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Andrew Trachsel

Director of Bands; Associate Professor of Conducting, Music

448 Robert Glidden Hall
(740) 593-1670

Office Hours:

Mon: By appointment
Tue: By appointment
Wed: By appointment
Thur: By appointment
Fri: By appointment

Andrew Trachsel

Director of Bands; Associate Professor of Conducting, Music
Andrew Trachsel serves as Director of Bands at Ohio University. He is the conductor of the Wind Symphony, music director for the "Under the Elms" Summer Concert Series, Division Chair of Conducting and Ensembles, and Assistant Director for Recruitment for the School of Music. He teaches graduate and undergraduate conducting, band literature, and is the founder of Moving with Meaning: A Conductors Workshop. Dr. Trachsel has collaborated with and received critical acclaim from many leading musicians including Mason Bates, David Biedenbender, the Canadian Brass, Viet Cuong, Nancy Galbraith, Jennifer Jolley, Libby Larsen, Dave Malloy, Michael Markowski, Robert Moran, Mark Phillips, Joel Puckett, James Stephenson, Third Coast Percussion, Bramwell Tovey, Dana Wilson, and Gregory Youtz. 
Under his artistic direction, the Ohio University Wind Symphony has performed at the College Band Directors National Association North Central Divisional Conference, the Ohio Music Education Association Annual Conference, and the Southern Ohio Performing Arts Association subscription concert series. As part of an ongoing recording project initiative, the Wind Symphony has released three commercial albums on the Mark Masters label, including AMPERSAND (2019), COLOR + LIGHT (2017), and MOTHERSHIP (2013), which have appeared on the Grammy Entry List. In celebration of the 90th anniversary of the Ohio University Bands, the Wind Symphony, along with the Marching 110, embarked on a European Tour in May 2013, with performances in Ireland and Italy. In February 2017, the Wind Symphony made its debut at New York City's famed Carnegie Hall, with special guest appearances by the Canadian Brass and Broadway star Denée Benton.
An advocate for new music, Dr. Trachsel has premiered, commissioned, or co-commissioned more than fifty new works over the past decade. He is interested in developing innovative programming through interdisciplinarity, culminating in the the formal establishment of the Ampersand Festival to explore new opportunities for creative collaboration between the classical wind band and other musical genres (including jazz, rock, and electronica), other arts (including dance, film, theater, and visual art), and other disciplines (including engineering, history, and writing).
In 2019 Trachsel was named editor of GIA Publications' landmark Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series after serving for fifteen years as the coordinator of research associates and as a contributor to eleven volumes. His transcription of Robert Moran's Points of Departure is published by Charlotte Benson Music and his critical edition of Gordon Jacob's William Byrd Suite was recorded by the North Texas Wind Symphony and released on the album Altered States. Dr. Trachsel is active throughout North America as a guest conductor, clinician, advocate, and recording producer, and holds professional or honorary memberships in the College Band Directors National Association, National Association for Music Education, Ohio Music Education Association, Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity of America, Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity, and Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority. He was honored with the Ohio University School of Music Distinguished Teaching Award in 2013.
A native of Carroll, Iowa, Dr. Trachsel received a bachelor of music education degree from Drake University, a master of music and doctor of musical arts, both in conducting, from the University of North Texas, where he studied with Eugene Migliaro Corporon and Dennis Fisher. Prior to his appointment at Ohio University, Dr. Trachsel taught in the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia as an assistant director of bands and postdoctoral fellow, and for four years served as a public high school director of bands in central Iowa. He has served on the faculty of the New York Summer Music Festival and was appointed Assistant Conductor for the inaugural season of the Lone Star Wind Orchestra.

Educational Background:

D.M.A., Performance (Conducting), University of North Texas; M.M., Performance (Conducting), University of North Texas; B.M.E., Music Education, Drake University

Classes Being Taught:

Wind Symphony (MUS 2511/5511)

Applied Graduate Conducting (MUS 5592)

Instrumental Conducting (MUS 4560)

Advanced Instrumental Conducting (MUS 4590/5590)

Band Literature: History and Repertoire of the Wind Band (MUS 4216/5216)

Applied Conducting Lessons (MUS 3700)

Lab Space:

101 Robert Glidden Hall; Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium