, Ga. Currently residing in Boston, Massachusetts, Mr. Shaffer is in demand as a conductor for honor bands, new music reading clinics, music festivals, and music education seminars. During the summer of 1986 and 1992, he served as instrumental director for the Saskatchewan School of Fine Arts. In February of 1997 he conducted a program of his music, with the China Youth Corps Band in the National Concert Hall, Taipei, Taiwan. In April of 2011 Mr. Shaffer premiered his composition At The Red Creek with the Musikkapelle Roethenbach, at Roethenbach, Germany.
Robert W. Smith (b. 1958) is one of the most popular and prolific composers in America today. He has over 800 publications with the majority composed and arranged through his long association with Warner Bros. Publications and the Belwin catalog. Mr. Smith’s credits include many compositions and productions in all areas of the music field. His original works for winds and percussion have been programmed by countless military, university, high school, and middle school bands throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, South America and Asia. His Symphony #1 (The Divine Comedy), Symphony #2 (The Odyssey), Symphony #3 (Don Quixote), Inchon and Africa: Ceremony, Song and Ritual have received worldwide critical acclaim. His educational compositions such as The Tempest, Encanto, and The Great Locomotive Chase have become standards for developing bands throughout the world. Mr. Smith’s music has received extensive airplay on major network television as well as inclusion in multiple motion pictures. From professional ensembles such as the United States Navy Band, United States Air Force Band, Boston Pops and the Atlanta Symphony to school bands and orchestras throughout the world, his music speaks to audiences in any concert setting. As a conductor, clinician and keynote speaker, Mr. Smith has performed throughout North America, Asia, South America, Europe and Australia. His music has been recorded by various ensembles and is available on CD and download through iTunes, Amazon, and other recorded music outlets. Mr. Smith is currently a Professor of Music and coordinator of the Music Industry program at Troy University in Troy, Alabama. His teaching responsibilities are focused in music composition, production, publishing and business. In addition, is the President/CEO of RWS Music Company, exclusively distributed through C. L. Barnhouse.
Gary Sousa Dr. Gary Sousa is the Director of Bands and Professor of Music at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. As Director of Bands, Professor Sousa conducts the University of Tennessee Wind Ensemble, teaches graduate courses in conducting and repertoire, directs the Master’s program in Wind Conducting, and oversees the entire band program, consisting of concert bands, athletic bands, and The Pride of the Southland marching Band. Prior to accepting this appointment, Dr. Sousa was Director of Bands at Sam Houston State University from 1988 until 1997, and Associate Director of Bands at Baylor University from 1982 until 1986. Under Sousa's leadership, ensembles have received critical acclaim from both composers and conductors alike. His bands' performances at the 1991 Texas Music Educators Association Convention, the 1994 College Band Directors National Association Southwestern Conference, the 1995 College Band Directors National Association 28th National conference, and the 2000 College Band Directors National Association Southern Conference, as well as four compact disc recordings on the Mark and Vestige labels, have drawn praise for excellence in performance, interpretation, and creative programming. In particular, his work has been heralded by Pulitzer Prize composers Karel Husa and Michael Colgrass, and renowned composers Donald Grantham, Dana Wilson, Dan Welcher, Ron Nelson, and Cindy McTee for outstanding preparation, performance, and interpretation of their music. Dr. Sousa maintains an active schedule as guest conductor and clinician throughout the United States and Canada. He is listed in multiple editions of Who's Who Among America's Teachers, and holds memberships in many organizations including The American Bandmasters Association, College Band Directors National Association, World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, National Band Association, Music Educators National Conference, Tennessee Music Educators Association, Phi Beta Mu, and Pi Kappa Lambda.
Jim Swearingen James Swearingen's talents as a performer, composer/arranger and educator include a background of extensive training and experience. He has earned degrees from Bowling Green State University and The Ohio State University. Mr. Swearingen is currently Professor of Music, Department Chair of Music Education and one of several resident composers at Capital University located in Columbus, Ohio. He also serves as a staff arranger for the famed Ohio State University Marching Band. Prior to his appointment at Capital in 1987, he spent eighteen years teaching instrumental music in the public schools of central Ohio. His first teaching assignment took him to the community of Sunbury, Ohio. He then spent fourteen years as Director of Instrumental Music at Grove City High School where his marching, concert and jazz bands all received acclaim for their high standards of performing excellence. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Mr. Swearingen manages to be very active as a guest conductor, adjudicator and educational clinician. Appearances have included trips throughout the United States, as well as Japan, Australia, Europe, Canada and The Republic of China.
