Matthew Arau, LU'97


Matthew R. Arau, Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Lawrence University, is the Chair of the Music Education Department and Associate Director of Bands. He conducts the Lawrence Symphonic Band, guest conducts the Lawrence Wind Ensemble, supervises instrumental student teachers, and teaches Conducting I, Instrumental Methods and Rehearsal Techniques I & II and Saxophone Techniques.

Arau has presented clinics on student leadership at the Colorado Music Educators Association, and universities and high schools around the country. He will be presenting a clinic, “Leadership Matters,” at the 2014 International Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago and the Western International Band Clinic in Seattle. He has guest conducted honor bands and honor jazz bands of all levels. He is an active concert band, jazz band and marching band adjudicator. Arau has continued to be an active jazz and classical saxophonist throughout his teaching and academic career. 

In 2012, he began his doctoral studies in conducting at the University of Colorado Boulder. His primary conducting teachers have included Allan McMurray and Don McKinney. As a graduate teaching assistant, Arau directed the University of Colorado Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Campus Band and Marching Band. He has completed all of his doctoral course work and is currently working to complete his dissertation.

Prior to pursuing his doctoral degree, Arau was the Director of Bands at Loveland High School in Loveland, Colorado from 2005-2012. The Loveland H.S. Wind Symphony was featured at the Western International Band Clinic (WIBC) in Seattle and two times at the Colorado Music Educators Association Convention. The Marching Band won the Colorado 4A State Marching Band Championship and the Class AA Championship at the Bands of America Super Regional in San Antonio, Texas. Arau began his teaching career in 1997 as the Director of Bands at Walt Clark Middle School. The Walt Clark Honor Band was featured at the Colorado Music Educators Association Convention.

Arau has served on the staff of WIBC since 2004 and was on the staff of the American Band College in Ashland, Oregon from 2004-2011. Arau received his Masters of Science in Music from the American Band College at Southern Oregon University in 2003. He graduated magna cum laude from Lawrence University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Music  in K-12 Instrumental Music Education, Music Performance (Classical) and Music Performance with an emphasis in Jazz Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in Government with teaching certification in political science.

Mr. Arau’s professional affiliations include the College Band Directors National Association, the National Association for Music Education and the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles. He is a past Western Region Representative of the American School Band Directors Association and Instrumental Representative of the Colorado Music Educators Association. His writings on music and music education are published in Conn-Selmer Keynotes and Touchpoint, Bandworld Magazine, and The Saxophone Journal.

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Julie Bannerman, LU'00

Julie Bannerman teaches courses in music education at SUNY-Potsdam. A graduate of Lawrence University (B. M. in Choral/General Music Education and B.A. in Gender Studies) and The University of Washington (M.A. in Music Education), she is currently a candidate for the PhD in Music Education at Northwestern University. She taught general music for over five years in diverse early childhood, elementary, and middle school settings in Seattle, Washington and in California's Bay Area. In addition to teaching in the US, she served for two years in the United States Peace Corps as an education volunteer in Nicaragua, Central America (03'-05').Bannerman has studied varied approaches to music education including Kodaly, Orff, Dalcroze, and world music pedagogy. Her research interests include sociocultural issues in music education, with particular emphases on gender and cultural diversity. With additional interests in policy and historical research, Bannerman conducted archival research into US music education and cultural relations efforts with Latin America in the 1940s with the support of a research grant. Her scholarship has been presented at regional, national, and international conferences for organizations such as the National Association for Music Education, The International Society for Music Education, and the Mountain Lake Colloquium for Teachers of General Music. She has published in journals such as Triad and Diskussion Musikpädagogik.

Karen Bruno

Karen L. Bruno is the Director of the Lawrence Academy of Music and the Artistic Director of the Academy’s Girl Choir program.  She received the Bachelor of Arts degree from Smith College, a teaching certificate from Lawrence University's Conservatory of Music, and the Master of Music degree from Boston University. She has taught choral music in the Appleton and Oshkosh school districts, and at an international school in Senegal, West Africa. Bruno has been a guest speaker and adjunct professor in a variety of Lawrence Conservatory music education classes and has served as both cooperating and practicum teacher for students from Lawrence and St. Norbert College.  Bruno has conducted the South Dakota All-State Children's Choir, numerous regional honor choirs, and is a past staff member of the Wisconsin School Music Association's Treble Honor Choir.  She served for six years as the repertoire and standards chair for Children and Community Youth Choirs in the North Central Division of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), is a member of the VoiceCare Network, and serves on the committee advocating the Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance (CMP) method of teaching.

Bruno is a two-time recipient of WCDA's Five-Star Award, a recipient of Lawrence University's Pi Kappa Lambda award for excellence in music education, is a Rotary Scholarship Award winner, and was recognized by the Danbury (CT) Music Centre for providing outstanding musical opportunities for youth in the United States.  Under her tutelage, the Academy of Music’s Bel Canto girl choir was awarded Second Place in the national American Prize competition and has performed, by invitation, on state and divisional conventions of choral conductors.


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