Thomas Rohrer

Thomas P. Rohrer is Professor of Music, Director of Bands and Director of Music Education at Utah State University where he has conducted the Wind Orchestra, Symphonic Band, and the Aggie Marching Band as part of his leadership of a diverse collegiate band program and teacher training curriculum.

An active composer, Dr. Rohrer has twice earned honors as a winner of the Dallas Wind Symphony's composition competition, completed several commissions, had works performed at two conferences of the College Band Directors National Association, and received the international premiere of Excessive Force for Wind Ensemble. He has composed works for wind ensemble, brass ensemble, symphony orchestra, and various wind chamber ensembles.

Under his leadership, the Utah State University Wind Orchestra is held in high regard, three times receiving invitations to the College Band Directors National Association Regional Conference and hosting several noted artists, composers, and conductors. A frequent conductor and clinician throughout the United States and abroad, Dr. Rohrer is published in the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Applications of Research in Music Education, Journal of Band Research, Instrumentalist, and several state professional journals, and he has been invited to present at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, the regional College Band Directors National Association, and individual state conferences.

Dr. Rohrer is cited numerous times for outstanding teaching, most recently including the recipient of the Marie Eccles Caine Foundation Young Scholar Award, and the Utah State University Music Department and Fine Arts Teacher of the Year. In addition, he was honored as a top-five finalist for the campus-wide Master Teacher Award at Bowling Green State University. He also taught courses at Florida State University, Northern Arizona University, and the University of Cincinnati. His public school experience includes teaching instrumental music in the public schools of Southwest Ohio. A proponent of music education, Dr. Rohrer has visited hundreds of classrooms, and he maintains strong ties with pre-service and in-service teachers.

Dr. Rohrer's professional affiliations have included the College Band Directors National Association—for which served as Western Division President and is currently Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Music Educators National Conference, the National Band Association, the Conductors Guild, and the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles. As a community member, he has served on the Community Council for Hillcrest Elementary and Mount Logan Middle School in Logan, Utah, and he has coached basketball, baseball, softball, and soccer for the Logan Parks and Recreation Department as well as ongoing work for the Rocky Mountain School of Baseball. He is a member of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma-national band service organizations-and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Dr. Rohrer has degrees in music education and wind conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a Ph.D. in music education from Florida State University.

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