Jerry Junkin, Artistic Director
Jerry F. Junkin serves as the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Dallas Winds, as well as Director of Bands and the Frank C. Erwin, Jr. Centennial Professor of Music at the University of Texas at Austin, where he also holds the title of University Distinguished Teaching Professor. In 2003 he was appointed Music Director and Conductor of the Hong Kong Wind Philharmonia. The New York Times named the recent release on the Reference Recordings label with Jerry Junkin and The University of Texas Wind Ensemble, Bells for Stokowski, one of the best classical CDs of 2004.
Professor Junkin became conductor of The University of Texas Wind Ensemble in the fall of 1988, following an appointment as Director of Bands at the University of South Florida. From 1978 to 1982, he served as Assistant Director of Bands at UT, after which he held a similar position at The University of Michigan. In addition to his responsibilities as Professor of Music and Conductor and Music Director of the UT Wind Ensemble, he serves as Head of the Conducting Division and teaches courses in conducting and wind band literature. He is a recipient of the Texas Excellence in Teaching awards, presented annually by the Ex-Student's Association. Additionally, he received the Outstanding Young Texas-Ex Award, also from the same organization. In 2004, he was elected to the Academy of Distinguished Teachers at UT.
Jerry Junkin became the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Dallas Wind Symphony in the fall of 1993. Performances under the direction of Mr. Junkin have won the praise of such notable musicians as John Corigliano, David Del Tredici, Gunther Schuller, Karel Husa, William Kraft, Jacob Druckman and Michael Colgrass, among many others. In February of 2005 he led The University of Texas Wind Ensemble in the world premiere performance of Corigliano's Circus Maximus: Symphony No. 3, in both Austin and New York's Carnegie Hall.
Mr. Junkin has led highly acclaimed concerts before the College Band Directors National Association (four times), the American Bandmasters Association (three times), the Texas Music Educators Association (four times), and the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles in both Manchester, England and Singapore. Maintaining an active schedule as a guest conductor, clinician and lecturer, he has appeared in those capacities in forty-eight states and on five continents. In 2005 he was presented the Grainger Medallion by the International Percy Grainger Society.
Mr. Junkin has served as President of the Big 12 Band Director's Association and is a member of the Board of Directors of The John Philip Sousa Foundation, Immediate Past-President of the American Bandmasters Association, and President of the College Band Directors National Association.