Dr. David Vickerman, 2015 winner of The American Prize in Conducting, is the Director of Bands at The College of New Jersey with direct oversight of the band program including the Wind Ensemble, Concert Band and Pep Band. In addition to conducting the wind ensemble, he teaches the instrumental conducting sequence and courses in the music education curriculum. In the few years since becoming the conductor of The College of New Jersey Wind Ensemble, he has been able to establish the Wind Ensemble as a regional model for performance excellence through invited performances at the College Band Directors National Association Eastern Division Conference in March of 2014 and this coming spring at the National Association for Music Education Eastern Division Conference. Prior to his appointment at The College of New Jersey, he held the position of Director of Bands on the Johns Hopkins University Homewood Campus where he conducted the Wind Ensemble and directed the Pep Band. In addition to his duties at TCNJ, he serves as the Associate Conductor of Great Noise Ensemble, in Washington D.C. He is a highly sought after guest conductor having conducted numerous honor bands over the past five years.
A fervent advocate for contemporary music, Dr. Vickerman has commissioned works by eminent composers and conducted numerous world premieres with The College of New Jersey Wind Ensemble and Great Noise Ensemble. He has also arranged many pieces for winds including Ára Batur by the Icelandic rock band, Sigur Rós, Observer in the Magellanic Cloud by Mason Bates and Craigslistlieder by Gabriel Kahane. In the fall of 2013, Dr. Vickerman conducted the premiere of the “Sgt. Pepper Project” with Great Noise Ensemble. This concert consisted of thirteen premieres, each based off of a track from the famous Beatles album. For a concert event entitled “Digital Embrace” at the Peabody Institute, he conducted a concert of wind band music that focused on the use of integrated live electronics. His primary conducting instructors include Dr. Edward C. Harris, Dr. Stuart Sims, Robert Ponto and Dr. Harlan Parker.
Dr. Vickerman regularly presents at regional, national and international conferences on topics ranging from teaching social justice issues in band, to the development of a computer-based conducting analysis system to assist beginning conducting students. His co-authored paper with Dr. Andrea Salgian, “Computer-Based Tutoring for Conducting Students,” was presented at the International Computer Music Conference in Utrecht, Netherlands in September 2016. He also accepted an invitation to present “Improve Band Performance with Socially-Conscious Repertoire” along with Dr. Colleen Sears, at the National Association for Music Education Eastern Division Conference in this coming spring. Along with Dr. Sears, Dr. Vickerman is a founder of the Institute for Social Justice in the Arts at TCNJ, which presents concerts, workshops and cross-departmental projects for the community.
Dr. Vickerman graduated from the Peabody Institute with a DMA in Wind Conducting in 2014 and a Master’s Degree in Wind Conducting from the University of Oregon in 2010. Prior to his work at the University of Oregon, he was the Director of Bands at Lodi High School in Lodi, California and he held the position of Music Director at Hilmar High School in Hilmar, California the year before that. In 2002, Dr. Vickerman graduated from California State University Stanislaus with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education and received his California teaching credential the following year.