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Stanley F. Michalski, Jr., Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Music and Conductor of Bands at Clarion University of Pennsylvania, forged a distinguished career spanning fifty-five years as a conductor, educator, performer and clinician-adjudicator and active member of national and international music associations. Currently, Dr. Michalski is serving as Coordinator of Instrumental music for the Diocese of Charlotte, North Carolina and Adjunct Professor of Music at Winthrop University where he serves as Associate Conductor of the Carolina Wind Orchestra.

Michalski received his B.S. Degree, cum laude, in Music Education from the Pennsylvania State University in 1956. In 1958, he was awarded a Master of Education Degree and in 1966 earned the Doctor of Education Degree from the Pennsylvania State University. He was selected as the first candidate for the Band Conductor Assistantship Program under the mentorship of Dr. James W. Dunlop. Prior to his professorship at Clarion University, Dr. Michalski served as Supervisor of Music in the public schools of Harrisburg, PA from 1956 to 1958, and from 1959 to 1961, held a similar position in Mifflintown, PA.

He is the author of numerous published articles on music education, bands, and low brass and was the founder and conductor of the Clarion University Summer Band and Jazz Workshops and Band Front Clinics. He was the first recipient of the Clarion University Student-Alumni Golden Eagle Award for his contributions in furthering the reputation and best image of Clarion University.

In 1973, Dr. Michalski was elected into the membership of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association, the professional association of master conductors and musicians. Membership, by invitation, is considered the highest honor achievable by composers and conductors worldwide. In the same year, Dr. Michalski served as President of the Eastern Division of the College Band Directors National Association.

Dr. Michalski has served as tuba soloist, clinician-adjudicator, and guest conductor for All-State-Honor Band Festivals in forty five States. He served as conductor for the International Youth and Music Festival in Vienna for six years. Currently, he serves as adjudicator for the St. Patrick Day Parades in Limerick and Dublin, Ireland and was recently named as the Artistic Director of the Lord Mayors New Year’s Day Parade in Dublin. His conducting/adjudication assignments have included appearances throughout Austria, Brazil, Japan, Switzerland, Australia, Germany, Mexico, Canada, Spain, Denmark, England, France, Italy, Ireland, Czech Republic and France. He has also served as guest conductor/soloist with the U.S. Air Force Band, the U.S. Marine Band, the U.S. Army Band (Pershing’s Own), the Armed Forces Bicentennial Band and the U.S. Army Field Band.

Dr. Michalski initiated the annual President’s Concert at Clarion University and annually invited a renowned guest conductor, soloist, or composer to campus to conduct and/or perform with the University Band. In addition, under his sponsorship, the University Band commissioned and premiered twelve original works for the University Band. His concept of the clinic-concerts while touring throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and surrounding states has been overwhelmingly successful and warmly received. During Dr. Michalski’s tenure, the University Bands performed a total of 903 campus and community concerts in six states, Canada and Mexico. The highlight of the 1984, 1990 and 1992 concert-tour season culminated with a series of concerts in Mexico City, Acapulco and Cancun, where performances by the symphonic band were received with acclaim.

He is a charter member and past president of Phi Beta Mu, National Honorary Bandmasters Fraternity and extremely active in numerous professional organizations. In 1971, Dr. Michalski was the recipient of a Certificate of Commendation from the American Federation of Musicians and in the same year was cited as Outstanding Educator of America for his noteworthy contributions to higher education. On two occasions, the Pennsylvania State Legislature honored Dr. Michalski with Citations of Commendations associated with his contributions to music education.

The School Musician Journal, in April, 1976, selected Dr. Michalski as one of the ten most outstanding Music Directors in the United States. More recently, Dr. Michalski was awarded the Citation of Excellence by the Executive Committee of the National Band Association in recognition for his numerous contributions to bands and band music; and twice, in 1978 and 1981, he was the recipient of the Clarion University Distinguished Faculty Award. In 1979 and 1983, Dr. Michalski was elected as a member of the Clarion Area School Board and served three terms as Board President. He also served as President of the Board of Directors for the Clarion Hospital. In 1982, Dr. Michalski became involved in a community project to build a new hospital in Clarion, Pennsylvania. As vice-president of the board of directors, he co-chaired the effort to raise a total of $1.2 million dollars to support the construction of the new Clarion Hospital.

Phi Beta Mu, the National Honorary Bandmasters Fraternity, honored Dr. Michalski in May of 1982 by selecting him as the Outstanding Bandmaster in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Dr. Michalski was elected President of the Pennsylvania Collegiate Bandmasters Association in 1983 and 1991. In 1984, Dr. Michalski served as conductor and musical director for the Pennsylvania Lions All-State Band. As part of the performance schedule in Dallas, Texas, the Pennsylvania All State Lions Band was selected to perform for President Ronald Reagan. At the annual meeting of the Clarion University Alumni Association in May, 1986, Dr. Michalski was the recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Award and in November of 1985, Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity, awarded Dr. Michalski the coveted A. Frank Martin Award in recognition of his contributions to music - an award presented to eight individuals in the past twenty years. In 1989, Dr. Michalski was the guest conductor at the 42nd annual Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Band Festival held at Slippery Rock University. He was the first and only Pennsylvania band conductor to have the honor of conducting this nationally acclaimed group of student-musicians on two occasions.

During the 1990 Symphonic Band tour of Mexico, Dr. Michalski was presented with an Honorary Diploma de Honor from the El Centro de Estudios de la Communication Social and an Honorary Diploma from the La Casa De La Cultura De Acapulco. In December, 1991, Kappa Kappa Psi again honored Dr. Michalski by selecting him to be the nineteenth recipient of the Distinguished Service to Music Award and Medal of Honor in recognition of his invaluable contribution to the growth and development of the modern college and university band. Dr. Michalski serves as conductor/artist/clinician for Jupiter Band Instruments, Inc., manufacturer of band and orchestra instruments. In addition to his conducting-adjudication assignments within the United States, Dr. Michalski was chosen to conduct the North American Concert Band on a 21-day concert tour throughout Europe during the summer of 1992.

Since 1991, Dr. Michalski has been active as an adjudicator and conductor for the half-time shows associated with the Blockbuster, Carquest, Gator, Sugar and Orange Bowls. The Council of Trustees at Clarion University, in March of 1995, approved a resolution naming the music rehearsal room in the Marwick-Boyd Fine Arts Building the Stanley F. Michalski Jr. Rehearsal Room. Dr. Michalski served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the American Bandmasters Association Foundation from 1992 to 1997. In March, 1998, at the 64th annual convention in Biloxi, Mississippi, he was elected President of the American Bandmasters Association.

At the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Collegiate Bandmasters Association in 2000, Dr. Michalski was granted Honorary Life Membership.

Dr. Michalski served on a panel of international adjudicators for the World Association of Marching Show Bands Championship in Potsdam, Germany; Galway, Ireland; Tokyo, Japan; Monza, Italy; Taubate, Brazil; Jeju, Korea; Copenhagen, Denmark; Cheb, Czech Republic; Vejen, Denmark; Aalborg, Denmark; Dublin, Ireland and Prague in the Czech Republic. His conducting/clinician schedule for 2012 includes appearances in Calgary, Canada, Dublin, Ireland, Cheb, Czecj Republic, New Orleans – Sugar Bowl, Vancouver, Canada and several sites throughout the United States.

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Sep 21, 2011 by Stanley Michalski Jr.

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