For over thirty years, Glen J. Hemberger has been active in the areas of conducting, wind band literature, and music education around the globe. He has lectured, conducted, adjudicated, and presented at workshops, festivals, honor bands, and conferences on five continents and in over twenty states, and his students continue to make their mark as leading performers and teachers on every level of the educational spectrum.
Dr. Hemberger has appeared as a guest of numerous groups around the world, including the Association for Music in International Schools International Honor Band in The Hague, The Netherlands, the National Taiwan University Wind Orchestra in a performance at the Asia and Pacific Band Director’s Association Conference in Hong Kong, the United States Coast Guard Band, the U.S. Army Field Band, the New Orleans Civic Symphony Orchestra, and as the first American to conduct the Chinese Military Armed Police Band in Tian’anmen Square in Beijing, China. He serves as Principal Guest Conductor of the Orquestra de Municipal Sopros de Caxias in Rio Grande, RS, Brazil. He has presented educational clinics and symposia workshops at a variety of conferences, including meetings of the Society for American Music, the Queensland Institute of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, the Beijing Band Director’s Association, and the 10th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities in O’ahu, Honolulu, Hawai’i. In 2010, he appeared as a guest conductor at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Conference in Chicago. In 2015, he was invited to work with musicians at two private schools in Latin America, the Escuela Nacional de Música in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and the Escuela de Música Victoriano López in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, C.A.
As an adjudicator, Professor Hemberger has appeared around the United States, judging locally and nationally for numerous contests and festivals including the Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association, and internationally at the Yamaha European Open in Hamar, Norway and the 2000 Norwegian National Wind Band Championships in Trondheim, Norway.
Dr. Hemberger has collaborated in concert with a number of noteworthy artists from many idioms, including Philip Smith, John Bruce Yeh, Eugene Rousseau, Adam Frey, Eric Ruske, Ed Shaughnessy, “Blue” Lou Marini, Jr., Bonerama, and Broadway star Ivan Rutherford. His work in promoting the work of contemporary composers has led to praise from such legends as Karel Husa, Jack Stamp, and Frank Ticheli, and collaborative concerts with composers Johan de Meij, David Maslanka, David Gillingham, and Samuel Hazo.
Professor Hemberger continues to contribute to professional journals and publications, writing articles and educational guides for The Instrumentalist, Music Educators Journal, Today’s Music Educator, the Journal of the International Trumpet Guild, and resource guides for ten volumes of the Teaching Music through Performance in Band series. Early in his career as a brass player, he was chosen as a member of the Olympic All-American Marching Band at the Games of the XXIIIrd-Olympiad in Los Angeles, was a Drum Corps International World Championship Finalist in Montreal, Canada as a member of the Casper Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps, and performed for the Mexican Police Academy in Mexico City, Mexico.
Glen Hemberger is Professor of Music, Director of Bands, and Coordinator of Graduate Studies in Music at Southeastern Louisiana University, where he is artistic director and conductor of the Wind Symphony, and teaches courses in graduate and undergraduate conducting. The Southeastern Wind Symphony was chosen to perform at the 2004 Southern Division Conference of the College Band Director’s National Association/National Band Association in Atlanta, Georgia, appeared at the Percy Grainger Wind Band Festival in Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center in Chicago, Illinois, and performed at the 2015 Sousa Band Festival in the Concert Hall of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The Southeastern Wind Symphony received two Global Music Awards, a Gold Award Medal for Symphonic Band Music, and a Silver Medal for Instrumental Music for its CD, “Live in Concert” recorded in Chicago, Illinois and Hammond, Louisiana.
Before joining the faculty at Southeastern in 1999, Dr. Hemberger served as Associate Director of Bands and Director of the Marching Band at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, on the ensemble and education faculty at the University of Rhode Island at Kingston, and as Director of Bands at Thornton High School in Thornton, Colorado. At Southeastern, he has held an Endowed Professorship from the National Endowment for the Humanities (2011-2013), has served on the north shore advisory board for the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, was recipient of the Hammond Regional Arts Award, and was awarded the prestigious Southeastern President’s Award for Excellence in Artistic Activity in 2007. Dr. Hemberger has been awarded membership in the international bandmasters fraternity Phi Beta Mu, the national music honor society, Pi Kappa Lambda, and was national recipient of the 2013 Orpheus Award for advancement of American music by the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America. In April 2014, he was presented with the National Band Association Citation of Excellence, and in May 2015 was elected into the national honor society, Phi Kappa Phi.
Dr. Hemberger received the Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting from University of Colorado at Boulder, and the Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Repertoire and Conducting from University of North Texas. He lists among his most influential mentors Eugene Migliaro Corporon, Wayne A. Bailey, Jess Gerardi, James E. “Jim” Jones, Dennis Fisher, Charles J. Cassio, John Whitehurst, and Allan McMurray.