March 31 & April 1: William Malambri Stanley Michalski James Curnow
April 6, 7 & 8: William Malambri Stanley Michalski James Curnow
April 21 & 22: William Malambri Christopher Cole David Shaffer
April 28 & 29: William Malambri Lorrie Crochet Brian Balmages
May 5 & 6: William Malambri Stanley Michalski Larry Clark
May 11,12 & 13: William Malambri Stanley Michalski Robert W. Smith
May 18, 19 & 20: William Malambri Stanley Michalski Jim Swearingen
May 26: William Malambri Stanley Michalski James Curnow
June 2 & 3: William Malambri Stanley Michalski Gary Sousa
Choirmaster - Dr. Robert Holquist grew up in Rhinelander, WI, and was active as a trombonist in the high school band, jazz band, and orchestra. His interest in choral singing developed while he sang in his church choir during high school. When he entered Wisconsin State University-Stevens Point, he decided to pursue vocal music education. Following graduation, Holquist served as choral director at Merrill (WI) Senior High School for three years, where enrollment in choral music grew from 99 singers to 225. Following the completion of a Master of Science in Teaching Music degree in 1971, (UW-Madison, and UW-Eau Claire), he was appointed Assistant Professor of Choral and Vocal Music at Dakota Wesleyan University (Mitchell, SD). During his tenure there, Holquist attended summer sessions (and a full academic year) at the University of Iowa, in pursuit of the Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting degree. After the doctorate was earned in December, 1978, he was hired at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC, where he served as Director of Choral Activities from August, 1979 until his retirement in May, 2011. Holquist also was the chair of the voice division from 1980 until 2007, when he entered a four-year period of “phased retirement.”
While conducting choral music has been Holquist’s main area of concentration, he studied voice at each of his institutions of higher learning. He has performed several opera roles during undergraduate school, and for the Cullowhee Music Festival. He often serves as soloist for oratorio performances, and has presented numerous recital performances in each of his professional positions. Voice teaching has been about a third of his teaching load throughout his university career. In addition to choral and vocal instruction, Holquist taught classes in conducting and music education. He has maintained a keen interest in school choral music programs, and often serves as adjudicator for choral and vocal events in NC and the Southeast. Holquist is demand as a guest conductor for all-county and regional choruses. In his retirement, he has remained connected to WCU and the music education program, as he supervises student teachers in music.
Dr. Holquist has been involved with church music almost continuously from 1966 to the present. He celebrated thirty-three years of service as the Minister of Music at the First Baptist Church of Sylva in September 2016. Prior to that, he was choir director at the United Methodist Church in Mitchell, SD, and at four Congregational churches in Wisconsin. “While I enjoy a great deal of satisfaction from singing solos and conducting choral music, my greatest joy is to see my former students bring the excitement and pleasure of music to those under their leadership.”
William P. Carroll served on the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro for 29 years—as Director of Choral Activities, Chair of the Vocal Studies Division, and as Associate Dean. Dr. Carroll holds a degree in piano performance from Millsaps College and graduate degrees in choral conducting and sacred music from Southern Methodist University and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Active as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator, he has presented for local, regional, and national gatherings for the American Choral Director’s Association, the Intercollegiate Men’s Choruses Association, numerous faith-based groups including the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts, the National Association for Music Education, and a number of music publishers including Hinshaw Music. He served fifteen-year tenure as conductor of the Choral Society of Greensboro during which time the ensemble took five international tours. Active as a church musician, Dr. Carroll currently serves as Choirmaster/Organist for Ebenezer Lutheran Church in Greensboro. In 2001 Dr. Carroll received the Lara Hoggard Award for distinguished service to the choral art in the state of North Carolina.
