Gary Stith (b.1950) is currently the Professor and Conductor Emeritus at the Greenbach School of Music (Houghton College) and an adjunct professor of music education for Ithaca College, both in New York. He holds degrees from Ohio State University, The Eastman School of Music, and the State University College of New York at Buffalo. His mentors have included greats like Donald McGinnis, Frank Battisti, Charles Pelz, Arnald Gabriel, and Frederick Fennell. In his career, Stith has been awarded several honors including the ASBDA-Stanbury Award (1976), Holland (NY) Citizen of the Year Award (1976), the Outstanding Educator of the Year Award (World of Music Festival in Chicago, IL, 1993), the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Award for Excellence in Music Education (2003), and the Houghton College Excellence in Teaching Award (2010, 2011).
“The Conductor’s Companion” is a collection of rehearsal techniques and inspirational material gathered from music directors of all levels. It would be an excellent resource for young or struggling educators seeking advice or for seasoned professionals looking to shake up their rehearsal routine.
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