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Scheduled Guests for October 15, 2018

Dr. Stephen Gage YSU

Stephen L. Gage has served as Professor of Conducting and Director ofBands at Youngstown State University's Dana School of Music since 1993. In fall 2014, Dr. Gage was appointed as the conductor of the YSU Dana Symphony Orchestra in addition to his work with the YSU Wind Ensemble. He holds degrees from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, the Eastman School of Music, and the State University of New York at Fredonia where he also earned the Performers Certificate. Stephen studied conducting with Harry John Brown, Donald Hunsberger, David Effron, Roy Ernst, James Keene, H. Robert Reynolds, and Paul Vermel. In September 2012, Dr. Gage was appointed as the Conductor of the W. D. Packard Concert Band in Warren. Stephen begins his 22nd season as the Edward Zacharias Memorial Chair/Conductor of the Youngstown Symphony Youth Orchestra. Previous teaching positions include serving as Director of Bands at Emporia State University (KS) and as Director of Bands at Auburn High School (NY). Professor Gage has written numerous published articles on conducting,rehearsal techniques, and wind band literature, and he is an active windband and orchestral guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator ofinternational repute. Stephen has guest conducted and cliniced high schoolhonor bands and orchestras as well as a number of university wind bandsthroughout the United States. His list of guest conducting appearancesincludes the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, the U.S. Army Band: “Pershing’sOwn”, and the U.S. Army Field Band & Chorus among others. The list alsoincludes experiences in Canada, Ireland, and in 34 states. Dr. Gage hasreceived critical acclaim from a number of distinguished composers,including Joseph Schwanter, Carter Pann, John Mackey, Samuel Adler, KarelHusa, Frank Ticheli, John Mackey, Michael Colgrass, Donald Grantham, D.J.Sparr, Jerry Ascione, and David Gillingham for his interpretation andrecordings of their music. Stephen’s professional affiliations includememberships in the CBDNA, NBA, OMEA/MENC, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, KappaDelta Pi, Phi Beta Mu, Sigma Alpha Iota, and Phi Kappa Phi. Dr. Gage hasbeen inducted into the prestigious American Bandmasters and was named asboth *Distinguished Professor* and *Faculty Mentor of the Year* at YSU, andhe is currently on the NBA Foundation Board of Directors. In 2012, Gage wasawarded the *Marty Manning Faculty Mentor Award *at YSU. Stephen and theYSU Wind Ensemble made their Carnegie Hall debut in 2005 and the group hasproduced seven CD recordings. The sixth CD in this series, "Urban Requiem",was released on the NAXOS International Recording Label in June 2008 andthe seventh, "Old Wine In New Bottles" was released by NAXOS in August2012. Both of these NAXOS recordings have earned critical praise from many critical reviewers and represented composers for their artistically convincing performances and musical and technical quality. Stephen lives in Poland, Ohio with his wife, Stephanie, and two of his threechildren, Claudia and Brendan; son, Matthew, and granddaughter, Zoey, livesin Austin, TX.



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