2022 Colorado Music Educators Association Conference 2022 Colorado Music Educators Association Conference

Make it Work: Flexible/Adaptable Music Beyond the Pandemic

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Theatre (Main)

Angela K. Winter
Adams State University, Professor of Horn and Director of Brass and Bands

Dr. Angela K. Winter is an enthusiastic performer and educator currently serving as Professor of Horn and Director of Brass and Bands at Adams State University in Alamosa, CO. She has soloed, taught, and performed with a variety of ensembles throughout the United States, Columbia, and Europe.

Angela has also recorded extensively with releases on Ravello Records, GIA Publications, Klavier, and Crescent Phase Records. Passionate about chamber music, she performs and clinics extensively with a variety of chamber ensembles including the Madera Wind Quintet and Session Brass.

Angela is originally from Memphis, TN, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Memphis. She holds a M.M. and D.M.A. in horn performance from the University of North Texas, and has taught at the University of Texas at Dallas and Texas Woman’s University as well as in the public middle and high school system.

In addition to her musical activities, Angela is an extreme dog lover and runner. She has four rescue dogs and has run more than 40 marathons and ultra-marathons.

Jackie Townsend
Lubbock Christian University, Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music

Dr. Jackie Townsend is the Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at Lubbock Christian University, where she directs the Symphonic Band and teaches courses in conducting, instrumental music education, theory, and ear training, as well as supervises student teachers. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education from Bowling Green State University and her doctorate in wind conducting from the University of North Texas. She has been published in The Instrumentalist and the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series, and resides in Lubbock, Texas.


Many instrumental music programs turned to flexible/adaptable compositions as a tool to maintain programs while facing the many challenged of the past year associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately, many composers responded to the needs of music organizations by composing works for flexible or adaptable instrumentation. While this music is well suited to meet the challenges of the past year’s hardships, there are many opportunities in flexible/adaptable music beyond the circumstances of the pandemic. This session will focus on how instrumental programs can use these works in a wide variety of teaching and performing situations. Dr.’s Townsend and Winter will offer an overview of the history and recent development in flexible music, a variety of applications, misconceptions about the genre, practical applications, and the genre as a tool to bridge gaps of access and equity.

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