Conductors


 

Dr. Joseph Missal

Band

joseph.missal@okstate.edu

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Joseph Missal is Director of Bands and Professor of Conducting at Oklahoma State University. In this capacity, he conducts the Wind Ensemble and guides all aspects of the OSU Band Program. Dr. Missal also directs the graduate conducting program, teaches undergraduate conducting, and serves as Coordinator for Wind and Percussion Studies. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Music Education from Michigan State University, a Master of Music in Wind Conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Conducting from the University of Colorado.

His ensembles have performed for conventions of the Japan Band Clinic, British Association of Symphonic Band and Wind Ensembles, World Association for Symphonic Bands, the College Band Directors National Association, National Band Association, the Sonneck Society, Kappa Kappa Psi/Tau Beta Sigma, Oklahoma Music Educators Association, the Percussive Arts Society, and the Western States Collegiate Wind Band Festival. He has received praise from composers David Maslanka, Karel Husa, Cindy McTee, Joel Puckett, D.J. Sparr, Steven Bryant, Scott McAllister, Michael Daugherty, Frank Ticheli, Shafer Mahoney, Kathryn Salfelder, Roshanne Etezady, Donald Grantham, Dan Welcher, John Mackey, Dana Wilson, and others for his expressive interpretations of their music.

Dr. Missal has appeared as a guest conductor throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Japan, and Israel. His writing has been published in the CBDNA Journal, the Canadian Band Journal, and the GIA Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Dr. Missal is a past President of the Southwest Division of the College Band Directors National Association and the Big Twelve Band Directors Association. He has also served as a guest conductor for the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, the International Trombone Association, and the United States Army Field Band. Dr. Missal is an elected member of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association.


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Dr. Thomas Taylor Dickey

Orchestra

thomas.dickey@okstate.edu

orchestra.okstate.edu

 Reviewed by critics as a “dynamic and exciting conductor” whose conducting is “imbued with aplomb, energy, and pathos,” Dr. Thomas Dickey is the Director of Orchestral Studies at Oklahoma State University, where he conducts the OSU Symphony Orchestra and guides all aspects of the orchestral program. Prior to his appointment at OSU, he was the Director of Orchestral Activities at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and Music Director and Conductor of the Dubuque Symphony Youth Orchestra (IA). 

Dr. Dickey has conducted many professional orchestras throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, including the London Classical Soloists in England; Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in Canada; Bacau Philharmonic in Romania; the Bakersfield, Macon, Norwalk, and Rapides symphonies; the Naples Philharmonic; Rose City Chamber Orchestra; and the Chicago Reading Orchestra. He has also worked with numerous conservatory, university, and youth orchestras in Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin. 

A native of Illinois, Dr. Dickey began piano studies at the age of four. He holds doctoral and master’s degrees in orchestral conducting from the University of Georgia and Louisiana State University, respectively, and graduated with highest honors from Eastern Illinois University, where he received the Excellence in Fine Arts scholarship. He has worked with conductors such as Carl Topilow, Christopher Zimmerman, Daniel Lewis, Gustav Meier, and Diane Wittry, and further studied conducting at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, and numerous workshops and master classes.


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Dr. Tyler Austin

Band
tyler.austin@okstate.edu

bands.okstate.edu

Dr. Tyler Austin joins the faculty at Oklahoma State University as Assistant Director of Bands, where he will assist with the Cowboy Marching Band, direct the Cowboy Spirit Bands, conduct the Concert Band, and teach courses in Music Education. In 2015, Austin founded the Maryland Wind Festival, where he serves as Artistic Director and Conductor. Now in its 4th season, MWF is a festival of wind chamber music and educational outreach based in Frederick and Hagerstown, Maryland and their surrounding communities. The festival brings together an international ensemble of performers, who perform as the Maryland Chamber Winds for an annual concert series and educational outreach program.

Dr. Austin comes to OSU from Michigan State University, where he co-directed the MSU Campus Band, guest conducted MSU's concert ensembles, and assisted with the Spartan Marching Band and Spartan Brass. Prior to his study at MSU, he served as Director of Bands at St. John's Catholic Prep in Frederick, MD. While teaching, Austin freelanced with professional wind bands and orchestras throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Austin has held positions as Principal Bassoon of the Maryland Lyric Opera Orchestra and Second Bassoon with the Liberty Wind Symphony, a new professional wind ensemble based in West Chester, PA. Austin holds a DMA in Wind Conducting from Michigan State University, an MM in Bassoon Performance from the University of North Texas, and a BM in Music Education from Susquehanna University.