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Craig Paré

Music Education; Director of the DePauw University Band

Craig Paré, Professor of Music, conducts the DePauw University Band. Appointed to the School of Music faculty in 1993, Dr. Paré also teaches conducting, applied percussion, and directs the instrumental music education program, which includes teaching music education courses and the supervising of music student teachers. In addition, he is a faculty advisor for the DePauw chapter of National Association for Music Education (NAfME, formerly MENC). Dr. Paré earned a Bachelor of Music in music education from Barrington College, a Master of Music in percussion performance from Florida State University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in wind conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music as a student of Eugene Migliaro Corporon.

Under his direction, the DePauw University Band has produced eight critically-acclaimed compact discs through its CD Recording Project, issued commercially on the Mark Masters label. The University Band has also recorded wind works for the Kjos Publishing Company and Daehn Publications. The ensemble has been host to world-renowned musicians including composers Augusta Read Thomas, Libby Larsen, George Crumb, Richard Hundley, and James Beckel, along with conductors Eugene Migliaro Corporon, Jack Stamp, Charles Neidich, and John Lynch. Dr. Paré’s teaching at DePauw has been recognized through the receipt of three preeminent awards: the John Price Durban John Distinguished Professorship, the DePauw University/United Methodist Church Exemplary Teaching Award, and the Joan Westmen Battey Distinguished Teaching Award. As a writer, he is a contributor to the Teaching Music through Performance in Band series of wind music texts, published by G.I.A. Publications.

Prior to his appointment at DePauw University, Dr. Paré served as Director of Bands at Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado. He has also taught at Florida State University, Simpson College, Valdosta State College, and Barrington College. His public school teaching experience includes elementary, middle and high school ensembles in the Lincoln and Barrington, Rhode Island school systems. In addition, Dr. Paré was also the co-founder of the Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble, a select wind group comprised of the finest high school woodwind, brass, and percussion students in the Ohio/Indiana/Kentucky region. He continues to be in demand as a clinician and guest conductor with many middle school and high school bands.

As a performer, Dr. Paré studied timpani and percussion with Roland Kohloff, principal timpanist of the New York Philharmonic, and Gary Werdesheim at Florida State University, and has participated in master classes with Cloyd Duff, Stanley Leonard, and Richard Brown. He has performed as timpanist and percussionist with the Savannah, Tallahassee, and Jacksonville Symphony Orchestras, the Brooklyn Lyric Opera and Des Moines Metro Opera, and the Connecticut and Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestras. He has also served as principal timpanist and percussionist with the Spoleto Festival USA, Charleston, South Carolina, and the Festival Dei Due Mondi, Spoleto, Italy. He has performed and recorded with two renowned wind groups: the Cincinnati Wind Symphony, and the Philharmonia à vent, and is currently principal timpanist of the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra. He has also been a guest percussionist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and has recorded for Hal Leonard Publications. In addition, he is featured as timpani soloist on the DePauw University Band's fourth compact disc, Wind Journey, performing the Concertino for Timpani, Winds and Percussion by Donald. H. White.

Dr. Paré has taught percussion for over 30 years at a variety of levels, from elementary and middle school through college. He has been a member of the percussion faculties at Florida State University, Barrington College, Valdosta State College, Simpson College, and Western State College.

Dr. Paré has earned the rank of Black Belt, 1st Dan, as a Kenpo Gojo Ryu karate student of Master Stephen St. Pierre and Sensei Niki St. Pierre at All-American Karate Academy, Greencastle, Indiana.