Kelly Desjardins is in her third year as a Doctoral Conducting Associate at the University of North Texas, where she assists with all aspects of the Wind Studies program. She is a conducting student of Eugene Migliaro Corporon with additional mentoring from Dennis Fisher and Nicholas Enrico Williams. Ms. Desjardins received her Bachelor of Music in Music Education and French horn concentration from UNT where she performed with Symphonic Band, Brass Band, Concert Band, and the Green Brigade. She went on to pursue her Master of Arts Degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with an emphasis in Wind Conducting with Dr. Jack Stamp where she conducted, performed, and recorded with the IUP Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band, and Concert Band. Additionally, she performed with the IUP Symphony Orchestra and recorded with the Keystone Wind Ensemble. Since then, she taught in both Denton and Frisco ISD middle schools as a Head Band Director. During her teaching career, she was nominated as “Teacher of the Year,” received the Commended Award from Mark of Excellence, commissioned new works from Bruce Yurko and David Shipps (UNT Alum), placed in the top 10 for the TMEA Full Orchestra contest, and received grants from TMEA/Denton ISD/Frisco ISD and the PHMS PTO. In both districts, she worked with a great team who helped grow the program to almost triple its original size. Recently, Mrs. Desjardins has written for the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series, placed second in the Ricco Ethics Award contest, and assists with the UNT Start up the Band program. Kelly is a member of the College Band Directors National Association, the College Music Society, the Texas Music Educator Association, the Texas Band Association, Phi Kappa Lambda, and Sigma Alpha Iota.