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William Ballenger, Director, School of Music

William L. Ballenger has served as Director of the School of Music at Texas Tech University since fall 2004. Prior to his appointment at Texas Tech, he served for twelve years as Department Head of Music at Oklahoma State University. Professor Ballenger's previous academic appointments include Associate Director of Bands at Oklahoma State University, Associate Director of Bands at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and public school teaching positions in Ankeny and Oskaloosa school districts in Iowa. Professor Ballenger has composed more than seventy original compositions and arranged more than six hundred works for various ensembles. In 2010 Professor Ballenger was elected President-elect of the Texas Association of Music Schools (TAMS). Previous appointments include TAMS Director of the four-year state-supported schools (2009). Professor Ballenger remains active in the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). Previous NASM appointments include Chair and Vice Chair of Region 9, Chair of the Ethics Committee, and member of the Nominating Committee. Professor Ballenger serves as an on-site evaluator for institutional NASM accreditation reviews.

Director, School of Music

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Michael Stoune, Associate Director, Graduate Studies

Michael C. Stoune is Associate Director of the School of Music for Graduate Curriculum. He holds Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music (Music History) degrees from The University of Texas (Austin), and the Doctor of Music Arts from the University of Michigan. He is the flutist in the Devienne Trio, which has played twice for the National Flute Association, at Music Teacher National Association (Spokane) and the International Double Reed Society in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Dr. Stoune also performs in the Lubbock Symphony and Roswell (NW) Symphony orchestras. He chaired the Special Publications Committee of the National Flute Association for eleven years and supervised and edited five books. He has been president of the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors. A student of flute bands in Northern Ireland, he has conducted their music at the NFA in 1989, and is preparing a paper on flute bands for presentation. Music Theory, Ph.D in Fine Arts.

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Alan Shinn, Associate Director, Undergraduate Studies

Alan D. Shinn is Professor of Percussion and Associate Director for Undergraduate Studies at Texas Tech University. He holds the Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Missouri and the Master of Music degree from Texas Tech University. His primary teachers were Tim Lautzenheiser and Ron Dyer. He served as Chair of the Winds/Percussion Area from 2004-2007. Shinn was the Director of Jazz Studies at Tech from 1985-2005 and continues to lead the summer jazz program. Prior to coming to Texas Tech in 1982 as faculty percussionist, he served as Instructor of Percussion and Jazz at Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, TX.  Over 120 percussion students have graduated with music degrees at TTU since 1982 and are enjoying careers in education (all levels) and performance as well as music business and industry. Shinn is Principal Timpanist with the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra and a former member of the Austin Symphony Orchestra. He has also served as Principal Timpanist/Percussionist with the Roswell, NM Symphony and has performed a number of times with the chamber orchestras of Santa Fe Pro Musica and 20th Century Unlimited. Shinn is currently principal timpanist with the Grammy nominated Santa Fe Pro Musica. Alan Shinn is also a busy drum set artist as well as an active clinician and adjudicator throughout the Southwest and Midwest. He is currently an Artist Endorser of Vic Firth and Paiste Cymbals. Alan Shinn was the 2009 recipient of the William Kerns Performing Arts Award for his contribution to the performing arts in Lubbock. In November at the 2012 Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Austin, TX, Professor Shinn received the Society’s Lifetime Achievement in Education Award.

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Eric Fried, Assistant to the Director

Eric Fried, Associate Professor of Music and Assistant to the Director of the School of Music at Texas Tech University, earned music degrees from Indiana University, the University of Denver, and the University of Arizona.  He currently serves as Assistant Concertmaster of the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra and served for fifteen years as music director/conductor of the Lubbock Youth Symphony Orchestra. Prior to coming to Texas Tech, he served as orchestra director and professor of violin on the music faculties of Oklahoma State University and Hendrix College (AR).  During the summers of 1997 and 1998 he was assistant concertmaster of the Classical Music Festival Orchestra based in the Schloss Esterhazy in Eisenstadt, Austria, and performing in numerous locations throughout Austria and Hungary.  He also has served as concertmaster of the Arkansas Symphony Chamber Orchestra, the Little Rock Chamber Orchestra, and the Arkansas Ballet and Opera orchestras. He was president-elect of the Oklahoma String Teachers Association immediately before accepting his position at Texas Tech. In addition, he has served as conductor/clinician in numerous places throughout the country. He currently serves as Chair of the Texas Division of the American String Teachers Association National Solo Competition, a position he has held since 2006.  During spring semester of 2007 and the summers of 2010 and 2011, he served as music professor at the Texas Tech University Center in Seville, Spain.  He will continue in that position during the summer of 2012. 

Dr. Fried has published articles in American String Teacher, California Music Educator, College Music Society South Central Music Bulletin, and Upbeat  (publication of the American Symphony Orchestra League).  

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