Allan McMurray

Allan McMurray is Professor of Conducting, Director of Bands and conductor of the Wind Ensemble and Orchestra at the University of Colorado. Professor McMurray came to the university if 1978. Prior to this, he was on the faculty of the University of Michigan. He has also been on the faculties of Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, as well as the Interlochen Arts Academy. He was also an Artist in Residence at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Since his arrival in 1978, the University of Colorado Bands have distinguished themselves with performances at major conferences and conventions including: the 1st International Conference for Symphonic Bands in Manchester England; the All-Japan Band Conference in Nemo Nu Sator, Japan; the College Band Directors Association National Conference in Boulder, CO; and the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles World Conference in Hamamatsu, Japan.

Considered an authority on conducting pedagogy and wind repertoire, Professor McMurray has been a guest conductor, lecturer and clinician in 42 states and 13 countries. He hosts the CBDNA National Conducting Symposium in Boulder and founded the conductors' intern program during the summer of '97 at Arrowbear Music Camp in California. Former conducting students now hold high school, college and professional conducting positions throughout North America.


Professor McMurray holds a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from California State University at Long Beach and graduate degrees in trumpet performance and conducting from the University of Wisconsin. He has done post-graduate study in trumpet and conducting at the the Advanced Institute of the Arts in Montreax, Switzerland. He is President of the College Band Directors National Association, on the Board of Directors for the John Phillip Sousa Foundation, and a member of numerous professional organizations including the American Bandmasters Association. In addition, he is a recipient of the Bohumil Makovsky Award for Outstanding College Band Directors from the national band fraternity, Kappa Kappa Psi.

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