Jackie Townsend is in her second year as a Doctoral Conducting Fellow at the University of North Texas. Prior to coming to Denton, Jackie spent four years as Director of Bands at Keystone High School in Ohio, where she instructed the Marching Band, Concert Band and Jazz Band. Under her direction, the Keystone Bands earned Excellent and Superior ratings at Ohio Music Education Association Adjudicated Events, and were also invited to perform in Nashville and Memphis, Tennessee, as well as Toronto, Canada. Townsend holds both Bachelor and Master of Music Education degrees from Bowling Green State University. After teaching a year in Oneonta, New York, Jackie served as a graduate teaching assistant at BGSU with the Wind Symphony, Concert Band, University Band and Falcon Marching Band. She has studied clarinet with Kevin Schempf and conducting with Eugene Migliaro Corporon, Dennis Fisher, Nicholas Williams, Ken Thompson, Bruce Moss, Carol Hayward, Emily Freeman Brown and John Knight. She has performed with the BGSU Wind Symphony, the Patriot Symphonic Band, and the Catskill Valley Wind Ensemble. Ms. Townsend has participated in the UNT Conducting Collegium, the Ohio University “Moving with Meaning” Workshop, and was a participant conductor in a workshop presented by Dr. Russell Mikkelson and Dr. Scott Jones at the 2014 OMEA Professional Development Conference. Jackie is active in TMEA, CBDNA, the College Music Society, and the National Band Association, and co-presented a session on literature selection at the 2015 OMEA Professional Development Conference. An advocate of new music in the wind band medium, she has collaborated with contemporary composers such as John Mackey and Alex Shapiro. Under Jackie’s direction, the Keystone High School Concert Band was a participating member in the 2015 consortium for Alex Shapiro’s electro-acoustic work, Lights Out.