Jackie Townsend is in her third year as a Doctoral Conducting Associate of Wind Studies at the University of North Texas, where she currently conducts the Concert Band. She has also directed the University Band and Brass Band, and has guest conducted the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble, in addition to teaching the undergraduate Fundamentals of Conducting course.
Prior to coming to Denton, Jackie spent four years as Director of Bands at Keystone High School in Ohio, where she instructed the Concert Band, Marching Band, and Jazz Band. Under her direction, the Keystone Bands earned top ratings at Ohio Music Education Association Adjudicated Events, and were also invited to perform in Nashville and Memphis, Tennessee, as well as Toronto, Canada.
Jackie holds both Bachelor and Master of Music Education degrees from Bowling Green State University (Bowling Green, Ohio). After teaching for one 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 as a clarinetist with the BGSU Wind Symphony, the Patriot Symphonic Band, and the Catskill Valley Wind Ensemble.
She has written two articles for the most recent installment of the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series, published by GIA. Ms. Townsend has participated in the UNT Conducting Collegium, the Ohio University “Moving with Meaning” Workshop, and was a featured conductor in a workshop presented by Dr. Russell Mikkelson and Dr. Scott Jones at the 2014 Ohio Music Educator Association’s Professional Development Conference. Jackie is active in the College Band Directors National Association, the College Music Society, the Texas Music Educator Association, and the National Band Association, and has presented at the OMEA Professional Development Conference.