Gary A. Speck
MM Conducting, University of Michigan
BM Music Education, Baylor University
A native Texan, Gary A. Speck is in his thirtieth year at Miami University, where he conducts the Wind Ensemble and serves as Director of Bands. Mr. Speck received the Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Music Education degrees magna cum laude from Baylor University in Waco, where he studied conducting with Richard Floyd and Michael Haithcock.
After receiving the Master of Music degree in conducting from the University of Michigan, where he was a student of H. Robert Reynolds, Mr. Speck was a high school band conductor in the Houston area for five years. In 1987 Mr. Speck was a Doctoral Conducting Associate at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he was a student of Eugene Corporon.
The following year Mr. Speck was appointed to the faculty of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he now conducts the Wind Ensemble, and teaches courses in conducting, music education, and wind repertoire. Under his direction, the Miami University Wind Ensemble has won praise from numerous composers, including five winners of the Pulitzer Prize: John Harbison, Michael Colgrass, Gunther Schuller, Karel Husa, and Leslie Bassett, for performances of their music.
Since his appointment, Mr. Speck has led the Wind Ensemble in eight invited performances for the Ohio Music Education Association, most recently in 2014; five invited performances for the College Band Directors National Association, including the national conference in 1999; at the inaugural Atlanta International Band and Orchestra Conference in 1996, and at the MENC/Michigan Instrumental Music conference in 2005. Mr. Speck is frequently in demand as a guest conductor/clinician and adjudicator throughout the Midwest and in his home state.