Professors Advance World Harmony Through Music

brian_wilson_colombia_1.jpgBrian Wilson, chair of the music department, and John Stanley, music lecturer, recently traveled to Colombia, South America as guest conductors at the 16th International Wind Music Seminar of Latin America (Seminario Internacional de Musica Orquesta Latinoamericana de Vientos).

The festival took place Nov. 3-6, 2010, in Manizales, Colombia, and drew more than 1000 participants from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Panama, and the Dominican Republican.

The annual festival, sponsored by Yamaha, is the largest of its kind in the region. In addition to performances by the national wind orchestras of Latin America and the Dominican Republic, activities and events included nine youth bands, four chamber music concerts, nine seminars, and a panel discussion.

As part of an international panel of guest conductors under the artistic direction of Dr. Glenn Price of Calgary, Canada, Wilson guest-conducted the youth band of La Merced (Banda Juvenil Estudianti La-Merced, Carlos Jaime Gallego, director) in four of his own compositions: "Adamas" (composed for the national youth band of Israel), "Orange Was Her Color" (a tone poem), "Lord Maxwell's Goodnight" and "British Waterside" (arranged after songs by Percy Grainger). He also presented a lecture on the composer Percy Grainger and conducted a Latin work, "Pueblo Viejo."

brian_wilson_colombia_2.jpgDuring the first part of his stay, Wilson lived with a host family in La Merced, a remote mountain village surrounded by coffee plantations. He spent four days there conducting the youth band and mentoring several Latin American conductors, one of whom he selected to conduct at the festival in Manizales. "Because of the idea of cultural exchange, it was just as important for me to conduct 'Pueblo Viejo,' a piece with engaging South American rhythms full of spirit," said Wilson, who has conducted music abroad in greece, Italy, Israel and Russia.

Stanley guest-conducted the national youth band from the Dominican Republic (Orquesta Dominicana de Vientos), a group with which he has worked since its founding several years ago. A charter member of the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) and British Association of Symphonic Band and Wind Ensembles (BASBWE), Stanley has a distinguished reputation for promoting international cooperation among American, European, Pan-Pacific, and South and Central American orchestras and wind bands. He teaches classroom music methods to credential students at SSU.

Wilson's photo album from his trip to Colombia can be seen on Facebook at

Brian Wilson can be reached by email at, and John Stanley can be reached by email at

Photos above: Brian Wilson (in yellow shirt) poses with members of the Youth Band of La Merced, Colombia.

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