Emily Holt Crocker taught Choral Publications for Hal Leonard Corporation in Milwaukee, the largest publisher of choral and classroom music publications in the world. She founded the Vocal Arts Academy of Milwaukee in 2009, a youth choir for grades 7-12, dedicated to the performance of outstanding choral literature of all eras and styles and conducted that group until 2015. Previously, in 1994 she founded the Milwaukee Children’s Choir and was artistic director of the group until 2009. While under her leadership, the choir grew from 35 members to over 400 and received acclaim for performances with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, the American Choral Directors Association, and internationally at festivals around the world. In addition, she established the
Katherine S. Kinsey Dr. Katherine Kinsey serves as Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Winthrop University. She is in her seventeenth year as a choral music faculty member where she directs the Winthrop Chorale and the Winthrop Chamber Singers, teaches graduate and undergraduate choral conducting, instructs music education classes and supervises student teachers in choral music education. She was appointed the Artistic Director and Conductor of the York County Choral Society in 2012. She holds a Master’s degree of Music Education from UNC-Greensboro and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in conducting from the University of South Carolina. She began her teaching career in the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools where she taught middle and high school choral music for thirteen years prior to her appointment at Winthrop and simultaneously worked with the Community School of the Arts teaching voice, piano, and music theory for seven years. In addition, she frequently serves as a clinician of choral festivals for both middle and high school singers, as an adjudicator for choral contests/festivals and works annually with high school choral and church music programs as a consultant offering guidance with regard to choral singing, score interpretation and festival preparation. Dr. Kinsey has been an adjudicator for the Carowinds Choral Festival since 1998.
Dr. Earlene Rentz received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Montevallo (Alabama) and both Master and Doctoral degrees in Music Education from Florida State University. She is a native of Moultrie, Georgia, and taught choral music for seven years in Habersham County (GA) at elementary, junior high, and high school levels. She has taught music education courses at California State University, Long Beach, The University of Texas at Austin, and Baylor University. In addition to her current work as a free-lance choral music writer and publisher, she is a speaker and clinician in choral music education techniques, and frequently conducts choral ensembles in district, regional, and state events. She has conducted All-State Choirs in Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, and Alabama. She has published more than 450 choral compositions for school and church choirs. Her list of publishers includes Alfred, Alliance, BriLee, Carl Fischer, Choristers Guild, Colla Voce, Earlene Rentz Online Publications, Heritage, Hinshaw, Kjos, Lorenz, MorningStar, Oxford, Santa Barbara, Shawnee, Warner Brothers, and Walton. Dr. Rentz published her first book with Carl Fischer Music in March, 2009, entitled From Concepts to Concerts: Building Competence in the Choral Classroom. In 2011, she began her own online publishing company, Earlene Rentz Online Publications. Her company concentrates in using today’s technology to immediately provide choral directors with quality music at affordable prices, selling PDF files with unlimited copying privileges. Her educational emphasis in composition focuses on providing materials to choral directors so that they may teach her music quickly and competently. She lives near Lexington, Kentucky, where she enjoys her current profession as a full-time choral music publisher, composer, and arranger.
Larry Wyatt Larry Wyatt is in his 28th year as Director of Choral Studies at the University of South Carolina. In addition to directing the Concert Choir, he supervises the master’s and doctoral programs in choral conducting and the Graduate Vocal Ensemble. Dr. Wyatt holds degrees from Murray State University, The University of North Texas, and Florida State University. Prior to coming to USC, he served as Choral Director and Coordinator of the Vocal Department at Loyola University in New Orleans. While in New Orleans he founded the New Orleans Symphony Chorus and prepared them for performances of over forty major works with internationally recognized conductors. In addition to the New Orleans Symphony, his choirs have sung with the Houston, Atlanta, Charleston, South Carolina Philharmonic, and Jerusalem Symphony Orchestras. He has prepared choruses for Robert Shaw, Lawrence Foster, Krzysztof Penderecki, Maxim Schostakovich, Robert Page, David Stahl, Philippe Entremont, Leonard Slatkin, Sergiu Comissiona, Andrew Massey, James Paul, Nicholas Smith and of course, Donald Portnoy. He has conducted and served as a clinician in Mexico, Argentina, Bulgaria and Canada. In February 2002, he conducted Vaughan-Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem in his third engagement at Carnegie Hall and in February of 2005 he conducted Beethoven's Mass in C in the same venue. In March of 2013, Dr. Wyatt, the USC Concert Choir, Orchestra and faculty soloists traveled to Spain, where he conducted Bach’s Mass in b minor to full houses in Segovia, Salamanca and Madrid. In addition to his work at USC, Dr. Wyatt is founder and director of Colla Voce, a community chamber ensemble of professional musicians that began in spring 2001. He is active as a clinician, guest conductor and adjudicator, and has served as president of the Southern Division of the American Choral Directors Association.