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George Mason University – Fairfax, VA
A product of the rich cultural life of Chicago, composerconductor Mark Camphouse was born in Oak Park, Illinois. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in music from
Northwestern University where he studied conducting with John P. Paynter, composition with Alan Stout, and trumpet with Vincent Cichowicz.

Camphouse began composing at an early age, with the Colorado Philharmonic premiering his First Symphony when he was 17. His 19 published works for wind band have received widespread critical acclaim and are performed widely in the US and abroad. His compositions have been performed in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, The
Kennedy Center, Orchestra Hall-Chicago, and Royal Albert Hall-London. Principal commissions include those by the John P. Paynter Foundation, Bands of America, Inc., The United States Army Band and The United States Marine Band.

Mr. Camphouse has served as a guest conductor, lecturer and clinician in 40 states, Canada and Europe. He was elected to membership in the American Bandmasters Association and has served as coordinator of the National Band Association Young Composer Mentor Project since 2000. He edits the unique multi-volume book series Composers on Composing for Band. He was featured recently in a nationally broadcast interview on NPR’s “Weekend America,” focusing on his composition entitled A Movement for Rosa honoring late Civil Rights heroine Rosa Parks on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of her single act of courage sparking the modern Civil Rights movement.

Camphouse is Professor of Music at George Mason University where he conducts the wind
symphony and teaches courses in conducting and composition. Other principal artistic,
administrative, and educational positions he has held include serving as Music Director and
Conductor of the New Mexico Music Festival at Taos, Music Division Head of the Virginia
Governor’s School for the Arts, Acting Dean of Music of New World School of the Arts in
Miami, FL and Director of Bands at Radford University in Virginia.

He won the 15th Annual National Band Association Composition Competition in 1991, received the Radford University Dedmon Award for Professorial Excellence, and attained regional finalist status in the White House Fellowship Competition in 1992. Virginia Governor Mark Warner presented Professor Camphouse with a 2002 Outstanding Faculty Award. This award is the Commonwealth’s highest honor for faculty at Virginia’s colleges and universities for demonstrated excellence in teaching, research, and public service.


University of Minnesota – Minneapolis, MN
Jerry Luckhardt is Associate Director of Bands and conductor of the Symphonic Band, Chamber Winds and New Music Ensemble at the University of Minnesota. Luckhardt is also professor of conducting and coordinates all aspects of the undergraduate conducting curriculum at the University of Minnesota.

The scope of Luckhardt’s conducting background complements his ensemble accomplishments. He has appeared as a guest conductor and clinician with ensembles around the nation in Europe and Asia. He has earned acclaim from composers such as Michael Colgrass, Shelley Hanson, Libby Larsen, Robert Xavier Rodriguez and Judith Lang Zaimont for performances of their works, Luckhardt is also a strong advocate for music with membership in the College Band Directors National Association, Music Educators National Conference, Minnesota Band Directors Association, Phi Beta Lambda, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma.

Among his accomplishments, Luckhardt is Conductor of the Medalist Concert Band of Bloomington, Minnesota and is Conductor and Artistic Director of the Encore Wind Ensemble of Minneapolis. With a wide and varied background, Luckhardt brings to his current position experiences from some of the finest music programs in the nation. He has been on the faculty at Baylor University, the University of Texas, the University of Michigan, and the University of Minnesota-Duluth. He also has three years of public school teaching experience in Michigan and Missouri.

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