A Spotlight on Dr. Tamey Anglley

Marina McLerran

Editor, McLerran Journal

Assistant Band Director, Center ISD, TX

 

I had the pleasure of studying with Dr. Anglley during my time at SFASU. She is a talented conductor, educator, and clinician who garners a fierce love from her students.  

 

Dr. Tamey Anglley is currently the Assistant Director of Bands at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. There, she conducts the Symphonic Band, Basketball Pep Bands, assists with the Lumberjack Marching Band, and teaches undergraduate courses on both instrumental methods and instrumental conducting. Dr. Anglley is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, College Band Directors National Association, Music Educators National Convention, Iowa Bandmasters Association, the College Music Society, Sigma Alpha Iota, Kappa Kappa Psi, Tau Beta Sigma and has had the opportunity to conduct or clinic ensembles in Texas, Oklahoma, Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota.

Dr. Anglley referred to music education as “a career where you get to have fun most of the time,” although she did not always plan on becoming an educator. Having always been fascinated with weather patterns, particularly hurricanes, Dr. Anglley planned on becoming a meteorologist. In a surprising turn of events, she decided in her senior year of high school to audition for the Oklahoma State University School of Music and was immediately impressed with the attentive faculty and welcoming atmosphere. Dr. Anglley graduated with her Bachelor of Music in 2001, but struggled with selecting a specialty; she was not sure if a career in education was the right fit for her. Thanks to the guidance of Dr. Joseph Missal (Director of Bands, Oklahoma State University), Dr. Anglley realized her passion for conducting and accepted a graduate assistantship at OSU. She completed her Masters of Music in Wind Band Conducting in 2003.

Post-graduation, Dr. Anglley accepted the Associate Director of Bands position at Cooper High School in Abilene, TX. Once she entered into the field of education, “she absolutely loved it and loved Texas.” In 2006, she earned a Doctoral Conducting Teaching Assistant position at Texas Tech University with Dr. Sarah McKoin and had the opportunity to work with four university bands, the Goin’ Band from Raiderland, and the Basketball Pep Bands. She graduated with her D.M.A. in Wind Band Conducting in 2009 and also was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant award from the School of Music.

The same year, Dr. Anglley began her first collegiate-level job at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. The tiny school of approximately 3000 students had a band program of only about fifty musicians. Dr. Anglley was responsible for all aspects of the band department; concert bands, athletic bands, jazz bands, and all instrumental music education courses. She believes it was the hardest job she will ever do, but that it prepared her for anything that she might face in the future. Dr. Anglley appreciated the position, but desired to be closer to family (Oklahoma) and missed the amount of support that Texas band programs receive. She accepted her current position at SFASU in the summer of 2011 and “fell in love with” the university. About the faculty, she stated, “They are the nicest people in the whole world.” As a part of the SFASU faculty, Dr. Anglley has had the opportunity to travel to London (New Year’s Day Parade, 2013) and New York (Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, 2015), and will visit Ireland this spring (St. Patrick’s Day Parade, 2018).

To young educators, Dr. Anglley advises finding a strong mentor teacher and listening to high quality music regularly “to cleanse your pallet.” She advises taking risks, admitting when mistakes have been made, and also emphasized the importance of having a strong support system when it comes to family. Dr. Anglley is grateful for her wonderful husband Jeff Bellgardt (currently the Band Director in Mount Enterprise ISD, TX) and their son, Harry who, Dr. Anglley stated, “is the best thing to ever happen.” Eventually, Dr. Anglley would like to become a Director of Bands at a nationally recognized school of music. It is her goal to continue to “shape the future of music education” and provide her students with everything they need to succeed in the world.

 

Follow Dr. Anglley and the SFASU School of Music at http://www.music.sfasu.edu  

 

Recording Suggestion from Dr. Anglley:

“Gran Partita” Mozart (H Robert Reynolds, Detroit)

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