David Vickerman is the newly appointed Director of Bands at The College of New Jersey where he conducts the Wind Ensemble and teaches courses in conducting and music education. Prior to his appointment at TCNJ he was at Johns Hopkins University where he conducted the Wind Ensemble and directed the Pep Band. He is also currently completing the Wind Conducting DMA program at The Peabody Institute where he assisted with the Peabody Wind Ensemble and beginning through advanced conducting courses. In addition to his duties at TCNJ, he serves as the Assistant Conductor of Great Noise Ensemble, a contemporary music group in Washington D.C.
A fervent advocate for contemporary music, Mr. Vickerman has conducted numerous premieres including world premieres with Great Noise Ensemble, a ballet with Ballet Fantastique in Eugene, OR and two separate pieces that he commissioned personally and premiered for winds and live electronics. In the fall of 2013, Mr. 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. This concert was completely funded through a Kickstarter campaign. In the fall of 2010, he was the conductor for the Louis Andriessen Concert at The Peabody Institute during the composer’s week-long residency. He has participated in numerous conducting workshops and symposiums, working with conductors such as H. Robert Reynolds, Michael Haithcock, Robert Carnochan, Steve Davis and Jerry Junkin. His primary conducting instructors include Dr. Edward C. Harris, Stuart Sims, Robert Ponto and Harlan Parker.
Mr. Vickerman graduated with a Master’s Degree in Wind Conducting from the University of Oregon in 2010. While at the University of Oregon, he was the conductor of the Oregon Campus Band and Oregon Brass Ensemble in addition to the regular assistant conductor with the Oregon Wind Ensemble. 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, Mr. 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.
In 2005, Mr. Vickerman received the Gilbert T. Freitas award from CMEA Bay Section for “Outstanding Achievement in Musical Education”. Under Mr. Vickerman’s baton, the Lodi High School Bands received superior ratings at every concert festival and the Wind Ensemble performed in Carnegie Hall in 2007. For a concert project at Lodi High School in 2008, he was able to create a performance that included student poetry, abstract film and an intelligent lighting show that accompanied the wind ensemble performance. He is actively pursuing concepts and ideas that focus on bringing the concert music medium to new audiences.