Conductor, Interlochen Arts Camp
Director of Bands, Conductor of Wind Ensemble, and Paula G. Manship Associate Professor of Conducting, Louisiana State University
D.M.A., Conducting, University of Texas; M.M., Conducting, University of Michigan; B.M., Music Education, University of Texas
Damon Talley serves as Director of Bands and the Paula G. Manship Associate Professor of Conducting at Louisiana State University School of Music, where he oversees all aspects of the LSU Department of Bands, conducts the Wind Ensemble and teaches graduate conducting. The nationally recognized Band Department at LSU serves as an integral component of the thriving School of Music. The Golden Band From Tigerland has been selected to present at national conferences on multiple occasions, and most recently, the LSU Wind Ensemble performed at the CBDNA College Band Directors National Association nNational cConvention. Dr. Talley is a strong supporter and advocate of music in the public schools. He regularly serves as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator throughout the United States and abroad, including appearances engagements in Germany, Switzerland, England, and Spain, among others.
Prior to his appointment at LSU, Dr. Talley held the position of Director of Bands at Shenandoah Conservatory, as well as positions the faculties at The University of Texas at Austin and the University of Michigan. He has recorded on Best Classical Records, and received favorable reviews from publications including Gramophone magazine and the American Record Guide. As an avid supporter of new music for the wind medium, Dr. Talley has conducted numerous world premier performances and has commissioned composers to write for the wind band. He has won praise for his work by composers such as William Bolcom, Steven Mackey, Kevin Puts, Joseph Schwantner, David Maslanka, Donald Grantham, and Michael Daugherty, among others.
Prior to teaching at the university level, Dr. Talley taught in the public schools in Texas at both the middle school and high school levels. Dr. Talley holds numerous professional and honorary memberships and is also and an Educational Consultant and Clinician for the Conn-Selmer Corporation.